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11. Posted by don_kam (Full Member 115 posts) 11y

I figured, the accomodation cost is the killer.... anyone has any good and reliable web sites to introduce?

I think I will choose Saporro over Toyko... just need a place to relax... Tokyo too hectic for me...

Don

12. Posted by gmtrex (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi! I just recently backpacked Japan from March 15 - March 22..so for eight days.

I spent a total of ~$800 (including souvenirs of $90). I bought the 7 day rail pass as it definitely turned out to be a bargain for me. The following was my itenerary:

15th - arrival in Tokyo at 3:40 pm..visited Shinjuku for a few hours then hopped an overnight bus to Osaka
16th - took bullet to Hiroshima...visted Miyajima half the day and then Hiroshima (peace museum, memorial park..neat)
17th - headed toward kyoto..spend whole day in kyoto
18th - went to kanazawa (the kenrouken (most famous garden) and then came back to kyoto to visit the western part [golden pavillion, etc.]
19th - took half day trip to Himeji castle and then headed afterwards to Nara for the night
20th - spent morning in Nara and then headed back to Tokyo..went to the electronic district and walked around
21st - went to Nikko for the majority of the day and then came back to visit Tokyo
22nd - went to the Tsukiji Fish Market (recommended...thou got up at 4:30 in the morning..hehe..when you do go, make sure it isn't a nat'l holday)...flight at 11:30

travelling from place to place in japan is really simple with the rail pass (i must admit..the metro in tokyo took some use-to-getting to since some of the stations had sooo many exits).

kyoto bus transportation system is very simple to navigate (they have very friendly tourist maps for the buses)

if anything, i really didn't get to see as much of tokyo as i wish i could have...another full day would have soo much better.

13. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 11y

I notice a few of you have yet to go on these trips, so I'm reviving this old thread. We've been in Japan for a couple of days now and I think the prices are actually not so bad at all. Definitely cheaper options than London and plenty of really good food that is cheaper than some Melbourne. There are plenty of places where you could spend a LOT, but there are also plenty of ways of saving money. So here's some initial thoughts.

  • A meal can be bought for 600-1000 Yen without much difficulty.
  • Reasonable Hotel accommodation (double room) can be found for around 10,000 Yen. Of course, hostel beds would be far cheaper and I saw a few of those on offer as well.
  • Metro - about 160 Yen for a one way ticket
  • Coffee - 200 Yen up to 600 Yen
  • Beer - 200 Yen if bought at a convenience store, 400 Yen or so if bought from a bar. (mind you, that was half a liter come to think of it)
  • Vending machines - 120 Yen for most bottles of drink
  • Rice packets (about the size of three california rolls) cost us 120 Yen each. We've had these for breakfast two days in a row and it's been satisfying enough.

Generally, I find these prices quite reasoanble and comparable to most Western countries. Hopefully these price guides help. Btw, I'm finding Tokyo a fantastic place.. it's just crazy!!

14. Posted by rbisset (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Heading to Japan for the start of my RTW trip in september. Planning to spend as little as possible and make the most out of my 7 day rail pass. Plan to visit Tokyo, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Himeji, Osaka, Kyoto and a few other places before flying off to Hong Kong.

Hopefully just going to kip in cubicles for most of the 10 days. look convenient and most importantly cheap :D

15. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Quoting Delissa

I, on the other hand, spent so much yen on that trip because I wasn't able to get the pass due to my visa status.

As for accomodations--we were on a strict budget so we stayed in hostels mainly. Average cost 2,700-3,000 yen pp/pn

I'm planning to travel with my sister who lives in Japan. Does it mean she cannot get the rail pass?

About accommodations, do you know cheap ones (like your budget) in Nikko and Mt Fuji area?

Thanks

Z ;)

16. Posted by broodje (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi everyone,

My girl and me are going to Japan, for three weeks in November. I already got a lot of info thanks to your postings here.

One important question about getting our trip planned, is if we should plan our stay in advance strictly from day to day. I'm a quite relax traveller and like to decide a little bit on the moment where to go.

But since I don't speak japanese, I wonder if it's realistic to book on the moment? Are ryokans always booked in advance? How about the english speaking options ? Can you easyly phone with japanese people?

"ari gato" in advance for any tips!

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