Japan could not be the costliest nation on the planet, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly on the higher finish. In comparison with its neighbors, it’s not even a contest; public transportation in Japan is roughly thrice what it’s in South Korea, and lodging could possibly be 5 to 10 occasions what comparable rooms value in Thailand. However whereas the nation isn’t what many vacationers contemplate sensible after they’re on a price range, it’s actually doable to see Japan with out fully breaking the financial institution.
I get it: you wish to see Tokyo. Everybody does in some unspecified time in the future. The issue is, those self same individuals additionally wish to go to Kyoto, and even Hiroshima on the identical journey. You might not be capable of observe the weirdness of Yoyogi Park on a Sunday or the intense lights of Shinjuku, however Osaka remains to be very a lot the large metropolis expertise in Japan, and it has a fort within the center you’ll be able to truly stroll inside (the Imperial Palace is closed on all however a number of days of the 12 months).
By doing so, you save your self the $200+ USD it might value for a spherical journey shinkansen ticket to Kyoto; as a substitute, you can journey the native traces from Osaka for about $5 USD a method. You may pet the docile deer in Nara. Himeji Citadel, arguably essentially the most well-known in the entire nation, is simply an hour away for 1500 yen. Buddhist temples on prime of Mt. Koya are a close-by getaway.
After all, generally flights to Osaka aren’t the simplest or least expensive to return by, and Tokyo is unquestionably extra sensible. Simply needless to say flying into Narita will value a number of thousand yen additional to achieve downtown Tokyo, whereas Haneda is simply about 500-600 away.
In the event you do need to base your self in Tokyo, attempt to restrict your journeys to these inside the space; the Japan Rail Cross could supply limitless journey for a sure variety of days, however spending a number of hundred on native transportation is a little bit of an extravagance for vacationers accustomed to SE Asia costs. Lengthy-distance buses in Japan, whereas nonetheless dear by these requirements, can minimize journey prices by aircraft or prepare virtually in half.
I had two Couchsurfers stick with me and handle to hitchhike all the best way from Tochigi Prefecture to Aomori in a single day, within the rain -– usually a full day’s journey by prepare or automobile. I managed to hitchhike from Nagasaki to Kagoshima in the identical time. Whereas crime is just not fully non-existent in Japan, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say the nation is mostly safer for hitchhikers… so long as you’re keen to provide your driver an English lesson en route.
Eating out in Japan won’t ever be as low cost as Thailand, however discovering low cost and nutritious meals is simply as simple. Whereas loads of jihanki shokudo (merchandising machine eating places) have curries and inexpensive rice and meat dishes, comfort tales allow you to combine and match small individually-packaged veggies, meat, and rice, simply as in the event you have been ordering in an izakaya. There’s additionally the choice of visiting larger supermarkets round closing time, when ready meals are marked down 20%.
There are price range resorts like Toyoko Inn however even these can increase their charges for particular occasions and demand. Capsule resorts beginning at 2000-4000/evening are protected for essentially the most half however can stink of smoke and aren’t at all times out there for feminine vacationers.
If you wish to be voluntarily homeless in your travels by way of Japan and it’s a temperate season, it’s not a nasty thought to think about nojuku -– sleeping exterior. The time period applies to salarymen who sleep on benches after lacking the final prepare of the night, but additionally to these sleeping in parks, beneath bridges, and so on.
Vacationers ought to contemplate their very own security, in fact, however with a dearth of violent crime in Japan, nojuku, or not less than tenting within the countryside, is a viable possibility. Low-cost showers are often out there at bathhouses the next morning, and plenty of comfort shops have public restrooms.