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Money and costs

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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


Visas are issued on arrival for most nationalities for stays of up to 90 days.

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When to go and weather

Okinawa & the Southwest Islands

Getting to Japan

Flights, tours and rail tickets can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Japan

Train The most popular way to see Japan: trains are fast, efficient, reliable and can get you just about anywhere; discount rail passes make train travel very affordable.

Ferry Good for getting to far-flung islands or for fans of slow travel.

Bus The cheapest way to make long-haul journeys and the only way to get to some mountain and rural destinations.

Car Rental cars are widely available; roads are well-maintained and signposted in English. Especially recommended in Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Okinawa. Drive on the left.

Air An extensive network of domestic flights and an increased presence of budget carriers makes air travel a good option for long distances or time-pressed itineraries.

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