Visit Japan this Year

by Cristina on January 20, 2011

by Cristina | January 20th, 2011  

I’ve always been fascinated by Japan ; it’s a country of contrasts and contradictions which has its own way of attracting travelers. Cities are high-tech but they mix the tradition with modernism. However, Japan is not a cheap place to visit. Actually, it’s worth it to know some tips on how to plan your trips to Japan on a budget .

While finding affordable flights to Tokyo is easy, thanks to the many airlines serving the city, when you need to start planning your accommodation and other expenses budget, things can get tricky.

When you look for cheap Tokyo hotels , consider staying in a capsule hotel. A night’s stay in such a hotel can range between 2,500 and 4,000 yen ($30 and $48) and complimentary extras include toothbrushes, razors, pajamas, towels, lockers and even communal hot baths.

Choosing to on kaiten sushi will definitely lower your expenses. Plates are usually color-coded and range from 100 to around 500 yen ($1.20 and $6). Stick to restaurants with low prices and it doesn’t hurt to have some friends to show you around.

In Japan, it’s easy to eat well on a budget. Fresh, great-quality snacks and even full meals in lunchboxes (bento) can be bought for less than 500 yen in many supermarkets. And eating well will keep you full for longer and keep your body healthy.

If you want to spend a night out but your budget doesn’t exactly allow it, gather some friends and rent a karaoke booth. You get the booth plus the unlimited food and beverage for an hour.

To travel cheaply around Japan, invest in Japan Rail (JR) travel pass. It may seam expensive at first glance but if you’ll be in the country for more than two weeks and plan to visit multiple cities, this is the best way to go.

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