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  • I think to many people the words budget and Japan seem to be something of a contradiction.

  • There's this assumption that the cost of visiting Japan for a two-week holiday,

  • would be enough to bankrupt dictator,

  • but it doesn't have to.

  • In the last year's Japan has experienced a boom in tourism.

  • From 8 million overseas tourists in 2007, to 24 million last year.

  • And with it it's led to a whole new wave of hostels and hotels, rail passes, buses

  • and low-cost domestic airlines, that have made it cheaper to experience and

  • travel the country than ever before.

  • In fact, this year in the UK Tokyo was ranked as

  • the cheapest long-haul destination thanks to a fall in the value of the yen.

  • In this video we'll be looking at ways that you can save money,

  • on transportation, accommodation and dining out and giving you a general idea of

  • how much you could be spending on any given day.

  • The boom in tourism have seen an explosion

  • of new hostels and hotels, opening across Japan especially in Tokyo.

  • But whether you're staying at a hotel motel or holiday in,

  • the cheapest place to stay in Tokyo is the area of Asakusa and Ueno,

  • where the majority of the hostels are.

  • So, the absolute cheapest option, accommodation wise is staying in

  • a hostel in a dormitory where you can find a bed for as little sometimes as

  • 2,000 yen.

  • If I'm traveling in a group, that's usually the option we go for.

  • The second best option is staying in a capsule hotel which is a bit more expensive,

  • between 3,000 to 5,000 yen per night.

  • If I had to choose between a hostel and a capsule hotel,

  • I would usually go for a capsule hotel,

  • just because the beds are bigger, there's some degree of privacy with the shutter

  • and you get your own TV! What more could you want?

  • After capsule hotels the next cheapest option is to stay at business hotel.

  • Where you can find a single room for about 5000 yen per night if you're lucky,

  • but typically between 5,000 to 7,000 yen.

  • I could recommend some budget hotel chains, like "TOYOKO-INN" or "APA" hotels.

  • But actually I found over the last year the best way is to just

  • go online and compare prices for about half an hour.

  • And the 3 best websites are probably "Booking.com" "Japan i Can.com" and "Rakuten Travel"

  • and "HOSTELWORLD" if you're booking a hostel.

  • you can find bargains on "Airbnb" as well, especially if you're traveling in a group of like

  • three or four people, but if you're traveling solo I tend to find

  • "Airbnb" works out to be more expensive. and I use it more for the experience of

  • staying somewhere interesting rather than to travel on a budget.

  • Finally the wild card option is to stay in a love hotel, where you can find a room for about

  • 8,000 yen per night on average. Although with a love hotel

  • you're paying for the room rather than people in it so if, you're going with two people

  • then it still works out cheaper than a standard hotel room.

  • And it's typically a lot bigger than a standard hotel room.

  • With things like cages, teddy bear caves and jacuzzis at your disposal.

  • Try and book all of your accommodation

  • at least three months in advance to save quite a bit of money.

  • And also for hostels it's kind of essential, given that they are still a bit of a rarity.

  • So try and book the ball 3 months in advance not only get a room

  • but to get one the cheap as well.

  • And the last option and one that I use a heck of a lot are

  • "overnight buses" which leads us on to transportation

  • Japan's transportation infrastructure is legendary.

  • Riding on trains is an effortless joy they're never late, they're always clean

  • And passengers aren't shouting down the phone about

  • how drunk they were last weekend with their friends Barry and Deborah.

  • But it is a little bit pricey especially the bullet trains.

  • And the first conundrum most foreign travelers have when coming here,

  • is whether or not to get the Japan Rail Pass.

  • Where for about 46,000 yen you can

  • travel the country freely for two weeks on Shinkansen and local trains and save

  • quite a bit of money and have peace of mind along the way.

  • To give you an idea of how much you could save, if you came to Japan for a two-week trip,

  • visiting Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. The cost of catching bullet trains and a round trip would be

  • around 43,000 yen. If you take into consideration other costs such as

  • subway trains and buses, that would likely add up to another 10,000 yen.

  • At the minimum you're saving about 6 thousand yen, but probably more!

  • And more importantly, it'll save you the time and stress of standing around at ticket machines every day

  • for 2 weeks buying train tickets and bus tickets, and that alone is a good enough reason to consider it.

  • However there is an even cheaper way of traveling the country.

  • Some friends recently visited and we traveled the same route from

  • Tokyo to Kyoto and Hiroshi Shima. Instead of using 3 bullet trains on the roundtrip,

  • we used 2 night busses and a domestic flight from Hiroshima back to Tokyo.

  • On top of that, we probably spent another 10,000 yen traveling around the cities on the subway trains.

  • That gave us a total of 34,000 yen!

  • Which is quite a bit cheaper than getting the Japan Rail Pass.

  • If you're traveling Japan on a budget, let night busses be your secret weapon!

  • because as well as being half the price of a bullet train, if you travel through the night

  • you're also saving on accommodation as well. For example...

  • We traveled on the night bus for 2 nights and thus saved 2 nights of accommodation,

  • which would have been around another 8,000 yen.

  • that said if you are traveling by night bus there are a few additional costs. For example...

  • You'll need to spend at least another 600 yen,

  • on a bottle of wine to make sure you're fully knocked out for the duration of the trip.

  • I'd say 50 % of the time, I'm able to sleep on the night bus. And the other 50 %of the time...

  • I arrive at my destination a broken man, cursing the day that buses were ever invented.

  • The 2 best websites for booking are...

  • Willer Express and Japan travel bus.com. Which are both in English and nice and easy to use.

  • in recent years though, Japan's also seen a steady stream

  • of low-cost airline carriers popping up. For example to fly from Sendai to Osaka,

  • cost as little as 5,000 yen with "Peach Airlines" far cheaper than by train

  • and even by bus. And if you still want to know if the Japan Rail Pass

  • is worth it or not, you can use the Japan Rail Pass

  • calculator on the Japan guides website. where you can input the length of time

  • you're staying and your itinerary to get a rough idea whether or not it's worth it.

  • And if you want to save even more money there's an even cheaper way than by traveling by bus.

  • You can travel by...

  • "skateboard"

  • No seriously! I'm not even trolling you, I know it going who travelled all the way from

  • Sapporo Hiroshima on a skateboard. It took him 33 days and he saved at least

  • 5,000 yen which is the cost of traveling by plane. The only question that remains is...

  • How budget are you willing to go??

  • Yeah I would have... I would have...

  • just flown it...

  • The cheapest style of restaurant to eat out in Japan are

  • the fast food restaurants. The three main ones are...

  • Sukiya

  • Yoshinoya

  • and Matsuya

  • Which can be found on most city streets across the country. And all of which sell the

  • same style of rice bowl dishes covered in toppings the most popular being

  • Gyudon, which is thinly sliced beef.

  • So you got rice, beef and three kinds of cheese.

  • All for 490 yen and without the cheese...

  • It's 350 yen which is disturbingly cheap!

  • It's not something you're going to write home to your family about...

  • probably but it is very filling.

  • After you've had this, the next six hours you're soaring.

  • Also it comes with Tabasco. This isn't product placement.

  • It's not just randomly there, they give it to you with the bowl to give it some flavor.

  • Although be careful because you do get Tabasco all over your hands and it does look like...

  • I've committed murder!!!

  • Fast filling and without the same sense of guilt

  • that comes from eating at a western style fast-food restaurant

  • is the ideal place to drop into for any budget traveler, or just people like me

  • who are lazy! And can't be bothered to cook at home.

  • Slightly healthier than Western fast-food, although if you're like me and you

  • smother your food in 3 kinds of cheese you are going to lose those a

  • groundbreaking health benefits.

  • Another good cheap fast food option are the standing restaurants, dotted around train stations.

  • Where you can order a bowl of soba or udon,

  • from the vending machines for as little as 400 yen.

  • And if I'm in a hurry around lunchtime, I'll quickly dive in and grab a bowl of

  • "Mushroom Soba" Tastes surprisingly good as well!

  • But then again even if you're a budget traveler,

  • You probably didn't come all the way to Japan just to eat

  • a bowl of rice with 3 kinds of cheese for 2 weeks.

  • Or maybe you did!?

  • But fortunately there's a really easy way of saving money if you're going out for the evening.

  • There are a few Japanese words you really need to know before you visit.

  • And one of those words is "Nomihoudai"

  • which means all you can drink!

  • It's the holy grail of a cheat night out.

  • Where for around as little as 1,200 yen,

  • you can drink as much as you can from the extensive drink menu, for up to 2 hours!

  • It's pretty good for 1,500 yen,

  • you get all the alcohol you can drink and all the meat you can eat.

  • OH MY GOD!! (chuckling)

  • It's less of a barbecue, more of a... just a general...

  • general FIRE!!

  • Some types of restaurants also have "Tabehoudai" all you can eat.

  • Particularly at "Yakiniku" grill meat restaurants such as this one.

  • Just be careful who you leave in charge of the barbecue...

  • His food is on fire!

  • If you do some research online,

  • finding bars and restaurants with "Nomihoudai" is pretty easy to do.

  • If you're not a big drinker, but still fancy a beer though the cheapest place

  • to buy alcohol is at the supermarket or convenience store.

  • One really good thing about Japan is you can actually drink alcohol out in public.

  • which you can't do in the UK.

  • So you can come in here you can grab your your ah...

  • "One CUP Sake"

  • which is basically just a kind of a jam jar filled with cheap sake.

  • And go off down the park and have a bit of fun!

  • That said, it's not that great so...

  • probably avoid that unless it's your first time drinking sake.

  • Because then you won't know, you won't have anything to compare it to.

  • It's also a great place to pick up breakfast or lunch,

  • such as onigiri rice balls or cheap ready meals.

  • Soba noodles, 348 yen pretty cheap!

  • The perfect thing for like a picnic or a light snack.

  • Finally to give you a rough idea of the price of certain popular dishes,

  • here's a full price breakdown with meals such as sushi and yakitori,

  • unsurprisingly being amongst the most expensive.

  • And "Wagyu" beef being so expensive I didn't even bother putting it on the list.

  • So there you have it! Traveling Japan on a budget!

  • This video was made in collaboration with the "Japan National Tourism Office London"

  • If you're looking for ideas and advice on traveling to Japan, you can check out the glamorous website

  • at "seejapan.co.uk" which is one of the best resources for

  • planning your trip to Japan. And if you're not a native English speaker,

  • the JNTO website comes in 15 languages which you can find at,

  • jnto.go.jp

  • I've also put a link to their Facebook page in the description box,

  • if you're looking for more ideas for your trip.

  • But for now many thanks for watching guys,

  • and if you are watching this in preparation for an upcoming trip to Japan,

  • just want to wish you an awesome trip!

  • Have a good one!!

  • Oh, I really shouldn't wink like that at the end...

  • It just... just looks a bit creepy

  • and awkward...

  • Maybe I'll give a friendly SMILE.

  • (||゚Д゚||)

I think to many people the words budget and Japan seem to be something of a contradiction.

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How Expensive is it to Travel Japan? | Budget Travel Tips

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    ayane   posted on 2019/11/11
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