“Jadi, total-total kemaren abis berapa lu di Jepang?”
Belakangan pertanyaan itu sering banget gw denger. It turns out banyak orang yang emang kepengen pergi ke Jepang. So, based on my 6 days journey in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Toyama, i’m giving you the rough calculation to give you a glimpse on how much cost of living in that ninja country.
Well, in this matter, you can really find place to stay based on your budget. The price is ranging as low as 300,000idr and up. Well, to be safe just make it up to 500,000idr/ night. Mine is from Airbnb, which i don’t quite prefer, and it cost me about 400,000 idr to 500,000 idr per night. Oh, and i have to share my room with my other four friends. Ha. As comparison you get the same price in hotel for just sharing it with your +1.
Tips: Stay near or exactly at Tokyo St, Shibuya St, Shinjuku St, Kanda St, or anywhere near them. Pay attention on which station your hostel actually is. In the description they may said it’s “at the heart of Shinjuku” but actually the nearest station from your place is Nishi-shinjuku or Nishi-shinjuku-gochome. Which is up to 1 or 3 stations to Shinjuku. You got to really precise at which station your hotel near at. Shinjuku station is NOT the same with Nishiki-shinjuku. Nope.
As I mention earlier, the price is pretty expensive compared to other country like Singapore. But, well, you’re in second most expensive country in the world, what do you expect?! When I first got to Japan, I thought the solution of expensive transportation is buying JR Pass. I did bought it but apparently it cost more if you want to hop in subway or regular trains that doesn’t cover with JR (it usually comes with JR-something station). Approximately you will spend around 1,500-2,000 yen per day if you hop on places. Ticket per ride is 150 yen and if you hop on farther destinations it will jump until 500 yen/ ride. Calculate that!
There’s nothing wrong with this and I can assure you, go on buy food you like, don’t save. All their food, snacks and everything ARE DELICIOUS! And cute too sometime. Try their strawberrys, peanuts, anything from macha. You can always find them in the market. TRY THEM.
A stick of three humongous strawberry will cost you around, 300-500 yen if I’m not mistaken. A packed of fat strawberry cost around 700-1,000 yen. It’s not much compare to the taste. Seriously!
A bowl of ramen will cost you around 900-1,200 yen. And it comes with a glass of ice water (FREE) and other snacks i guess. I never tried this, just passed the restaurant and saw the menu. Package of Yoshinoya rice beef bowl, soup and salad is around 400-600 yen. Trust me, it’s worthed. But don’t surprise if you get in to seat table restaurants, especially when you have to take off your shoes (japanese style) then it will cost you more. Around 1,500-3,000 per portion. I tried the famous ramen and it cost me around 1,200 yen. It’s food.
And as Mark Wien always said on his T-Shirt, “I Travel for Food”. You shouldn’t save on something you eat (what a motto!).
To sum it all:
- Hostel: 500,000idr/ night
- Transport: 2000 yen/ day
- Food, street food snacks: 10,000 yen/ day. On tight budget around 5,000 yen/ day. And even tighter budget (meals from convinience store) around 3,000 yen/ day. It’s pretty flexible. But my advice is don’t save on them.
Aside from that, don’t forget the additional budget for JR Pass, which you will need it to save time if you wish to travel to another city like Kyoto, Osaka, even Sapporo etc.
Speaking of JR Pass, you can buy only to certain place you go. Hokuriku Arch Pass for example, covers common three cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. The price is slightly cheaper, not bad for couple bowls of hot ramen. But it’s also slower. Time difference is around 2-3 hours.
Well, I guess that’s the basic price you need to know. Don’t stuck in the pricey word about Japan. You can always find the cheaper alternatives. So, save your money, spend wisely and travel freely.
See you in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Yokohama, Sapporo, arrrghh, I want to come back!