17 March 2017 by Julia Hudson
Japan has always held an allure, both due to its distance and its deep sense of cultural identity. For many traveller, a Japanese holiday is a lifetime dream, and its come with an appropriately high price tag. No longer, according to a recent Post Office Travel Money Survey – Japan topped their list for affordable destinations, making 2017 the year to visit.
Tokyo, the energetic heart of Japan's industry and modern culture, has been seen as especially pricey, but the Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer has set the combined prices of everyday goods (a cup of coffee, a meal, and other everyday purchases) at just £58.47. That's cheaper than any other non-European destination by approximately £7, earning it a ranking of #8 overall.
The costs of staying in Tokyo are easily managed, which is part of its appeal – travelling with an eye to local food and entertainment will have a huge impact on the overall amount travellers spend. While hotels may charge visitors high prices for food and drink, Japan is known for its top-notch meals, even in humbler establishments, like ramen houses and sushi bars. Even the bento boxes available in train stations have become a sort of tourist highlight, as the quality is generally comparable to a good meal in the UK.
Speaking of trains, public transport is a big factor in making Japan a good destination for the price-conscious, with the entire country being easy to navigate without private car hire or group tours. In fact, unless you can read Japanese, the road signs will be very tricky to navigate – and with the Shinkansen bullet train a speedy and iconic element of many Japanese holidays, why would you want to drive?
If you're looking for a good starting point for planning a holiday to Japan, we recommend taking a look at our Essential Japan itinerary. All of our holidays can be tailored just for you, so speak to a destination specialist to discuss your plans.