How much does a trip to Japan cost? 21-Day Budget [VIDEO]

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Qué pasa comiviajero/a! I know that you love this type of video-post, because the budget of a trip is one of the most important things to keep in mind. So as always, that’s what we’re here for, because besides sharing our SUPER JAPAN GUIDE, we want to talk to you about how much a trip to Japan costs, because we know that this may be one of the data that helps you decide or discard this destination.

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If you feel like reading more information about our trip to Japan you can find it here: complete guide to Japan, what to see in Tokyo in 5 days, what to see in Kyoto in 3 days, map of Japan, how to find cheap flights to Japan, how to pack, tips to travel to Japan from Spain, visa for Japan, plugs in Japan, the best travel insurance for Japan …

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Our budget for 21 days in Japan

We were in Japan for 21 days, so keep that in mind, because you may be able to organize your trip by being there for fewer days and that could considerably reduce this budget. Also, you have to bear in mind that the last nights we spent in Japan we slept in several rather expensive ryokanes that can be replaced by cheaper accommodations.

Japan is a MUCH cheaper country than we imagined. The most expensive part of the trip are the flights, transport and some accommodations if you want to give yourself a treat, but life there is quite cheap, you can eat for 5 euros per person or less without any problem.

When calculating prices of what your life will cost there, you have to know that in Japan they do not pay with euros, but with yen (JPY).

1 EURO = 117,37 JPY

How much does a trip to Japan cost: the flights

The price of flights to Japan depends on many factors: the time of year, the days you travel, where you make the stopover, the company you choose, the city from which you leave and to which you arrive (from Madrid it is more common to arrive in Tokyo and from Barcelona to Osaka), etc …

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Our recommendation is that you look well in all the comparators you know to find the best price, because you can find cheaper flights than ours. We always use Skyscanner because we find it the most comfortable. In our case, we flew with Etihad with a stopover in Abu Dhabi.

If you look well and book in advance being flexible with dates, it’s easy to find cheaper flights. If you want, you can have a look at our post on how to find cheap flights.

We pay 942.70 euros for flights from Japan.

471.35 euros per person.

How much does a trip to Japan cost: travel insurance

As you know, we always recommend that you travel with insurance, because you never know when you may need it. Obviously traveling to Japan is no exception, so it is imperative that you take out travel insurance. We always travel insured with IATI. If you still don’t have travel insurance, you can hire it here with a 5% discount for being a reader of Comiviajeros.

In this case we chose IATI Estrella, which currently covers up to 350,000 euros in medical expenses in case of having a problem.

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We paid 255.56 euros for travel insurance for Japan.

127.78 euros per person.

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How much does a trip to Japan cost?

You won’t spend anything on paperwork and documentation if you travel from Spain. Since you get a free 30-day tourist visa. If you are traveling from a Latin American country, we advise you to consult with Foreign Affairs or the Japanese embassy in your country. In this post you can find more information about the types of visas that exist to enter Japan.

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How much does a trip to Japan cost: inland transportation

As we told you in our post about transportation in Japan, this is one of the most important items of the travel budget to Japan, because to move from one place to another the fastest and most operative thing is the train. And the train, besides being operational and fast, is quite expensive. And that’s why there’s the Japan Rail Pass, a pass that allows you to take JR trains (Japan’s largest company) for an unlimited period of time.

We calculated all the journeys we were going to make and saw that we were compensated for taking the JR Pass for all the days we spent in Japan. We buy it on this website, which is the one we always recommend because it is shipped to your home by FedEx in a few days.

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Let’s explain the journeys that involved extra expense because they are essential to keep in mind how much a trip to Japan costs, since not all are included in the JR Pass:

21-day JR Pass for two people: 900 euros.Uber from Shibuya to Roppongi: 15.78 euros (1,853 JPY).Monorail Odaiba i/v: 10.90 euros (1,280 JPY).Train to the Great Buddha of Kamakura: 6.47 euros (760 JPY).Bus to Nakatsugawa – Magome: 9.54 euros (1,120 JPY).Bus Tsumago – Magome: 10.22 euros (1,200 JPY).Bus Magome – Nakatsugawa: 9.54 euros (1,120 JPY).Transport cards for 3 days in Kyoto: 30.66 euros (3,600 JPY).Bus Nara: 3.58 euros (420 JPY).Miyajima Cable Car: 30.66 euros (3,600 JPY).Hiroshima Train: 3.24 euros (380 JPY).Hiroshima Tram: 3.07 euros (360 JPY).Osaka Metro (various trips): 10.90 euros (1,280 JPY).Journey to Koyasan from Osaka i/v: 48.72 euros (5.).720 JPY).Bus Kanazawa – Shirakawago: 31.52 euros (3,700 JPY).Bus Shirakawago – Takayama: 42.08 euros (4,940 JPY).Bus Takayama – Hirayu Onsen: 26.75 euros (3,140 JPY).Bus Hirayu Onsen – Hirayu Onsen: 26.75 euros (3,140 JPY).

All transfers that are not on this list are because they were included in the price of the JR Pass.

We pay 1,220.38 euros for inland transportation in Japan.

610,19 euros per person.

How much does a trip to Japan cost?

We already told you about our hotels in Tokyo and the rest of our accommodations from our trip to Japan, but in this case we will only talk about the prices of our hotels and how they influenced the total budget of the trip to Japan. Keep in mind, as I was saying at the beginning of this post, we had several whims in terms of accommodation, as we stayed in the IWASO, Hiratakan and Yunoshimakan.

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We pay 2,210 euros for accommodation in Japan.

1.060 euros per person.

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How much does a trip to Japan cost: food

As you know, we have made several videos in which we taste Japanese food in which besides telling you how rich it is, we talk about prices. You can find them here:

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But let’s go to what really matters, what we spend on food on our trip to Japan. To give you an idea, you can eat at any Japanese tavern for less than 700-800 JPY (about 6 euros) per person. The most expensive meal of the trip was the one we made in Takayama at the Maruaki restaurant, where we could taste Hida’s delicious meat for just over 50 euros both.

In this total that you will find below are included breakfasts and some other meals that we made buying in local supermarkets and 7Eleven.

Meals at 7Eleven: 32.70 euros (3,839 JPY). Fish cakes in Tokyo: 3.49 euros (410 JPY). Bear biscuits in Ueno: 4.26 euros (500 JPY). Lunch at Sukiya Tokyo: 14.05 euros (1,650 JPY). Sushi dinner in Tokyo: 22.49 euros (2,640 JPY). Breakfast at Starbucks: 14.34 euros (1,684 JPY).Yoshinoya food: 8.43 euros (990 JPY) Buy at 7Eleven: 12.01 euros (1,410 JPY) Sushi dinner in Tokyo: 11.77 euros (1,382 JPY) Lunch at Nikko: 27.41 euros (3.218 JPY).dinner at a Shinjuku izakaya: 28.96 euros (3,400 JPY).Takoyakis: 4.94 euros (580 JPY).breakfast at Starbucks: 17.04 euros (2.Lunch at McDonalds: 12.86 euros (1,510 JPY). Sushi dinner: 10.94 euros (1,284 JPY). Buy 7Eleven: 8.94 euros (1,050 JPY).Sushi in Tsukiji: 11.96 euros (1,404 JPY). Lunch in Saizeriya: 13.35 euros (1,567 JPY). Buy 7Eleven: 9.37 euros (1,100 JPY). Breakfast in Nagoya: 12.13 euros (1.424 JPY) Sushi Naritaya Kyoto: 45.40 euros (5,330 JPY). 9.52 euros (1,118 JPY). 7Eleven: 7.38 euros (866 JPY).Lunch at McDonalds: 15.93 euros (1,870 JPY).Okonomiyakis in Kyoto: 22.66 euros (2,660 JPY).Ice cream in Kyoto: 3.41 euros (400 JPY).Yakiniku Kyoto Dinner: 40.20 euros (4.719 JPY).Kyoto Breakfast: 16.70 euros (1,961 JPY).Buy 7Eleven: 32.37 euros (3,800 JPY).Ramen in Nara: 14.91 euros (1,750 JPY).Waffles in Nara: 4.22 euros (495 JPY).Gyozas Dinner Sukemasa Kyoto: 10.05 euros (1,180 JPY).Kyoto Breakfast: 11.95 euros (1,403 JPY).Lunch at Iwamura in Miyajima: 24.53 euros (2,880 JPY).Momiji Cakes: 5.11 euros (600 JPY).Lunch McDonalds: 17.38 euros (2,040 JPY).Chococro Hiroshima: 10.39 euros (1.Hiroshima Breakfast: 9.16 euros (1,075 JPY) Menme Himeji Food: 11.50 euros (1,350 JPY) Waffles in Himeji: 5.14 euros (603 JPY).Osaka Yakiniku Dinner: 36.52 euros (4,287 JPY). Osaka Breakfast: 9.64 euros (1,132 JPY). Koyasan Lunch: 13.20 euros (1,550 JPY). Koyasan Breakfast: 6.90 euros (810 JPY).Takoyakis Osaka: 6.25 euros (734 JPY). Tempura Lunch Osaka: 29.34 euros (3,445 JPY). Gyoza Dinner No Osho: 15.62 euros (1,834 JPY).Osaka Breakfast: 10.13 euros (1,189 JPY).Lunch Udon Kanazawa: 12.78 euros (1,500 JPY).Dinner Saizeriya: 13.68 euros (1,606 JPY).Breakfast Starbucks: 14.48 euros (1.700 JPY) Buy 7Eleven: 14.05 euros (1,650 JPY). Food Maruaki Takayama: 50.94 euros (5,980 JPY). Food Tokyo station: 4.68 euros (550 JPY). Starbucks snack: 13.63 euros (1,600 JPY). Airport food: 40.48 euros (4,752 JPY). Water, drinks and snacks – TOTAL for the whole trip: 67.70 euros (7,948 JPY).

We pay 959.37 euros for food in Japan.

479.68 euros per person.

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How much does a trip to Japan cost: leisure, activities and other expenses?

Obviously, in your trip to Japan you are going to spend money on excursions, visits, tickets to temples, lockers, souvenirs, etc… Here is a breakdown of what we spend in this game because it is important for you to get an idea of how much a trip to Japan costs.

Qué ver en Himeji: Castillo de Himeji - cuánto cuesta un viaje a JapónQué ver en Himeji: Castillo de Himeji - cuánto cuesta un viaje a JapónHow much does a trip to Japan cost: leisure and visitsRecreation machine in Tokyo: 0.85 euros (100 JPY).Tokyo Tower tickets: 47.70 euros (5,600 JPY).Nikko temples: 33.22 euros (3,900 JPY).Kamakura temples: 20.44 euros (2,400 JPY).Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo: 5.11 euros (600 JPY).Tenriuyi Kyoto Gardens: 8.52 euros (1,000 JPY).Examples from Kyoto: 32.37 euros (3,800 JPY).Cookies for deer in Nara: 1.28 euros (150 JPY).Temples from Nara: 18.74 euros (2,200 JPY).Hiroshima Peace Memorial: 3.41 euros (400 JPY).Himeji Castle: 17.72 euros (2,080 JPY). Kongobuji Koyasan Temple: 6.81 euros (800 JPY). Kenrokuen Kanazawa Gardens: 5.28 euros (620 JPY).

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If you feel like it, you can consult our post about the best activities and excursions in Japan.

We pay 201,45 euros for excursions and visits in Japan.

100.72 euros per person.

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In addition to excursions and visits, when you consider how much a trip to Japan costs, there are other expenses that we didn’t want to leave out because it’s also interesting that you get to know them. They’re next:

Pocket WIFI with internet for both for 21 days. 86 euros.Laundry: 7.67 euros (900 JPY).Kyoto hotel rates: 13.63 euros (1,600 JPY).Himeji lockers: 11.92 euros (1,400 JPY).Shirakawago lockers: 8.52 euros (1,000 JPY).Takayama lockers: 8.52 euros (1,000 JPY).Other expenses (souvenirs, whims, etc…). 284.15 euros (33,360 JPY). In this item you can save to the maximum and even leave it at zero, so keep that in mind when you see the total expense.

We pay 420.41 euros for other expenses in Japan.

210,20 euros per person.

How much does a trip to Japan cost: Total budget for 21 days

Qué ver en Kioto: Fushimi Inari - cuánto cuesta un viaje a JapónQué ver en Kioto: Fushimi Inari - cuánto cuesta un viaje a JapónTotal budget for a 21-day trip to JapanPARTIDAGASTOVUELOS942,70 EUR TRAVEL INSURANCE255,56 EURTRAMIT0 EUR INTERNAL TRANSPORT1.220,38 EURALOJAMIENTO2210 EURCOMIDA959,37 EUROCIO201,45 EUROTHER EXPENSES420,41 EURTOTAL6209,87 EUR

Total budget for our trip to Japan. How much does a 21-day trip to Japan cost? 6,209.87 euros in total.

3,104.93 euros per person.

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