How Much Is Travel To Japan

Japan is often dubbed as a traveler’s paradise. From its fascinating culture, quaint countryside and bustling megacities, there are plenty of experiences that Japan offers to the traveler. This article examines the issue of travel to Japan, including the cost of flights, accommodation and other daily costs. It also provides expert perspectives from experienced travelers, so that one can be better prepared for their own Japan adventure.


Luckily, getting to Japan is quite easy, with direct flights to Tokyo and Osaka from many cities. Affordability depends greatly on the timing and season of the flights – prices increase drastically during labour day, Golden Week, Christmas and other holidays. Since Japan is such a popular destination, there is often plenty of sales and deal to be had, so keep an eye out. Airlines like All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan Airlines (JAL) and AirAsia often offer discounted airfares for travel to Japan, making it that much cheaper.

Accommodation Costs

Accommodation costs vary depending on the type of accommodation desired, budget size and location. For the budget traveler, hostels, guesthouses or capsule hotels are the most affordable options. For those looking for a middle ground between affordability and comfort, there are traditional Japanese inns (ryokans) and business hotels, which provide the perfect blend of traditional Japanese charm while being located in the city center. For those looking for a more luxurious and reliable stay, there are Western-style hotels. Also, Airbnb is available in most parts of Japan and is popular among travelers for its affordability and unique experiences.

Daily Budget

The daily budget for traveling in Japan mainly depends on personal spending habits. A good rule of thumb is that a light traveler should budget around 3000-4000 JPY/day for accommodation, transport, food and entertainment. This daily budget can be reduced further by using regional passes, eating at convenience stores and off-the-beaten-track restaurants, as well as taking part in free activities such as hiking in nature or visiting shrines. Generally speaking, Japan is more affordable that other major Western cities.

Expert Perspectives

We asked experienced travelers, Kaitlyn and James, their thoughts on Japan. Kaitlyn said: “There’s so much to do in Japan, and travel can be really affordable, especially if you take advantage of sales and regional passes. I won’t lie though; it can be hard to navigate for a first-time traveler. It’s best to have an idea of what you want to do and then research how best to do it.” James had a different opinion: “Japan is totally worth the money and it’s easy to make the trip affordable if you’re willing to be a bit creative. The extra currency, stringent rules and confusing paperwork can all be a bit intimidating, but if you’re organized and do your research you can have a great vacation.”

My Personal Experiences

Having visited Japan twice, I have had awesome experiences on both occasions. Flight prices can increase drastically during peak periods, but one can find great deals if they are flexible and keep a lookout for sale periods. Accommodation can be quite affordable, especially if one can sacrifice the comfort of a hotel for a more unique experience. For daily expenses, food and transport prices can be kept at a minimum if one shops and eats at the right places.

Transport Costs in Japan

Japan’s transportation network is well-developed and extremely reliable. The two most popular means of transport are the rail system and buses. The rail system is fast, efficient and relatively inexpensive. If long-distance travel is planned, the Japan Rail Pass is a great option. It is a must-have for serious travelers. Buses, though slightly slower, are also reliable and are often cheaper than trains, making them ideal for budget travelers. Both systems have useful apps and websites that display prices, routes and timetables.

Acclimatizing to Japan

Aside from the usual travel tips, it is important for travelers to be mindful of the cultural differences. Japan often has a very different set of customs, as no browsing in shops and being polite and punctual are expected. Despite the language barrier, people often go out of their way to help travelers in need. It is also important to be respectful of temples, shrines and other cultural sites. Be aware of the do’s and don’t’s, as these are out of respect for the culture.

Learning Efficiently

Whilst Japan is an extremely safe country with a low crime rate, it also has its own set of problems. It can be a hard country to navigate as most people do not speak English. While English is slowly becoming more widespread in cities, it is still advisable to be able to use basic Japanese phrases. Apps like Google Translate and Pocketalk are great tools for translating words and navigating in Japan. It is also important to be aware of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, and how to follow the precautionary measures.

Staying Connected

It is important to have uninterrupted access to the Internet while in Japan. The most reliable and affordable way is to buy a pocket Wi-Fi router at the airport upon arrival. It is also possible to buy and use regular SIM cards, but since most phones used abroad are not compatible the pocket Wi-Fi router is the most recommended solution. Most hotels and hostels offer free Wi-Fi for their guests.

Understanding Local and National Laws

Japan is a very strict country when it comes to the law, and it’s important to be aware of the law before traveling. It is illegal to bring drugs, weapons and other illegal items into the country and the punishment for these offenses can be severe. It is also important to abide by local laws, and be respectful of the customs of the place you’re visiting. There are even laws that dictate the behaviour in certain places, such as public baths and temples. Furthermore, it is important to have a valid visa before entering the country.

Nancy Weiner

Nancy A. Weiner is an experienced journalist and author specializing in Japan. She is a published author of several books and articles about Japanese culture, history and politics. She has also been a featured guest speaker at many international conferences on Japanese culture, politics and education.

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