Yes, You Can Visit Japan on a Budget

Fujiyoshida, Japan
Fujiyoshida, Japan. Photo by David Edelstein on Unsplash

While many Asian countries are known for being relatively cost-friendly for travelers, one exception to the rule is Japan, which has a reputation for being pretty pricy. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to keep to your budget when visiting. Here are some tips for not overspending when traveling to Japan.

Get a Train Pass or Take Buses

While it’s a great way to travel, the bullet train in Japan is quite expensive. To avoid paying so much money for a train ticket, consider taking buses instead, which are much cheaper. If you don’t have the time for buses, which admittedly take much longer than the train, you can also save on train tickets by getting a Japan Rail pass.

Eat Cheap

One of the best parts of visiting Japan is the food, which you can still enjoy for cheap. Instead of visiting fancy restaurants, consider eating at 100 yen shops, 7-11, sushi trains, and cooking your own food. And avoid fresh fruit if you can, as it’s quite expensive.

Consider Capsule Hotels

Housing in Japan is incredibly expensive, and so are accommodations for tourists. If you’re on a budget, you might want to consider staying in a capsule hotel. while it’s admittedly not roomy, you’ll be able to save a lot of money.