How to save money traveling in Japan

Get the most bang-for-buck out of your Japan trip

Japan can be a very expensive country to travel to. Especially when you compare it to other countries in Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia etc.). However, it doesn’t have to be. With a few tips and tricks, you can turn your Japan trip into an affordable, but still memorable experience.

1. Go late-night shopping

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2. Skip the Konbini (if possible)

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3. Use the magical train pass

But only a few foreigners seem to know about the alternative: a rail pass that costs just 12,000 Yen and allows for 5 days of (non-consecutive) unlimited travel of your choice (as opposed to the rail pass wich only allows for consecutive travel days from the date of activation). I’m talking about the Youth 18 Ticket. But, there is a catch; unlike the Rail Pass, with this ticket, you can only use local trains. This means that journeys that usually take 3–4 hours, can become 13 hours of train rides with multiple transfers. Still, if you have the time, this is one of the best ways to save on transportation.

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4. Take the bus

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5. Walk

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6. Go for hostels (or capsule hotels)

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7. Cut the tax

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8. Finance your trip with reselling

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I hope that these tips will help you save money on your next Japan trip, and feel free to check out more articles for first-time travelers in Japan, such as a one-week itinerary or the best place to stay in Tokyo.



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Adam Rifi

Lover of Japan, Travel, Food & Cooking and Frugality. New to blogging but always wanted to try it!