A trip to Japan is often considered very expensive. There are many stories doing around that the travelers need to splash out $100 to get only a steak and bear costs $50. However, there are always some most effective travel tricks and tips to make your Japan journey less costly but more memorable. And it always feels great when you are left with a tidy sum even after exploring and enjoying a lot of things during your foreign tour.
The biggest advantage of being an adventure buff is you will never fail to manage within a tight budget. How much you will need to part ways with depends on how long and where you will stay. Japan, nicknamed as ‘The Land of Rising Sun’ is a very beautiful country. Its panoramic splendor is simply breath-taking and there is a myriad of sightseeing spots that are a must-visit.
It is less likely that you can cover all of them in a short trip. On other hands, a longer stay will see a goodly sum flowing out of your pocket. As your budget is limited, so prioritize what you like to see first. Transportation cost while exploring a foreign country takes up a bigger chunk of your estimated travelling expenses. If you can free up space on your transportation expenses, it will be a great saver on your budget.
- Whether you have a plan to stay longer or it is just going to be a short trip, transportation is a basic need. For a shorter trip, a rented bicycle is fine. But what if you want to see many sunrises in Japan? The best is to buy one cycle and then sell it before your leaving the land. Now if you are on a fortnight trip to Japan, think about buying a bike for $100 or even less. A second-hand choice would be fine and you are likely to get the same amount – or close to it – in times of reselling. Visit the local cop shop for registration. A rented bike for $10 – $30 per day will also serve your purpose
- Taxi fare is quite terrible in Japan. If you have no way but to use a taxi, consider sharing it with other commuters heading towards the same destination. Remember no tipping is allowed in Japan. If you are traveling by train, it has enough room and option to accommodate your bicycle or bike. However, that will cost you more if compared to the subway. Buses are a cheaper option than subway though avoided by many foreign travelers.
- For those who are adventurous type, buses are ideal. They can take you several places, which is unlikely if you are using the subway. And they will never run out of gas – a big plus of course!
- If you go with public transport option to visit metropolitan areas, multi-trip passes and tickets make a cheaper choice. If you are a student, you will get larger discounts. To avail that, carry your student ID card at all times. You can also contract public transport offices for queries, staff there are very helpful.
Japan has to offer something for everyone and there are several ways to enjoy your trip within a small budget.