How much does it cost to travel Japan?
Everybody says Japan is an expensive country, a night in a hostel dorm could cost about 30$. To give some detailed information about costs in Japan I made the following overview. And if you plan a bit it’s not that expensive.
I did several trips across Japan and took this experience and prices from September 2014 to prepare this 18 days sample trip.
|Japan Rail Pass 14 days 2nd class||46.390 Yen|
|Kaiten Sushi||750 Yen|
|Curry Udon||450 Yen|
|Shinkansen to Kyoto, duration 2,5 hours||0 Yen (JR-Pass)|
|day pass bus||500 Yen|
|Kinkaku-ji (Golden Temple)||500 Yen|
|Fushimi Inari Schrein||free|
|Hana Hostel, 8 bed dorm||2500 Yen/night|
|Kyoto-Nara with JR Nara Line||0 Yen (JR-Pass)|
|Todai-Ji Temple||500 Yen|
|Nara to Osaka with JR Line||0 Yen (JR-Pass)|
|Osaka Castle||410 Yen|
|Local food in Tsutenkaku Tower street (Okonomiyaki)||750 Yen|
|Tani9 dorm bed||2700 Yen/night|
|capsule hotel||2900 Yen/night|
|Shinkansen Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima, duration ca. 1,5 hours||0 Yen (JR-Pass)|
|Atomic Bombing Museum||50 Yen|
|Atomic Bombing Dome and Peace Park||free|
|Train and ferry to Miyajima||0 Yen (JR-Pass)|
|Hiking Mount Misen on Miyajima Island||free|
|JHoppers Hostel dorm bed||2500 Yen/night|
|Hiroshima to Nagasaki, duration ca. 3 hours||0 Yen (JR-Pass)|
|Atomic Bombing Museum||100 Yen|
|Onzen Fukunuyu with transfer||700 Yen|
|Glover Garden||600 Yen|
|Casa Noda dorm bed, breakfast included||2400 Yen/night|
|Nagasaki to Tokyo, duration ca. 5,5 hours||0 Yen (JR-Pass)|
|Observatory 45th floor Governmental Building||free|
|Yoyogi Park and Meiji shrine||free|
|Odaiba with Yurikamome-Line Roundtrip||740 Yen|
|Transfer to airport with bus||1000 Yen|
Everything together results 90780 Yen, also etwa 700€ or 39€ per day, but flight and food is not included. Of course compared to other Asian countries Japan is quite expensive. But Hostels are more like hotels and as Japan is a very modern country it is more expensive than other Asian countries.
To prepare this sample trip I mainly took highlights and there are many other awesome places to discover in Japan. If anybody wonders why Himeji isn’t included, the castle is currently under construction (until 2015).
I hope this post is helpful to get an overview on costs in Japan or helps backpackers planning a trip in this wonderful country.