How to Create A Japan Travel Budget

Step 6: How to Create a Japan Travel Budget

Creating a Japan Travel Budget is an essential step that you must do before getting to the country. For me, the budget is a culmination of all my research and planning for my trip, so I actually find it quite fun! Take this time to sit down and write down all things you want to do, if you need ideas then check out my Ultimate Japan Bucket List.

You will read things online that say Japan is an expensive country to visit, but it really varies in prices. I found Japan to be quite cheap for meals (think sushi, ramen and curry) but expensive when purchasing souvenirs. I’m a budget traveller so I tend to stay in places like hostels and Airbnb. I don’t see the point in splurging on a hotel when really I’m out the whole day and just need a bed. I’d rather spend my money on activities and experiences, like visiting Tokyo Disney Sea or Renting a Kimono, because when I travel I want to come away with amazing and fun memories.

How to Create a Japan Travel Budget

Below you will find a:

  • 1 Week in Japan Budget
  • 2 Weeks in Japan Budget
  • 3 Weeks in Japan Budget

Each of these budgets will show pricing in Yen and for one traveller (double amount for couples). These budgets are based on example itineraries and may differ from places you wish to visit. Feel free to add or change the budgets depending on what you would like to see and do.

Let’s get started!

pre-travel budget

FLIGHTS

A Pre Travel Budget is expenses you will have to pay before going on your trip. The biggest expense will most likely be your flights. Flight prices to Japan vary from country to country, but many low-cost airlines now offer specials and deals to Japan. A great place to start is How to Book Your Flights to Japan: My Advice on Cheap Flights & Japan Visa.

My return flights to Japan cost me $850AUD with Jetstar/Qantas.

travel insurance

Once you have your flights locked in it’s best to get some travel insurance. Don’t overlook getting travel insurance because it is there to help you with the worst case scenarios (illness, lost luggage, flight cancellations). I use Travel Insurance Direct as it’s one of the most affordable out there; you can get 1-week travel insurance for Japan at around $55AUD. They also have 10% off Discount specials all the time so keep an eye out!

accommodation

What is the best accommodation in Japan? - Hotel

Now that your flights and insurance are booked you can now start looking at finding accommodation. If you’re still trying to figure out where you want to stay then check out What is the Best Accommodation in Japan?. I’m a strong believer in booking your accommodation well in advance. I like to avoid jumping around from hostel to hostel and getting stuck with places that are at the bottom of the pile.  My 19 days of accommodation came down to this (this price was halved between my partner and I):

TypeLocationNo of NightsTotal Price
AirbnbOsaka6 Nights23,640 yen
RyokanKyoto1 Night12,960 yen
HostelKyoto3 Nights11,250 yen
HostelTokyo8 Nights43,200 yen
HotelHirosaki1 Night12,000 yen
TOTAL = 103,050 yen/ $1200AUD

WIFI RENTAL

How to Create a Japan Travel Budget - Pocket Wifi Rental

It’s also important to book your wifi rental in advance. Free wifi is hard to come by in Japan and I need it because I rely on Google Maps a lot. We went with Wifi Rental Store, it cost us 8790 yen for 20 days and we picked it up from Kansai International Airport. It comes with a return envelope, so once you’re done just pop it in the post.

1 WEEK IN JAPAN BUDGET

How to Create a Japan Travel Budget - 1 Week in Japan - Example Travel Budget

One traveller for 7 days in Tokyo, Japan (double amount for couple)

CategoryDescriptionPrice
TransportReturn Airport Bus Ticket from Narita Airport1,800 yen
TransportPurchasing Pasmo Card for Tokyo Subway500 yen
TransportDaily top of Pasmo Card - 7 days7,000 yen
Food6 x Breakfast (800 yen a day)4,800 yen
Food6 x Lunch (1100 yen a day)6,600 yen
Food5 x Dinner (3000 yen a day)15,000 yen
Food1 x Fancy Dinner 4,000 yen
SightseeingSenso-ji TempleFree
SightseeingEdo Tokyo Museum600 yen
SightseeingView of Tokyo from Tokyo Metropolitan BuildingFree
SightseeingTsukiji Fish Market - Wholesale area after 10amFree
SightseeingMeiji ShrineFree
Activity Mori Art Museum1,800 yen
ActivityKawaii Monster Cafe500 yen
ActivityTokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disney Sea7,400 yen
ActivityStudio Ghibli Museum (pre bought ticket)2,800 yen
ShoppingPersonal Spending x 7 days (2000 yen a day)14,000 yen
Shopping5 x Souvenirs (2000 yen pp)10,000 yen
Emergency10% Extra Emergency Funds7680 yen
TOTAL = 12,060 yen a day
$143AUD a day
$113USD a day
€91EUR a day
£80GBP a day
84,480 yen
$1005AUD
$795USD
€640EUR
£566GBP

2 weeks in Japan budget

How to Create a Japan Travel Budget - 2 Weeks in Japan Travel Budget

One traveller for 8 days in Tokyo, 3 days in Kyoto, 1 day in Nara and 2 days in Osaka (double amount for couple)

CategoryDescriptionPrice
TransportReturn Airport Bus Ticket from Narita Airport1,800 yen
TransportPurchasing Pasmo Card for Tokyo Subway500 yen
TransportDaily top of Pasmo Card - 8 days8,000 yen
TransportJapan Rail Pass (7 day pass pre-purchased)
Activate to use from Tokyo to Kyoto, day trip to Nara, Kyoto to Osaka, Osaka to Tokyo
28,500 yen
TransportBus Pass
3 x Days in Kyoto (Buses are the main transport)
1,500 yen
Transport4 x Osaka Subway Ticket (not all subway lines are JR)800 yen
Food13 x Breakfasts (800 yen a day)10,400 yen
Food13 x Lunch (1100 yen a day)14,300 yen
Food11 x Dinner (3000 yen a day)33,000 yen
Food2 x Fancy Dinner 8,000 yen
SightseeingSenso-ji TempleFree
SightseeingEdo Tokyo Museum600 yen
SightseeingView of Tokyo from Tokyo Metropolitan BuildingFree
SightseeingTsukiji Fish Market - Wholesale area after 10amFree
SightseeingMeiji ShrineFree
Activity Mori Art Museum1,800 yen
ActivityKawaii Monster Cafe500 yen
ActivityTokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disney Sea7,400 yen
ActivityStudio Ghibli Museum (pre bought ticket)2,800 yen
SightseeingKinkaku-ji Temple400 yen
SightseeingDaitokujo Temple400 yen
SightseeingArashiyama Bamboo ForestFree
ActivityArashiyama Monkey Park550 yen
SightseeingFushimi Inari TaishaFree
ActivityKimono Rental3,300 yen
SightseeingDay Trip to Nara - Todaiji Temple600 yen
SightseeingDotonbori in OsakaFree
SightseeingOsaka Castle200 yen
SightseeingUmeda Sky Building1,000 yen
SightseeingOsaka Aquarium Kaiyukan2,300 yen
ShoppingPersonal Spending x 14 days (2000 yen a day)28,000 yen
Shopping5 x Souvenirs (2000 yen pp)10,000 yen
Emergency10% Emergency Fund16,665 yen
TOTAL = 13,090 yen a day
$155AUD a day
$123USD a day
€99EUR a day
£88GBP a day
183,315 yen
$2180AUD
$1726USD
€1390EUR
£1230GBP

3 weeks in Japan budget

How to Create a Japan Travel Budget - 3 Weeks in Japan Travel Budget

One traveller for 5 days in Osaka, 1 day trip in Kobe, 4 days in Kyoto, 1 day trip in Nara, 7 days in Tokyo, 1 day trip to Mount Fuji, 1 day trip to Kamakura and 1 day trip to Mount Takao (double amount for couple)

CategoryDescriptionPrice
TransportAirport Bus from Kansai Airport to Osaka1,550 yen
TransportOsaka Amazing Pass - 2 day pass & free entry to sightseeing3,300 yen
TransportOsaka Kaiyu Ticket - 1 day travel & entry to Aquarium2,250 yen
TransportKansai Thru Pass - 2 day pass - use to travel from Osaka to Kobe, Osaka to Kyoto4,000 yen
Transport2 days of bus passes for Kyoto (Kyoto's main transport is bus)1,000 yen
TransportJapan Rail Pass (7 day pass, prepurchase) - Activate when visiting Nara. Use for trip from Kyoto to Tokyo, Tokyo to Kamakura, Tokyo to Mt Takao 28,500 yen
TransportPurchasing Pasmo Card for Tokyo Subway500 yen
TransportDaily top up of Pasmo - 3 days 3,000 yen
TransportAirport Bus from Tokyo Station to Narita Airport900 yen
Food20 x Breakfast (800 yen a day)16,000 yen
Food20 x Lunch (1100 yen a day)22,000 yen
Food17 x Dinner (3000 yen a day)51,000 yen
FoodKobe Steak in Kobe14,500 yen
Food3 x Fancy Dinner (4000 yen) 12,000 yen
SightseeingDotonbori in OsakaFree
SightseeingOsaka CaslteFree with Amazing Osaka Pass
SightseeingUmeda Sky BuildingFree with Amazing Osaka Pass
SightseeingOsaka Aquarium KaiyukanFree with Kaiyu Ticket
ActivityUniversal Studios Japan in Osaka7,900 yen
ActivityMuseum of Housing in OsakaFree with Amazing Osaka Pass
ActivityTombori River CruiseFree with Amazing Osaka Pass
SightseeingKitano Area in KobeFree
ActivityRopeway & Entry to Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden1,120 yen (discount using Kobe Welcome Coupon)
SightseeingKobe Bay AreaFree
SightseeingKinkaku-ji (Golden Pavillion)400 yen
SightseeingRyoan-ji (Zen Garden)500 yen
SightseeingDaitoku-ji (Zen Temple)400 yen
SightseeingArashiyama Bamboo ForestFree
ActivityArashiyama Monkey Park550 yen
SightseeingKyoto Imperial PalaceFree
SightseeingNijo Castle600 yen
SightseeingFushimi Inari TaishaFree
ActivityKimono Rental3,300 yen
SightseeingDay Trip to Nara - Todaiji Temple600 yen
SightseeingSenso-ji TempleFree
SightseeingEdo Tokyo Musuem600 yen
SightseeingView of Tokyo from Tokyo Metropolitan BuildingFree
SightseeingTsukiji Fish Market - Wholesale area after 10amFree
SightseeingMeiji ShrineFree
ActivityMori Art Museum1,800 yen
ActivityKawaii Monster Cafe500 yen
ActivityAnime Themed Cafe or Maid Cafe2,000 yen
ActivityTokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disney Sea7,400 yen
ActivityStudio Ghibli Museum (pre bought ticket)2,800 yen
SightseeingDay trip to Kamakura - Giant Buddha200 yen
SightseeingHasedera Temple in Kamakura300 yen
SightseeingWalk along the beach in KamakuraFree
SightseeingDay trip to Mount Takao - Ropeway480 yen
SightseeingHiking Mount TakaoFree
Sightseeing1 Day Mount Fuji & Hakone Bus Tour14,000 yen
SightseeingTokyo Imperial Palace (walk around outside)Free
SightseeingShinjuku Gyoen Garden200 yen
SightseeingHarajukuFree
SightseeingTokyo National Museum620 yen
ShoppingPersonal Spending x 21 days (2000 yen a day)42,000 yen
Shopping5 x Souvenirs (2000 yen pp)10,000 yen
Emergency10% Emergency Fund25,600
Total =13,410 yen a day
$160AUD a day
$126USD a day
€101EUR a day
£90GBO a day
281,600 yen
$3346AUD
$2650USD
€2133EURO
£1887GBP

10 tips for a Japan travel budget

How to Create a Japan Travel Budget - 10 Tips for a Japan Travel Budget

I am a thrifty traveller and because of that I seek out every discount I can find for my trip. I recently put together a Free Discounts & Passes for Japan 2018 Guide which you will see I refer to above in the budgets. The guide includes all the tourist passes and discounts to the most popular cities in Japan, I used many of them to get discount entry fees and free transport.

If you want to make your dollar go further then here are 10 Tips for Japan Travel Budget!

  1. If you want to save money on food eat at ramen restaurants, sushi chain restaurants, convenience stores and curry restaurants. You can usually get a meal for under 1000 yen!
  2. Don’t spend a ridiculous amount of money for a view of Tokyo. You can get a free view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, the mall level of Tokyo Skytree or the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
  3. Pick hostels or Airbnbs over staying at hotels. If you really want to save the dollars you can always stay at a computer or manga cafe!
  4. You can go on a free walking tour of Tokyo with Tokyo Free Guide.
  5.  Spend a relaxing afternoon at one of the many free parks and gardens in Japan.
  6. Don’t pay extra for breakfast at your hotel, go to the local supermarket and pick a freshly made omurice!
  7. Go to a free gig at the Ruby Room in Tokyo – all drinks are 500yen!
  8.  Try a Public Bath in Japan – all ‘sentos‘ are the same price 460 yen!
  9. Stroll through markets like Nishiki Market in Kyoto, Kuromon Ichiba Market in Osaka and Kappabashi Street in Tokyo
  10. Try and walk between sightseeing activities, you will find little temples and gardens down side streets! Plus saves you money from buying a train or bus ticket.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED MY HOW TO CREATE A JAPAN TRAVEL BUDGET. LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS IF YOU ENJOY THE EXAMPLE BUDGETS.

3 thoughts on “Step 6: How to Create a Japan Travel Budget

  1. Ces says:

    Came across your site in Pinterest. So glad I did. Your posts are full of info and so budget friendly, I think I’m following everything you’ve written in your posts. 🙂 We have the exact same goals going into Japan! Thank you for saving my time I love you!

  2. C says:

    Came across your site in Pinterest. So glad I did. Your posts are full of info and so budget friendly, I think I’m following everything you’ve written in your posts. 🙂 We have the exact same goals going into Japan! Thank you for saving my time I love you!

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