“Japan is expensive!”, I don’t know how many people told me that. They’re not wrong, actually. Japan doesn’t come cheap compared to other Asian countries like India or Thailand. But I don’t want you to be put off coming to japan by the fact that Japan is expensive. So, I’ll give you some useful tips for budget travellers.
Do not take Narita Express but take Tokyo Shuttle
Although the easiest way to go to Tokyo from Narita Airport is to take Narita express train, the fare doesn’t come very pretty; it costs 2,940yen for a single ticket. If you are on a tight budget and do not have a JR Pass, your best option is Tokyo Shuttle run by Keisei bus. It takes 90mins to Tokyo station and costs only 900yen! (¥2,040 saved!) You can buy your ticket at the Keisei Bus ticket counter at Narita airport. For more information on Tokyo Shuttle, go to: www.keiseibus.co.jp/global/en/nrt00.html
You can’t afford a JR Pass? Choose a coach trip!
Japan boasts a fast and reliable rail network but fares are rather expensive. For example, a single ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto costs ¥13,520, which is more expensive than going to Paris from London. Japanese people who don’t want to spend such money on transport, they use a coach instead.
Willerexpress offers an extensive coach network in Japan.
A single ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto is from ¥3,440. (¥10,080 saved!)
Don’t stay in Ryokan but stay in hostels
I know everyone wants to try Ryokan, or Japanese traditional inn, but Ryokan with hot springs are like a resort hotel to Japanese people so they stay in Ryokan only for a night or two for some special occasions. So, if overseas tourists stay in Ryokan for the entire time of their travel, it’ll cost a fortune. All you need is a bed and shower, isn’t it? Then, stay in a hostel or guest house.