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Money and costs

Yen (¥)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated August 23, 2017 10:18AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: ¥3000
  • Bowl of noodles: ¥750
  • Happy hour beer: ¥500
  • City one-day subway pass: ¥600
  • One temple or museum entry: ¥500
  • Double room at a business hotel: ¥10,000
  • Dinner for two at an izakaya (Japanese pub-eatery): ¥6000
  • Half-day cycling tour or cooking class: ¥5000
  • Temple and museum entries: ¥1500
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a nice hotel: from ¥25,000
  • Dinner for two at a good sushi restaurant: from ¥15,000
  • Taxi ride between city sights: ¥2500

Post offices and most convenience stores have international ATMs. Credit cards are accepted at major establishments, though it’s best to keep cash on hand.


Tipping is not customary in Japan (leaving money on the table in a restaurant will usually result in the waiter chasing you down the street to give it back). High-end restaurants and hotels will usually add a 10% service fee to the bill.