How Much Does a Trip To Japan Cost?

How Much Does a Trip To Japan Cost?

If you’ve dreamed of taking a trip to Japan, you might have been deterred by the price tag associated with it. After all, as a first-world country with a high standard of living, living in Japan is more expensive than living in the United States.

Before dismissing the idea entirely, why don’t we find out how much is a trip to Japan? We’ll give you an estimated daily cost, a breakdown of expenses, and budget-friendly options so you can minimize your costs.

Average Cost of a Trip to Japan

Japan is more costly compared to other Asian countries. However, it is still possible for backpackers on a budget to travel around the country and enjoy its many attractions. You can use this budget guide to help you plan your costs.

To travel around Japan, you’ll need about $200 per week for your daily expenses. This sum includes accommodations, transportation, food, and other incidentals. If you’re planning an extended trip, it’s best to budget more money to enjoy yourself without worrying about running out of cash.

Below is a rough breakdown of the average amount needed for certain days, this has been researched by our Japanese researcher, prices are based on Tokyo.

How Much Money Do I Need for 7 Days in Japan?

A low budget per day including accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, sightseeing, and transportation is 3,500 – 7,800 yen ($25 – $56). Medium budget is 8,800 – 18,500 yen ($64 – $134) and High Budget is over 18,500 yen ($134). If you would like to enjoy a good average trip, you have to prepare $448 – $938 for 7 days in Japan.

How Much Should I Save for a 2 Week Trip to Japan?

A medium budget per day in Japan is 8,800 – 18,500 yen ($64 – $134).  An economy class seat from Atlanta International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the United States, to Haneda Airport with a stopover takes $1,000 at least(AUG, 2022).  Considering this, you have to prepare around $4,000 to enjoy a 2week vacation in Japan. This would cover all costs.

How Much Would a 3 Week Trip to Japan Cost?

As stated above, you would want to aim for around 8,800 – 18,500 yen ($64 – $134) per day spending limit. Based on the 7 and 14 day statistics I would recommend $5000 to fully enjoy 3 weeks traveling around Japan, flights included (from Atlanta).

How Much Does a Month in Japan Cost?

A month in Japan with a daily spend limit of $149 would come to just under $5000, to be comfortable I would recommend $6000. This would cover the cost of everything needed to enjoy a month in Japan living within a very nice budget.

How Much Spending Money Do You Need per Day in Japan?

It depends on where you live. According to a survey by Statistics Bureau of Japan, consumption expenditure per family in Kanagawa is 346,760 yen (11,558 yen/day) and the number is the highest among 47 prefectures. Meanwhile, the lowest is 234,707 yen(7,823 yen/day) in Okinawa. This means the average Japan family spends around $69 per day. As you are a tourist, I would recommend a minimum of $100 as you may not be cooking your meals, buying from supermarkets etc.

Trip To Japan Cost Breakdown

Flying to Japan

The cost of a flight to Japan will depend on a few factors.

  • Time of year
  • Seating choice
  • Your location
  • Prefecture

Flights to japan cost’s will vary, we recommend using a service such as skyscanner (opens in new tab) to select your chosen month and set a price alert. They can notify you of any major price changes and also show you the cheapest time to fly to Japan. As of September 2022 – The price of an economy ticket from California to Tokyo is only $700

Sleeping in Japan

Hostels provide more affordable accommodations. Guesthouses like the Narita Sando Guesthouse are common in Japan. You can enjoy clean amenities, easy access to transportation, excellent service, WiFi, and air conditioning for ¥5,302 ($39) a night.

If you would like to experience more amenities like access to laundry facilities, you can stay at hotels or consider other types of accommodations.

Japan has two types of hotels, regular ones that most visitors are used to (full service, laundry, front desk, meals etc). The second type is known as Weekly / Monthly mansions, these a basically rooms you rent out by the week or month. There is no room service, you have to do your own laundry, cook your own food (you have your own mini kitchen). They are commonly used by Japanese salary men but are becoming more common with tourists.

Airbnb in Japan

Japanese Airbnb

If you want to stay in a private apartment or home, Airbnb is the way to go. The average price for a night in Tokyo is ¥5,974 ($49) per person. If you have more than two people staying with you, renting an entire house or apartment will be cheaper than booking a hotel.

Airbnb’s are versatile and traveler-friendly. You can choose to live in a one-bed apartment or an entire 3-bedroom house complete with a pool and other amenities for a more authentic Japanese experience. The prices vary depending on location and  accommodation types.

Hotels in Japan

Japanese Hotel

Premium hotels come with premium services and premium fees. Staying at a hotel gives you access to laundry services, transportation, and great food. This is a good option if you’re traveling with family or friends.

The average hotel price in Tokyo is ¥9,378 ($69).

If you have small children then a Japanese hotel may be the best option, the staff will speak English and you can easily call room service if your little one needs a quick snack. You can also have fresh towels and sheets daily which is a blessing in the spring and summer months.

Guest Houses 

japanese guest house

The average price for a night in a Tokyo guest house is ¥4,400 ($37) per person. Guest houses are similar to hostels because they offer shared rooms and common areas, but they offer more privacy. You will often have access to laundry facilities and WiFi with your guest house booking.

This can be a great way to meet other travelers and Japanese people, many young people enjoy staying in guest houses instead of living alone.

Capsule Hotel

japanese capsule hotels

The average price for a night in a Tokyo Capsule Hotel is ¥4,200 ($36) per person. Capsule hotels are one of the cheapest options, but they may not be the most comfortable. These hotels typically offer the bare minimum: small beds with privacy screens and a place to store your luggage.

I would only recommend using a capsule hotel for one or two nights at the most, they are used be people who have missed the last train or need a quick rest. Capsule hotels have free wifi, showers, vending machines and microwaves (for cup ramen).

Eating in Japan

Restaurants 

How much does food cost in japan
Saizeriya – A popular Japanese family restaurant

Most people go to Japan because of anime or cosplay, but more people go for its authentic noodles. Japan is known for its culture, hospitality, and delicious food. There is no better way to experience Japan than by eating authentic Japanese fare. The best place for this is a restaurant.

Japan is full of places to eat, literally every street will have somewhere to eat, some don’t even have seats (stand and eat).

You can find restaurants everywhere in Japan, but the best ones are in Tokyo. If you’re looking for authentic Japanese food, go to Nabezo Shinjuku Meiji Dori in Shinjuku and head west towards Asakusa Gyotaku in Asakusa.

Japanese cuisine is known for its subtle flavors and delicate presentation. To experience authentic Japanese delicacies, visit a restaurant specializing in traditional dishes.

If a restaurant isn’t within your budget, there are small places called izakayas. These Japanese bars serve light snacks, alcoholic beverages, and finger foods. An izakaya is a great place to sample authentic Japanese dishes at an affordable price.

Here’s a suggested menu and cost breakdown of what meals in authentic Japanese restaurants might look like:

Sushi Course – $45

  • Appetizer is an assortment of 3 kinds Sashimi
  • Grilled fish -Saikyo-yaki silver codfish
  • Fried dish – Tempura
  • Sushi – 8 pieces of nigiri
  • Bowl -Nori bowl
  • Dessert – Seasonal fruits

Sushi Preference Course – $55

  • Appetizer changes depending on the season
  • Salt dish – Seasonal squid
  • Natural white fish
  • Grilled dish – Saikyo-yaki silver codfish, etc.
  • Red dish – Wild southern tuna  (pickled/roasted medium fatty tuna/large fatty tuna) Steamed dish – Chawanmushi
  • Sea plate – Botan shrimp/conger eel/sea urchin and salmon roe warship/egg
  • Towan – Nori bowl Dessert – Seasonal fruit

Be on the lookout for hidden restaurants that locals enjoy. You never know if the nearest gem is behind your capsule hotel!

The Konbini

eating at japanese conbini

Konbinis are convenience stores that sell food. You can expect to pay around ¥300 to ¥400 ($2 to $3) for a convenience store meal, even if you have a travel partner. The most popular menu items at konbinis are onigiris (rice balls). You can get it with tuna, salmon, octopus, and other ingredients.

Other items on the menu are also great for travelers. You can get instant noodles, sandwiches, and salads. The food is really cheap and easy to find. Konbinis are open 24 hours a day, so you can stop by anytime for something to eat or drink.

Konbini food is not the most authentic Japanese cuisine, but it’s a great way to save money. If you want to try something more traditional, head to a local restaurant or market.

These outlets are great places to start learning about Japanese food. Shopping at konbinis will let you find out what’s popular in Japan and how local food is different from American and European cuisine. You’ll also find lots of products that are not available outside Japan, so if you want to experience a bit of the local culture and try some new things, head over to a konbini like FamilyMart.

Since they’re convenience stores, they’re frequented by locals — which is great if you want a real Japanese experience.

Japan on a Budget

Japan is an advanced country. It’s not a coincidence that the cost of living is so high. But it doesn’t mean you can’t travel there without going broke. On the other hand, traveling to Japan can be affordable if you’re smart about spending your money and where you stay.

Here are some ballpark figures to help you plan your trip:

  • Flights – ¥114,130 (From California) ~ $792(use skyscanner to check the latest price)
  • Accommodation – ¥5300 ~ $36per night
  • Transportation – ¥25,000~$173(trains and busses are relatively cheap)
  • Food – ¥13,500 ~$93 per day

Based on these figures, you’ll spend about ¥157,930 or $1,150 on your first day plus around $114 for every additional day. If you spend seven days in Japan, your trip will come to a little less than $2,000.

Best Time To Visit Japan

when is best time to visit japan

Japan has 4 very distinct seasons,  spring, summer, autumn and winter. Picking your time to visit japan can greatly change your experience and budget.

Spring

The cherry blossom season is from late March to May. Visits during this time generally cost more than off-season visits due to how popular this period is and a lot of local public holidays take place in spring in Japan. That being said, I would really recommend you get to experience the cherry blossom season “Hanami” as its known in Japan is one of the most beautiful times to visit japan, even if the cost is higher than normal.

Summers

in Japan are no joke, its one of the hottest places to visit and tourists are strongly advised against flying to japan in August. Temperatures in 2022 reached over 45°C – staying outside for long periods of time as you do on holiday will not be fun, there is a real chance you will suffer from heat stroke.

Autumn

Like spring this is another perfect time to visit Japan, the weather is still warm and you get to see the millions of trees around japan change colour. Prices are similar to spring so make sure you check the flight prices in advance.

Winter

Winter in japan can be pretty cold, Japanese homes for the most part (Hokkaido excluded ) do not have central heating or double glazing due to the high humidity that homes must endure during summer. This means that most homes are freezing cold in winter, with many families huddled around the “kotastu” which is a table with a built in heater and warm blanket which covers your lower half. That being said, Japan in winter is still a beautiful time to visit, especially if you love to ski or snowboard. Some areas in Japan have snow fall higher than houses and need daily shoveling. Winter is the cheapest time to visit japan, you can view the cost from your county using skyscanner (opens in new tab).


Trip To Japan Cost FAQ

How much should I budget for a trip to Japan?

This depends on how long you are going to stay in Japan, where you would like to visit, and which airport you are going to depart from. Let’s say you are going to depart from Atlanta International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the United States. An economy class seat to Haneda Airport with a stopover costs at least $1,000 (AUG, 2022). If you would like to stay in Tokyo, which is the most famous and expensive city in Japan, you should budget $50 – $60 to stay at a three star hotel for one night. Also, if you would like to have some nice Japanese food, you have to budget $10 for breakfast, $20 for lunch, and $50 for dinner. You might want to go shopping and have some unique experience, too. Also, you need to use some public transportation during your stay, a website called Budget Your Trip says $149 is the average daily price based on the expenses of visitors. So if you can prepare $3,500 for one week trip in Tokyo, you will be able to enjoy a good trip to Japan.


Is $10000 enough for a trip to Japan?

Depending on how long you are going to stay, where you would like to visit, and which airport you are going to depart from. According to a website called japan-guide.com, medium budget per day in Japan is 8,800 – 18,500 yen ($64 – $134). Also, an economy class seat from Atlanta International Airport to Haneda Airport with a stopover takes $1,000 at least (AUG, 2022). So you are going to be able to enjoy a great trip to Japan for more than one month with $10,000.


How many days in Japan is enough?

A lot of foreign travelers follow a famous route called Golden Route in Japan. Golden Route starts from Tokyo, visits some famous places including Kyoto and Nara, and ends in Osaka.

There are some tour companies that offer some Golden Route tours and most of them take 7days.

So if you would like to enjoy must-see places in Japan, you need 7days at least.


How far does a US dollar go in Japan?

1 USD is 138.26yen as of 30th AUG 2022.


Is 1 week enough in Japan?

Depending on where you would like to visit. There is a famous travel route called Golden Route in Japan which starts from Tokyo, visits some must-see spots, and ends in Osaka. Some tour companies offer some Golden Route tours and most of them take 7 days. So if it is first time to visit Japan and you would like to visit famous popular destinations, you need 7 days at least.


Can I use my debit card in Japan?

Depending on your card brand. In Japan, most supermarkets, convenience stores, and department stores take VISA and MasterCard debit cards.


What’s considered a lot of money in Japan?

MyNaviWoman did a survey about money among 510 people in 2014. According to the survey, 152 people answered 1,000,000 yen (about $7,200) is a lot of money. Also, 93 people said 100,000 yen (about $720) is a lot of money for them.


How many hours does it take to fly to Japan?

If you are going to take a direct flight from Atlanta International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the United States, to Haneda Airport, it will take around 14hours.


How can I visit Japan?

Taking a flight to Japan is the most common way to visit Japan. There are some cruise ships that take you to Japan from the United States. Most of them will take around 3 weeks.


How long should I spend in Japan?

A lot of foreign travelers follow a famous route called Golden Route in Japan. Golden Route starts from Tokyo, visits some famous places including Kyoto and Nara, and ends in Osaka.

There are some tour companies that offer some Golden Route tours and most of them take 7days.

So if you would like to enjoy must-see places in Japan, you need 7 days at least.


Is 3 weeks in Japan too long?

It really depends on your plans. If you are going to travel across Japan from Hokkaido (the northern part of Japan) to Okinawa (the southern part of Japan), 3 weeks is not too long.


How do I plan a Japanese holiday?

There are many places that are popular among foreign

travelers in Japan. The first thing you have to do is to decide what you would like to do. If you would like to visit beautiful historic shrines and temples, Kyoto is the best place to visit. If you would like to walk through famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing, you must visit Tokyo. If you love skiing, Hokkaido offers you high quality powder snow during winter.


How do people spend a month in Japan?

Japan consists of 5 big islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Okinawa Main Island) and many other small islands. Visiting these five islands in a month is a good idea. Hokkaido is famous for producing a lot of tasty food for Japanese people and its food self-sufficiency rate is more than 200%. Sea food and dairy products are very famous. Honshu has many must-see spots including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama and so on. Shikoku is a good place to visit Japanese castles. Matsuyama castle is the most famous one. There are many spots to visit in Kyushu including Dazaifu Tenmangu, Kumamoto castle, and HUIS TEN BOSCH (the largest theme park in Japan). Okinawa is famous for having beautiful beach resorts in Japan.


Is food expensive in Japan?

Basically, eating out is more reasonable in Japan than USA. According to McDonald, a Big Mac is 390 yen in Japan. This is

almost half of a Big Mac’s price in the United States. A Medium French Fries is 280yen (about $2) in Japan.


Is Japan safe?

According to a website called World Population Review, crime

index (dividing the total number of reported crimes of any kind by the total population, and then multiplying the result by 100,000) is 47.81 in the United States in 2022. Meanwhile, the number is 22.19 in Japan. So you can say Japan is much safer than the United States.


What is 100 Japanese yen worth?

100 Japanese yen is $0.71 on September 4th 2022.


Can you visit Japan without knowing Japanese?

Yes, you can. But you have to know that most Japanese people don’t speak English very well. Public transportations including the Tokyo Metro and JR Lines have bilingual signage. There are also some restaurants that offer English menus for you. It is better for you to prepare some translation tools like Google Translate.


How much is a bottle of water in Japan?

One of the most popular bottled water in Japan is ILOHAS Natural Mineral Water. Buying a 540ml bottle of ILOHAS at a vending machine costs you 120yen. But you can get some discount at a supermarket or discount store.


How much is a meal in Japan in USD?

It depends on what you would like to eat. Gyudon (Japanese Beef Bowl) is known as cheap but tasty meal. There are some famous Gyudon restaurant chains in Japan including Yoshinoya, Sukiya, and Matsuya. Yoshinoya offers a regular size Gyudon bowl at 404yen (less than $4).”


Is Japan cheaper than USA?

Basically, Japan is cheaper than USA. From March 2022, America’s consumer price index has been rising by over 8% every month. Meanwhile, Japan’s consumer price index has been rising by around 2% for last three month. (AUG 2022)


How safe is it in Japan?

Japan is much safer than USA. According to a website called World Population Review, the crime rate of USA is 47.8, which means there are 47.8 crime cases per 100,000 people. Meanwhile the rate of Japan is 22.19, which means the American crime rate is more than double of the Japanese rate.


How much is a Big Mac in Japan?

According to McDonald, a Big Mac is 390yen in Japan. This is almost half of the price in the United States. A Medium French Fries is 280yen (about $2).


How much is meal in Japan?

It depends on what you would like to eat. Gyudon (Japanese Beef Bowl) is known as cheap but tasty food. There are some famous Gyudon restaurant chains in Japan including Yoshinoya, Sukiya, and Matsuya. Yoshinoya offers a regular size Gyudon bowl at 404yen (less than $4).


What is the safest city in Japan?

According to ALSOK, a Japanese security company, the number of recognized criminal offenses in Tottori prefecture was the lowest across Japan in 2020. The highest number was 82,764 in Tokyo and the second was 68,351 in Osaka.


What’s a good salary in Japan?

According to National Tax Agency, average annual income was about 4,330,000 yen in 2020. A website called anke did a survey among 221Japanese people. According to the survey, 28.7% of them answered 8million yen/year is a good salary. Also, 27.5% of them said 10million yen/year is a good salary.


What is minimum wage in Japan?

It depends on where you live. According to Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the highest minimum wage is 1,041yen in Tokyo. Meanwhile the lowest is 820yen in Kochi and Okinawa.


Can a US citizen live in Japan?

Yes. You need to obtain a viza to let you stay long or live in Japan like working visa or student visa. Acquiring permanent residence status is very hard but not impossible.


How much is a gallon of milk in Japan?

A gallon is 3.785liter. You can buy a liter of milk at around 200yen at a supermarket in Japan. So a gallon of milk cost you less than 800yen.


How much spending money do you need per day in Japan?

Depending on where you live. According to a survey by Statistics Bureau of Japan, consumption expenditure per family in Kanagawa is 346,760 yen (11,558 yen/day) and the number is the highest among 47 prefectures. Meanwhile, the lowest is 234,707 yen (7,823 yen/day) in Okinawa.


Can I wear shorts in Japan?

Yes, of course. If its hot outside you can wear shorts. If you mean in a formal situation like work or meeting important people then no, generally its not okay.


How much would it cost to go to Japan for a week?

A website called Budget Your Trip says $149 is the average daily price based on the expenses of visitors in Tokyo.

Also, you have to pay for flight tickets. An economy class seat from Atlanta International Airport to Haneda Airport with a stopover takes $1,000 at least (AUG 2022). So if you can prepare $3,500, you are going to be able to enjoy a good one week holiday in Japan.


Do I need a visa to visit Japan?

If you are from America, you used to be able to enter Japan without visa for Sightseeing, Commercial Business Trip (not involving paid activities), and Visiting Relatives/Friends/Acquaintances.

But Japan has suspended this special arrangement as a border control measure against COVID-19.


What should I avoid in Japan?

You should not talk loudly in the bus or train. Also, you should talk over phone after you get off. Leaving trash on the street is a bad manner. When you are invited to someone’s house in Japan, you should take off your shoes at the entrance.


Why is it rude to tip in Japan?

Tipping is not common in Japan. If you tip someone in Japan, most of them would get confused. But they don’t find you rude.


Is Japan friendly to tourists?

Basically, yes. There are some people who are afraid of talking to foreigners mainly because of a language barrier. But most Japanese people are willing to help tourists in need.


Is it rude to finish your food in Japan?

No. That’s a Chinese tradition. Finishing your food is a good manner in Japan. Saying Gochisousama, which is the word to express gratitude for the food, after finishing your food is perfection.


Is Japan Open to Tourists 2022?

Japan has eased the entry restrictions for tourists since this June (2022). According to NHK, 252 foreign travelers visited Japan in June and about 7,900 travelers in July. From this September, Japan will accept group tours without a guide.


Is Japan visa free for US citizens?

No. You need to pay fees for issuance of visas. According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the fees are about 3,000 yen for a single-entry visa, 6,000 yen for a double-entry or multiple-entry visa, and 700 yen for a transit visa.


How much bank balance is required for Japan visa?

If you are going to apply for permanent residency, it is said that your bank balance should be able to cover the cost that you and your family need to live for at least half a year. Also, your income is very important. It seems that you have to earn 3million yen/year at least for permanent residency.


Which passport is the strongest in the world?

According to THE ECONOMIC TIMES, Japanese passport is the strongest in the world. Japanese passport offers visa-free access to 193 countries. The second strongest is Singapore and South Korea with 192 countries.


Can I go to Japan from USA?

Yes. There are many flights that depart from USA to Japan. A direct flight takes you around 12hours.


What time of year is best to visit Japan?

It is depending on what you would like to see in Japan. Hokkaido in winter season (December to February) would be nice if you love skiing because they offer you high quality powder snow. If you visit Kanto area from late March to early April, you can see beautiful cherry blossoms. Visiting Kyoto in November would be the best if you would like to see spectacular views of beautiful autumn leaves.


When should you avoid Japan?

Visiting Japan in August is not recommended because there are many areas that reach 35℃ during summer. In 2022, there were some cities reached 40℃ including Kiryu (Gunma), Koshu (Yamanashi), and Kumagaya (Saitama). According to Fukushima Minyu Newspaper, 1,175people were raced to hospital due to heat stroke in Fukushima from June to August in 2022.


How many days do you need in Japan?

It is depending on where you would like to visit. There is a famous travel route called Golden Route in Japan which starts from Tokyo, visits some must-see spots, and ends in Osaka. Some tour companies offer some Golden Route tours and most of them take 7 days. So you need 7 days at least to visit some popular destinations in Japan.


What is the cheapest month to travel to Japan?

People travel less after big holidays. According to LIVEJAPAN.com, airfares to Japan tend to drop significantly from September because tourist numbers go down. The website says you may be able to find flights to Japan well under $1,000.


Is Japan still closed to foreigners?

Japan has eased the entry restrictions for tourists since this June (2022). According to NHK, 252 foreign travelers visited Japan in June and about 7,900 travelers in July. From this September, Japan will accept group tours without a guide.


Is Japan safe for travel?

Japan is much safer than USA. According to a website called World Population Review, the crime rate of USA is 47.8, which means there are 47.8 crime cases per 100,000 people. Meanwhile the rate of Japan is 22.19, which means the American crime rate is more than double compared to the Japanese rate.


Is Japan a cheap place to visit?

Japan is cheaper than USA. From March 2022, America’s consumer price index has been rising by over 8% every month. Meanwhile, Japan’s consumer price index has been rising by around 2% for last three month. (AUG 2022)


What time of year are the cherry blossoms in Japan?

The cherry blossom front line moves from south to north. According to Japan Meteorological Agency, Sakura flowering dates were March 17th in Fukuoka(Kyushu island), March 20th in Tokyo, March 23rd in Osaka, April 8th in Sendai, and April 23rd in Sapporo. From late March to early April is the best cherry blossom season in Japan.


Is Japan costly to visit?

Because Japan is far away from the United States, you have to prepare a certain amount of money for flight tickets. If you are going to depart from Atlanta International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the United States, an economy class seat to Haneda Airport with a stopover takes $1,000 at least(AUG, 2022).


Is Japan safe to visit?

Generally speaking, Japan is much safer than the United States. Our crime rate is very low and possession of a gun is strictly prohibited. As long as you can avoid walking a street without many people at midnight, Japan is safe place to you.


Do Japanese like American tourists?

Japanese people are friendly to foreign travelers. There are some Japanese who hesitate to communicate with foreigners mainly because of a language barrier, but most of them are willing to help travelers in need.


Do I need a visa to go to Japan?

Before COVID-19 pandemic, Japan allowed people from 68 countries and regions including USA to enter Japan without visa for Sightseeing, Commercial Business Trip (not involving paid activities), and Visiting Relatives/Friends/Acquaintances.

But Japan has suspended this special arrangement as a border control measure against COVID-19.


Do people in Tokyo speak English?

There are some people who speak some English. But most of them don’t speak English very well. However, Japanese people are friendly to foreign travelers and willing to help you. Also, as Tokyo is the biggest city in Japan, there are a lot of foreigners living there. Public transportations including the Tokyo Metro and JR Lines have bilingual signages.


Can you go to Japan without speaking Japanese?

Yes, you can. But you have to know that most Japanese people don’t speak English very well. Public transportations including the Tokyo Metro and JR Lines have bilingual signages. There are also some restaurants that offer English menu for you. It is better for you to prepare some translation tools like Google Translate.


Is Japan safe for female Travellers?

Japan is known as one of the safest countries in the world. But you have to avoid walking on a street without many people at midnight by yourself. As long as you can pay enough attention to safety, Japan is safe for travellers.


Is Japan safe at night?

At midnight, you should avoid walking alone on a street without many people walking by. As long as you walk on a busy street, it would be safe even when you are alone.


Do most Japanese speak English?

No. Unfortunately, it is opposite. Most Japanese people don’t speak English very well.


Why is Japan so cheap?

A lot of companies are very much afraid of consumers not buying their products because of price increase. However, due to sharp rise in prices after the Ukrainian conflict, finally many companies including Nisshin Seifun Group, Megmilk Snow Brand, Showa Sangyo, Nagatanien, Ajinomoto, and House Foods have decided to increase their product’s prices. Actually, prices of 8,043 items are going to be increased this fall. (AUG 2022)


Is food cheap in Japan?

Food in Japan is still reasonable compared to the United States. However, due to sharp rise in prices after the Ukrainian conflict, finally many companies including Nisshin Seifun Group, Megmilk Snow Brand, Showa Sangyo, Nagatanien, Ajinomoto, and House Foods have decided to increase their product’s prices. Actually, prices of 8,043 items are going to be increased this fall.


Is Japan cheaper than America?

Basically, the answer is Yes. Price of a Big Mac is used as the indicator of economy size. A Big Mac is 390 yen in Japan. This is almost half of a Big Mac’s price in the United States.


Does a US citizen need a visa to travel to Japan?

Before COVID-19 pandemic, Japan allowed people from 68 Countries and regions including USA to enter Japan without visa for Sightseeing, Commercial Business Trip (not involving paid activities), and Visiting Relatives/Friends/Acquaintances. But Japan has suspended this special arrangement as a border control measure against COVID-19.


Can American move to Japan?

Yes. But it is not easy. To get a permanent resident visa, you have to be of good conduct and have ability to live independently. Also, your permanent residency must be in accord with the interests of Japan.


What food is cheaper in Japan?

Generally speaking, eating out in Japan is more reasonable than the United States. According to a research by a famous TV news program called WBS in Japan, the average price that an office worker pays at a restaurant for lunch is 649yen in Japan in 2021. However, people in NY pay 1,650yen (about $15) on average at lunch time.

For example, Gyudon (Japanese Beef Bowl) is known as cheap but tasty food. Yoshinoya offers a regular size Gyudon bowl at 404yen (less than $4).


Is living in Japan hard?

There is much stuff that makes your life hard. About job and money, if you are a native English speaker, you can find English teaching jobs in big cities including Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sapporo ,and so on. About language, if you are not willing to learn Japanese language, living in Japan might be hard for you. Japanese people are friendly and willing to help you, but you have to overcome the language barrier to communicate deeply with them.


How much is a meal in Japan?

It is depending on what you would like to eat. A company called Spicomi asked 498 office workers about how much they spend on their lunch. They found that the average lunch cost per day is 575.8yen. They prepare a bento for themselves, buy some food at a convenience store, use their company’s cafeteria, or eat out around their office.


Are US dollars accepted in Japan?

There aren’t many shops and restaurants that accept USD in Japan. However, Donki, which is the Japanese biggest discount store chain, accept foreign currency including USD, Euro, and Chinese Yuan. They give you change in Japanese Yen.


How much is McDonald’s in Japan?

About basic regular menu, a Hamburger is 130yen, a Cheese Burger is 160yen, and a Big Mac is 390yen.A Medium French Fries is 280yen.


How much is a Big Mac in Tokyo?

According to McDonald, a Big Mac is 390yen in Japan. This is almost half of a Big Mac’s price in the United States. A Medium French Fries is 280yen.


Are things cheaper in Japan than us?

Generally speaking, the answer is Yes. Especially, eating out is much reasonable in Japan. According to Finder, Starbucks offers a tall Starbucks latte at $4.3 in the United States and $3.79 in Japan.


Is Tokyo safe to visit?

Generally speaking, Japan is much safer than the United States. Our crime rate is very low and possession of a gun is strictly prohibited. As long as you can avoid walking a street without many people at midnight, Japan is safe place to you.


Is Tokyo English friendly?

Generally, Japanese people don’t speak English very well.

But as Tokyo is the biggest city in Japan, there are a lot of foreigners living there. Public transportations including the Tokyo Metro and JR Lines have bilingual signages. Also, there are some local people who speak some English.


Is walking at night in Japan safe?

At midnight, you should avoid walking alone on a street without many people walking by. As long as you walk on a busy street, it would be safe even when you are alone.


What should I avoid in Tokyo?

About bad manners, talking loudly on the train is not nice in Japan. People usually keep quiet to avoid annoying others. Also, eating while walking on the street is a bad manner. When you would like to eat something, you have to find a place to sit down.


Is there murders in Japan?

Yes. According to National Police Agency, there were 874 Murder cases in Japan in 2021. Number of murders in Japan has been decreasing. In 2002, there were 1,396 murder cases.


What is offensive to Japanese?

You should use Keigo language (polite expressions) when talking to your boss, elderly people, and customers. Not using Keigo language can be offensive in Japan. If you are a tourist you do not need to worry about this, just use some basic manners from your home country.


What is best month to visit Japan?

It is depending on what you would like to do in Japan. Hokkaido in winter season (December to February) would be nice if you love skiing on high quality powder snow. If you visit Kanto area from late March to early April, you can see beautiful cherry blossoms. Visiting Kyoto in November would be nice because a spectacular view of beautiful autumn leaves entertain you. Visiting Japan in August is not recommended because there are many areas that reach 35℃ during summer. In 2022, there were some cities reached 40℃ including Kiryu (Gunma), Koshu (Yamanashi), and Kumagaya (Saitama).


Can I visit Tokyo without knowing Japanese?

Yes, you can. But you have to know that most Japanese people don’t speak English very well. If you would like to communicate with locals, you should use a translation tool like Google Translate.


Do geisha sleep with clients?

No. What geisha do is performing Japanese dance and playing some traditional instruments to entertain guests. Also they pour sake for the guests while having a good conversation. They are very much different from prostitutes.


How much does it cost a full trip of Japan?

It is depending on how long you are going to stay in Japan, where you would like to visit, and which airport you are going to depart from.

Let’s say you are going to depart from Atlanta International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the United States. An economy class seat to Haneda Airport with a stopover takes $1,000 at least (AUG, 2022).

A website called Budget Your Trip says $149 is the average daily price based on the expenses of visitors in Tokyo. Tokyo is the most expensive place in Japan. If you are going to stay in a city other than Tokyo, the average daily price is $114.

So if you are going to stay for a week, you have to prepare $3,000 for a place other than Tokyo or $3,500 for a trip in Tokyo.


Is 10 days in Japan enough?

It is depending on what you would like to do during your stay. A lot of foreign travelers follow a famous route called Golden Route in Japan. Golden Route starts from Tokyo, visits some famous places including Kyoto and Nara, and ends in Osaka.

There are some tour companies that offer some Golden Route tours and most of them take 7 days.

So if you would like to enjoy must-see places in Japan, you need 7 days at least. If you have 10 days, you can visit a few other spots other than must-see spots of Golden Route.


What Cannot bring to Japan?

Following things are what you can not bring into Japan:

  • Drugs
  • Firearms
  • Explosives
  • Precursor materials for chemical weapons
  • Germs which are likely to be used for bio-terrorism
  • Counterfeit money, bank notes, securities, and forged credit cards
  • Any articles which may harm public safety or morals(e.g pornography)
  • Child pornography
  • Goods which infringe Intellectual Property

Plants and animals must be presented to the plant or animals quarantine officer for inspection. There is quantity restriction on medicine and cosmetic even if it is for personal use.
Also, no one can bring hunting guns, air guns, swords without a permit to possess.


How much money do I need to show for Japan visa?

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, VISA fees are about 3,000 yen for a single-entry visa, 6,000 yen for a double-entry or multiple-entry visa, and 700 yen for a transit visa. If you are going to apply for permanent residency, it is said that your bank balance should be able to cover the cost that you and your family need to live for at least half a year. Also, your income is very important. It seems that you have to earn 3million yen/year at least for permanent residency.


How much Yen Do I need for 3 weeks in Japan?

A medium budget per day including accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, sightseeing, and transportation is 8,800 – 18,500 yen ($64 – $134).

So if you would like to stay in Japan for three weeks, you should prepare around 300,000yen.


When should I visit Japan?

It is depending on what you would like to do during your stay.

If you would like to see beautiful cherry blossoms in Tokyo, you have to visit Japan from late March to early April. If you love skiing and would like to experience high quality powder snow, you should visit Hokkaido during winter (December to February).

For those who are unfamiliar with hot humid weather, visiting Japan in August is not recommended because there are many areas that reach 35℃ during summer. In 2022, there were some cities reached 40℃ including Kiryu (Gunma), Koshu (Yamanashi), and Kumagaya (Saitama).


How many days is tourist visa in Japan?

Short-Term Visit Visa is for Sightseeing, Commercial Business Trip (not involving paid activities), and Visiting Relatives/Friends/Acquaintances. This VISA is for a stay of up to 90 days.


How long should I stay in Japan?

It is depending on what you would like to do during your stay. A lot of foreign travelers follow a famous route called Golden Route in Japan. Golden Route starts from Tokyo, visits some famous places including Kyoto and Nara, and ends in Osaka.

There are some tour companies that offer some Golden Route tours and most of them take 7 days.

So if you would like to enjoy must-see places in Japan, you need 7 days at least.


Is Japan good for solo travel?

Japan is known as one of the safest countries in the world.

But of course there are some crimes. According to Japanese National Police Agency, number of crimes recorded in 2021 was 568,148, which is the smallest number since World War II. The number is very small compared to many countries including USA. So if you can stay alert to your surroundings, you are not likely to get involved in any troubles.


How much would a holiday to Tokyo cost?

A budget trip would be around $149 per day on average based on my experience of visiting Tokyo.

Also, you have to pay for flight tickets. An economy class seat from Atlanta International Airport to Haneda Airport with a stopover takes $1,000 at least (AUG 2022). So if you can prepare $3,500, you are going to be able to enjoy a good one week holiday in Tokyo.


How much does it cost to stay in a hotel in Japan?

It is depending on which hotel you would like to stay. If you would like to stay in a five-star hotel, you have to prepare over $400 for a night. For a three-star hotel, $200-$300 is required. If you are a backpacker, there are many hostels that cost less than $50 for a night.


How long does it take to fly from the US to Japan?

Let’s say you are going to depart from Atlanta International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the United states, to Haneda Airport. Direct flights take you about 14hours.


What US state is closest to Japan?

Let’s say you are going to depart from Atlanta International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the United states, to Haneda Airport. Direct flights take you about 14hours.


Why do planes do not fly over the Pacific?

There are some flights that fly over the Pacific but most of them avoid flying over there. Usually curved routes over land are shorter than straight routes over the Pacific. Also, the Pacific is known as the deepest ocean on the globe and very dangerous for emergency landing.


Which airlines fly to Japan from USA?

Many airlines offer direct flights between USA and Japan including Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, All Nippon Airways, and Japan Airlines.


Do you lose a day flying to Japan?

The answer is Yes. Let’s say you are going to depart from Atlanta International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the United states, to Haneda Airport. There are some direct flights between these two and take you about 14hours. You are going to be exhausted after such a long flight and need to take a rest.


What is the longest flight in the world?

According to a website called The Economic Times, the longest non-stop flight in the world in 2022 is Singapore Airlines Flight SQ24 from Singapore to New York. This flight flies more than 15,000 kilometers and takes 18hours and 40minutes.


Can a pilot sleep while flying?

Yes. Usually a flight over 6 hours requires 3 pilots so that a pilot can take a rest while two others are in the cockpit. There are hidden spaces on planes where crews can use to rest.


What is closer to Hawaii Japan or California?

According to a website called DistanceBetween2.Com, the Straight line distance between California and Hawaii is about 9,180 kilometers. Whereas, it says the

straight line distance between Japan and Hawaii is about 6,205 kilometers. Japan is about 3,000 kilometers closer to Hawaii.


How far apart are California and Japan?

According to a website called DistanceBetween2.Com, the Straight line distance between California and Japan is about 14,136kilometres. There are some airlines that offer non-stop flights between California and Japan. For example, a non-stop flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Haneda Airport takes around 12hours.


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