Budgeting your trip to Japan

Cost Estimates in Japan

Accommodation

  • Capsule hotel- usually under 5,000 yen per night.
  • Ryokan- 5,000 to 10,000+ yen per night for a very moderate one. The nicer ones can be upwards of 100,000 yen/night
  • Hotel – 5,000 to 15,000 yen plus per night

Food and drinks

  • Convenient store lunch boxes/noodles – 300 to 600 yen per meal.
  • Fast food/cheap restaurants – 600 to 1,000 yen per meal.
  • Decent Japanese restaurant – 900 to 1,800+ yen per meal.
  • Japanese cuisine at an izakaya/nicer restaurant- from 2000 yen per meal.
  • Sweets/snacks/vending machine drinks – no more than 250 yen.

Attractions and Entertainment

  • Temples: up to 500 yen (if it isn’t free, which many are), but they can sometimes cost more.
  • Beer (500ml can from convenience store): from about 300 yen
  • Beer/drinks at bars: 600 yen-1500 yen and up

Souvenirs

  • Shirts and general clothing – from 1,000 yen
  • Smaller themed souvenirs (e.g. pens, key-rings, lucky coins) – 500 yen
  • We recommend shopping at 100 yen stores for great souvenirs to keep your costs down.

Travel costs

  • Before you travel to Japan, purchase a Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass)!
  • Amnet can also help you out with finding cheap flights and hotels in Japan. 

How much spending money do you need, then?

Based on our estimates above you would need at least 10,000 yen a day for very basic accommodation and food, without doing anything else that costs money. This comes out to a little less then $100. While not unrealistic, this would be tough, and probably not very enjoyable. At about 25,000 yen per day, you would be able to try more foods, buy more souvenirs, and enjoy some nights out.

For a two week trip to Japan you would need about 200,000-250,000 yen for a decent time, with about double that to really enjoy yourself without worrying.