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Old 12-16-2008, 12:24 PM   #1
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Default So... how much does a trip to Tokyo Japan cost???

Seen a lot of states but never left the country.. so to those that have been to Japan how long did you stay and about how much did you spend including airfare and whatever else?? We prolly won't be there for more than a week so its a one spot travel... I'd like to see Tokyo but im open to all suggestions.. whats some cool things to do??? thanks foosho!
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you're looking at over 1k just for a one way flight, and that's not even first class.
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you're looking at over 1k just for a one way flight, and that's not even first class.
One way? I think you mean round trip.. Ive never spent more than 1400 for a round trip from NY to Tokyo

You are looking at about 3000 for a 7-10 day trip (inluding just about everything) realistically.
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One way? I think you mean round trip.. Ive never spent more than 1400 for a round trip from NY to Tokyo

You are looking at about 3000 for a 7-10 day trip (inluding just about everything) realistically.
Fuuuuuuck, looks like I wont be going any time soon *sad face*
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Hotels are expensive as ****. Think $300-400 for what you would spend on a $150ish place here in the states.

I lived there for 2 years and only stayed out twice!! Food is amazing, no matter what kind you want to eat, but expect to pay just about twice as much for everything at a nice place. And base those prices off of a big *** city, like LA, San Fran or NYC, not Colombus, Ohio prices! lol

Drink are expensive, like $8 for a beer and of course more for liquor.

What kinds of thing do you want to do while you are there??

What places do you want to visit??

If you want to take the bullet train at all, I suggest going through a travel agency, because they are like $300 per trip if you try to buy them there.
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Fuuuuuuck, looks like I wont be going any time soon *sad face*
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I hear spending a weekend in Tokyo is cheaper than a weekend in New York City.
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Maybe not to Tokyo, but for a really nice Europe trip from decnt prices, try Contiki Tours. It for younger people who wanna have a good time. They only allow like 21-32?? year old people on the trips to keep them fun.

An old boss of mine did like 3 trips in 2 years and he always had a blast!! Actually, looks like they are doing Asia & Russia now!! Russia would be dope!!!!

Also, there is an Angels & Demons tour that is off the hook if you liked the book at all. They drag you to all the places that were in the book. My friend Christy did it and it looked amazing!! Not through Contiki, but I could ask here what company she went through.

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One way? I think you mean round trip.. Ive never spent more than 1400 for a round trip from NY to Tokyo

You are looking at about 3000 for a 7-10 day trip (inluding just about everything) realistically.
3000 sounds about right for 10 days. it gets cheaper with more people. you can split the hotel room amongst 4 people as opposed to 1 or 2 people. i'm not sure about the ticket prices right now, but you should be left with close to 2000 for 10 days and 200 per day is more than enough imo. 50 bucks per day for hotel leaves you 150 dollars to eat/play. if you can skimp out on expensive meals, then you will be left with more. i'm a little bitch and I love eating food from other countries, so that is where I spend most of my money.

the thing is, if you can afford to go now when the worlds economy is in a **** hole, less people are traveling, so there might be more available hotel rooms, which in turns lowers your cost.
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I was checking travelocity or one of those online travel bookers for a trip to Japan.

When I was looking around, it was about 1200-2200 bucks for airfare and one week's hotel stay, price was dependant on how many stars the hotel was.

But 3000 should be more than enough for a week.
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in all honesty though 1 week is not long enough for a trip in japan. you lose a complete day in the air. also although its not impossible for a foreigner to get around in japan by themself or with someone else, if you dont speak basic japanese or have a japanese friend to go with or meet out there you will not get the full experience. Taking a tour bus around to see the sights isnt all that great. And as much as most americans want believe that all japanese people can speak some english.... thats like saying that knowing how to say taco, borrito, enchilada ecetera means you can speak spanish.

Personally I havent been into the heart of Tokyo, But I have been to Osaka which is one of japans largest tourist cities. I even speak everyday Japanese (not to be confused with fluent) and even when the town cateres specifically to tourism, its not the easiest place to get around in.
Most of my time has been spent in Fukuoka where my inlaws are.
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Not true. I used to book around the area at large that included Tokyo and about 40-50 miles around with almost no Japanese what so ever when I first got to Japan because my squadron was on the way home from the Gulf.

I was there about a month by myself and would just take a handful of Yen and get off on random stops and go sight seeing. I actually found Japan to be much more interesting traveling around alone because most of my friends were dumb Americans and loud and no one would talk to us. I always had a much better time alone or with a few choice friends that understood the culture better.
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Im sure you stayed on base? When you dont have time contraints you can take time get to know things a bit. I can be sure that every day of that month wasnt something you would hope for had you planned it as a vacation.
Im not seeing a person dropped into tokyo with 6 days on the clock and carrying their budget in their wallet having the best experience just jumping on a train and getting off wherever and walking about.
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You can find some really nice 4 or 5-star Western style hotels in Tokyo for around $140-$150/night. We stayed at a couple earlier this year (Prince Shinagawa was the latest one at $120/night) and for 10 days, they gave us a package deal at $1000 USD.

We flew business class so that was a waste of $4500 there, but it was so nice & comfortable that it was worth it. Otherwise, if you plan early you can usually find flights for around $600 - $800 USD for a round trip, Economy class of course.

Spend another couple of hundred on the JR Rail Pass before you leave, some cash for food (cheaper places, but really good authentic foods) and cab fare, and you're set in Japan.
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Maybe not to Tokyo, but for a really nice Europe trip from decnt prices, try Contiki Tours. It for younger people who wanna have a good time. They only allow like 21-32?? year old people on the trips to keep them fun.

An old boss of mine did like 3 trips in 2 years and he always had a blast!! Actually, looks like they are doing Asia & Russia now!! Russia would be dope!!!!

Also, there is an Angels & Demons tour that is off the hook if you liked the book at all. They drag you to all the places that were in the book. My friend Christy did it and it looked amazing!! Not through Contiki, but I could ask here what company she went through.

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Thanks for this. I've always wanted to do some european traveling but my friends are all poor or whipped so I'd be going solo.

This looks awesome!
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Im sure you stayed on base? When you dont have time contraints you can take time get to know things a bit. I can be sure that every day of that month wasnt something you would hope for had you planned it as a vacation.
Im not seeing a person dropped into tokyo with 6 days on the clock and carrying their budget in their wallet having the best experience just jumping on a train and getting off wherever and walking about.
True. I was just thinking in general that you really don't need to speak even conversational Japanese to get around. Most Japanese people I've met spoke English, or could at least understand you and give you damned good directions!!!!

Yeah, I guess if I only had 6 days, but I did the whole you've got 4 days in a port for about 4 years. I think if you plan ahead, everything should be fine.

But people do have a good idea right now, with the economy in the dumper, it's probably a good time to travel cause you could fine some good deals because places need business!
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in all honesty though 1 week is not long enough for a trip in japan.
i'd have to agree. most international trips for me are over 2 weeks long. there are just soo many things to do and I don't really like rushing stuff. i'm on vacation, so I like to take my sweet *** time enjoying things instead of, oh, we came, we saw, let's go.
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When I went to vietnam. It cost me 1400$ round trip. For one whole month (Aug). No hotel or nothing.
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Airfare: $187
Hotel: $60-$110/2 = $30-$55 a night or free if I stay @ friends
Food & Beer: $100
Transportation:$100-$300
Yodobashi money: Usually $300-$400

I spend around 800 or 900 for a week's stay whenever I go. One time I went for four days with only $300 spending money
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Are you not going to Roppungi to party??!! Cause I'd usually spend around $500 on a really good/bad (it's all in the perception! lol) night there!! lol

Hell, even Yokohama is expensive. The cheapest is probably The Honch in Yokosuka.

How/where the **** are you getting tickets to Narita for $187??!! Cause I'd go if the flight was that cheap!!

Akihabara is off the ****ing hook!!!! I love the Yodobashi store!!
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I just went on a week long trip to Tokyo this spring so hopefully I can help.

Flights - I got mine for $801 round trip including taxes and fees. However with the way things are at the moment I'd probably expect to pay in the $1,200 range.

Hotels - Hotels are NOT expensive in Tokyo unless you try to stay at some Western style hotel. I found an awesome little business hotel in the heart of Shinjuku for $75 per night. Why waste your money on some fancy room that you are never going to be in?

Transportation - Trains, the end. Get a Suica card when you get there and put $50 on it. That will get you around Tokyo for a week with ease.

Food - Normal food is just as cheap as it is anywhere else. Can you spend a ton on food if you want? Yes. Can you spend a ton on food here in America if you try to go to fancy places? Yes. A normal sit down meal was between $8-$15 and the more fast food type noodle bowls and/or street vender style food on a stick was around $2-$5 and it was all EXTREMELY good.

What to do while you are there - What ISN'T there to do is a better question. Like another poster said all you really need to do is just get on a train and get off at any major station you want. The fun of Tokyo is just exploring it. I mean sure look up a few specific things you might want to check out but honestly don't worry too much about it.

Language barrier - I barely knew any Japanese except for random vocabulary words and I got around completely fine. Everything extremely important, including all train information, is written in English and the Japanese people are extremely friendly and helpful as long as you show at least an ounce of respect.
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