If you and your friends are planning to go to Tokyo, Japan, then you will find that this place will provide you with lots of fun-filled experiences, which can also be quite affordable. A lot of people get the notion that visiting Japan, particularly Tokyo, is expensive. However, by just knowing what to find and where to find it, then you will see that Tokyo can be very cheap to travel to especially if you are traveling in a group.
Once your group arrives in Tokyo, the first thing that you will often ask is about the transportation. If your group wants to save money on transportation, then taking the trains is by far the cheapest. Rail fares in Tokyo are quite cheap and are also a great way to get around the city. Also, it is truly the best way to experience what Japan is all about as thousands of Japanese commute to and from work each day using the trains. So, as much as possible, try to use the local train system in Tokyo to reduce your travel cost and truly experience Japan.
Of course, you will definitely want to visit other places other than Tokyo. For this, your group might want to try purchasing rail passes. You need to take note that these passes can only be bought from your home country. The great thing about the rail pass is that it can be used on the high speed bullet train along with other JR lines. The rail pass is a one time purchase where your group will be able to use it for unlimited travel for a week, two weeks or even three weeks.
Obviously, souvenirs are among your top priorities. It doesn’t need to be an expensive tea set. Try going to 100 yen stores or carpet cleaner machines. You will find these stores all over the city and you will be able to buy a lot of things here for just about a dollar.
If your group wants to party and experience the rich culture of Japan, then going on Izekayas is the best way to go. Here, you will be able to socialize with the locals and really see what Japan is all about. Here, you will see a different side of Japan where people normally see the Japanese people in business suits.
For accommodations, there are quite a lot of cheap ways to get some sleep in the city. One great way to save money in accommodation for your group is through the capsule hotels. These hotels are basically beds for rent. Costing around 50 dollars a night for each capsule, you will definitely be able to save lots of money on accommodation. However, you need to keep in mind that most capsule hotels in Japan are for men only. However, there are some that allows women too.
If you are a bit claustrophobic and you don’t fancy spending the night in a tube, then business hotels is the next best thing. These hotels are smaller than the bigger hotels but it is way cheaper and much more spacious than the capsule hotels. Prices can range at around 7 thousand to 15 thousand yen per night.
For food, there are quite a lot of sushi restaurants in Tokyo. Normally, you will see that sushi restaurants here will have a conveyor belt with colored plates on it. Each color corresponds to a price and it will be able to help you and your group which one to eat and stay on budget.
Noodles and ramen restaurants are also very popular and cheap in Japan. It is delicious, hot, and can get you really full. Noodles and ramen stalls can be found almost everywhere in the city.
These are some of the great tips that you should try following whenever your group plans on visiting Japan. It is a cheap way to explore and experience Japan.