With this tool, you can find an estimate budget for your trip to Japan. All the values are sourced from other travelers, booking sites and experiences from many travelers (mostly from reddit, but also my own).
This tool is integrated with the JR Passes Calculator, so you can create your itinerary on that tool, and then use the "Calculate this trip Budget" button to reach this page and auto-fill most values.
Most estimates err on the side of costly. As usual with any automatic calculator, you should use this as a base to your budget, and then perform further research for your guarantee and safety.
Budgets are per person.
Choose a budget option for your stays:
Kyoto and/or Osaka (also known as Kansai Metropolitan Area)days
Conventional exchange rate do not always translate accordinly to the diferent types of expenses. Air fare, Hotels, Trips, Passes and what you get from your ATM all use diferent taxes and fees. Also, in several countries costs will be translated to USD before going to YEN, which can break a direct exchange tool. For that reason, this tool uses the raw prices to avoid any weird variation. To get a general idea of the budget, you can simply calculate the total to your currency, but keep in mind the exchange rates and taxes used on different services do vary.Q. How are stay estimates calculated and what are the sources?
Stay estimates are sourced from what most people have been paying, as well listings on booking sites. Since there is no single value, all estimates offer a range of prices inside your selected budget choice.Q. Are AirBnB legal? Are they safe?
In Japan, AirBnB is not legal nor regulated, and renting a room or apartment for foreigners is illegal. For that reason, in rare occasions a host might cancel without notice if he feels the Police is on to it. As such, you should be prepared for the event that your AirBnB is canceled. An often used tactics for safety is to book a simple hotel that accepts cancelations with full refund up to one day before the reservation, and then you contact (directly) your AirBnB host one or two days before you arrive to confirm everything is ok. If it is, you can cancel the Hotel, otherwise, go straight to the Hotel. Ota-ku district in Tokyo and most of Osaka have areas where AirBnB are "allowed", thus being safer to book.Q. What does the "How many people per room" option does?
Rooms for couples (twin-room, double-room, etc) are regular rooms with a twin bed or two beds and are often the exact same price. For that, in order to calculate your budget per person, choosing this option will divide the stay price by two.Q. How do I figure trip values and passes?
You can use our JR Passes Calculator to fill out your itinerary, calculate the best passes for maximum savings, and from that page click "Calculate this trip Budget" to open this page with all that data imported.Q. My budget is getting too high, any tips on reducing?
The bulk of the budget is usually the stay. Consider staying on cheaper places. Look out for passes that can get you savings, and eventually you can also switch train travel to night-bus travel, which is cheaper and saves you one stay each trip, but will be a lot more tiring.Q. How do I find which cities and places would be better for me to visit in my travel?