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Your Trip To Japan Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive: Here Are Some Cost-Cutting Tips

Travelers Today       By    MJ De Castro

Updated: Jul 10, 2018 07:08 AM EDT

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People traveling to Japan are often worried to break the bank when they are visiting the Land Of The Rising Sun. However, with planning and research, travelers can still make the most out of their trips without blowing up their entire savings.
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Compare Prices Online

The easiest way to find a bargain is sometimes simply to compare prices across different sources. Never commit to buying a package from a certain provider or website before you have checked the prices at several sources. Sometimes, you can even find bargains by contacting airlines or hotels directly instead of getting it through third parties. This is because they don't have to then pay out additional commissions to the third parties. For the truly frugal, however, they can make use of price differences between IP addresses. Many websites vary prices depending on where you are based to maximize earnings. You can exploit this by using a VPN to hide your IP and adjusting your virtual location.

Japan is increasingly becoming one of the most popular places to visit. It truly gives travelers a great fusion of culture and modernity.

Whether visitors want a beach vacation in Okinawa, a food and shopping extravaganza in Tokyo, or a snowy getaway in Hokkaido, people visiting the "Land of the Rising Sun" cannot seem to get the idea of pinching their pennies out of their mind. However, traveling in Japan does not always have to be expensive.

The vibrant country offers travelers a wide array of activities to do. For those who want to save money during their trip, here are a few things they should bear in mind.

Do Not Travel During Peak Season

Peak times in Japan are on school holidays and major national holidays. This means that travelers will not be missing the best weather in the country.

It is recommended to visit during spring when Japanese students are in school and the cherry blossoms are flourishing. It is also recommended to visit in September and October when it is autumn and most people are back to school and work.

During the end of April and start of May, Japan celebrates its Golden Week. Hence, there will be 4 national holidays in a single week, making accommodation prices skyrocket. It is best to avoid visiting during this time.

Additionally, summer holidays in Japan are on mid-July to August, so the country is not only hot but also very busy.


One of the best ways to explore a foreign city is to walk around. Not only is it free, travelers can also discover unexpected places. Strolling around Japan would surely entertain people because there are so many sights to see, restaurants to try, galleries to visit, and parks to take a break in.

For those visiting Kyoto, try walking along the river to the Shimogamo Shrine, which was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Eat At Japanese Fast Food Chains

Fast food in Japan does not mean greasy, deep-fried meals. It usually involves savory meats, crispy dumplings, sumptuous ramen, a steaming bowl of rice, and a side of matcha. Basic meals in the country can be bought for as low as $1.30-$3. People can also buy meals in grocery and convenience stores.

Some restaurant chains that are worth the try are Matsuya, Sukiya, and Yoshinoya. Also, don't miss the famous Japanese fluffy cheesecake.

Fly In And Out In Different Airports

People who want to make the most of their Japan trip without the hassle of going back to the airport they flew to can try flying into one airport and leaving out of another one. For example, people can get a flight to Osaka and out of Tokyo for the same price as a flight to and from Osaka.

By doing this trick, people can not only save money on a train ticket, they can also have additional time to see the place.

Look For A Cheap Accommodation

In Japan, looking for a cheap place to stay can be a challenge. To find the cheapest place, it is recommended to check out HotelsCombined or Airbnb. For those who are looking for a one of a kind experience but still want to save some bucks, they can try the famous capsule hotels.

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