The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here and you finally in the stage of planning your trip to Japan? Great! Now, in case you are wondering if your trip is fit to your budget or not, worry no more my friends because in this article I will provide a few tips on how to budget travel in Japan before your departure. Now, put on your Kimono tight and let’s get into it!
Deciding your itinerary
Before you decide when and how long your budget travel in Japan is going to be, you should consider making enough research about everything. The peak season is obviously during Christmas and New Year’s holiday. The cheapest flights and hotels in Japan are in late Sumer between July and August. So you might want to highlight that period of time on your calendar and inform your friends you want to go with.
Another consideration before deciding how long you should go to Japan is to make it a fit to a JR Pass time period. JR Pass is an unlimited pass for all JR Trains in Japan. There are three types of the pass; 7 days, 14 days, and 21 days with a variety of prices. You do need to consider this because Japan as a whole country is very convenient and reliable by trains to go anywhere.
If you make an itinerary less than your JR Pass expiry date, you will waste it for a few days and if you spend more days on your itinerary, you will have to spend more money on transportations and not to mention the chance to use the express train to the airport as the pass also include it. You certainly don’t want to do it, do you? So, maximize and use it well.
Oh JR Pass can also be used for Shinkansen or bullet train to go to other cities in Japan. What’s not to use am I right?
Deciding where to stay
Now, as you are aware of the JR Pass existence, take a look at the JR Route Map below:
In Tokyo, there are plenty of other transportations such as subways and Taxis. You might want to use the subway less even more Taxi. Almost all of the tourists’ attractions in Tokyo or anywhere else in Japan for that matter is accessible with JR Train. So, if you want to use subway less, you should check if your accommodations are walk-distance enough with any of the JR Stations. That way, you don’t have to spend more money on subways or buses.
One more thing to add is to stay in accommodations where they provide you a kitchen or at least a microwave like Airbnb or booking.com (make sure to tick kitchen or choose an apartment in your filter options). You can save up a lot of your money on meals by cooking your own for breakfast before you start the day and dinner before you end the day. There are many take-away meals options in almost every grocery stores all over Japan you can buy and heat it later the next time you feel hungry in your accommodation. By doing that, you just make your budget travel in Japan to the max!
If you are planning to go to some museums or amusement parks such as Disney Land in Tokyo or Universal Studio in Osaka, I suggest you pre-book the tickets before the D-day. There are plenty of agents you can look up to as they usually offer a cheaper price rather than buying it in the counter. Plus, the line in the counter is so long it waste so much of your time, you really need to think twice to do it. Because you know, time is money! Especially in this budget travel in Japan situation.
So, that is all from me! If you do all of them, I can assure you your budget travel in Japan is going to be just fine. If you have any other tips on how to make the budget travel in Japan even better and effective, please let me know by leaving a comment in the comment section below!
Enjoy your trip!