Japan Travel Guide

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Japan is unique compared to other Asian countries — rich with history and tradition, and yet one of the most technologically advanced, innovative countries in the world. Quality, attention to detail and hospitality are unparalleled.

From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the abundant temples of Kyoto, there is no lack of unforgettable experiences to fill your days. Enjoy a relaxing day at an onsen, or participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.  Whether you’re a foodie, adventurist or tech fanatic, you can be sure that Japan will steal your heart.

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Japan

Planning your budget

$1 USD is ≈ 108 JPY (Yen)

For 108 Yen ($1) you can buy…

  • 1 bottle of water
  • 1 sushi plate from a conveyor belt
  • Any 1 item from Daiso, the 100 yen store

*All exchange rates are approximate. Try the XE Currency app for the latest rates. 

Accommodation in Japan is not cheap – expect to pay around $200 for your average hotel.  The good news, however, is that Japan has many unique alternatives to the traditional hotel.  Let’s break it down from most economical to most expensive:

  • Manga Café $15
  • Hostel $30
  • Capsule Hotel ≈ $30
  • Love Hotel ≈ $80
  • Temple Lodge  $90 (includes meals)
  • Business Hotel ≈ $90
  • Ryokan ≈ $200/person (includes meals)

Recommend booking via Rakuten, Japanican, Airbnb

Japan has the most efficient transportation system in the world.  The high speed bullet train (Shinkansen) is a must if you are traveling to different parts of Japan within a short period of time.  While transportation can be expensive, there are several value packages exclusively for tourists.

  • City bus $2
  • Local train $3
  • Overnight bus $50
  • Shinkansen $100 each way

Recommend booking via JR Pass, SeishunJapanican

The food in Japan is some of the best in the world. If you are a sushi lover, this is heaven. From there, the list of mouth-watering foods goes on and on. But first, let’s talk cost:

  • Sushi $2/piece
  • Yakitori $4/skewer
  • Ramen $6
  • Okonomiyaki $7
  • Tonkatsu $10
  • Japanese dish $12
  • Western dish $15
  • Shabu Shabu $30

*There is no tipping in Japan. 

There are a wide variety of cultural, spiritual, and adventure activities to enjoy in Japan. Some of the best activities are free, including many temples, gardens, festivals, and hiking.

  • Climb Mt Fuji $10
  • Tea ceremony $10
  • Onsen $20
  • Maid cafe $20 (includes drink)
  • Day tour $50
  • Sumo tournament $90
  • Kimono dressing  $100
  • Ninja experience  $120

Recommend booking via H.I.S., JTB

Japan Bucket List

  • Treat yourself to the best sushi in the world
  • Climb Mount Fuji through the night, ascending just in time for sunrise
  • Tour a Japanese garden and take part in a traditional tea ceremony
  • Visit the many temples of Kyoto, including the famous Golden and Silver Pavilion
  • Walk across Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing
  • Relax in a Japanese onsen and enjoy the many natural hot springs
  • Experience the early morning tuna auction at the Tsukiji fish market
  • Go to a sumo tournament or better yet, watch a morning practice
  • Sing karaoke all night long
  • Ride the Shinkansen, one of the fastest bullet trains in the world

  • Hey, thank you for sharing, it’s really helpful.

    I’ve seen your’e going to Germany soon?
    If you need any advice let me know (I’m german^^)
    so maybe I can give you some travel tips. 🙂

    Cheers!
    Sarah

    • Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for visiting the site! I actually just got back from a trip to Germany and I need to finish up a few posts about it – but I definitely welcome advice from a native! Germany is my favorite country second to Japan 🙂