Japan has always been in my Travel Bucketlist, so in our many travelers friend, but, I often see them cancelling their plan due to budget constraints. I always get to hear that Japan is one of the expensive country in the world & their is no denial to it. But, any country can fit in your pocket if prepared properly. So here is our guide for all those who want to roam on their own in the land of the rising sun that to in budget.
Plan in advance: Planning in advance would let you save your cost on air tickets, accommodation and also that you are able to accommodate most of the things in your travel plan. We planned about 3 months in advance and researched and formulated our 9 days itinerary, which encompassed most of the must do’s of Japan.
Take a JR Pass: JR pass (Japan rail pass) is one of most important essential since it will save your cost on the train, a Metro system, and bullet trains. Fares for bullet trains are exorbitant, if you plan to check out more than one city in Japan, this pass is must for you and will save a ton of your money. JR pass comes with 7, 14 and 21 days duration & can only be bought outside Japan. You can book your JR Pass through www.jrpass.com
Airbnb: Accommodation in Japan is expensive especially hotels, Sites like Airbnb have a great deal on accommodation if you equate it with hotels/hostels, since we are not backpackers on a shoestring budget, we like to opt for a decent accommodation that fits our pocket, a private room or a small apartment on Airbnb was quite less while we were seeking for accommodation. Remember the best and cheapest ones get booked soon, then it’s always advisable to reserve in advance. You can even get 25$ off on your first stay
Cook food: The chief reason I chose Airbnb is the fact that I could prepare my own food, & being a vegetarian it’s always helpful and saves a great deal of money.
Buy food at a convenience store: There are many convenience stores in Japan but the most famous ones are 7-Eleven and Family Mart, which have a pre-set meals known as bento boxes and comes for around 100jpy- 300 jpy, while a meal in a restaurant will cost you more.