Is Japan Too Expensive? Exposing the Myths of Travel Costs in Japan

6 Common Travel Myths About Japan: Debunked

Today I was investigating venture out expenses to Japan for a customer and found that the Japanese Yen is currently exchanging at roughly JPY 80 to the US Dollar. I recall in April 1995 when the Yen hit its untouched high against the Dollar at 80.43…OUCH. I began to ponder where the money may be in the coming many months as an ever increasing number of explorers visit Japan during the pinnacle cherry bloom season. At the point when you do the straightforward math, it harms. Japan can be pricey, yet like numerous parts of this incredible country, what isn’t said is frequently the most significant.

One subject that keeps on being on the brains of individuals today is the expense of movement. Given the current monetary disquietude in the USA and around the world, numerous people have been compelled to defer or even drop head out because of monetary difficulty or vulnerability. Travel is one of the primary things to be killed when one needs to make spending slices because of new budgetary real factors, however it is likewise one of the principal territories on the bounce back when people feel that the time has come to take a long late get-away.

Over the previous month I have gotten several solicitations demonstrating that they need to venture out to Japan, yet that it is simply excessively costly. This is perhaps the greatest obstacle when elevating travel to Japan. There is this attitude that Japan is simply excessively costly and when you add the language and social contrasts everything just appears excessively and you sense that when you get back from Japan, you should go on another outing just to get over it. Well that basically is simply not the situation and in a greater number of cases than not, toward the finish of numerous excursions to Japan voyagers are restless to restore again later on.

So considering that I have committed this article to exposing the legends and disclosing how to discover moderate Japan today. I will distinguish what I consider to be the most accommodating instruments when arranging an excursion to Japan. You will discover significant sites to get the best an incentive in air, facilities, transportation and cooking which are the structure squares to any fruitful excursion to Japan.

Having the chance TO JAPAN

Air travel is the most well-known approach to will Japan, yet every year more journey lines are offering Japanese urban areas as ports of bring in their provincial and additionally worldwide schedules. The greatest story in air travel to Japan is the new (Oct 2010) opening of the new International Terminal at Haneda International Airport for departures from around the globe. Four openings from the USA were granted to American Airlines (JFK), Delta Air Lines (LAX and DTW) and Hawaiian Airlines (HNL). Haneda is situated in midtown Tokyo and simply a short brief ride to the focal point of the city.

I tell the entirety of my customers that recovering mileage for global travel, particularly for moves up to business or top of the line, is probably the most ideal approaches to boost the estimation of your well deserved miles. Remember that with less flight takeoffs today, it is considerably more hard to make sure about honor space as the carriers keep on attempting to expand their incomes. You should prepare to fly on your favored travel dates, however don’t lose confidence on the off chance that you can’t get a free ticket or affirm an overhaul. As of late United Airlines dispatched their Premium Seating program which empowers you to affirm an overhaul on worldwide travel at the hour of tagging in any event, when a redesign grant isn’t accessible. On the off chance that seats are accessible in the redesigned lodge, the carrier will make them accessible for a top notch charge rather than mileage. For instance I as of late found a trip to Japan and when I was prompted that a redesign was not accessible from San Francisco to Tokyo utilizing mileage, I had the option to make sure about an affirmed Premium Seating overhaul for an extra $775 USD one way.

On the off chance that two individuals are voyaging together on a similar passing worldwide schedule, the American Express International Airline Program is as yet perhaps the best an incentive in movement today. One individual pays full passage and the second pays for charges as it were. On the off chance that your spending grants and you need to go in business class, this is unquestionably worth the card’s yearly charge. In the event that you are voyaging solo or not an American Express card holder, you can in any case discover unbelievable qualities in air travel straightforwardly from the aircrafts or your travel planner on the off chance that you plan and book well ahead of time (50+ days) and secure what are known as “Z” charges. These affirmed business class seats offer significant investment funds over full passage business. If it’s not too much trouble check with your favored carrier as they are dependent upon accessibility and might be distinguished by another admission code contingent upon the aircraft. If you don’t mind note that these tolls do convey limitations and are not completely refundable like normal business class admissions and have powerful change expenses in the scope of $400.

In the event that you are simply searching for the best passages to Japan, I generally suggest the web based booking website KAYAK.COM. Here you will see tolls from all significant transporters progressively.


When you show up in Japan you will locate that all transportation runs as expected. On the off chance that you are showing up at Tokyo Narita or Haneda the Airport Limousine Bus is the most helpful and conservative house to house move alternative. On the off chance that you are heading out to Asakusa or Ueno from Narita, you should consider the new Airport Super Shuttle at a staggering one path admission of just JPY 1,000 ($13 USD).

On the off chance that you are showing up at Kansai International Airport and making a trip to Kyoto you should consider the Yasaka Kansai Airport Shuttle which offers house to house air terminal exchange administration for JPY 3,500 ($44 USD). The other assistance accessible in the Kansai district is the MK Skygateshuttle with comparative passages and administrations.

The best an incentive in movement in Japan keeps on being the Japan Rail Pass. This pass should be bought outside of Japan before you show up and you can choose from Regular or Green “First” Class and lengths of 7, 14 or 21 days.


Japan values its uncommon neighborliness and you will discover this administration greatness across all degrees of facilities from 5-star grand lodgings and motels to little family possessed and worked minshuku or benefits. On the off chance that you are searching at absolute bottom costs from a wide scope of lodgings, I suggest RAKUTEN.COM. The site is accessible in English and extremely straightforward and easy to understand. I as of late found and remained at inns in Tokyo for just $50 USD per night…yes it is conceivable! In the event that you don’t locate your favored inn at RAKUTEN.COM and need something more upscale, I energetically suggest IKYU.COM. Here you will discover the greater part of the significant lodgings in Japan at limited costs.

Another brilliant asset for boosting your well deserved travel dollars is JAPANiCAN.COM. This online travel website is controlled by JTB which is Japan’s biggest travel organization. Here you can look, plan and pack make a trip segments to meet your particular requirements. As of late I had the option to book the Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto alongside inn facilities and saved 52% off the standard distributed levy.

Something different…and with amazing worth…

On the off chance that you are longing for elective, novel facilities like a space, home or basic visitor room, one of my number one new travel locales is AIRBNB.COM. This great travel site from imaginative personalities in San Francisco isn’t selective to make a trip to Japan, but instead gives elective facilities around the world. At the point when you visit the site you will discover stunning spots of revelation, so make certain to put some time aside to truly make the most of their contributions.

When venturing out to the antiquated capital of Kyoto, I generally urge my customers to attempt customary facilities like a ryokan or Japanese motel which are so remarkable to Japan. They offer a cozy look at Japan’s extraordinary convention of neighborliness, however regularly at a critical expense. Another alternative is to remain in one of Kyoto’s delightful customary machiya or apartment. IORI KYOTO MACHIYA STAY is an amazing hotspot for a wide assortment of conventional home style facilities situated around the antiquated capital. Kyoto is additionally home to one of the most unprecedented fashioner case lodgings – 9HOURS. I as of late went through a few evenings at this astounding showplace of incredible plan where your room rate depends on the absolute number of hours you remain. The idea is 1 hour to plan for bed, 7 hours to rest, and 1 hour to get going = 9Hours. At the point when I showed up at the sliding glass entryways at the foundation in Teramachi, I felt like I was going to stroll into their landing page – look at it!

On the off chance that you need to encounter the most interesting space living on the planet, you should consider the REVERSIBLE DESTINY LOFTS in Tokyo planned by the worldwide plan group of Arakawa + Gins. Words don’t start to sufficiently depict the homes, so I will simply urge you to look at them for yourself. They have committed two units for rental for guests to Tokyo.


2011 Michelin Guide: Tokyo, Kamakura and Yokohama

Finding a decent incentive in food in Japan can in some cases be an overwhelming undertaking given the current swapping scale. I have exhorted my customers throughout the long term that the best arrangements are the set snacks offered at inns, eateries and bistros all through Japan. So have your enormous feast in the day and have light for supper – the more beneficial elective that will extend your yen. One significant upgrade to the 2011 MICHELIN direct for Tokyo, Yokohama, and Kamakura is the new pictogram. It shows a featured café offering a menu under 5,000 yen ($60 USD) for lunch and additionally supper. Burger joints can appreciate gourmet dinners for as meager as 5,000 yen greatest per individual. “Incentive for cash” is one of five measures to choose star cafés, and the new pictogram serves perusers to discover nearby diners at reasonable costs. There are 95 eateries (81 in Toky