How much it costs to go to Japan
How much it costs to go to Japan? We present the prices for tickets, hotel, food, transport, visa and attractions. Calculate the cost of a trip to Japan in 2022 in rubles.
Japan does not yet accept tourists from Russia, visas have been suspended. Look at the list of open countries. For convenience, we give pre-declared prices for flights. Information about visas and flights may not be current, so please check with the official resources.
Exchange rate: 100 yen (JPY) ≈ 72 RUB.
How much does it cost to fly to Japan
It is usually more profitable to fly from Moscow. However with Japan is different: the cheapest tickets are from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladivostok (from 11000 rubles), and Khabarovsk and Vladivostok (from 13000 rubles). Relatively inexpensive to fly to Japan is possible from Irkutsk – from 17000 rubles, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (from 18000 rubles) and Novosibirsk (24000 rubles).
Direct flights from Moscow to Tokyo cost from 36000 rubles, with a connecting flight from 30000 rubles. The prices for tickets from Saint-Petersburg start at 33000 rubles.
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The cost of visa to Japan
You need a visa to travel to Japan from Russia. The good news: the rules have been simplified, and Russians no longer need a guarantor to obtain it! But the citizens of the CIS, alas, need to look for a guarantor.
The visa is free, if you apply for it yourself at a consulate or embassy. The only locations are in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and cities in the Far East. Residents of other cities will have to pay visa centers for sending documents.
Japanese visa (Photo: Max Braun / flickr.com)
Hotel prices in Japan in 2022
Looking for lodging in Japan, from cheap pod hotels to luxury ryokanami, we advise to use Roomguru – it compares the prices of different services.
- Capsule hotels in Tokyo cost from $16 per person.
- A double room in a gesthouse in Tokyo costs from $27 per night.
- At a 2* hotel, from $45 per night (for example, at Hotel Meigetsu).
- At a 3* hotel – from $55 (Hotel Mystays Asakusa-bashi).
- At a 5* hotel – from $100 (Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo).
The cost of a trip to Japan will be higher if you decide to stay in a ryokan, a hotel in the traditional Japanese style. In ryokans the floor is paved with tatami, instead of beds – futons, and guests are given national slippers and bathrobes. Sometimes there is an onsen, a hot spring. The cheapest ones in Tokyo cost $70-80 for two, usually with a shared bathroom. From $100 are ryokans with private baths. From $150 to $300 are spacious ryokans with onsen in other Japanese cities.
Tip: In large cities you don’t have to live in the center. The main thing – close to the subway.
A ryokan is a hotel in the traditional Japanese style. (Photo: Espen Faugstad / flickr.com / CC BY 2.0 license)
Food prices in Japan in 2022
Food in Japan is delicious, fresh, and relatively inexpensive! Meals are made from natural, minimally processed ingredients. Rice, noodles, seafood, and meat are the mainstay of the diet. As in China, there is no language problem when ordering food: there are realistic food layouts in cafes and photos on menus.
To properly calculate the cost of a trip to Japan, you need to know the approximate cost of food. On average, breakfast costs about 400-500 ¥ per person – about that much, for example, udon noodles with tofu, ramen, rice with curry. Tea or water is free. Some places serve combo breakfasts for about 300-400 ¥.
For a hearty lunch or dinner at a cafe, it’s 1000-1500 ¥ per person. And if you are used to eating a little, even for two! In general, in inexpensive places the average meal costs 500-800 ¥, in a restaurant – from 1000 ¥.
You can have an unusual and delicious meal at a conveyor belt restaurant (kaitenzushi). You are sitting at a table, and the prepared dishes pass by on a conveyor belt. A plate with two rolls or sushi costs from 105¥. You can tell the price of the dish by the color of the dishes. At the end, they count by the empty plates. Tea and ginger are free and unlimited. Examples of restaurant chains: Sushizanmai, Kappa-sushi, Hamazushi, Sushiro.
A street cafe in Tokyo (Photo: unsplash.com / @gluzman)
How to save money on food in Japan:
- Supermarkets offer 20-50% off at 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. on prepared food or food whose expiration date is up. Examples: Seiyu, Ito-Yokado, OK-mart.
- Buy a bento – a lunch box, lunch in a box. Inexpensive, convenient and very popular in Japan. Costs from 300 to 1000 ¥ depending on the filling.
- Inexpensive to eat at restaurants of Indian, Chinese, Korean and other cuisines, which are focused on locals.
- Tasty and cheap – in family restaurants (family restaurant).
- As a last resort, you can buy inexpensive ready-made food at Lawson, 7 Eleven, and Family Mart. However, it is more expensive there than in regular supermarkets.
A Japanese woman tries Russian sushi. What rolls don’t exist in Japan
If you want to reduce the cost of an independent trip to Japan, cook for yourself. For example, breakfasts and dinners, and dine at cafes. Vegetables and fruits in Japan are expensive and are usually sold by the piece. Meat is also not cheap.
Here are the prices of food in Japanese stores in 2022:
- bread – 70-130¥;
- sandwiches – 180-350¥;
- milk (1 liter) – 180¥;
- eggs (10 pieces) – 230-250 ¥;
- shrimps (1 kg)- 1000-¥
- scallops (1 kg) – 1000 ¥
- potatoes (1 kg) – 390 ¥
- tomatoes (1 kg) – 730 ¥
- apples (1 kg) – ¥200-660
- oranges (1 kg) – 580 ¥
- beer – 80-200 ¥;
- ready-made salads – from 400 ¥
- bento – 300-1000 ¥;
- sets of sushi or rolls – 300-1500 ¥;
- desserts and pastries – 100-400 ¥.
Prices for attractions in Japan
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In Japan, every prefecture, every city has its riches! We will focus on the sights of Tokyo. Here are the prices for some interesting places:
- Shinjuku Goen Imperial Park – 200¥;
- Ueno Zoo – ¥600 for adults, free for children;
- Tokyo National Museum – ¥620;
- Nezu Museum – 1000¥;
- Tokyo Television Tower – ¥1600.
- Hot springs (onsen) – 1500-2000 ¥.
In addition, there are many things you can visit for free in Tokyo. Among them are the Imperial Palace (sign up in advance), the Kaminarimon Gate “Gate of Thunder,” and some parks and temples.
Medicine in Japan is expensive. It is advisable to pack a tourist first aid kit.
Imperial Palace in Tokyo (Photo: @alexlanting / unsplash.com)
The cost of transportation in Japan
Subways and trains. It’s hard without the train in Japan. The main railway company is Japan Railways (JR). Especially for tourists it has created a JR Pass. It is valid only for visitors and is issued before your trip to Japan on the JR Pass website. The document will come by e-mail. Then find the company’s counter at the subway station in Japan and exchange it for the pass.
JR Pass is valid for all company transportation: shinkansen, some subway lines and many commuter trains. This is a personal document, it can not be transferred to others. Most importantly, it can not be lost, because the card will not be re-issued. It costs $264 for 7 days, $422 for 14 days, and $542 for 21 days.
The cost of travel in the Japanese subway depends on the zones into which the subway lines in major cities of the country are divided. Trains run every 5 minutes, from 5:00 to 23:30, sometimes until midnight. The color of the coach corresponds to the line it follows. The fare depends on the distance and the city. For example, in Tokyo it ranges from 120-320¥ per trip. A 1-day pass costs 1000¥.
Buses are inconvenient for the tourist because the route numbers and names are almost always written in hieroglyphics. On average, buses run from 7:00 to 21:00, but in some areas the departure is earlier (from 5:30), and ends later (until 23:30). The cost per trip by bus and streetcar is 220-420 ¥.
Cabs in Japan are not cheap:
- boarding – 580-720¥;
- for every 280 meters – 80 ¥;
- 90 ¥ for every 135 seconds of idle time.
You’re better off taking the subway! Moreover, from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. cab drivers charge the night fare with a 30% surcharge.
If you want to take a cab from the airport to your place of residence, and the hotel does not provide a shuttle service, it is advisable to book a car in advance on Kiwi Taxi.
Tokyo subway car (Photo: unsplash.com / @liamburnettblue)
How much does it cost to travel to Japan – 2022
Let’s calculate how much it costs for an independent trip to Japan from Russia in 2022 for two people for 7 days (in rubles and dollars):
- tickets from Moscow to Tokyo – $910;
- budget hotel – $27;
- three meals a day – $44;
- JR Pass for 7 days – $264.
So the minimum cost for a 7-day trip to Japan in 2022 is $1,671, or 110 thousand rubles. Add to this the cost of sending documents to the embassy (if you live in the region), attractions and souvenirs. Details on how much money to take in Japan.
Prices in Japan in 2022
Living in the Land of the Rising Sun, as well as vacationing, is very expensive. And yet tourists from many countries around the world are trying to get to Japan to see its sights, taste the delicious fish and seafood, to travel on high-speed trains and touch the eastern culture.
Trying to find a low season trip is a waste of time, because there is no such thing as a low season in Japan. And there is no point in buying last minute tours. Prices in Japan for everything at first can scare away, but there are always ways to save on vacation.
Flying to Japan: airfare and visa prices
The most expensive item of travel to this Asian country is airline tickets. The cost depends on the remoteness of the Russian population center from the Japanese islands.
Vladivostok and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk are the closest. A flight from these cities would cost 11,000 rubles. Russians who decide to go to Japan from Khabarovsk and Irkutsk will pay a few thousand rubles more. Tickets for flights to Tokyo from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Novosibirsk will cost from 18,000 to 24,000 rubles.
The most expensive direct flights to the Japanese capital from Moscow and St. Petersburg. From the Russian capital to Tokyo without change you can fly for 36 thousand rubles or more, and with one change – from 30 thousand rubles. Tickets for the plane “St. Petersburg – Tokyo” will cost 33 thousand rubles.
It is possible to save on tickets to Japan. But to do so you must monitor fares of airlines that carry out flights to Tokyo and other cities in Japan. It is better to buy your travel documents for a flight with or without connections 2-3 months in advance.
We advise you to watch an expert video: how and where to get the cheapest airline tickets in 2022.
You can get a visa to Japan for free at the country’s diplomatic missions. You can apply for a visa at an embassy in Moscow and consulates opened in the Far East and St. Petersburg.
Residents of other regions of the country should apply to the Japanese visa centers. In this case, you must pay a service fee and postage for the documents.
Housing prices in Japan in 2022
Russian businessmen, students, teachers go to Japan to work, study, lecture. Before the trip, you need to know the prices of rental housing.
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- capsule hotels;
- ryokans – traditional Japanese hotels.
Accommodation in hotels and ryokans
- 2-star – $45. USD;
- 3-star from $55; 3-star from $55;
- 5-star – from $100 and up;
- A ryokan with a shared bath – up to $80; a ryokan with a private bath – up to $80;
- A ryokan with a private bath – above $100; a hot spring ryokan – above $100;
- Hot spring (onsen) ryokan – $150 to $300.
Japan’s Hoshi Ryokan hotel is the oldest in the world.
The final price is determined by the city and area of residence. In the suburbs the rates are lower for residential real estate, which is larger than in the city.
Table 1: Rates for 1-bedroom apartments in different cities in Japan.
|City||Price in rubles per month|
|Central part of Tokyo||67 000.|
|Tokyo suburbs||28 thous.|
|Center of Yokohama||55 thousand|
|Suburbs of Yokohama||38,000|
|Center of Osaka||41,500|
|Suburb of Osaka||32,400|
|Kyoto Center||almost 40 thousand.|
|Suburb of Kyoto||23,900|
|Kawasaki (center)||50 thous.|
|The outskirts of Kawasaki||About 36 thousand.|
Some entrepreneurs and businessmen try to buy their own housing in Japan. The cost per square meter in the center is 10-12 thousand rubles higher than on the outskirts. For example, in Tokyo for 1 sq.m. they ask up to 32 thousand rubles, and in the suburbs – 20 thousand rubles.
In addition, foreigners pay 0.48% -1.1%. on mortgages.
Approximate prices in three-star hotels in Toki in 2022. The pink line is the average price, the blue line is the minimum price (booking.com data).
Why the prices of food, alcohol and cigarettes are so high in Japan
Those who intend to visit Tokyo, Kyoto or Kawasaki on their own should find out the cost of food in stores, shopping malls, markets, mini-markets and supermarkets in advance.
A week’s worth of groceries for tourists costs an average of 15,000 yen. Drinks, cigarettes and entertainment have to be counted separately.
For inhabitants of Russia almost 9 thousand rubles for food for a week is a lot. Especially in cities far from St. Petersburg and Moscow.
The prices of Japanese products are fully consistent with their quality. This is especially true for meat, fish, seafood, vegetables, fruits and dairy products.
For fish and seafood should go to the market, where the cost of such goods is less than in supermarkets.
Video: overview of food prices in Japanese supermarkets
Detailed video about the cost of food and alcohol in supermarkets in Japan.
The outlets sell convenience foods, ready-made meals, as well as food from which to make rice, soup, salads, etc.
The Japanese are among the most working nations in the world, and they try not to bother with cooking. There are a lot of foods in the stores in heat packs, which can be cooked quickly or heated in the microwave.
Table 2. Food prices in stores across the country.
|Name||Prices in rubles.|
|Sausage (small piece)||around 40|
|Banana||20 rubles per piece|
|Egg||about 40 rubles per piece|
|Salads (ready to serve)||70|
|Lunch set||from 260 rubles|
|Fresh fish (1 kg)||500-600 rubles|
|Meat semi-finished products||From 250 to 500 rubles|
|Milk||About 100-150 rubles per liter|
|Potatoes||150 to 300|
|Chicken meat||from 450|
Prices for sausages and meat in Japan “bite”. Inexpensive food is sold near subway stations and inside subway stations, where there are restaurants and cafes. You can eat without fear in shopping malls and train stations.
You can have a lunch for 300-400 rubles in fast food places. Sausage in dough will cost 125 rubles, waffles – 265 rubles, milkshake – about 240 rubles.
Inexpensive will be dishes with rice or noodles, traditional kinds of food in Japan. Sets include rice/noodles, meat, a drink and soup. It is easy to organize such a dinner at a rented apartment or in a hotel room. Salads, ready meals, meat or fish are sold in supermarkets or prepared in take-out cafes.
Sushi and rolls are more expensive in restaurants and cafes, so many foreigners buy this dish ready-made in the supermarket.
In Japan a set costs about 150 rubles.
- Rice vodka or rice wine – about 200-300 rubles /0.33 liter. Sold in bottles of 2 liters;
- vodka from yam, brought from South Korea, costs almost 500 rubles for 0,7 l;
- whisky – up to 600 rubles/bottle;
- grape wine – 350-400 rbl./0,7 l;
- fruit wines – 450 rubles/pack of 2 liters.
- seafood sushi, shashlik of tuna or sea urchin at Kyoto market – 850 rubles
- breakfast or lunch at Kyoto market – almost 1 thousand rubles;
- dinner at a conveyor restaurant – a little more than 1.5 thousand rubles;
- sushi restaurants – 1 thousand rubles.
But be careful with spices and spices which are abundant in traditional dishes.
Prices in cafes are slightly lower than in restaurants. The disadvantage of eating in cafes and fast-foods is the lack of wasabi without which Japanese people practically don’t eat anything.
A small street café in Tokyo
Prices of traditional dishes in cafes, eateries, restaurants, and McDonald’s (in yen):
- rice with mussels and shrimp – 650;
- spaghetti in a wok – 800;
- tom-yam soup – up to 900;
- seafood pizza – 1.2 thousand;
- hot dog – 260;
- dessert – up to 600;
- hamburger – from 400.
1 yen – 0.64 rubles. One hundred yen – just over 63 rubles.
One pack of cigarettes in Japan costs 240-300 rubles.
Prices for travel by public transport
Transport system in Japan is well developed. So it’s easy to plan trips around the country on your own. Only fares are more expensive than in Russia. Ticket prices are about the same as in Italy, Germany and France.
In Japan, the main rail company is Japan Railways.
It developed for tourists JR Pass. This is a transport card for foreigners.
After filling in all the necessary lines, the travel document comes to the e-mail. The file must be printed out and exchanged at any metro station for a pass.
The card is personal, so it can not be transferred to another person. In the case of loss, the foreigner has to pay for each trip, because the pass is not reissued. Valid for subway, local trains and shinkansen.
- 1 week – $264;
- 2 weeks – $422;;
- 3 weeks – $542.
Subway prices in Japan depend on the subway zones in big cities. The subway runs from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Major modes of transportation in Tokyo, Kyoto, and other metropolitan cities include trains, buses, and subways.
- Tokyo – Kyoto train – almost 8 thousand rubles one way;
- Subway day pass – 500 rubles;
- single trip on a bus/tram – 110-300 rubles.
To use a cab in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and other settlements will be very expensive for tourists.
- boarding in the car – from 300 rubles.
- Every 280 meters – about 40 rubles.
Cab and public transport prices in Japanese capital in 2022
Plus, you’ll have to pay extra for idle time in traffic jams. The fee will be charged for every 105 seconds when the car speed was below 10 km/h.
After 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., the night fare, which is 30% higher than the normal fare, comes into effect.
In addition to JR Pass, there is another card system in Tokyo called Pasmo. Passes are sold in vending machines. They must be topped up with cash and then used to travel in the subway or on the railroad trains. The cost is about 300 rubles.
Before each trip the card should be attached to the turnstile so that the system calculates the necessary amount. The Pasmo card is also used to pay for goods in Tokyo stores.
You can buy a SIM card, but the process of getting a card is complicated, as are the rates. Therefore, foreigners rent routers, SIM cards and smartphones from mobile operators.
The cost of renting devices for communication:
- iPhone with a package for 1,000 minutes within Japan and unlimited Internet – $100. US DOLLARS;
- SIM card rental for about $100. US;
- USB-modem – $ 45 / 3 days;
- Landline phone – $2/day; USB modem – $45/day. USD/1 day. Deposit is $300/day. Packages are charged separately.
In Japan we charge bytes, so packages include numbers 128, 256 bytes, etc. Mobile Internet pricing depends on the operator and package.
- Operator Comfort Way – 147 rubles/1 megabyte;
- Tele2 – 50 rubles/1 megabyte;
- Megafon – 28-33 rubles/1 MB;
- Beeline – 5 rubles/1 MB.
Japan is a country to see, walk, take pictures and get familiar with local culture, stories, traditions.
Tourists try to get to the beautiful temples, of which there are many in the country. In addition, there are active entertainment – parks, Disneyland, nature reserves, nightclubs, bars.