I have calculated our costs and we have spend 5335 euro in total for two weeks. So 2667 euro per person. This included: plane ticket, JR pass (train), hotels, ryokan (fancy hotel), meals, Kobe beef meal, sight seeing stuff, souvenirs, snacks and metro.
Average Japan travel costs for 2 weeks
I also made a calculation for an average trip, then I come to 2533 euro per person. I am guessing then you can go way cheaper than 2500 per person for two weeks if you pick cheap eats and stay at a hostel or capsule hotel.
Tips for planning your Japan trip
- Plane ticket – Check flights early, e.g. 6 months before your trip, to find the cheap dates. Direct flights are nice, but if you can save some money with a transfer, buy the transfer ticket. You can use that money to eat fancy food (Kobe beef = 150 euro).
- JR pass – This is a pass for traveling for free on the JR trains, bus and ferry. You can save a lot of money with it. 14 days pass = 355 euro. One big train trip, like Tokyo to Kyoto, already costs 110 euro. So when you are planning to travel to 3 big cities, this pass saves you a lot of money. You can only buy the pass 3 months before the trip. Check their website.
- Hotels – If you are staying a week in one city, the hotel might cost a lot. You can save money by staying a few days in one hotel (60 euro per night) and a few days in a capsule hotel (40 euro per night). A capsule hotel is like a bunker bed, but closed. Check out Abroad in Japan’s video about capsule hotels. In Tokyo we stayed in the Akihabara area. This area is nice and quiet in the evening, close to Tokyo station and has a lot of anime, arcades, computer stuff and games. In Kyoto we stayed close to Nijo Station in a self-service hotel (Grand Japaning Nijo).
- Ghibli museum – If you want to go to the Ghibli museum during your trip. BOOK TICKETS 1 MONTH BEFORE YOU VISIT. Check out their website very early (>1 month before visit). You can only buy a ticket on the 10th of the month for the next month. So if you visit in November, buy ticket on 10 October. We checked too late, so we missed our chance T.T
- Food tips – Watch a lot of Youtube videos about all the delicious food in Japan. It can give you inspiration and it prepares you tongue mentally for all the good food. When you ARE in Japan, you can use Google Maps to pick out 4+ stars restaurants. These are usually the best. When you have Wi-Fi you can load the map and “Save/Star” the restaurants. When you are walking around without Wi-Fi, you can still use GPS to find the “Starred” restaurant.
The Japan trip was really fun. I hope these tips can help you prepare yóur Japan trip. Or use them to convince your partner how ‘cheap’ Japan is 😉
Ahh, the Glasgow trip is over… It has been a nice trip with badminton, friends, food and culture. In this post I will share some fun things and tips for (your next trip to?) Glasgow.
[Going through my Glasgow photo album to find some good stuff]
- Toilets are everywhere. Inside the public buildings, like museum, malls, sport center. Watch out for hot water if there is only one tap. It’s really hot!
- Prepare some coins if you want to take the bus, they don’t have change back. I wanted to take a bus for 2,20 pound, but I only had 2,10 pound. It was walking for me… The big museums are a bit outside the city. About 40 minutes walk from the Glasgow train station.
- Google maps if very useful to find your way. Pre-download the map when you have WiFi. You only need GPS when using the map.
- There is free public WiFi everywhere. Restaurants, museums, train, general areas. Sometimes you need to give a email. You can also give a fake email if you don’t want to share your personal email.
- I found the best restaurants via Google. Google can filter the ‘close to you’ places, but you need to open your GPS. I picked 4+ star restaurants and they were all really good!
- People who serve you are very friendly. Restaurant employees often start with: “Hello, how are you.” As direct as I am, I just start up naming the things I want to eat and drink. XD
- Traffic lights are terrible, they are not logical or efficient. Sometimes the car traffic light and the pedestrian traffic light are both red. What a waste of time! That’s why we saw a lot of people just crossing whenever… In the end we also adapted ourselves to the locals. (Friends say the Dutch traffic lights are controlled very well compared to other countries. Aha!)
- Garbage bins are rare, as I mentioned before. It is hard to find a bin in the city. I was looking for one and I thought I found one, but it was just a big fat pole…
- The ready-to-eat food from supermarkets (M&S Simply food, Sainsbury’s) and shops are really good. I love the fresh and healthy foods from Pret a Manger. I believe you have to pay an extra fee if you want to eat in.
- If you only have one day in Glasgow and you want to see a lot of the city, I suggest you buy a 15,- pound Hop On Hop Off bus ticket (two days is 16,-). This bus takes you around the city for 1.5 hour and it passes the big sightseeing spots, like the museums, university and the city center. You can get off at every stop and take the next bus if you want to travel further. It’s also manageable to walk everything, but if you want to spare your steps, the bus is recommended.
It’s time for more Foodventures with Lazy Penguin. Today we will be shooting in Den Haag at a Taiwanese restaurant. Video coming soon…
Have a lovely weekend!