So people can get a general idea of how much money to bring, How much did you spend on your trip too japan ? (Excluding flight and hotel price. Strickly spending money)
*lets try to get an average cost for 2 weeks in tokyo, also please describe the type of lifestyle you lived, like going clubbing any chance you got / drinking a ton or just enjoying the tourist areas and not having nights out*
>>948892 Why the Hell would you go to Japan and spend the entire time in Tokyo?
Climb some mountains and visit the generic Higurashi village. You can go clubbing in wherever you are right now. The women won't get better and neither will the alcohol.
>Excluding flight and hotel price. Strickly spending money Well do something like this: >take number of days you'll be there >figure out how many you'll be drinking and how many you'll be visiting the generic tourist areas >ask some Japanjin how much a drink costs >decide how much you want to drink in a foreign country where you have absolutely no allies >figure out how much you'll be spending drinking B drinks at C en each for D days >find out how much admission to these tourist areas are >total that shit >add in some extra because you might get stabbed or something >add in a bit more because women are expensive >add in a bit more to buy a hooker because we both know you aren't getting laid >you can survive two weeks without food, but procure a drinking hole and defend it with your life >alcohol on an empty stomach is dumb so learn how to fashion a bow and arrow to hunt the local wildlife >travel coast to coast across Africa becoming a legend for the hundreds of tribes you will encounter, achieving apotheosis and ascending to the next mortal plane >take the next mortal plane home
>>948921 Cities are so much better than the country side You can look at trees back home. People are the best part of traveling. Talking to new people is great. Not to mention a city as huge as Tokyo has a ton of places to go and eat.
>>948921 I am planning on going to Japan in the near future and I absolutely can't wait. I don't really like Japanese food at all though, actually I hate it. Are there western restaurants in cities besides Tokyo? I'm kind of a nature freak and I want to go on long hikes, but I'll probably just stay in the city if I can't find a mcdonalds or something like that. I know this sounds pathetic, but I plan on staying as far away from the foul smelling soups and whatever as possible. Are the fast food restaurants cheap there too? Or is that something that will bust my budget? I don't want to spend any more than 1500 yen a day on food. If I have to I might get some take out from Tokyo and go on day trips or something.
Heading over to Otaru tomorrow to check out the town and hopefully have some great sushi. That said, does anyone have and recommendations for restaurants?
I'm also the same guy in the last thread traveling around from Australia with his gf. Was asking about nice smokes at one point too. Found a place that sells synthetic incense yesterday in sapporo if anyone is into that sort of high.
>>948921 Tokyo is awesome. Nothing wrong with spending the most time in Tokyo. In saying that with how quick and easy it is to get around the country it makes no sense to spend all your time in Tokyo. Kyoto is awesome too.
>>948939 >but I'll probably just stay in the city if I can't find a mcdonalds or something like that. I went to McDonald's once on the first night because I was intimidated by ordering without speaking Japanese. It's no easier at McDonald's than it is at any other restaurant. Many have an English menu or at least pictures on the menu. Just point. No point going to a foreign country and eating the same shit you would at home the whole time. >I know this sounds pathetic, but I plan on staying as far away from the foul smelling soups and whatever as possible. Dude the food is awesome. >Are the fast food restaurants cheap there too? Or is that something that will bust my budget? Very reasonable. And the food tastes better than any fast food I've had from any Western country. >I don't want to spend any more than 1500 yen a day on food. That will be easy. >If I have to I might get some take out from Tokyo and go on day trips or something. Grab a bento box or two if you're going on day trips.
Anyone have experiences with prices at hostels/cheap hotels in Japan? Should I book in advance to get it cheaper or is the difference negligible? How much should I expect to pay for a night at a cheaper place?
>>949067 I know a guy who went to Japan (friend of a cousin who lives in TX). After 4 days there, his first time out of the USA, he kept posting pics of McDonald's and saying things like "FINALLY, some real food!!" I don't think he liked the country or cuisine much.
>>949077 What exactly is an acquired taste? Sure there are a few things like sushi (A food everyone has eaten), natto, and umeboshi, but pretty much everything else is nothing out of the ordinary except for being a unique combination of ingredients
>>949077 >They also cannot fucking bake decent plain bread at all, always tastes weird. White bread's like that in Asia generally. The bread's always far too sweet for some reason.
Best bread I've had in Asia was some absurd desert in Korea where it was inch thick, deep fried, super sweet, white bread and the worst was a fucking awful pizza in Tokyo that used disgustingly sickly and soft brioche for a base.
>>949074 >After 4 days there, his first time out of the USA, he kept posting pics of McDonald's and saying things like "FINALLY, some real food!!" I don't think he liked the country or cuisine much. Damn that's just sad. He didn't try MOS or Lotteria atleast?
I knew an English guy sort of like that. Wasn't keen on a lot of the local food but so just ended up trawling round a few curryhouses eating tonkatsu all week.
>>949190 That's uncalled for, I want to go hiking and I want to go hiking in Japan. It's not my fault they make bland, simplistic, overpriced dishes. If that's your thing then do your thing, but Imma do my thing.
>>949024 What is a bento box? Is it Japanese food? How much do they cost?
Moving to Japan in 5 weeks. Had lunch with a japanbro yesterday and he was telling me that they're hardcore on prosecuting people for torrenting. After some research I saw some suggestions of using seedbox and/or a VPN.
Can anyone confirm that's enough to keep you in the clear?
>>949268 Those laws were passed so the RIAA and MPAA would fuck off and stop bothering Japan. Not a single person has ever been prosecuted and most likely never will. I torrent whole series atleast once a week and have been doing so for the past 2 years.
>>949335 I believe there is no food that people in the world regularly eat that is actually bad, you just aren't used to the flavor and simply have to eat it enough to get used to it. My aunt teaches mostly kids from other countries. Most of them hate pizza when they first arrive, but after a year or two of eating it at parties they all love it.
>>949313 I've actually been to a few countries before and I really liked them. My method is always to ask for advice before I go. Unfortunately most of the posters here don't seem capable of giving basic tips.
Wut. You can get good bread in Japan. Even in bfe tottori where I used to live all the bigger grocery stores had bakeries with gold stuff. Sure, the off the shelf stuff isn't great, but whatev, go to the bakery.
Cheap Italian is pretty easy to find, and usually pretty decent. Ive had some really good pizza in Tokyo.
Dunno what you mean by "Western" food though... There are "western" eateries but its still a Japanese thing...probably because there really isn't truly such a thing as western food.
>>949263 You say Japan has bland, simplistic and overpriced food, yet you don't know what a bento is?
How about you stop shitting on something when you clearly have no idea what you're talking about.
Japan is one of the most food-centric countries in the world. Everything has something to do with food there. They know their shit. Japanese food has more to it then rice and raw fish, if you'd bother to learn about it you'd realize there is nothing bland and simplistic about it. Don't judge the whole cuisine by one dish.
Though i do enjoy various japanese dishes. I must admit that i, too, find most of their food rather bland: Lack of spices is a thing. I ended up cooking most of my own meals whej i was there. There are some godly dishes i ate when visiting locals for dinner; i regret not learning how to cook any of them.
>>949511 but what if that's what I want? >>949516 Is this the best possibility within my budget (around 600-800€) for staying one month in Tokyo though? Also is there some sort of community life between the people who live there? I mean I guess that depends on the house but still. I remember a lot of people were talking about Sakura houses before we had Japan generals but I always just skimmed over the information posted since I didn't have any intention to stay in one and now I can't remember what the overall consensus was.
>>949066 I'm that way too. Unfortunately you pretty much have to pay. I just go to Denny's and get the drip coffee. ¥215 or thereabouts for unlimited refills. If you stay there for a couple of hours, ¥100 an hour doesn't seem so bad for internet.
>>949527 With that budget, yes. You might get luck on airbnb but I wouldn't count on that. Check out Oakhouse too, some of their places are cheaper than Sakura houses. Dormitories can be a bit cheaper but I'd rather pay a little extra for my private 9 square meters.
Community stuff sometimes happens and sometimes doesn't. Depends on the location a lot too, sometimes you don't ever even see anyone else and sometimes there are parties all the time.
>>949531 Thanks, please share your experiences once you move in please! I'll look into Juyoh Hotel, seems to be in a good location. >>949533 looks nice, though it would be nice if all the fees would be stated in the price at first. I'll still look into it thanks! >>949534 seems like a nice guy, what could go wrong?
>>949642 200k jpy (around 1500€) You can survive quite comfortably with that. You can easily go over, but you can easily go under also.
If you eat cheap and don't buy any stuff, you can get by with 1500-2000 yen a day. That's around 500y for travel and the rest on food (konbini food/donburi-chainrestaurants). Don't torment yourself too much though, you're supposed to enjoy traveling and in Japan food is definitely a big part of it. Save up a little extra so you can afford to eat something else than onigiris ja beef donburis for three weeks.
>>949723 1500€ would be way too much for me. I was thinking about 400-500€ roughly for food and transport. I will most likely be cooking myself too. Where would you suggest I exchange my money? I'm a bit reluctant to get all of my yen at home because the exchange rates from the banks are horrendous.
>>949771 Been from Charlotte, with layovers in Chicago, San Fran or Denver.
At one time, it was cheaper to buy about a month out -- or at least, everyb0ody believed it was. This seems to no longer be the case. Prices do tend to go up shortly before the departure date, as the people buying at the last minute tend to be ore motivated to buy, and so willing to pay more.
Other than that, they tend to fluctuate slightly.
Trying to catch the absolute lowest fare is too likely to leave you dangling around until the fares start to go up -- best bet is to identify what fits your budget, and if flights are at or under that go ahead and grab a ticket.
I don;t use the Travelocity-type sites, if one of them has a low-fare guarantee or something, that might be right up your alley.
>>949750 I suppose the dorm is paid then? Anyway as I said, you can get by with just 1500 a day. But that would definitely be the absolute minimum. We're honestly looking at 400 yen each for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That's the lowest you can go even with the cheapest donburis or konbini food (an onigiri is about 80 yen). Cooking yourself won't be much cheaper, if at all. Travel is anywhere from around 100-400 yen per direction.
With 1500 yen per day we're looking at a bit under 250 euros. Depending on what you do, that will be 2-3 small meals a day and no any kind of sightseeing that requires entry fees. 500 euros is definitely doable, but you don't leave much room for deviations. Summer is quite a few months away so save up!
>>949780 Yeah, the dorm is paid, we're just talking food and transportation. I think I'll stretch it to 70k yen, should be alright. I was in Scotland last year and we spent like 15-20€ a day, if at all. I can be frugal. Any experience with drawing money from japanese ATMs?
>>949804 As far as I know it depends on your bank. I withdrew 30 000 yen on three separate dates in December and it always showed up as 215 euros on my statement which is pretty much in line with the eur-jpy at that time (~140y to 1 eur). No extra fees or anything.
I know that some banks do charge for international transactions and I'm not sure if the rate used is also determined by your bank or what. So I guess you'll need to find someone who has experience and the same bank as you.
>>949846 See this >>949780 250 (around 32000k) would be _super_ cheap. Travel alone can eat up around 10k in the 21 days the other guy plans to spend. 70k is far more reasonable but if there's any unplanned costs you're easily fucked.
Having a bit more to spend generally makes traveling/vacationing more enjoyable since for those few precious days or weeks you spend away from home you don't actually have to worry about money since you were a smart guy and saved up.
But as always, we're all unique snowflakes so what works for me isn't what works for everyone. I consider myself a pretty cheap traveler but even I think 70k is a bit low for three weeks.
>>949846 Just for food and travel? I thought that was like total spend including souvenirs and stuff.
Well train travel will run you at MOST ¥1200 a day. That's taking the trains to Odaiba which are really expensive for some reason. Otherwise if you're spending a full day somewhere within Tokyo you'll be paying between ¥340 ~ ¥700 return.
There's a simple rule for food in Tokyo: Posh lunch, cheap dinner. Most nice restaurants have excellent deals during the lunch period where you can get a set meal for about ¥1000. Those same places will then charge 3x the price for dinner. Of course there's plenty of other restaurants and chains that can do super cheap food all the time. Hidakaya is a great place to get a filling ramen and gyoza for ¥500.
>>949846 >>949857 There's seems to be quite a lot of budget questions in here lately.
I pretty much saved all my receipts on my last trip so if people are genuinely interested I could decipher some of the squigglies and post some real prices in here. Unless there are lurkers who are in Japan right this very moment and could provide more up to date info (or maybe even do requests?)?
>>949869 I'm here long term so my spending habbits are going to differ from someone here on vacation. Although when I first arrived I could easily spend ¥2,000 a day on food and probably another ¥2,000 on alcohol.
Now on an average day of eating at home my food budget would be around ¥400.
>>949915 "A whole variety of day passes is available for the Tokyo area, however, most of them are overpriced and/or not very practical because they do not cover all of Tokyo's train and subway lines. Consequently, single tickets or prepaid cards usually come cheaper, especially if you plan your city sightseeing in a geographically wise way."
For example Tokyo Free Kippu 1590 yen, unlimited travel for one day. Not worth it. Going anywhere on the Yamanote line costs 190 tops for example (of course not everything is along yamanote). You'd have to make at least 8 trips of over 20 minutes during the day to come even close. Just get a suica and plan ahead so your destinations for the day are within walking distance.
I'm thinking about visiting Korea for a week before the summer exchange thingy I'm going to Japan begins. What is the best way to get from Seoul to Tokyo/Osaka? Flight seems ridiculusly expensive or am I just looking at the wrong places?
Looking into living and working in Japan--actually have a Skype interview next week. While most of the company's locations are in Kanto, and subsequently the Tokyo region, it seems to be flexible of where you want to live and work.
I've been taking a look at apartments, and besides the more obvious features and commodities--no guarantors, utilities, etc. I really don't have much to go off of, my only really preferences is that it would be nice to live near Adachi-ku (have family that lives there) and that it's under $900 or 90,000 Yen (I know it's not the equivilent, but it's what I've been going off of for what I've been looking so far).
Any tips or recommendations of where I could live and what rental companies I should look into/recommended?
>>950062 Yeah, I already looked up how to set up a commuter pass on the card. I meant when I decide to take a line that's different from my daily commute. Are the gates specific to the lines and it just deducts just the amount for one way on that line, or how does that work?
My flight comes in at 10:45pm at Haneda. Can I still catch a bus or a monorail to central Tokyo or am I fucked? According to the timetables, the last monorail departs at around 12pm. Seems like a close call.
The hotel bath tubs are freakin' too small even in decent middle sized hotels. If you really wanna stretch you legs or stay at those cheap hostels, y'might want to try out these public bath places. It ain't so bad as it looks on the outside. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioxSFzDt1EU Thankfully the prices are same everywhere (unless it's one of those SUPER BATH PLACES)
>>950086 Say you'll get out of the airport at 11:15PM. it's like 20-30 minutes to tokyo. If you let your hotel know ahead of time you'll be checking in late you'll be fine, otherwise you might be better of having a nap at a manga cafe until morning.
>>950237 I stayed for three weeks, seemed about the right time for the standard route (Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto-Hiroshima) with a few extra stops like Hakone or Kamakura in between (and Okinawa instead of Hiroshima).
Hotels and Hostels gonna be the same as in most parts of Western Europe and the US, maybe a bit more expensive or even cheaper depending on the way the currencies will move.
check hyperdia for information on train fare and consider getting a rail pass for a week or two
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