Travel Expenses: Japan 2014

After traveling to Japan twice already, I knew exactly what I was getting into when I was planning for this trip. I prepared as much as I can, always on the lookout for the best rates, working out a budget that would let me enjoy certain luxuries, while keeping the costs down, I’m quite happy to find out that I’m able to keep this trip way below what I spent during my first trip to Japan.

Sayuri with Mon-mon and Ron-ron
Sayuri at Matsumoto with Mon-mon and Ron-ron

Maybe the cost can be attributed to a weaker yen (or a better performing peso), but I like to think I maintained better control of my personal spendings this time around. I indulged in a bit of shopping, but the most extravagant thing I bought was a ceramic knife. No more toys for me this time around. No Kit Kats either.

It definitely helped that I shared the cost of most of my accommodation with friends, and the fact that I relented to going back to the dorms. Hostel dorms in Japan (at least the ones I’ve been to) are really nice. What savings we had there though, were put towards more upscale accommodations in Magome and Iwami. We stayed at a minshuku in Magome, and a huge suite in Iwami (probably given to us when they found out Khursten went there all the way from Australia just to fangirl), both with inclusive dinner and breakfast.

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Japan is still not the cheapest destination, but with careful budgeting (and some saving up), it’s definitely doable!

Japan 2014
April 14 – 26, 2014

Actual cost In Peso
Airfare US$ 406.00 Php 18,010.16 1
Japan Rail Pass ¥ 45,100.00 Php 21,905.97 2
Subway/Private Railways ¥ 5,690.00 Php 2,484.71 3
Buses ¥ 1,020.00 Php 445.41
Taxi (Japan) ¥ 1,283.00 Php 560.26 4
Taxi (Philippines) PHP 960.00 Php 960.00

Kyoto (1 night) ¥ 4,500.00 Php 1,965.00 5
Magome (1 night) ¥ 8,280.00 Php 3,615.72 6
Matsumoto (2 nights) ¥ 6,000.00 Php 2,620.09 7
Tokyo (4 nights) ¥ 12,000.00 Php 5,240.17 8
Osaka (1 night) ¥ 2,800.00 Php 1,222.71 9
Fukuoka (1 night) ¥ 3,000.00 Php 1,310.04 10
Iwami (2 nights) ¥ 20,520.00 Php 8,960.70 11

Kyoto ¥ 1,590.00 Php 694.32
Magome ¥ 1,662.00 Php 725.76
Matsumoto ¥ 3,970.00 Php 1,733.62
Tokyo ¥ 13,137.00 Php 5,736.68
Osaka ¥ 3,002.00 Php 1,310.92
Fukuoka ¥ 2,455.00 Php 1,072.05
Iwami ¥ 4,214.00 Php 1,840.17

Airport Tax (NAIA) PHP 550.00 Php 550.00
Travel Insurance PHP 1,063.00 Php 1,063.00
Suica ¥ 6740.00 Php 2,943.23 12
Kawachi Fujien Wisteria ¥ 300.00 Php 109.17
Luggage delivery ¥ 2270.00 Php 991.27 13
Coin locker ¥ 650.00 Php 283.84
Fortune ¥ 200.00 Php 87.34
Nakasendo certificate & delivery ¥ 600.00 Php 262.01
Laundry ¥ 50.00 Php 21.83
Souvenirs ¥ 7,198.00 Php 3,143.23
Shopping ¥ 6,709.00 Php 2,929.69

Total: Php 94,799.07

1 Scored during the Philippine Travel Tour Expo last February. Was able to get PAL’s expo exclusive rates through Attic Tours. Rate already includes Philippine Travel Tax (Php 1,620)
2 Bought from Attic Tours as well. Best to pay with peso, rather than dollars (hence my bloated rate).
3 Subways and private railways not covered by the JR Pass. This includes the ¥ 1,820 fee (one-way) for the stretch between Chizu and Kamigori, and the one-day Kishi pass to visit Tama, the Super Station Master Cat.
4 No choice but to get a cab to get to the Dai-o Wasabi farm from the Hotaka station (and back), and from our hotel in Iwami to the station.
5 J-Hoppers Kyoto, triple room (shared bathroom), split with Ron.
6 Magomechaya, 6-tatami mat room (shared bathroom), dinner and breakfast included, shared with Ron and Sunshine.
7 Matsumoto Backpackers, 4-bed dorm upgraded to private traditional room (shared bathroom), split with Ron and Sunshine.
8 toco Backpackers Hostel, 6-bed female dorm (shared bathroom). There was a mix-up with my booking, as we had a misunderstanding about my check-out date. They booked me for my last night at a nearby budget hotel at no extra cost.
9 U-en Guesthouse, 4-bed female dorm (shared bathroom).
10 Guesthouse Kaine, private traditional room (shared bathroom), shared with Khursten.
11 Seaside Uradome, private traditional room, with seafood dinner and breakfast.
12 Borrowed a friend’s Suica card, ended up losing it, so cost tripled to compensate for the cost of the card (¥ 2,000) and the existing balance (¥ 1,740).
13 Delivery of one luggage from Tokyo to Kansai Airport.
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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 12 Comments
  1. Akyatera says:

    I love how organized your presentation of travel expenses. Also, the accommodation s in Japan are really expensive, from the fact that your rates are based on dorm/room sharing already.

    Thanks for sharing these deets!

    • Nina says:

      As Gael mentioned, you can try Couchsurfing! Or maybe you know somebody who lives there? Definitely check out Hostelworld, because there might be cheaper options, since I make it a point to pick hostels near the city center. You can also check out Airbnb, just in case!

  2. OMG! ang mahal ng accommodation, dorm na yan ha! Looking to visit Japan in autumn for my birthday trip pero mukhang d kaya ng budget ko. LOL matinding pag-iipon ito, mag couchsurfing nlng siguro ako sa mga friends. hehe salamat Nina, very helpful! :)

    • Nina says:

      Kaya yan Gael! Couchsurfing is definitely something you can look into! You can also check Hostelworld, I think may mga mas murang options pa. Maarte lang talaga kasi ako sa location hahahaha

  3. chyng says:

    Mahal kita lalo pag gumagawa ka ng ganito. Hahhaha thanks reh

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  5. Didi says:

    Nina – WOW! You were able to list down everything!! Ang galing mo!! :)
    We also got out flights from the Travel Fair :) hehehe.. Super love the travel fair talaga!! :) Next year ulit!!

    love, Didi

  6. Uptourist says:

    Wow. That hurts the budget big time. But I guess the experience is all worth it.

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