Should you visit Nikko or Okinawa?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Nikko and Okinawa 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.
Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan and includes hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands. The chain of islands is off the southern mainland portion of the country and is made up of 49 inhabited islands and over one hundred uninhabited islands. Naha is Okinawa's capital, which is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.
Which city is cheaper, Okinawa 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 Okinawa 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 Okinawa in more detail.
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.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $154 for a double occupancy room in Okinawa.
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.
Okinawa food costs typically run travelers around $25 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.
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:
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $10 per day to get around in Okinawa.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Okinawa
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Okinawa:
Miyakojima: Private Transfer To/From Miyako Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Nikko or Okinawa?
Prices for flights to both Okinawa 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 $23 per person, per day.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $15 per person, per day in Okinawa. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Tours and Activities in Nikko
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Nikko.
Nikko Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide:
Visit the Unexplored Regions of Lake Chuzenji--Scenic Trekking and Rafting Tour:
Nikko Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide:
Nikko Custom Half Day Tour:
Bask in the beauty of winter Nikko in this unforgettable ice climbing experience:
The Nikko National Park Bike Experience:
Nikko Custom Full Day Tour:
Nikko Private Tour by public transportation:
Exciting Nikko - One Day Tour from Tokyo:
Nikko 1 day private walking tour:
Full Day Nikko Private Custom Tour from Tokyo by Chartered Vehicle:
Trekking and Private Onsen Temple Tour in Nikko:
Tours and Activities in Okinawa
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Okinawa are as follows:
From Naha: Kerama Islands Half-Day Whale Watching Tour:
Iriomote Island: 3-Hour Guided Kayaking and Caving Tour:
Ishigaki Island: 2-Hour Miyara River Kayaking Tour:
Miyako Island: Kayaking and Caving Experience:
Miyako Island: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience:
Nago Pineapple Park Admission Ticket:
Naha: North Okinawa Sightseeing Tour & Churaumi Aquarium:
Naha: Shurijo Castle Tour with Audio Guide and Lunch:
Okinawa Island Custom Full Day Tour:
Okinawa Island Custom Half Day Tour:
Okinawa World Admission Ticket:
Churaumi Aquarium Admission Ticket:
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.
The average person spends about $15 on alcoholic beverages in Okinawa per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Nikko and Okinawa, we can see that Okinawa 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 Okinawa would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Okinawa than you might in Nikko.
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