Japan Trip

Japan Trip

Postby spongebob99 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:04 am

I'd like to go sometime in the summer. Budget, let's say 3-4k?
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby mako89 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:51 am

You'd die in the summer. It's 30 overnight at times with humidity.
If you can stand the heat then I guess it's okay. Prolonged heat waves have been hitting Japan the past few years killing dozens of people. Upper 30's is the norm during the day.

Budget of 3-4K includes all expenses right? Airfare separate? (usually most expensive in summer).
And how long was the trip for?
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby spongebob99 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:02 am

the budget would be for everything. It'll be for a week most likely.
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby mako89 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:19 am

I think the airfare would be 1000 tops. I've seen deals as cheap as $600.
I stay in Business Hotels. They are clean, affordable, and some even serve breakfast. Rooms are small.
Basically a small bedroom. If you consider yourself a westerner who likes to have nice big rooms where you spend your time relaxing etc, then this isn't for you. In my opinion, travelling in Japan I find myself exploring and going out so much there is no time to spend in the room.
**The "worst" business hotels have space for your luggage, the bed, and nothing else. They do have bath and toilet though.
Cost -> Single rooms are $50-$80 (depending on season and location).
This really helps the wallet. Pictures of the business hotel chain we often use:

https://www.google.com/search?q=toyoko+ ... 98&bih=604


***If you can also give me a general idea of what you want to do, eat, places to visit, where/what you want to spend money on, expectations etc ~ then I could put together some links and resources so you can choose what's best for you.
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby spongebob99 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:46 pm

Ok, so 3k should be more than enough. Good to know. Any touristy things you'd recommend? Do you think a week is enough?
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby mako89 » Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:08 am

spongebob99 wrote:Ok, so 3k should be more than enough. Good to know. Any touristy things you'd recommend? Do you think a week is enough?


A month isn't enough.
It's a country with a long history ~ and almost every prefecture has a distinct "culture" or flavour.

Are you travelling alone?
Maybe a little over a week would be a good start - If you like it, you could do future trips like my sister's friends. They go almost every year now.
If you don't like it then it was a small investment.
I assume you don't know the language and culture so it could be overwhelming. Do you have interest in the history? music? games? food? idols? architecture? art?

As a Canadian first timer, even a week in Tokyo for example wouldn't enough to see everything. And it's not just about seeing. There's a vibe/atmosphere which makes it fun just to hang out.
One of the great things is a centuries old shrine/temple could be nestled in between skyscrapers etc. 200 year old restaurants beside a Starbucks and Mcdonalds. It's quite fun.

Sorry, I'm just assuming you would start in Tokyo but here's a quick TV intro to the place that's not advertising it as a travel spot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SL9KRvzVmo
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby werrty » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:14 pm

3k wasnt enough for me though, granted airfare was 1.3k from Singapore due to winter and holiday seasons we booked >6 months ahead and it was still pricey. Train fares are expensive, 1 station easily costs 120~160ish yen in tokyo itself. Most of my expenditure was on train fare. The Narita Express from Narita airport into Shibuya was almost 3000 yen if I remember correctly.
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby mako89 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:42 am

werrty wrote:3k wasnt enough for me though, granted airfare was 1.3k from Singapore due to winter and holiday seasons we booked >6 months ahead and it was still pricey. Train fares are expensive, 1 station easily costs 120~160ish yen in tokyo itself. Most of my expenditure was on train fare. The Narita Express from Narita airport into Shibuya was almost 3000 yen if I remember correctly.


120-160 might be considered cheap in a lot places. There are also reasonable day passes. I also organize my travel and other people's travel efficiently to minimize transportation costs. If travelling within Tokyo, the cost of transportation should be about 750Yen per day ($9CDN) ~ which is actually cheaper than Vancouver lol.
I'd only use the Narita Express when there is a special such as the round-trip for Y4000. The Keisei Line out of Narita is cheap and efficient. And a lot of highway buses now only cost about Y1000.

Mr Wart, you should check with me for your efficient travel needs lol
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby werrty » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:49 am

jajaja we wanted to save time and maximize doing touristy stuff rather than scrimping on transport so we did shell out for quite a bit. food there is good though so skip the chain restaurants and shits and just go for street food. also bring a coin pouch, the denominations and tax is so silly that I couldnt even close my wallet after the first day.
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Re: Japan Trip

Postby mako89 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:20 am

Well what I'm suggesting wouldn't scrimp on transport. Since I've travelled through Tokyo at least a dozen times in the last 2 decades, I know the most time and cost effective ways around.
It's like using the Keisei Line instead of the Nex for example. The cost for the nicer Keisei Liner is the same as the Nex but they will throw in a discounted 1-2Day Subway Pass.
The ordinary Train Line has dozens of places you can visit and the all day pass for that is just Y750.

To people travelling from North America, even the chain restaurant foods are above average. Even Mcdonald's is so much better.
Sbob's relative unfamiliarity with Asian/Japanese foods might keep him eating at more familiar and tamer outlets.
(I'm making a lot of assumptions, sorry if I'm wrong and insulting lol)
Canadians are no strangers to coins so Sbob won't have trouble with that. But a coin pouch is recommended.
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