A Travel Price Comparison for Japan Nikko vs. Kanazawa for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Nikko or Kanazawa?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Nikko and Kanazawa can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Nikko

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.

Kanazawa

An important city of the Edo-period, Kanazawa is a well preserved city from a time when samurai, merchants, geisha, and lords made up the core of its culture. Though it is often overlooked by foreigners, the city is a gem of Japanese tourism with a number of preserved historic districts, temples, regional handicrafts, art museums, and some of the best food to be had in Japan.

Which city is cheaper, Kanazawa or Nikko?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Nikko is $88, while the average daily cost in Kanazawa is $111. 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 Kanazawa in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $100 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.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $138 in Kanazawa For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nikko $50
    Kanazawa $69
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nikko $100
    Kanazawa $138

Food

Nikko food costs typically run travelers around $33 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.

While meal prices in Kanazawa can vary, the average travelers spends about $35 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Kanazawa should cost around $14 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Kanazawa is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Nikko $33
    Kanazawa $35

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: $2,910

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kanazawa

For Kanazawa, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Omicho Market Tour and Cooking Class: $68
  • Kanazawa Omicho market and Higashichayagai district Food Tour: $79

Local Transportation

To get around in Kanazawa, the average visitor spends $10 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nikko -
    Kanazawa $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kanazawa

Also for Kanazawa, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer from Kanazawa to Komatsu Airport: $157

Is it cheaper to fly into Nikko or Kanazawa?

Prices for flights to both Kanazawa 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.





Entertainment

In Nikko, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $23 per person, per day.

In Kanazawa, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $10 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nikko $23
    Kanazawa $10

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: $166
  • Cycling and Fire Ceremony Experience in Oku-Nikko: $1,551
  • Exciting Nikko - One Day Tour from Tokyo: $347
  • Full Day Nikko Private Custom Tour from Tokyo by Chartered Vehicle: $1,122
  • Nikko 1 day private walking tour: $430
  • Nikko Custom Full Day Tour: $260
  • Nikko Custom Half Day Tour: $149
  • Nikko Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide: $129
  • Nikko Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide: $103
  • Nikko Private Tour by public transportation: $289
  • The Nikko National Park Bike Experience: $172
  • Trekking and Private Onsen Temple Tour in Nikko: $1,474

Tours and Activities in Kanazawa

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Kanazawa.

  • 5 Hour Historical Shirakawago and Gokayama Village Tour: $295
  • Cultural and meditation Tour through Ishikawa prefecture: $399
  • General Admission Ticket Fee: $4.92
  • Gokayama and Shirakawago full day tour with professional photographer: $421
  • Guided Night Tour to Feel the Samurai Culture in Kanazawa: $85
  • Hidden Gems Of Private & Personalized Walking Experience: $103
  • Kanazawa Custom Full Day Tour: $298
  • Kanazawa Custom Half Day Tour: $168
  • Kanazawa Fisherman’s Wharf Night Exploration tour: $91
  • Kanazawa Full Day Tour (Private Guide): $181
  • Kanazawa Full-day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide: $138
  • Kanazawa Half Day Tour (Private Guide): $122

Alcohol

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 $16.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Kanazawa, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $13.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nikko $16
    Kanazawa $13


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Nikko and Kanazawa, we can see that Kanazawa 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 Kanazawa would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Kanazawa than you might in Nikko.

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