Thanks how much travel money will I need for me and my son to Tokyo
Mid range hotel sharing double ¥7000-8000. Food per person per meal ¥ 500-700. Trains ¥ 500-1000 per person per day. Entrance fees ¥ 1000-2000 per person per day. I'd say 200 USD per 2 persons per day. I follow the golden rule for travelers......always carry half the goods you think you will need and carry double the money you think you will need.
How long are you going for?
Japan is a cash society. I had several hundred dollars in cash and a few hundred on my suica card for trains and many stores as this was easy and quick to top up. I was there for a month.
Keep in mind that Japanese culture is largely cash-based. Most small shops/restaurants do not accept credit cards. Tell your bank when you will be in Japan and simply get cash from an ATM. I was there last week and all the ATM's I used (marked International) allowed a withdrawal of 30,000 Yen max. That was enough to last 1-2 days. You get a current exchange rate and depending on the card may or may not see a foreign transaction fee. My fees were around $8 each time.
Assuming your hotel is pre-paid for, 2000 Pounds (approx $3000) for 12 days translates to $250/day. That would be tight if these are 12 full days including 3 meals/day. If you eat one hearty meal/day for both of you, it could be $60 - $80. That leaves $170/day which would include other meals, train travel and the cost of entry for attractions. I suggest, you do a detail expense planning so you know if 2000 pounds is enough or will be short. If you are staying at a Hotel where breakfast is included, you may be able to get by with light lunch assuming you eat a full breakfast before you head for your day. By the way, if you have a credit card with no foregin transaction fee, you should use that for big expenses like meals and even trains like Shinkensen (bullet train). That is a better bet than taking entire 2000 Pounds and converting it. Any left over will have to convert back to Pounds and you will loose due to double conversion. Hope this helps.
For my partner and I we spent £1500, that was for 6 days and included accommodation. Looking online for free attraction, which there are plenty of in terms of shrines and temples, and obv course famous streets like Takeshita Dori (great for sweets and harajuku style lovers) and Akihabara ( the electric street great for gaming stations and quirky unique dining experiences).
Also if you purchase a JR Rail Pass before you visit it will save you a fortune on extra travel costs. I got one for £174 unlimited travel and picked it up at narita airport station.
Plan your days well and use google maps or apps like "Tripomatic" to plan routes for finding attractions close by so you are well prepared for what you will be spending.
If this helps i spent 5000$ on my holiday. This included flights (1000$), accom, JR passes (travelled all over for a wk ) all my activites, including the snow, mt Fiji, kyoto etc, food and shopping (came back with an entire bag full).
I was there for 1 month.
I can't remember the full break down of my cash spendage.
Ps. Check out Studio Ghibli - prebuy tickets. Worth it!!
Hard to say.
Pretty much your dollar is equivalent to their dollar. I found japan to be on par with home (Australia ). For example a Mcdonald meal at home is around $10, there 1000Y so the same.
You can eat for super cheap though. Asakusa has Life a super market, and heaps of 7/11 where u can get a pork bun for 100y and a meal for 500y. Paku Paku has the cheapest bento boxes (lived off the pork curry 350Y) from 200y.
I got money out over in Toyko, but it is advised to do it at home ao your not paying bank fees etc
Asakusa is amazing-i stayed there for 3wks and it was my base. You can seriously get anywhere from there.
Internet is hit/miss when your out in toyko, so download google maps and put in your destination everyday, your gps will track where you're going, so if you get lost, follow the dot back to the train station or to where youre going. Thats how i got around.
Akihabara is an awesome place to visit, be prepared it's busy. But they have everythung including owl cafes. Asakusa has one too.
Asakusa have markets daily at the shrine (behind it ) explore that for cool buys
Dennys is cheap for a feed- not japanese though and zero english, but pictures are exactly what you get. We got brekkie first day for 2ppl $10.
Hope this makes sense it is 3am in Oz, so i apologize. Haha
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