There’s no disguising that Japan travel can be an expensive, but this shouldn’t stop you embarking on a Japan holiday or extended tour. Do your research in advance and you can be well prepared financially for your Japanese journey. One of the major elements when visiting is how you will get around and make sure you can cover as much ground as possible whilst you are out there. As I can guarantee once you get started you won’t want to miss out on a thing that Japan has to offer. In this article we’ll be looking at the basic costs of getting around and looking at some hints and tips as to how you can save a few yen here and there to help you out. Plus, don;t forget if you are struggling to put it all together by yourself you can look at the various Japanese tours available for ideas or embark on one or two to build your confidence.
I’m not going to lie, transport options whilst you are in Japan are on the pricey side. Trains in particular can eat into an awful lot of your budget for example if you’re thinking of traveling from Shinjuku to Mount Fuji it can cost around $60 dollars for the single journey. A week rail pass can cost you around $268 but still, if you’re planning on doing a lot of stops in a short period of time this purchasing a week, 2 week of even 3 week pass can save you a lot in comparison to forking out for single passes.
Dependent on the length of your journey it may be a good idea to check out domestic air fares as this can work out a lot cheaper than using the train. As an example journey, if you were thinking of going from Tokyo to Fukuoka on the bullet train (known in Japan as the Shinkansen) you could be looking at paying up to 270 dollars. Domestic airlines on the other hand could come in at only 50 dollars if you shop around and are willing to travel in the cheapest economy seats. If you do decide to take flights then don’t forget to take into account getting to and from the airport as well. Try to give taxi services a miss if you are on a budget as you could end up spending over $200 on a simple airport transfer in Tokyo, instead, look into getting a limousine bus as this could save you a $150 on that same journey.
Another great option for longer journeys are the highway buses. These services allow you to do a journey like Mount Fuji to Shinjuku for around 25 dollars and on most journeys you probably won’t even need to book in advance. It might take you a little longer to get to your destination but it will be a lot easier on your wallet. In addition most of the longer distance journeys are over nights so it could also save you a nights accommodation costs if you plan it right.
For quick, cheap and easy local travel most cities in Japan have a pretty good subway or tram service and you’ll only pay around $1.80 for these journeys. Don’t forget if you’re going locally there is always the option of walking too. It’s common for the Japanese to walk most places, it’s better for the environment, your health, your budget and not to mention you’ll get to see a whole bunch of local sites that you would likely have missed on other methods of transport.