Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Budget: How much does it cost to go to Tokyo Japan?

Updated on July-16-2017

How much does it cost for a trip to go to Japan? Is Tokyo or Japan expensive? Maybe not when you compare Tokyo with Singapore, London or New York City. I believe if your Tokyo Japan trip is planned carefully, money can be very well spent. I have dedicated this blog post to the overall planning and budgeting for your first trip to Japan. Compare Tokyo to Manhattan, Paris, or London, the cost of visiting these modern nation cities could easily exceed the amount spent in Tokyo, Japan.
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Apple store in Ginza Tokyo
The flight ticket prices in the months of September/October are very reasonable and the weather is still very nice; I have found tickets around $700 USD in parts of September/October 2017. Because of the great flight ticket prices and currency exchange rate (1 USD to 112 Yen), I recommend booking flights and hotels as early as possible because of the reasonable flight ticket prices to Tokyo Japan.
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- To read about my recommendations of affordable, Reasonable, Convenient hotels in Tokyo, visit: Affordable Cheap Reasonable Hotels in Tokyo
- To read about my recommendations of affordable and reasonable hotels in OSAKA, visit: Osaka Reasonable Affordable Hotels
- To read about my recommendations of reasonable, affordable, and convenient hotels in KYOTO, visit: Kyoto reasonable, affordable, and convenient Hotels
- To read about how to plan your trip to Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe, visit: Planning your trip to Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe in Japan




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Booking a good flight to Japan can save you hundreds of dollars from North America

There are huge price differences on flights between high and low seasons. High season is usually when the weather is warm in North hemisphere, and when many of the travelers are able to use their vacation time. "High season" is usually between the months of June and August, and part of December.  The price for flights are typically much more reasonable during shoulder season and other months. "Shoulder season" is usually in the months of April, May, September, October and November. The price differences could be as much as 50% of the low season airfare.



Round trip ticket prices to Tokyo Japan
Prices are found on popular travel sites (Tripadvisor or Skyscanner) for flights in the the months of September/October in 2017. The prices are shown in US dollars. The currency exchange rate is approximately 1 USD to 112 Japanese Yen. (prices vary so I suggest readers to search and compare on travel sites directly)

I have listed prices of both direct and connecting flights (mostly only one stop) for many cities; Prices are usually cheaper for flights with one or more stops.

NORTH AMERICA
- Los Angeles: Direct flight ~$ 702 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 513 Round trip
- San Francisco: Direct flight ~$ 893 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 641 Round trip
- San Jose: Direct flight ~$ 1044 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 722 Round trip
- San Diego: Direct flight ~$ 732  Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 702 Round trip
- New York: Direct flight ~$ 953 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 568 Round trip
- Newark: Direct flight ~$ 973 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 574 Round trip
- Chicago: Direct flight ~$ 1117 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 759 Round trip
- Dallas: Direct flight ~$ 1348 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 937 Round trip
- Houston: Direct flight ~$ 1777 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 746 Round trip
- Seattle: Direct flight ~$ 1164 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 774 Round trip
- Honolulu: Direct flight ~$ 655 Round trip
- Vancouver: Direct flight ~$ 600 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 549 Round trip
- Toronto: Direct flight ~$ 973 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 793 Round trip

EUROPE
- London: Direct flight ~$ 1343 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 513 Round trip
- Paris: Direct flight ~$ 952 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 587 Round trip
- Frankfurt: Direct flight ~$ 1182 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 621 Round trip
- Dusseldorf: Direct flight ~$ 915 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 594 Round trip
- Munich: Direct flight ~$ 1465 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 664 Round trip
- Berlin: Connecting flight ~$ 570 Round trip
- Amsterdam: Direct flight ~$ 976 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 648 Round trip
- Copenhagen: Direct flight ~$ 876 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 725 Round trip  
- Stockholm: Connecting flight ~$ 656 Round trip
- Madrid: Direct flight ~$ 904 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 557 Round trip
- Rome: Direct flight ~$ 1025 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 610 Round trip
- Zurich: Direct flight ~$ 904 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 576 Round trip  
- Geneva: Connecting flight ~$ 652 Round trip
- Dublin: Connecting flight ~$ 746 Round trip

ASIA, AUSTRALIA
- Singapore: Direct flight ~$ 376 Round trip
- Kuala Lumpur: Direct flight ~$ 266 Round trip
- Manila: Direct flight ~$ 202 Round trip 
- Jakarta: Direct flight ~$ 497 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 344 Round trip
- Hong Kong: Direct flight ~$ 140 Round trip
- Bangkok: Direct flight ~$ 271 Round trip
- Taipei: Direct flight ~$ 203 Round trip
- Seoul: Direct flight ~$ 171 Round trip
- Ho Chih Minh City: Direct flight ~$ 702 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 333 Round trip
- Sydney: Direct flight ~$ 597 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 512 Round trip
- Melbourne: Direct flight ~$ 530 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 521 Round trip
- Auckland: Direct flight ~$ 937 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 708 Round trip

SOUTH AMERICA, AFRICA, OTHER AREAS
- Mexico City: Direct flight ~$ 1113 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 991 Round trip
- Sao Paulo: Connecting flight ~$ 916 Round trip
- Rio de Janeiro: Connecting flight ~$ 1316 Round trip
- Buenos Aires: Connecting flight ~$ 1577 Round trip
- Cape Town: Connecting flight ~$ 634 Round trip
- Dubai: Direct flight ~$ 898 Round trip
connecting flight ~$ 656 Round trip
- Riyadh: Connecting flight ~$ 727 Round trip






Tokyo Hotel Cost
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Park Hyatt Hotel, Tokyo.
The cost of hotel is likely to be the biggest variable of the cost for the trip. The cost of accommodation mainly depends on size and location. The bigger the room and the more convenient the location will put the hotel at a higher price. Shared bathroom and dormitory type of accommodations have been popular among budget travelers in the recent years. The specific cost of most of the accommodations are based on the number of occupants, and it is considered illegal to have more occupants than what is stated under the hotel reservation.

Hostel: Similar to youth hostel throughout the world. Dormitory style type of accommodation, where travelers share the same room space, bathroom/shower, and living room area. It is very popular among budget backpackers. Costs around 20 to 50 dollars per night/person.


Capsule Hotel: Small "coffin" size hotel, creation of Japan, costs about 30 to 50 dollars per night/ person in Tokyo.


Budget Hotel: Very small size hotel, perhaps 25% of the size of a typical hotel room in North America. It is one of my favorite type of accommodation in Japan with very good cost/performance ratio. Costs round 60 to 100 dollars per night/person in Tokyo.


Standard Hotel: Perhaps 50% of the size of a room at Holiday Inn in the US. Typically ranges from $120 to $280 per night per room.


Luxury Hotel: Hotels similar to Tokyo Park Hyatt Bill Murray stayed at in the movie "Lost in Translation." There are plenty of options for luxurious hotel in the most expensive city of the world. They typically range from $400 to $700 per night per room.






Tokyo Transportation Cost
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Yamanote Train Line, Tokyo.
The cost of transportation for your trip in Tokyo could be kept under control if the expensive taxi is avoided and no side trips to other parts of Japan is carried out. If you are planning to visit Kyoto/Osaka/Kobe or Fukuoka, I would recommend using Japan Rail Pass.

Train: Above ground, with Yamanote loop line to be the most convenient train route, it is one of the most popular form of transportation in Tokyo. Most of the train rides within the city cost around $2 to $5 per ride depending on the distances to destinations.


Metro Train/Subway: Underground. It is perhaps the most established subway system in the world. Tickets cost from $2 to $5.


Bullet Train: Also known as Shinkansen. There is no need to ride the bullet unless you want to include Osaka/Kyoto/Hokkaido/Fukuoka in your trip. One-way ticket from Tokyo area to Osaka costs around $125. I recommend buying All-You-Can-Ride Japan Rail Pass if your trip itinerary includes areas outside of the Tokyo area.


Taxi: I do not recommend taking the taxi from Narita airport to the city center. It probably will cost $200 to $450 per ride. I supposed that it is good to ride the taxi when you are uncertain on how to find certain restaurants or hotels. I recommend taking the taxi only when the public transportation is not available after public transportation stops running at midnight.


Bus: I would only recommend taking the bus from Narita airport or Haneda airport to the city or when taking the city tour bus. Regular city bus routes might be too complicated for first time travelers to Tokyo. Airport bus costs around $30, city tour bus costs about 30 to 50 dollars.


Walking: Free, perhaps the best method to get around in Tokyo. It allows you to experience the city like a Tokyoite.







Food Prices in Tokyo Japan
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Santouka Ramen, Tokyo/Shinjuku location.
The cost of food is another big variable of cost for the trip. Sushi can go from as cheap as $15 (10 plates at revolving Sushi bar) US dollars to 300 dollars per meal, depending on the type of restaurant you visit. They typically range from $20 to $40 per lunch/dinner set. McDonald's meals costs around  $7 to $10. Ramen is about $7 to $12 per bowl. Yoshinoya Beef bowl goes from $3 to $6. Curry rice (Japanese style) typically go from $5 to $12. Many of the restaurants have plastic model food display or pictures on the menu with prices shown, so you do not have to worry about ordering the wrong dish. Alcoholic drinks can costs from $2 (convenience store) to $12 (typical bar/club) In my opinion, ancient traditions and culture might be able to bring travelers to Japan for their very first time, but food and contemporary/pop culture will likely bring travelers back for their subsequent trips to Japan. 





Sightseeing Cost in Tokyo Japan
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Mori Tower, Tokyo City View, Roppongi.
Entrance fee to shrines costs from $3 to $8. Ticket to Tokyo Disneyland costs about 60 dollars and Sanrio Puroland costs around 40 dollars. Tokyo City View observatory deck costs about $14 dollars.







How much does it cost to go to Japan???
Total Cost for your trip to Japan:

For a reasonable SOLO 7-day trip to Tokyo Japan, the total cost will be around $1862 to $2062 USD when you travel from Los Angeles in September/August 2017.

Break down:

- Round trip flight from Los Angeles
$702 
Reasonable Accommodation: around $80 per person x 7 nights
$560 
- Total daily expense/spending money ($70-$100 per day x 7 days for food, sightseeing, and land transportation; assuming that you will be spending less than $20 per meal and spending less than 40 dollars per day on transportation and sightseeing)
$500 to $700 
- Souvenir shopping
$100



For a reasonable TWO-ADULT 7-day trip to Tokyo Japan, the total cost for two will be around $3204 to $4404 USD when you travel from Los Angeles in September/October 2017.

Break down:
- Round trip flight from Los Angeles ~ $702 X 2 people = $1404
$1404 
Reasonable Accommodation: around $100 to $200 per hotel room for two people x 7 nights
$700 to $1400 
- Total daily expense/spending money per person ($70-$100 per day x 7 days for food, sightseeing, and land transportation; Assuming each of you will be spending less than $20 per meal and spending less than 40 dollars per day on transportation and sightseeing)
$1000 to $1400 ($500 to $700 per person)
- Souvenir shopping
$100 to $200 



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