Should you visit Nikko or Hiroshima?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Nikko and Hiroshima can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Nikko is a small Japanese city located in the mountains north of Tokyo. It is well-known for the site of Toshogu, a famed Shinto shrine established in 1617, in memory of Tokugawa Ieyasu who was the founding ruler of the Edo Period. The town is situated just outside of Nikko National Park which offers scenic mountain landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, wild monkeys, and hiking trails.
Hiroshima is positioned on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea and is an industrial city made up of many zigzagging rivers and wide boulevard streets. Today Hiroshima is a modern and vibrant city with great food and an energetic nightlife, but the image that remains in most visitor's minds is the Hiroshima of 1945 when it became the horrific sight of the first atomic bomb attack. Hiroshima shares the colorful neon atmosphere of other major Japanese cities and its hard to recognize the city immortalized all those years ago on that fateful day.
Which city is cheaper, Hiroshima or Nikko?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Nikko is $91, while the average daily cost in Hiroshima is $112. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Nikko and Hiroshima in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $102 for a double occupancy room in Nikko If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Travelers usually pay around $144 for a double occupancy room in Hiroshima If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Nikko food costs typically run travelers around $34 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
In Hiroshima travelers spend around $32 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nikko
For Nikko, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Nikko Guided Tour by Chartered Vehicle with Exclusive Lunch and Dinner:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hiroshima
For Hiroshima, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Enjoy a Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Hiroshima Family:
Hiroshima No1 food!! 'Okonomiyaki'-cooking class:
Hiroshima No1 food!! 'Okonomiyaki'-cooking class and a guided-tour of the museum:
Hiroshima Bar Hopping Food Tour:
Local Favorites Private Night Food Tour:
Hiroshima ・Night Food Tour Visiting Recommended Bars by Locals & Cycling:
Private Hiking and Country Cooking Experience in Yuki:
Best of Hiroshima Food Tour:
Cooking class: learn from a Washoku chef in Setouch:
To get around in Hiroshima, the average visitor spends $11 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hiroshima
Also for Hiroshima, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Shared Departure Transfer : Hiroshima City to Hiroshima Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Nikko or Hiroshima?
Prices for flights to both Hiroshima and Nikko change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
In Nikko, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $24 per person, per day.
In Hiroshima, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $6.00 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Nikko
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Nikko.
Bask in the beauty of winter Nikko in this unforgettable ice climbing experience:
Cycling and Fire Ceremony Experience in Oku-Nikko:
Exciting Nikko - One Day Tour from Tokyo:
Full Day Nikko Private Custom Tour from Tokyo by Chartered Vehicle:
Nikko 1 day private walking tour:
Nikko Custom Full Day Tour:
Nikko Custom Half Day Tour:
Nikko Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide:
Nikko Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide:
Nikko Private Tour by public transportation:
The Nikko National Park Bike Experience:
Trekking and Private Onsen Temple Tour in Nikko:
Tours and Activities in Hiroshima
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Hiroshima.
"Shishimai"- Lion Dance Experience:
'Guided Tour' Premium Boat Tour Around Stunning Hiroshima Castle:
1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Hiroshima):
1-Day Hiroshima World Heritage Tour:
2 days 1 night Environment-Friendly Setouchi Cruising Tour (Hiroshima-Omishima):
A Chauffeur Driven Tour: Hiroshima & Miyajima + Landmark Kintaikyo Bridge:
Aikido Experience in Hiroshima. Feel the spirit of the ultimate martial art!:
Comic-learning experience - MANGA illustration workshop! in Hiroshima city:
Countryside Cycling Tour With A Hiroshima Travel Buddy:
Eat, Drink, Cycle: Hiroshima Food and Bike Tour:
Experience Culture and Culinary enjoying Magnificent Japanese Garden, Hiroshima:
Experience Japanese Martial Arts - Iaido (Art of Drawing the Japanese Sword):
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Nikko, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $17.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Hiroshima, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $13.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Nikko and Hiroshima, we can see that Hiroshima is more expensive. And not only is Nikko much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Nikko would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Nikko and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Hiroshima would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Hiroshima than you might in Nikko.
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