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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

GUIDE Guide to Traveling Japan on a Budget A guide to budgeting your trip to Japan

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.

Transportation

Flights

If you are flying to Japan with one of the country's national carriers, Japan Airlines (JAL) or All Nippon Airways (ANA), and intend to take a domestic flight during your stay, it is worth buying your domestic ticket in conjunction with your international ticket. Both JAL and ANA can offer considerable savings on the cost of internal flights purchased in this way. Contact JAL or ANA for further details.

Check out the Domestic Air Service of this site to find out more about domestic air travel and low cost carriers.

Railways

With the Japan Rail Pass , foreign visitors to Japan can enjoy discounted travel on nearly all services of the extensive JR Transportation Network, including the shinkansen, or bullet train. There are also a variety of other rail passes , which offer significant reductions on rail travel in Japan.

Long distance buses

Long distances buses and local train services are other low-cost transport options. Consider taking a night bus as you save on a night's accommodation, too.

Taxis

Taxis in Japan are ideal for short rides within cities if you have a lot of luggage, but long taxi rides are best avoided as they become expensive. Fortunately, Japan's efficient and affordable local transportation networks mean that taxis are rarely required.

Ferries and passenger boats

Ferries are great way to travel long distances in Japan if you have the luxury of time. You can find out more information about routes and discounts in our ferry and cruise ships section.

Transportation and Tours Price
7-day Japan Rail Pass
(Ordinary)
29,110 yen
Tokyo Metro 24-hour ticket 700 yen
Common 1-day ticket for Tokyo Metro & Toei Subway 900yen
Toei 1-day economy pass 700 yen
Airport Limousine Bus
(Narita Airport to Central Tokyo)
3,100 yen
bus ride (base fare) from 210 yen
taxi ride (base fare) from 410 yen
1-day guided coach tour
(from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji)
10,000 – 15,000 yen

Accommodations

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 .

Accommodations Price
youth hostel 3,000 yen per night
guesthouse
(single room)
from 3,500 yen per night
budget hotel
(single room)
from 6,000 yen per night
mid-range hotel
(double room)
from 12,000 yen per night
four star hotel
(double room)
from 30,000 yen per night
five star hotel
(double room)
from 50,000 yen per night
ryokan
(including 2 meals)
from 15,000 yen per person per night

Dining out

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.

Comparing Prices

Recent improvements in the foreign exchange rate have meant 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 Price
drink 130 yen
cup of coffee 100-600 yen
can of beer 200 yen
pint of beer from 500 yen
1/2 liter of mineral water 120 yen
bowl of ramen 600-700 yen
breakfast service in a coffee shop 400-700 yen
Big Mac 390 yen
toothbrush 300 yen
umbrella from 500 yen

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