Japan can be expensive as a holiday destination so here are five ways in which you can do the trip on a budget.
1. If it is your first time in Japan, consider doing it with a tour group.
When we started thinking about our trip to Japan, we were worried about what to expect. Firstly I have severe dietary requirements and explaining that to a normal English speaking person is complicated enough, so I was worried about going to Japan and not being understood. I was also worried about navigating a country that didn’t have signs or in fact any info in English. I just didn’t know what to expect. We did our research and found The Dragon Trip, a budget tour operator who would guide us around Japan and make sure that we had our needs taken care of.
2. Plan your travel beforehand
Japan has one of the best public transport service in the whole wide world. I have been so amazed by the efficiency of their trains. We travelled all over cities on foot and by public transport. The bullet trains are just as incredible as everyone makes it out to be and even their normal trains are so efficient that their rush hour was like London’s average afternoon.
3. There are lots of free things to do
One of the things we heard a lot about was, was that Japan is expensive. What we didn’t realise was that, with some thought, quite a lot of Japan’s attractions are free. There were so many shrines and historical sites which were open to the public and as we were there in Sakura season, we spent a lot of time in their gorgeous parks marvelling at the beautiful flowers.
4. Make 7 elevens your best friend
We lived off 7 eleven stores all over Japan. They were so well stocked with everything from breakfast items to bento boxes, I found them so useful. Being a vegetarian is very difficult in Japan, so I spent a lot of time eating pizza buns, cream puff pastries and Pocky chocolate sticks. We had the occasional meal in the restaurant but we were so busy marvelling at all the things to see in Japan, we often missed meals and it wasn’t an issue.
5. Don’t disregard hostels and capsule hotels
I would be the first person to stick my nose up at hostels. At 16, they would not have been an issue but at this age, I like the finer things in life, including hotels with several stars attached to them. I like to be taken care of so anxious, is not even the word to describe how I was feeling about staying in hostels and capsule hotels. Hostels in Japan are basic but so clean and honestly if it wasn’t for the shared bathrooms, they would have been like staying in a Premier Inn. We paid for private rooms and they often had bathrooms attached to them anyway.
I hope you enjoyed my quick budget tips for Japan. I have loads of Japan content coming up so stay tuned!