Japan Money Saving Tips

About Japan

A trip to Japan doesn’t have to break the bank.

Here are some tips on how to save money while experiencing all this beautiful country has to offer.

Japan has an unfair reputation as an expensive country. In actuality, for a nation with world-class infrastructure, modern marvels, and some of the safest streets in the world, Japan is reasonably-priced when compared to similar destinations in Europe and North America. However, when set alongside fellow Asian destinations, Japan sticks out as one of the few places where Asian travel doesn’t mean budget travel.

Even if a Japanese vacation is not expensive in the same way that a French vacation is, it never hurts to know a few tips to save costs while travelling. Japan will never cost the same as a backpacking trek through Vietnam or Bolivia, but armed with some knowledge, you’ll save money without sacrificing on the experience.

Buy a Japan Rail Pass

This is the best deal you can possibly enjoy while travelling to Japan. Japanese trains are the best in the world and there’s no easier way to connect between cities than by riding the trains, including the shinkansen or bullet trains that zoom between Tokyo and Osaka in only a few hours. The Japan Rail Pass, or JR Pass, is only available to visitors and lets you have unlimited travel aboard the JR network for a fixed period of time. You can buy a 7-day, 14-day, or even 21-day pass with access to the entirety of the JR network, or regional passes like JR East or JR Kyushu if you know that your travels will be limited to distinct regions. The 7-day national pass costs around $331 CAD, which is a huge saving considering that a one-way ticket from Tokyo to Osaka will cost you around $150 CAD. If you’re going to more than one city, this pass is a no brainer.