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  • What are the best and cheapest ways to travel Japan?

    Posted by Hana on June 12, 2023 at 6:09 am

    I’m travelling to Japan on a shoestring budget but I am using cheap capsule hotel accommodation. How can I travel cheaply to further stretch my budget?

    Mateo replied 10 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Maria

    June 12, 2023 at 6:31 am

    Hi Hana,

    Travelling in Japan on a tight budget can be a fun challenge. One of the most cost-effective ways to get around the country is by purchasing a Japan Rail Pass, which allows unlimited travel on most trains, including the shinkansen (bullet trains), for a fixed period. This pass is only available to tourists and must be purchased before you arrive in Japan.

    Buses are also a cheaper alternative, though travel times are much longer. Companies like Willer Express offer multi-day bus passes which can be very affordable.

    If you plan to stay in one region, consider regional passes. Many areas offer their own rail passes which can be cheaper and more practical.

    For local travel, use city buses, trams, or subways. Bicycles can also be rented in many cities and towns, providing a healthy and inexpensive mode of transport.

    For flights, low-cost carriers like Peach Aviation and Jetstar Japan can offer cheaper domestic flights if booked in advance.

    Eating at convenience stores or supermarkets, cooking your own meals, and taking advantage of lunch specials can also save money.

    Remember, travelling off-peak can help reduce costs and sightseeing in Japan can be surprisingly affordable with many shrines, temples, and natural beauty spots free to enter.

    Enjoy your travels,

  • Mateo

    June 12, 2023 at 6:49 am

    Hi Hana,

    Maria has provided excellent suggestions on affordable travel and meal options in Japan. To build on her advice, I’d also recommend considering the following:

    Walking and Cycling: In cities, especially smaller ones, a lot of the sights might be close enough that you can walk. For slightly longer distances, renting a bicycle for the day is often quite affordable.

    Hostels and Guesthouses: If you’re open to meeting other travelers, hostels and guesthouses can be less expensive than hotels or ryokan (traditional inns). Many offer communal kitchens where you can prepare your meals, saving further on food costs.

    Free Sightseeing: Look out for free or low-cost attractions. Many museums offer discounted tickets, and some are even free on certain days of the month. Gardens, parks, and temples often have low admission fees, and walking around a traditional neighborhood or market costs nothing at all.

    Discount Shops: For daily necessities, try shopping at 100 yen shops (like Daiso or Can Do) – they offer a wide variety of products for just 100 yen.

    Night Bus: If your travel times are flexible, consider taking a night bus between cities. It’s cheaper than the shinkansen and you’ll save on a night’s accommodation.

    Mobile Apps: Use mobile apps for public transportation, they can help you find the cheapest or quickest route to your destination.

    Remember, exploring Japan on a budget doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the experience. With some planning and flexibility, you can have an unforgettable time. Safe travels!

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