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How much does it cost to travel to Tokyo?

You should plan to spend around $153 (¥23,999) per day on your vacation in Tokyo. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $37 (¥5,734) on meals
  • $17 (¥2,667) on local transportation
  • $149 (¥23,446) on hotels

A one week trip to Tokyo for two people costs, on average, $2,141 (¥335,992). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Tokyo cost?

A one week trip to Tokyo usually costs around $1,070 (¥167,996) for one person and $2,141 (¥335,992) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Tokyo on average costs around $2,141 (¥335,992) for one person and $4,281 (¥671,984) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Tokyo will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Tokyo on average costs around $4,587 (¥719,983) for one person and $9,174 (¥1,439,965) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Tokyo has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Tokyo expensive to visit?

Prices in Tokyo are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Asia, Tokyo is a very expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in Asia for its travel costs. There are only a few cities as expensive as Tokyo in the region, such as Ubud or Similan Islands.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Tokyo Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Tokyo?

The average Tokyo trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Tokyo travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥23,446 ($149)
Local Transportation 1 ¥2,667 ($17)
Food 2 ¥5,734 ($37)
Entertainment 1 ¥10,487 ($67)
Tips and Handouts 1 ¥384 - 1,152 ($2 - 7)
Alcohol 2 ¥2,512 - 7,536 ($16 - 48)
Accommodation Budget in Tokyo
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Tokyo is $75 (¥11,723). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Tokyo is $149 (¥23,446). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Tokyo

Looking for a hotel in Tokyo? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Tokyo based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $42. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Tokyo
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Tokyo is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $17 (¥2,667) per person, per day, on local transportation in Tokyo.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Tokyo
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Tokyo can vary, the average cost of food in Tokyo is $37 (¥5,734) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Tokyo should cost around $15 (¥2,294) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Tokyo is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Tokyo?

Typical prices for Food in Tokyo are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Tokyo, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Late Night Noodles
  • Conveyor Belt Sushi Snack
  • Meal at Airport

Entertainment Budget in Tokyo
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Tokyo typically cost an average of $67 (¥10,487) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Tokyo
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Tokyo is $4.89 (¥768) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Tokyo is Never.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Tokyo
Average Daily Costs

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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Tokyo is $2.30 (¥362), as reported by travelers.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Tokyo
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $32 (¥5,024) on alcoholic beverages in Tokyo per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


What did other people spend on Alcohol in Tokyo?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Tokyo are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Tokyo, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Sake

Water Budget in Tokyo
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $5.94 (¥932) on bottled water in Tokyo per day. The public water in Tokyo is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Dec 2, 2023
Expert Advice from Local Travelers

We're asking our community members and registered users to contribute their experiences about Tokyo.

Why would you recommend Tokyo to budget travelers? Or, why not?

Tokyo is an amazing city, but you can expect to pay dearly for most things. There are plenty of affordable and delicious restaurants around though.

May 14 2024

I'm always caught off guard by the prices in Tokyo, but there are ways to get by on a budget. Skip some of the more expensive activities and eat street food or at cheap eateries whenever possible.

Nov 11 2023

What makes Tokyo a budget-friendly destination? Or not?

I tried my best to find an affordable mid-range hotel in my budget but it was tough. Tokyo is amazing, but it is also expensive. The restaurants were pretty pricey, too, especially in the central areas. I think public transit was the only real money-saver, and it's really quick, too.

May 3 2024

We took public transportation the whole time we were there, which probably saved us the most money.

Jun 28 2023

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Tokyo on a Budget
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Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is by far the most populous city in the world with a staggering 37 million people. As a worldwide hub for technology and business, it hosts millions of visitors annually. But Tokyo is not just a place for business trips. With its incredible mixture of historical temples and shrines, remarkably beautiful parks, endless shopping malls, and genuinely wonderful people, Tokyo is a terrific place to visit and to explore.
Two of the most common tourist sites are Tokyo Tower (an immense structure somewhat resembling the Eiffel Tower) and Tokyo Skytree (another immense structure somewhat resembling Seattle's Space Needle). Both of these are great to visit and appreciate the incomprehensible size of Tokyo itself. However, both of these locations sell tickets to their respective tops for a lofty fee. But keep in mind that they are just 2 of the best things to do in Tokyo, so keep going for more ideas and inspiration.

The insider's way to see the city from the top of the world is to go to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku. This slightly-less-pretty building has an observation deck on its 45th floor (with free admission!). From that high up, you can see for miles in every direction, making this one of the best tourist spots in Tokyo without a price tag. It's a great place for photos - as are many other great places in Tokyo to take photos.

For a cultural adventure, visit Asakusa, which hosts Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest temple. With its beautiful architecture, it makes a wonderful backdrop for photos as well as a fascinating cultural experience. Many Japanese people journey to Asakusa to perform Buddhist rituals at the temple. Be prepared to navigate seas of people as you walk down Nakamise-dori, the street leading up to Senso-ji, lined by shops and eateries.

For a break from the fast-paced, highly crowded areas of Tokyo, visit Rikugien Garden. A short walk from Komagome station on the Yamanote line (one of Tokyo's most popular railroad lines), Rikugien is a nice, quiet relief from the metropolis. For a small fee, you can explore the garden for at least an hour or two.

A trip to Tokyo would not be complete if you didn't make a stop at the world's busiest crosswalk and the world's busiest Starbucks. In Shibuya, you can actually go into the world's busiest Starbucks, buy a drink, walk up to the second floor, and watch the show as up to 2,500 people cross the intersection every time the light changes-during rush hour, at least. This phenomenon is referred to as the "Shibuya Scramble." Watching so many people cross paths in every direction and still find their way is remarkable. It speaks to the peace and order of Tokyo, which is unwritten but universally understood by its millions of residents.

In 2020, Tokyo will host the Summer Olympic Games. The city is preparing, and huge crowds can be expected. Check out this guide to tickets to the Olympics in Tokyo for more information.
Tokyo is made up of many different neighborhoods. The most notable are the largest: Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Ikebukuro. Each of these massive shopping and eating destinations lands on the Yamanote line-the popular railroad that encircles the center of Tokyo. While nearly every stop on the Yamanote line has something notable about it, these three are the largest, busiest train stations in Tokyo.

If you are more interested in cross-cultural experiences, visit Koreatown-surrounding the Shin-Okubo station of the Yamanote line. You'll find more good food than you can imagine. It's an interesting place to see how these two similar yet different cultures can combine.

If you're interested in Japanese youth culture, be sure to stop in Harajuku. This is the hub for youth to come to express themselves through unique clothing, hairstyles and colors, and activities. Also located on the Yamanote line, it is very easy to make a stop there to check out the shops and see the local culture, which is the polar opposite of Japanese business culture.

One popular activity in Tokyo is karaoke. In nearly every area with shopping and restaurants, you can find a Karaoke business. Unlike American karaoke, this is not a bar where people can sing in front of random strangers. Instead, a group of friends can rent out a soundproof room in the building. Typically, these are dark, small booths with a television, karaoke machine, and a large table for drinks and food. There, you can sing and celebrate with your friends in a more private setting.

If you are lucky enough to travel to Tokyo during cherry blossom season, which runs for about two weeks around the beginning of April, make some Japanese friends, and have a traditional ohanami ("flower viewing") picnic. Lay down a tarp, bring some snacks, sashimi, tea, and whatever else you'd like, and spend time with friends until dark, enjoying the beautiful cherry blossom trees.

The summer also offers many traditional festivals. You are likely to see many Japanese dressed in traditional yukatas. Several of these are fireworks festivals. The Tokyo skyline is an incredible backdrop for these events, and they draw over a million viewers every year.

If you have kids, Disney also has a few theme parks in the area: Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea. And finally, check out this quick guide to Tokyo.

If you're looking for a great day trip, why not check out some cute animals? Read this great article about visiting Fox Village in Japan as a day trip.
Food and Dining
Food in Tokyo varies widely. Western food is popular, but traditional Japanese food is abundant. Regular, sit-down meals are available everywhere, but for a unique experience, check out typical Japanese "fast food". Sushi, ramen, and katsu (fried cutlet - usually pork or chicken) shops have some of the best, freshest food. It's delicious, affordable, and quick.

"Conveyor belt sushi" is one of Tokyo's greatest phenomena. Most people imagine this as a slow-moving conveyor belt around the center of the restaurant, containing the chefs preparing the sushi. While some shops are exactly that, there is an even better option. Some shops have tablets (iPads, Android tablets, etc.) mounted at each seat. The customer can order about three small plates of sushi from the tablet at a time, and the chef prepares it. Then, the sushi comes shooting out of the kitchen on a cart on a conveyor belt, stopping directly at that customer's seat. The customer takes the plates off and presses the button to send the cart back to the kitchen, to be used for other orders. It's an incredibly fun, efficient, and affordable way to eat plenty of fresh sushi. There are plenty of shops like this all around Tokyo.

Another option for quick, quality food is the many ramen shops and katsu shops spread across the city. You can find a decent ramen shop in almost any train station. Most ramen and katsu shops operate the same way: there is a ticket machine at the entrance of the shop, where a customer chooses a meal, pays, and gets a ticket for that meal (kind of like a vending machine). The customer then takes the ticket up to the counter, where the workers put in the order to be freshly made, and then the customer takes a seat in the shop. When the food is ready-usually within five minutes-the customer can pick it up at the counter and return to their seat to eat.

In Japan, trains are one of the fastest and lowest cost means of transportation. Getting a Japan Rail Pass can save you money if you plan to stay for several days or more. Regional and nation-wide passes are available, usually for the number of days of your choice.

Tokyo is the home of one of the world's best railway systems. A person can get almost anywhere in Tokyo using trains - either subways or above-ground. It may require several transfers between railway lines, but there are several online tools that can help both tourists and business travelers plan their day. and are both good options; just by entering departing and arriving locations and a preferred time, anyone can get a solid plan for their travels via trains.

If you're planning to ride the subway for multiple trips, consider getting a Suica or Pasmo card which can be reloaded.

The bus system is also one of Tokyo's strong suits. Everything in Japan is punctual, and the buses are no exception. They are almost always exactly on time, and they are another reliable way to get around the city-or to the nearest train station if it is too far to walk.

Both of these systems are able to use the Suica card. It is a simple, efficient way to get around the city without having to break out coins or buy tickets every time you board a bus or a train.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.