Plan in advance to make your trip to Japan affordable
You may have heard that Japan is an expensive place to visit, but don't be discouraged. With some advance planning, Japan is an affordable destination for even the most budget-conscious traveler. Take some time to decide which options best suit your budget.
There are a wide variety of budget accommodation options, transportation passes and sightseeing discounts available. Browse our list for more details.
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Long distance buses
Ferries and passenger boats
|Transportation and Tours
|7-day Japan Rail Pass
|from 50,000 yen
|Tokyo Metro 24-hour ticket
|Common 1-day ticket for Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway
|Toei 1 Day Pass
|Airport Limousine Bus
(Narita Airport to Central Tokyo)
|bus ride (base fare)
|from 210 yen
|taxi ride (base fare in Tokyo)
|from 500 yen
|1-day guided coach tour
(from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji)
|about 10,000 – 15,000 yen
The cost and quality of accommodation in Japan are comparable with that of most other developed countries and there is something to suit every taste and wallet. Here is a list of useful online booking sites .
|about 3,000 yen per night
|from about 2,000 yen per night
|from about 6,000 yen per night
|from about 10,000 yen per night
|four star hotel
|from about 30,000 yen per night
|five star hotel
|from about 40,000 yen per night
(including 2 meals)
|from about 10,000 yen per person per night
Dining out in Japan doesn't have to be expensive, and is often better value for money than most other world capitals. Wherever you travel, restaurants in popular tourist areas will always cost more. Follow the locals and you will generally find both lower prices and more authentic Japanese cuisine. Avoid restaurants that don't list their prices outside the door. Budget dining can usually be enjoyed at more casual establishments such as izakaya (Japanese pubs), shokudo (small casual restaurants, often with set meals), kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi) and okonomiyaki restaurants.
Improvements in the foreign exchange rate mean more favorable prices for overseas visitors to Japan. The price chart on this page is designed to give an idea of what you can expect to pay for a variety of everyday and travel-related items in Japan.
|Food, Drink and Sundries
|about 130 yen
|cup of coffee
|can of beer
|about 250 yen
|pint of beer
|from about 500 yen
|1/2 liter of mineral water
|about 110 yen
|bowl of ramen
|from about 650 yen
|breakfast service in a coffee shop
|about 400-700 yen
|from about 100 yen
|from about 600 yen
The latest information may differ, so please check the official website.
* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.