Japan is one of those places that no matter how many times you visit, it’s never enough. However, it’s not the cheapest place to travel to, especially if you’re visiting from overseas. In this post, I’ll share some tips on how to plan an affordable trip to Japan.
I’m Japanese and I live in Australia. When I visit my home country, I try to keep my expenses as low as possible. Over the years, I’ve found that there are ways to make your money go further if you plan your trip properly.
When planning your trip to Japan, the most important thing to consider is when you want to go and how long you want to stay. The peak season is during April-May (cherry blossoms) and October-November (autumn leaves).
Are you thinking of taking a trip to Japan? Congratulations! It is truly a wonderful, unique nation that has so much to offer travelers. But it can also be quite expensive and difficult to travel there.
Below are some of our best tips for planning an affordable trip to Japan.
1. Get A Rail Pass!
You’ll probably have heard this before if you’ve done some research on Japan already and this is because it’s the most valuable tip we can give you. A rail pass for the JR (Japan Railways) network will save you hundreds of dollars and allow you to easily travel all around the country using high speed trains. There are several different passes available, depending on where you want to go, but most tourists should get the JR Pass which allows travel across the whole country (except for the Nozomi and Mizuho trains). Check out the website for more information about pricing and where to purchase your pass (the pass must be purchased outside of Japan).
When you’re planning a trip, there are so many things to consider. How long are you going for? Where are you staying? What activities do you want to do? Are you going to rent a car or use public transportation? The list could go on and on.
One of the most important considerations is how much money you need to save. Traveling can be expensive and cost more than expected so it’s important to be prepared financially. Here are some tips to help plan an affordable trip:
1) Create a budget
2) Do your research
3) Look for deals
4) Pack smartly
5) Consider alternative accommodations
6) Be willing to compromise
Japan is known for being a pretty expensive country to visit. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be! There are many ways to save money while traveling in Japan. Here are some tips that will help you plan a budget-friendly trip to Japan.
When most people hear Japan, they think of the big city lights of Tokyo. The hustle and bustle of Shibuya Crossing, the bright lights of Shinjuku, the neon signs of Akihabara…it’s a beautiful place with tons to see and do. The only problem is that it’s also very expensive! Tokyo was recently ranked as the world’s most expensive city to live in by ECA International, so if you’re planning a trip to Japan and wish to save money, you may want to try other destinations instead.
I’m here to tell you that there are plenty of other places to visit in Japan that are just as amazing (if not more!) than Tokyo. And they’re much cheaper too! Here’s some advice I have for making your trip more affordable:
Visit During Off-Peak Times
The majority of people visit Japan during cherry blossom season between late March and early April. This is right before the rainy season, but there are many problems with visiting at this time. First of all, it’s VERY crowded. You’ll see tons of tourists everywhere you go! Second, accommodation prices skyrocket during this time. In fact, Tokyo hotel room rates can double or triple during cherry blossom season!
When my husband and I decided to travel to Japan, I was already dealing with a lot of stress in my life. After losing both my parents within a year, it was not an easy time for me. I would wake up every morning feeling as if I could not get out of bed or even breathe. All I could think about was how much I missed them and how unfair it was that they were taken from me so soon.
As we planned our trip to Japan, my sadness turned into excitement. When we arrived at the airport, the first thing we did was exchange our money for Yen. After that, we went straight to baggage claim and found our suitcases very quickly. A little while later, we got on the monorail and headed towards Tokyo City Air Terminal (T-CAT). When we arrived at T-CAT, we made sure to have our boarding passes ready so that we could easily board our flight.
Once on the plane, I immediately fell asleep due to exhaustion but woke up just before landing in Narita Airport where we had been instructed to pick up our preordered SIM cards before getting on another plane headed towards Fukuoka Airport where we would spend most of our time while in Japan!
In Fukuoka Airport –
If you’re planning on a trip to Japan, you might be put off by how expensive it is. In a country where the average cost of a meal is ¥1,000 (around $10), it may seem impossible to travel on a budget. However, with a little planning and flexibility, you can still enjoy your holiday without going overboard.
If you’re travelling with children or elderly people, we recommend using Japan Rail Passes. Compared to single tickets, they offer great value for money and are valid for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days. Depending on your needs, you can choose between Ordinary and Green Car Passes (the latter come with access to Green Cars which are more spacious and comfortable).
In addition to JR lines, Japan Rail Passes are also valid on some privately-owned lines including Tohoku Shinkansen (from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori or Akita), Joetsu Shinkansen (from Tokyo or Ueno to Niigata), Tokaido Shinkansen from Odawara (to Shinagawa only), Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen from Okayama (to Shin-Osaka only), Kyushu Shinkansen from Hakata to Kagoshima-Chuo,