Japan | 10-day Trip Budget

Total Expenses: about ¥110,000 (₱42,000or $920)

Let me start off by telling you that it’s true, travelling to and Japan can be quite expensive but contrary to what most people think, it won’t cost you your entire life’s savings. Not even close. But if you compare this trip to any country in your Southeast Asian trip like Thailand, Cambodia or even Philippines, then of course it’s going to be three, four or even five times more expensive.
So as early as now, please STOP COMPARING.

Japan Trip Exepenses

 

It was towards the end of the cherry blossom season when I travelled to Japan, late April until the first week of May, 2015. During that time, ¥100 = ₱37.5 so I’ll use this rate as my reference for the entire post. Keep in mind that I was travelling during peak season. The chart above shows the percentage I spent on each of my “travel necessities”. Well, maybe “Souvenirs” is not part of my travel necessities but I think I spent a substantial amount for it so it had to go in the chart too. I’ll explain each item on the chart as briefly as I can just to give you an idea of how I spent my money in Japan.

 

 

FOOD – about ¥13,800(₱5,200)

Nakau Beef Teriyaki Bowl

I thought I would spend a huge chunk of my budget on food like I always do. And because Japanese food in the Philippines is ridiculously expensive, I came to think that “authentic” Japanese food would be just as expensive if not more. I was so wrong!
In most days, my meal would consist of Teriyaki rice bowls, Katsudon and, wait for it…………RAMEN! But I splurged twice – one dinner in Osaka when I dined at one of the restaurants in Dotonbori and one late lunch in Kyoto because I just couldn’t leave Japan without trying the Wagyu beef and it was so damn heavenly!
A regular meal would cost me about ¥250-350(₱100-150).  It was even cheaper for me since I don’t usually eat breakfast and my hostel in Kyoto had free coffee and a huge slice of bread everyday. On top of that, Kyoto has Nakau, a cheap and delicious vendo-resto.
Bonus Tip: Stores in the food courts offer discounts starting at 10% about one hour before they close and these discounts continue to increase until about 15 minutes before they close. Discounts can go as high as 70%.

TRANSPORTATION – about ¥50,200(₱19,200)

Bullet Train

First of all, I’d like to thank Cebu Pacific Air for the free round trip tickets from Cebu to Manila to Kansai Airport so the amount stated here does not include my airfare.
You must be wondering why I spent a huge portion of my budget on transportation even without the airfare. It is because I invested in different transportation passes which are very common for and convenient for tourists in Japan. These passes granted me unlimited access to buses, trains, cable cars and even boats at a given time. I bought a Kansai City Pass, a  JR PASS(click here for more information about the pass), and a Hakone pass. Although ¥50,000 may seem a lot for transportation, it could’ve been a lot more. I still had to go to great lengths to save on transportation expenses including having to walk at least 3km each way from my hostel to another train station just so I won’t have to pay for a connecting train which would’ve cost me ¥300-400 each way.

Here’s a full breakdown of my transportation expenses:
¥29,110 – JR Pass
¥2,880 – Haruka Express Train from Kansai Airport to Kyoto
¥5,200 – 3-day Kansai Thru Pass
¥230 – Bus from Kyoto station to my hostel
¥500 – Bicycle Rental in Kyoto

¥5,030 – Romantic train, tram and river cruise (Scenic route to Arashiyama)

¥420 – Bus around Nara
¥500 – 1-day Kyoto Bus Pass
¥640 – Unmanned Monorail from Tokyo to Odaiba
¥4,000 – Hakone Pass
¥510 – Ticket Express from Osaka to Kansai Airport
¥1,180 – Metro Rides(Connecting to other stations)

ACCOMMODATION –  ¥24,090(₱8,350)

Capsule Hotel

This is the exact total amount I spent on accommodations in Japan. I usually stay in hostels whenever I travel and it’s not just because it’s cheap but because of the connections you make while you’re there.
In all of my hostel/homestay experience, I find Japan’s hostels to be among the cleanest and coziest. Plus, staying in a Capsule bunk is already an experience in itself.(Click here to get a good idea of what it feels like to stay in a Capsule bunk)

Here’s the full breakdown of my accommodation expenses:
Kyoto – 3 Nights – A-yado Hostel Gion – ¥2,050/night
Tokyo – 3 Nights – Khaosan Original Asakusa – ¥2,200/night
Tokyo – 1 Night – 1night 1980Yen Hotel Taito-ku – ¥2,340/night
Osaka – 3 Nights – Capsule Hotel Shinsaibashi – ¥3,000/night

You might be wondering why I had 2 accommodations listed for my Tokyo trip. It was because when I decided to stay in Tokyo for 1 more night, the bed I was sleeping in was already booked by someone else so I had to transfer to another hostel in another side of town. And yes, that’s what it’s called – 1Night for 1980Yen Hotel.

MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES – about ¥7,200(₱2,700)

Kinkaku-ji

My miscellaneous expenses for this trip is comprised of only 2 things – Temple/Shrine entrances and Beer! On average, temple entrances in Kyoto cost about ¥500(₱188). What spiked up this part of the budget was the 4000-yen German beer that I drank in the “Oktoberfest” event in Odaiba. Oh well, curiosity has its price.

On the other hand, if you really want to get a good feel of the Japanese culture and history, then visit the shrines. They’re very well-preserved and each one is unique in so many ways. Trust me, you can never get enough of shrines and temples when you visit Japan. This is just one of the many ways to see Japan in all its beauty. A beauty only matched by the goodness of its people, where Japan’s true beauty resides.

SOUVENIRS – about ¥16,000(₱6,000)

I didn’t take home a lot of souvenirs, in fact I only bought a pair of Chuck Tailors for my Dad, a wind chime and a fridge magnet for my Mom, a couple of toys, uniquely-flavored Kit-Kats and a keychain for my collection.

I saved a lot by skipping Disneyland and Universal Studios. Although some attractions in these parks might be different from the ones I’ve been to in the US and they might even be unique to Japan, I just thought it wouldn’t be worth going anymore.
In conclusion, I spent less than ¥120,000(₱45,000 or $1000) for a 10-day and 10-night trip around Japan and you bet it was worth every penny…or Yen!

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