What To Budget For Japan
What to Budget for Japan
In the newest addition to our ongoing series “What to Budget” we present for the first time, a detailed breakdown of how much we spent during our 30 nights in Japan. In the following category breakdown we provide per day costs and major influencing expenses if any.
Japan was the very first country on our round the world trip so we can confidently say looking back that there was room to scale back expenses. With that said, we saw pretty much every “must see” in the country and had an absolutely incredible time. Japan remains one of our favourite countries and is one of our top recommendations to other travellers as a must see country.
When we tell people we went to Japan, the first response we undoubtedly get is “Isn’t it crazy expensive?!”
It’s true, Japan can be quite expensive. It is after all a first world country so your budget expectations should mirror that of New Zealand or Australia and NOT Southeast Asia.
That said, there are lots of ways to save money while travelling in Japan which we discuss in our popular post, “Backpacking Japan On a Budget” so make sure to check it out.
After reading through this breakdown you should have a pretty good idea of what to budget for Japan based on own spending.
If you’re looking for an awesome itinerary for Japan check out our 2 week itinerary.
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Spending Per Day: $25 USD per person
Digging Deeper: We stayed primarily in guesthouses in private or semi-private rooms. We also spent two nights in a traditional Ryokan in Nagano which was way more expensive but totally worth it for the experience.
Spending Per Day: $20 USD per person
Digging Deeper: There are lots of ways to eat relatively cheaply in Japan. We usually ate at least a meal a day at a casual local restaurant/sushi bar, frequented 7-Eleven (solid cheap options, believe it or not!), cooked at hostels and took advantage of evening clearance items at grocery stores. Tipping is not a part of Japanese culture.
Inter Country Transport
This section includes any transport taken to travel within the country such as: rental cars (plus fuel), buses, trains & flights.
Spending Per Day: $14 USD per person
Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed to our three-week JR Rail Pass which we purchased before we left Canada.
Inner City Transport
This section includes any transport taken to travel within a city such as: subway, taxi, & buses.
Spending Per Day: $3.50 USD per person
Digging Deeper: The JR Rail pass didn’t cover the entire Japanese transit network so we had to take a few local lines. Although we usually try to avoid taxis at all costs, we ended up taking one very memorable ride.
Spending Per Day: $8 USD per person
Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed mostly to entrance fees to temples, gardens, museums, a few big nights out and sporting events like a baseball game and a sumo tournament, not too shabby.
This section includes anything spent on laundry, gifts, and miscellaneous items.
Spending Per Day: $0.50 USD per person
Digging Deeper: We went to local laundromats and bought cheap toiletries at 100 yen stores.
Canadians can enter into the country visa free.
The Numbers: Japan
Total Nights: 30
Total Per Person Per Day: $71 USD
So there you have it, a trip to Japan can definitely be within reach. We hope that this detailed breakdown will give you a better sense of what to budget for your trip to beautiful Japan. As always, if you found this post helpful, please like & share!
Ross & Alyse