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1. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Does anyone have any idea on how much to spend per day in Japan, excluding hotels, airtickets and train passes? I

mean, just for meals, subway tickets and entrance on atractions. We'll be a couple on a budget, but still looking for some confort.



2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Aline,
Japan doesn't have to be expensive just to get by. Accommodation aside, things like food are not that different from Europe.
We found McDonalds cheaper in Tokyo than it was in the UK. Other places may be slightly dearer, but you just have to go for basic dishes, noodles etc.
There are vending machines EVERYWHERE and you will need lots of change in your pockets, including 100 Yen notes. You'll never be too far from one of these for a snack or a drink.

3. Posted by ume (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It depends on how much you're moving around and how much you want to see in a day. Food can be great value in Japan. If you're really going budget then it's not all that hard to find a bowl of noodles for a couple of hundred yen. Lunch/dinner sets at lower-end restaurants/cafes are usually very economical - 1,000-1,500 hundred yen p.p. Coffee tends to be a bit more pricey - it's not unusual to pay 500+ yen a cup. Look for cheaper chains like 'doutor' if you just want a pitstop. A single journey on a subway is usually 200-300 yen in Osaka. Entry to shrines is usually free, temples in places like Kyoto vary - usually 300-500 yen. If you're temple-hopping it doesn't take long for the yen to add up. Museums can be a bit more expensive - 500-1,000 yen upwards. Hope that helps! Personally, I would reckon on 10,000 yen per day.

4. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi. Thank you so much. Yes, it helped.

When you say 10,000yen per day do you mean per person or for both of us? I was thinking about 100 euro for both, wich would be around 15,000yen. Is that too short?



5. Posted by ume (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

10,000 for the both of you but if you have 15,000 you'll be comfortable and have a bit of room for extras. Have a great trip!

6. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

That's great. Thank you so much!


7. Posted by euanross (Budding Member 35 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Certain bits of Japan are expensive but other element's aren't. The food is amazing but nothing like 'european' Japanese food. Whatever you do, eat sushi down at the Tokyo Fish Market... it's a little bit more expensive but the best sushi in the world!

As for your budget I don't really know. We spent c. 17,500 yen a day each (excluding the rail pass) but we were not travelling on a budget. However, that included buying a lot fo things to take home :)

8. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

an equivalent of 100 euros is definitely enough to get by. have a good trip!

9. Posted by MissCaswell (Budding Member 82 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm going to Japan in a couple of weeks and I was really relieved when a friend told me that he had been amazed by the hostels there. His experience was that cheap hostels were generally very clean and well maintained so that got me breathing a little easier :)

10. Posted by linly (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Just arrived from Japan during the Thai New Year, 11-17 April, what I noticed is that the most expensive things in Japan are not food,accom, but train or express way
I paid about 70-80 USD just for one day pass (train) if traveling by Shinkansen of course it’s slightly more expensive, for JR or Japan Railways 7 day pass is about 300 USD
So far, there are capsule hotel which costs you about 40 USD/each/night…share restroom
food can be starting from 6-7 USD/meal

overall food is fine, not so much expensive if you are not eating Kobe beef (ha...ha) just about 1000 USD for small portion,
Anyway I highly recommend you to visit Japan, as it is extremely beautiful, people are too polite anyway they can not speak English (like Thais myself) yeah.. we can not speak Japanese as well..

Japan in one of my favorite places on this planet, experiencing Onsen or hot spring is incredible lovely and try Pachinko! See how Jap love this game !