Japan is expensive, that’s what you hear.
Well, not that much, actually. Twenty years of deflation have left a mark in their price levels. As did the recent depreciation of the Yen against the Euro, losing 40% within a couple of months.
If you have visited London, New York or San Francisco, you won’t find the daily expenses of your visit to be outrageous.
I was really afraid of seriously stretching my budget in Japan, but I came out totally fine. Ok, I did not indulge in any shopping, except for a bag pack and two exhibition catalogues. I ate Ramen every day, paying between 500 ¥ and 1000 ¥, four to seven Euro.
My rooms were not overly expensive either. And even the hotels I had in Hiroshima and Tokyo in the end were outright cheap, for I would have paid double in London for a room that would probably have been even smaller.
So in total, here’s the monthly spending for Japan:
1390 € Hotels and Accommodation
630 € Eating out & drinks
230 € Transport, taxis, etc…
210 € Supermarkets
130 € Cultural activities, entry fees, etc…
90 € Other expenses
Transport costs were higher though, I did not spend too much on taxis, but my metro cards needed a daily recharging, which added up.
I did not get phone chips in Japan, which was saving some money – but sometimes quite a hassle to find a free wifi.
In total, I spend 2680 €, coming in below budget! I would never have thought!
In addition, I spent 340 € on the Japan Rail pass for the free traveling throughout the JR network, but I add this to the general itinerary cost of my trip, like the plane tickets…