Japan – a country highly regarded by many for its preserved beauty, peculiarly fascinating culture, and not forgetting – its high cost of living.
Most commonly visited by tourists during the cherry blossoms period or skiing season where air ticket prices soar to a sky high, lets find out how to enjoy this amazing destination can maybe be more affordable than you think, and cap your spending at maximum to $2,000 for a 7 days.
3 Must-Dos for those Visiting Japan on Budget
1. Free Culture/ Traditional Heritage Sites
Shrines/ Temples are popular destinations in Japan, so make time to pop by some of the iconic ones in Tokyo City such as Sensoji Temple located at Asakua and Meji Shrine at Harajuku. Most of these shrines/ temples have free entry, but you may make a donation if you would like to. If no, just walk in and be captivated by the lovely structures, swaying trees and beautifully painted lanterns.
Season of skiing? Find out more about skiing at Shiga Kogen, just a few hours away by bullet train from Tokyo
2. Find Amazing Japanese Food at Affordable prices
In terms of presentation and balance, nobody beats Japan in terms of display. Their food is always nicely portrayed and photo worthy, which might explain the costly ticket that comes with it.
But don’t fret! If you don’t want to spurge on the premium expensive restaurants located along Shinjuku and Ginza, go for the slightly cheaper options like small restaurants within departmental stores, alleys at night selling street food. Departmental store food levels usually slash their food prices by a certain time every night, so you can head there for a 2nd round if you feel like it.
A bento meal before discount can costs about $10 -12, but gets reduced by 50% after certain hours.
Piss Alley sells amazing Yakitori barbequed right in front of you. Come here for a snack and beer after your dinner to well up your taste buds again. Each stick can range between USD$2 – $5.
Costs of this BBQ buffet place per person – with a beer : USD$16
Always pay a visit to the fish market to get them from the source.
Costs for this delicacy: USD$25
Scared of getting lost? Book a tour with govoyaging to save the hassle of hunting down these hunts.
3. Walk and feast your eyes on the Skyscrapers and Nightlife
Bustling Tokyo street lights with the fancy brands and incomprehensible Japanese words and cartoons, no wonder ‘Lost in Translation’ chose this country to set its movie scene, you get literally overwhelmed and lost in amazement.
Other tours and activities to do in Tokyo:
- Helicopter Night Cruising in Tokyo
- Go-Kart around Akibahara
- Tea Ceremony at Bonsai Museum
- Mount Fiji Tour
In conclusion, Tokyo isnt that expensive to cover, as there is so much one can do and feast their eyes on, without hurting the wallet too much. You just need your 2 feet, a good camera and lots of energy to visit Japan on Budget.
View of Tokyo Skytree from the bottom!
For those who like skiing in Japan, check out this ski video at Shiga Kogen.
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3 Motust-Dos for those Visiting Japan on Budget