Below is the basic budget I used during my recent 8 days 7 nights (13th – 20th February 2015) trip to Japan including transportation, accommodation, activities and daily meal. Based on the table below you can adjust accordingly if you would like to go shopping, add activities, or visit other tourist attractions that require entrance fees.
I have divided the budget into 2 categories which are before trip and during the trip itself.
Expenses that you could spend in advance to make sure your trip are well planned.
|Expenses before go to Japan (RM)|
|Expenses per person|
|Return flight tickets Kl- Haneda (Air Asia Promo Fare)||408|
|Check in lugage (15kg per way x 2)||64.5|
|Meal on Flights (RM15 x 2)||30|
|Tokyo hotel (3 nights, 3 stars hotel, twin sharing)
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Nihombashi – Kayabacho
|Yamagata Hotel (1 nights, 3 stars hotel, twin sharing)
|Kyoto Hotel (3 nights, 3 stars hotel, twin sharing)
Green Rich Hotel Kyoto
|JR Pass (7 days)||902|
|Visa (for Indonesia normal passport holder)||95|
I always prefer to pay full for flights and hotels in advance so that I could spread the spending over few months. For example I purchased the flight ticket on November 2014 and then pay for hotel booking on December 2014. On January 2015 I spend money on Purchasing the JR pass and Pay for visa. This way, I have my whole money on February for the trip itself and I am not broke after I come back.
From the above table, If you couldn’t get promotion fare or if you prefer to flight with non-low cost airlines, on average the return flight tickets Kl- Tokyo is around RM1500. If you are from country that could enter Japan visa free then you may take out the Visa fee from the table to adjust your budget accordingly.
Expenses in Japan (YEN) Expenses per person Haneda Airport – Hotel Via Metro 740 City – Airport Via Metro 420 1 Day Ski trip: 1. Yamagata – Zao ski resort bus return ticket 2000 2. ski+clothing rental ( 1 Day) 6000 3. Zao resort pass (1 Day ) 5000 Osaka trip: 1. Osaka Castle entrance fee 600 2. Osaka Metro 180 Kyoto trip: 1. One day bus pass (500/day x 2days) 1000 2. Single trip bus ticket 230 3. Temple entrance fee 600 Tokyo trip 1. Metro tickets 1940 Meal (3000/day x 7 days) 21000 Total 39710
Total in Malaysia Ringgit is RM 1215
So the total of basic budget you need is only RM 2262.62 + RM 1215 = RM 3477.62
Budget is below RM4.000 / USD1.000 / RP 14.000.000 for ONE WEEK trip to JAPAN inclusive of ski trip and visiting 3 main must visit cities!
Moreover, the hotels I select are minimum 3 stars hotel which mean you will have proper bed to rest at night which come with attached bathroom and bath-tub to soak into hot bath after the whole day touring the cities. Our Kyoto hotel even have public bath which was really a great bonus.
In conclusion, below is the basic budget you should prepare if you plan to go to Japan for a week:
- Return Flight Tickets : RM 500 – Rm 1500
- Transportation : RM 1200 – Rm 1500
- Accommodation : RM 800 – RM 1400
- Meal : RM 700 – RM 1000
- Activities : RM 400 – RM 1000
If you have time to hunt for promotions and discount websites, you will be able to go with the minimum budget, otherwise, prepare for the maximum budget and you will be good to go.
Don’t forget to add extra bucks for shopping. There is so much to buy from souvenirs, make up, fashion to unique flavor of chocolates and cookies.
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