Travel costs in Japan

Japan isn’t as expensive as people often say, but visitors should expect to pay a lot more than other Asian countries. What makes Japan so much better though is that because of all the great transportation, you can do much more in one day.

Daily Costs

Here are some rough numbers for budget travelers coming to Japan, including accommodation and transportation costs:

Single Traveler

6000-8000 yen

Two travelers

5000-6000 per person


4000-5000 yen per person


Dorm bed: 1500-2500 yen

Hostel room: 3000-4000 yen

Budget meal: 500 yen

Bento: 400-600 yen

All-you-can-eat meal: 800-1000 yen

Bus ticket: 200 yen

City train ticket: 180 yen


Be sure to check our tips for saving money!

Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict

2 thoughts on “Travel costs in Japan

  1. I agree that Japan is not too expensive, contrary to many opinions. Of course it can be relative to your currency exchange rate.

    From an Australian perspective, around 2009 our exchange rate was around 0.50 and recently it has got to as high as 1.00. Essentially meaning a trip costs half as much as 5 years ago.

    Exchange rates aside, the options for accommodation are many. We have stayed in Hostels, Business Hotels, real hotels and ryokan. At $130 a night, the hotel was by far the costliest, but still great value for what is was.

    Can’t get a hotel an equivalent hotel in Sydeny for $130


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