Want to get an idea of the budget for a trip around Japan’s major cities? Come on to have a look at the expenses I’ve made during my trip.

ITINERARY - JAPAN: here is the full itinerary for a tour of Japan.

This is just an example of expenses that can totally be adapted to the trip you are actually planning. You can adjust the expenses according to the choices you make in terms of accomodation, restaurants, activities, additional stops … And be aware that these expenses apply to a 10-day trip for 2 people.

Japan - expenses of my 10 day trip

I am now going to explain the expenses item by item:

Plane tickets
As for every trip, this is one of the biggest parts of the budget. However it depends on the period you choose on going.

When it comes to hotels, booking rooms located close to Shinkansen stations can be very convenient and can even save you a lot of time, as you can walk to your hotel. Especially since hotels located close to train stations are not necessarily more expensive.
However, if you choose to book a hotel located far from the station, then keep in mind that you’ll have to find a way to reach it. At best, you can take a JR train, so in that case you’ll only lose time. At worst, you’ll have to buy an extra train ticket or even take a taxi, so in that case you’ll also lose money.
Before leaving, I had made all of my bookings online.

In order to visit Japan, the JR Pass is a must-have. Even if it’s quite expensive, it’ll save you a lot of money because it covers many trips. For journeys not included into the JR Pass, the prices of tickets to buy are pretty reasonable.

About tours, most of the sightseeing places are with a fee. However most of the time it’s quite cheap, even if some can be a bit expensive. In order to save a bit of money, you don’t have to enter every temple, or climb to the top of the towers of every city (especially since it’s mostly what’s expensive).

Others expenses
For food and shopping, the budget will depend on whether you choose to eat out or on the go, and whether you want to bring back lots of souvenirs or not.
For example, a bowl of noodles ranges from ¥500 to ¥700, while a meal at Genki sushi costs about ¥1,500 per person.

Japan - budget breakdown

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