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Top 10 Budget Travel Tips for Tokyo and Japan

Tokyo with a budget

You come to Tokyo but don’t want to spend an extra amount of money. Follow these tips to help you not fit your budget and have a great vacation!

  • Trains – In Japan, train fares on local trains are not expensive. The train route to work costs me 250 yen. That’s a little over £ 1 or $ 2. The same distance in the UK on London transport would have cost me around £ 5. Once here, use the local train system to reduce travel costs.
  • Railway pass – Do you plan to travel across the country from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka or other major destinations? Think about buying a train pass. Please note that the pass can only be purchased in your country before landing in Japan. The big advantage of the Rail Pass is that it can be used on the shinkansen / bullet train along with all other JR lines including local ones. Pay one price and get access to unlimited travel for 1, 2 or 3 weeks.
  • Shops at 100 yen – A store of 100 yen is the equivalent of a store in dollars or pounds. Here you can buy many items. Take your souvenir gifts, and stock up on any treats, such as chips or chocolate.
  • Isaacas – If you want to have a good evening without spending a fortune, izekaya – this is the best and most interesting way. In addition to this you will try true Japanese culture in action and see how the locals really let their hair down when they communicate outside of the harsh ordinary business life.
  • Capsule hotel – Capsule hotels are a great way to save money, especially if you are a guy. Why guys? Many hotels are still only for men, although there are some that now allow women as well. The average cost in Tokyo is between 3,000 and 5,000 yen per night. That’s about 15-25 pounds or 28-47 US dollars.
  • Business hotel – Some hotels are known as business hotels because they do not have such a luxury space as some large chains. If you don’t want to stay in a capsule hotel, you should consider an alternative to a business hotel. Usually prices start at 7,000 yen and reach 15,000 yen per night.
  • Museums – It is worth including some museums in your route, because in Japan they are not expensive compared to many other countries. Some are even free! Choose from museums of science, history, art or technology and more.
  • Kaiten-Zushi – Sit behind the turntable and eat at will. Note that there are usually 4 or 5 different plate colors. The reason is that each color has a different price. Check how much they cost and pick the ones that fit your budget. Store each plate after a meal and then stack them on the bill.
  • Noodles and Ramen – Stand up with the locals and enjoy a delicious bowl of noodles or straps at one of the many restaurants that are populated around. Find them inside or in close proximity to subway stations and ground stations.
  • Lunch – At lunch, use the range of menus, both Japanese and international. Many places in central Tokyo offer the option of “everything you can eat” for 1,000 yen – 5 pounds or 10 US dollars.
  • Want to know more about the city of Tokyo. Check out the link below.