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A JOURNEY IN JAPAN

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Quick facts

Trip length: 

Time of year: 

Year of trip:

Budget:

1 month

Jan

2018

$4,515

Table of contents

Click to skip forward to a section​:

       - Tokyo

       - Nagano

       - Kanazawa

       - Kyoto

       - Osaka

       - Hiroshima

       - Hakone

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Budget breakdown

 

Things to note:

  • We really didn't hold back when it came to spending money. Every hostel we stayed at had kitchens where you could cook your own food, the small convenience stores like Lawsons and 7 Eleven had cheap ready made meals to buy, however we ate out and drank out pretty much every day of the trip

Total Trip Costs

Flights from the UK:

Accommodation: 

 

Transport:

Activities:

Cash spent:

Total:

$731

$581

$493

$263

$2,447

$4,515

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Itinerary Summary

 
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Tokyo

 
 

Duration of stay

5 nights and 4 full days

Accommodation

Hostel bedgasm, dorm room: ¥3,000 per night / $27/night

Activities

  • Samurai Museum: ¥1,800 / $16

  • Maid Cafe: ¥5,800 / $45

  • VR Centre: ¥4,400 / $40

  • MariKar (Real life Mario Kart): ¥8,000 / $72

 

Nagano

Duration of stay

2 nights and 1 full day

Accommodation

1166 Backpackers, dorm room: ¥3,000 per night / $27/night

Activities

  • Shibu Monkeys: ¥3,200 / $29

 

Kanazawa

Duration of stay

2 nights and 1.5 days

Accommodation

Shaq 2nd Bighouse, dorm room: ¥2,500 per night / $23/night

 

Kyoto

Duration of stay

3 nights and 3 full days

Accommodation

Len Kyoto, dorm room: ¥2,366 per night / $21/night

 

Activities:

Bike hire: ¥1,000 / $9

 

Osaka

Duration of stay

7 nights and 6 full days

Accommodation

Khaosan World Namba, dorm room: ¥2,825 per night / $26/night

Activities:

  • Universal Studios Osaka

  • Nara day trip

Hiroshima

 

Duration of stay

5 nights and 4 full days

Accommodation

K's House Hiroshima, dorm room: ¥2,666 per night / $24/night

Activities

  • Peace Park

  • Miyajima Island

  • Shimanami Kaido bike here: ¥1,100 / $10

 

Hakone

Duration of stay

3 nights and 2 full days

Accommodation

K's House Hakone, dorm room: ¥3,500 per night / $32/night

Activities

​Hakone Loop: ¥4,600 / $42

Accommodation

 

Tokyo:

Hostel Bedgasm

Iriya 2-29-2

Taito-ku

Tokyo

Book now on Hostelworld >>

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Nagano:

1166 Backpackers

1048 Nishimachi, 

Nagano,

Book now on Hostelworld >>

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Hakuba:

Backpackers Hostel Ks House Hakuba Alps

22201-36 Kamishiro,

Hakuba Mura, Kita Azumi-gun,  

Nagano (Hakuba)

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 
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Kanazawa:

Shaq Bighouse

920-0864 Ishikawa,

Kanazawa,

Takaokacho 7-30

Book now on Booking.com >>

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Kyoto

Len Kyoto

709 Uematsucho

Shimogyo-ku,  

Kyoto

Book now on Hostelworld.com >>

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Osaka

Khaosan World Namba

1-2-13, Motomachi,

Naniwa-ku, Osaka

Book now on Hostelworld >>

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Hiroshima

Backpackers Hostel K's House Hiroshima

1-8-9, Matoba-cho,

Minami-ku,

Hiroshima city, 

Book now on Hostelworld >>

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Hakone

K's House Hakone

12-1 Yumotochaya Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, 

Hakone

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 
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Travel

 
  • We bought the JR Pass for 21 days that covered most of our travel

  • We bought the pass online before travelling to Japan

  • Then on our first journey we got the pass "activated" at the ticket office

  • All journeys from then on, we took our pass to the ticket office, they print out the tickets and it doesn't cost anything extra as it's included in your pass

 

Activities

  • If you want to do the real life Mario Kart, you NEED an INTERNATIONAL DRIVERS LICENCE.

  • If you're from the UK these can be bought for about £5 from your local post office

If you're looking to book some day trips in Japan, here are some other ideas:

 

Do this trip as a tour

Click on the tour to be taken to the Intrepid Travel page.

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