Is travelling to Japan really that expensive
The article is written, based on the views of Michael Turtle, who worked in broadcast journalism in Australia. He has visited more than 50 countries worldwide. Michael once told his friends about his Japan plan. But most of them said this beautiful country is so expensive.
Trip to Japan is not that expensive
But once coming to Japan, Michael insists that it is one of the few places in the world where a small amount of cash can still buy you luxury and safety. Most people know to Japan through the statistics, which indicated Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world, followed by Osaka. However, they forget that the survey also includes household costs, utilities, domestic help, and clothing. But if you are staying in Japan for a short vacation, this is not necessary to take these into accounts.
Beautiful nature in Japan
Accommodation is seen as the most important issue during the trip. Michael decided to stay in either hostels or capsule hotels, at around $20 per night and up to $30 dollars in those big cities. These rates are similar to the ones in most of the European cities.
Experience Tokyo by night once in your life
"If you need something even nicer, expect to pay between US$100 and US$200 a night for a room", he said. However, based on his experience with other cities in the world, "it’s very reasonable for the quality you’re getting and probably cheaper than many other world cities.
According to Michael, discovering local cuisine is the most impressive thing in the land of the rising sun. "It is not only fresh but also very tasty and affordable," Michael laughed. In fact, when compared to the amount you spend for a normal meal in Sydney, you will never get hungry while eating in Japan.
A bowl of rice with some fried meat and vegetables for about US5
In Japan, when you need a simple basic lunch, you can go to the convenience store. You absolutely can be sure about the quality of food, it ensures the nutrients, unlike convenience stores in other countries. Michael also added, "a bento box (a mix of rice, meat, fish, and vegetables) will cost you about US$4 dollars; a rice ball with a fish filling will cost about US$1; and a tray of sushi will cost you about US$4."
Fresh and healthy Bento boxes are waiting for you
Regarding transportation, Michael advises travelers to purchase a Japan Rail Pass, only for tourists with three options, for 7, 14 and 21 days with priced from US$ 260 or more.
Traveling around Japan can be a little expensive
However, the ticket is not just used only for high-speed trains, but also for the ferry, bus or other transportation means, displayed with the JR symbol. JR cards help you save thousands of dollars of travel expenses. For instance, to go from Tokyo to Osaka is US$140 each way or from Osaka to Hiroshima at about US$100 for a one-way ticket.
The unique Japan culture is worth your trip
Michael had a month to live in Japan for a reasonable cost. He admitted that exploring the world means to accept spending money, "But Japan shouldn’t be somewhere that you avoid or put off because you’re worried about the finances." You will have to spend even more for the trips to Australia, the UK, Scandinavia, or New York. By having the renowned unique culture, visitors really should at least once go to Japan to experience yourself.