The world is fascinated with Japan. Its culture, technology and beauty are just some of the things that lure many tourists to experience its wonders first-hand.
But for some frequent travelers, the “Land of the Rising Sun” is notorious for its high-cost expenses that many put off visiting the country for fear that their wallets may not be able to survive the trip. Some even opt to just spend their vacations on more budget-friendly local beach destinations like Boracay or Puerto Galera.
This is where we come to the rescue: what many don’t realize is that traveling to Japan is as hackable as any other place and we’ve got just the tips you need!
So keep calm and bear these smart travel tips to set you off to your dream Japan get-away economical:
- TRAVEL DURING OFF SEASONS
Save a bundle of peso when you schedule your trip during off-season, which starts every late autumn in March, because it is expected that there are only few people which means fewer costs. Avoid travelling to the country around April and mid-November because this is usually their peak-season which means, peak hotel rates too.
- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AIRFARE PROMOS
Different airlines are now becoming more competitive in the market by offering the lowest of the low fare rates. During piso fare promos, tickets to Japan can go as low as P6000!
The trick here, though, is to act quickly. As soon as you see the promo announcement online, book immediately. Usually, the travel period is still several months away, biding you more time to save on pocket money.
- HUNT FOR AFFORDABLE ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation will get the biggest cut out of your travel budget but being the innovative country that it is, Japan has conceptualized capsule hotels for budget travelers. These are similar to dorms, except the beds are in enclosed boxes. You can also find plenty of hostels offering affordable rates online so it’s best to do your research first.
- AVOID RIDING A TAXI
When arriving in Japan, it is not advisable to take a taxi since they have the reputation of being the most expensive cabs in the world. In fact, there is a myriad of rail and bus options that could take you to many hotels and train stations in the country.
- TAKE THE TRAIN FOR SHORT AND LONG DISTANCE TRAVELS
Fast, efficient, and cheap. It is basically the best mode of travel in Japan. Short distances will just cost you 120 yen to 1,200 yen for long distances.
- DINE AT JAPANESE FAST FOOD CHAINS
Unlike fast food chains in the Philippines who get a bad rep for being unhealthy, the Japanese counterparts are actually kind of nice. The fast food there means steaming bowls of rice, savory meats, crispy dumplings, miso soup, sometimes with a side of green tea.
For other cheap eats, they also have “button” style restaurants where you simply select and pay for your meal based on the photos and prices listed on vendo-looking machine. You just bring the receipt to the cook and voila! You can also check out Japanese street food and market for tasty and affordable finds.
- IF YOU GET THE CHANCE, TRY VOLUNTOURING
Some friendly locals from different cities in Japan offer free tours to tourists in exchange for English lessons. Probably the only thing you need to pay are entrance fees for the places you are visiting, and maybe a lunch or “meryenda treat” for the guide.
- DISCOVER FREE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Japan would totally leave you in awe without letting you spend a yen just by seeing their beautiful architectures, ancient Shinto shrines, markets and urban living.
- WANDER AND WALK
If your schedule is not tight, take a walk at the streets and imbibe the local culture. It will allow you to interact with the locals more and you might also pass by stores where good gifts or “pasalubongs” that can be bought cheaply.
Getting around the beautiful Japan or anywhere in the world, basically, doesn’t have to take a toll on your expenses. Travelling is about enriching your soul by opening yourself to new experiences and worldviews. Try not to act less as a tourist and, as they say, do what the romans do.
There you have it, folks! Hopefully these tips will inspire you to visit Japan in the future.