So How Much Does Actually Japan Cost??

How much yen per day do you need to travel in Japan?

So How Much Does Actually Japan Cost??

If you are travelling to Japan, you may wonder how much you should expect to spend during your trip. Generally, Japan seems to be one of the most expensive countries to travel, but how much does it actually cost??

Briefly speaking, the average of expense for foreign visitors in Japan is 15,000 yen per day. So 7 days trip to Japan averagely costs 105,000 yen (15,000 x 7 days) plus flight ticket. Of course you can go higher or lower, depending on your travel style.

Here are some hints for you to get budget idea for travelling in Japan. (this is based on January 2017: Tokyo)

Accommodation (price per person and night)

Mid-range hotel room in Tokyo

Low Budget: 3,000 yen- a dorm bed at hostels in Tokyo costs around 3,000 yen. Click here to find budget accommodations in Tokyo.

Mid-range: 5,000 to 8,000 yen- double room at business hotels, guest house, cheap hotels costs around 15,000 yen per room. (e.g. Dormy inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae and Shibuya Granbell Hotel)

High-end: 10,000 yen~-double bedroom at Ryokan and better quality hotels such as Park Hotel Tokyo. For high-class Western hotel and luxury Ryokan, you should expect to pay over 30,000 yen per room.

Food (price per day)

High-end authentic Japanese cuisine

Inexpensive bowl of Ramen

Low Budget: 2,000 yen- Have a breakfast at convenience store (bread, rice ball etc), lunch and dinner at various fast food restaurants such as Ramen, Gyudon, Curry and Belt conveyor Sushi could be less than 1,000 yen each. Click here for under 1,000 yen restaurants.

Mid-range: 5,000 yen-Breakfast at inexpensive cafe (500 to 1,000 yen), lunch deals cost no more than 1,500 yen and dinner at mid-range restaurants or Izakayas costs around 3,000 yen per person. (e.g. Tempura Tsunahachi and Sushi Zanmai)

High-end: Breakfast at hotels costs around 2,000 yen. Lunch at nice restaurants is around 2,000 yen and dinner at posh restaurants such as French, Sushi, Sukiyaki and Kobe beef costs over 10,000 yen per person. (e.g. Asakusa Imahan and Teppanyaki HAKUSHU)


Historic temple in Tokyo

The view of Tokyo's skyline

Temples&Shrines– Most of temples and shrines are free to enter in Tokyo unlikely in Kyoto.

Parks– Many parks in Tokyo are free. But some of them with special gardens require admission fee around 300 yen.

Museums– Some museums are free in Tokyo but average costs 500~1000 yen. Some of special exhibitions might costs over 1,500 yen

Observatories– Admissions to most of observatories including Tokyo Tower are around 1,500 to 2,000 yen. The most pricey one is Tokyo Skytree, which costs 2,600 yen.


Metro in Tokyo

Tokyo Metro: 170 yen~ per ride/ 600 yen for 1 day pass

JR(Japan Railway): 130 yen~ per ride/ 730 yen for 1 day pass

Taxi: 730 yen up to 2km

Water bus: 310~2,160 yen-Water bus services on Sumida river are run by two companies Tokyo Cruise or Tokyo Mizube Cruising.

Tour bus: 3,000~10,000 yen -If you wish to see around multiple sights in a short time, this is a good option. Hato Bus provides plenty options for touring in and around Tokyo.


Price of McDonald's in Japan

Big Mac Meal @McDonald- 670 yen

Short Drip Coffee @Starbucks-280 yen

Bottle Water (550 ml) @convenience stores-108 yen

Domestic Beer (500 ml) @convenience stores-284 yen

Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)-460 yen

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