Daily costs in Japan

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One of the big questions when planning a holiday is how much to allow for daily spending. Japan has had the reputation of being expensive, but it is possible to travel comfortably at the budget and mid-range levels.

Approximate daily costs for one person are given for three travel styles; budget, mid-range and high. These costs cover accommodation, food, regular sightseeing such as museum and temple admissions, transport around cities and towns, and incidentals such as laundry and luggage services. Intercity travel, major sightseeing such as guided day tours and theme parks, or activities such as sushi making classes are not included.

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Your dream trip to Japan

What does your dream trip to Japan look like? Think about what you want to do and see.

When you start to plan your trip to Japan, you’ll find there is a lot of information out there. There are many website, blog posts, media articles and other information sources about Japan. These often give lists of “must-sees” or “top 10” recommendations. Then there are countless itineraries presented as the best route. This includes what is often called the Golden Route, from Tokyo, through Hakone, Kyoto to Hiroshima.

All this information can be overwhelming and confusing for the first-time traveller to Japan. Sometimes the advice given in all these sources can be conflicting, and cause worry about missing out on something important. Continue reading “Your dream trip to Japan”

Should I get a JR Pass? Three ways to decide

Trains can be a very convenient form of transport. Find out if the JR Pass works for you.

This is a common question from first-time visitors wanting to travel by train, as the JR Pass costs a significant amount. The national JR pass comes in three durations:

  • 7 day, costing 29,110 yen for an ordinary pass or 38,880 for a Green (first class) pass
  • 14 day, costing 46,390 yen for an ordinary pass or 62,950 yen for a Green pass
  • 21 day, costing 59,350 yen for an ordinary pass or 81,870 yen for a Green pass.

If you are doing several long-distance journeys by JR train, there may be a national or regional JR pass that would be good value. Which option is right for you depends on your itinerary, and here’s three ways to work out the best option for your circumstances. Continue reading “Should I get a JR Pass? Three ways to decide”