Budget Travel Ideas in Japan

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The Land of the Rising Sun is one of the top destinations in the Asian continent. When planning a trip to Japan, Budget Travel is among the top things to consider. Travel costs can easily add up during your Japan visit, especially if you visit major cities such as Tokyo. Here are a couple of tips to keep your visit to Japan within budget.

Saving Money with Hostelling International

Having a membership card of the Hostelling International network allows you to save money all around the world and here in Japan even more. There are over a 100 affiliated hostels that belong to this big international network of hostels and youth hostels. From Abashiri to Tokyo to Zenkoji, there is no part of Japan that is not covered by a hostel from from Hostelling International. Room prices range from 1,500 to 3,360 yen, depending on your room preference and the time of the year. While the hostels in major cities are open throughout the whole year, there are several smaller hostels that are only open during the summer season from July to August. If you're planning to stay in one of the seasonal hostels, make sure to make reservations with at least 2 months in advance. Reservations are accepted through the Hostelling International website or directly by phone.

After arriving at your hostel, make sure to ask for the latest edition of the Hostelling International booklet for Japan, which will list all of the participating hostels, bars, restaurants, museums and special attractions in the country. This booklet is a must carry at all times when traveling on a budget around Japan.

Saving Money in Tokyo

Most of the budget travel can be done outside of Tokyo because once you arrive here the costs will start to pile up. It is a good idea to avoid using the taxi as much as possible because it is pretty expensive. This can be a bit difficult during the cold winter months so if you plan to use the taxi make sure that you have a big party to split the bill rather than to take one by yourself. The Japanese are used to walking long distances and this is a good idea to save money when in Tokyo, so make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.

The metro service stops around midnight and restarts again around 5:00 a.m. Tokyo is a city that never sleeps so instead of taking a taxi cab back to your hotel or hostel, you can just wait for the metro service to resume. Riding the metro is far cheaper than riding a taxi. This is a common practice in Tokyo and you will see party people of all ages hanging out at bars, pubs, izakayas (local style pubs) and restaurants. Some places don't even open until midnight.

March 25, 2010 new by damiandavilarojas

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