Travel Budget for Tokyo

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How much does it cost to travel to Tokyo?

How much money will you need in Tokyo? ¥13,417 ($124) is the average daily price for traveling in Tokyo. The average price of meals in Tokyo for one day is ¥3,321 ($31). The average price of a hotel in Tokyo for a couple is ¥13,365 ($124). Additional pricing is in the table below. 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

How expensive is Tokyo?

How much does a trip to Tokyo cost? Is Tokyo expensive? The average Tokyo trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Tokyo prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Aug 4, 2019
This data comes from the travel budgets of real travelers - Learn more about these numbers.
Flights to Tokyo

How much does it cost to go to Tokyo? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.

How much money do I need for Tokyo?

Typical travel prices in Tokyo are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Tokyo. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Tokyo can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Metro from Airport
  • Donation at Temple
  • Sake
  • Late Night Noodles
  • Conveyor Belt Sushi Snack
  • Meal at Airport

Typical tour prices for Tokyo

How much do tours to Tokyo cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    15 days
    $ 4200
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    9 days
    $ 1850
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    11 days
    $ 2100
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    10 days
    $ 3825
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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.

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.

For shorter routes to and from Tokyo, it is recommended to book ahead. The best prices for buses and trains in Japan can be found on 12Go. They let you search across all bus, train, and airline routes throughout Asia.

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.

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—a charge card that you can put money on using machines at any train station. 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.

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Travel Tips

Tokyo Metro

By Bryan in Intercity Transportation
The metro (or subway) system in Tokyo is the best and cheapest way to get around the city. Taxis can be expensive, but the metro is relatively cheap. The only problem is that there are actually different companies that run different lines. So, at times you might have to exit one train system and buy a second ticket for another train line to get to your destination. Most of these interchanges are within the same station, however, so it's still fairly easy to negotiate. You just need to pay attention to where you are going and what train lines go where. Most of the signs are in English, which is also helpful.

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