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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,