✈ Up, Up and Away we Go! Off to Japan! ✈
Hi cuties! Lots of people have been interested in blog posts on how I learned to speak Japanese, and a post on taking a trip to Japan. This post will be on taking a trip to Japan, and my next post will be on learning Japanese. I have never been to Japan myself, but am saving up money to go the summer after I graduate high school! I've searched the internet high and low for you guys, and found lots of useful information!
My love for Japan goes far beyond taking a trip to Japan, I'd like to somehow work in the Japanese digital art/video game industry, and hopefully live in Japan for at least a year or two (big dreams, I know ;_;). To fit my personal needs, I became fluent in Japanese (upcoming blog post on how to become fluent!). Of course, if you're just taking a trip, there's no need to become fluent by any means! I suggest learning basic Japanese to sufficiently get you by. Learm basic Japanese phrases, questions, etc. and carry around a small pocket dictionary. Of course, if you're going with a travel agency, you will have guides who speak both Japanese and English, making it a lot easier for you. Definitely learn basic Japanese if you're going alone and without others who know the language. You don't want to get lost or be confused the whole trip!
I definitely recommend using a travel agency. Travel agencies will help you put together your trip, which is extremely convenient if you can't speak Japanese, don't know where you want to visit or where to stay at night, etc. You can go on group tours with others, or travel agencies will help you plan your trip alone, honeymoon, etc. Basically a travel agency will help you plan the best trip imaginable. They'll help you with dining, tourist attractions, and you can get a personal tour guide who is bilingual and will help you out during your trip, which is especially helpful if you've never been to Japan before.
Here's a list of different travel agencies to look into:
Here's a list of popular toursit attractions in Japan. Look into these locations and see if you can work them into your trip (depending on where you're staying of course!)
Univeral Studios Japan
Himeji Castle (Himeji, Japan)
On average, a round trip costs about $1,200 to $1,500 from the US. This website here is reliable, and will give you price estimates on the expenses of the plane tickets for your trip.
Spending Money (For one person)
Of course, you will need to spend money on meals, trains, etc. About $20 can get you one full meal and $8 can get you around on the metro system for a day. Accommodating these kinds of expense, you'll spend about 800 USD after two weeks.
Once you arrive in Japan, you'll need a place to stay. Most visitors stay overnight in Tokyo or Kyoto.
Ryokan- A ryokan is a traditional-style inn. This is definitely the place to stay if you wish to get the most "Japanese" experience during your trip. The price per night is about $70-90 USD, depending on where you stay.
For two weeks in Japan, you'll be paying about $1000 for overnight accomodations.
For two weeks in Japan, you can get have a wonderful trip for about $3000. Of course, you'll probably using lots of spending money for manga, clothes, souvenirs, etc. as well, so keep those expenses in mind. Of course, the total cost of your trip depends on you, this is just an average example!
Don't forget your passport! It takes about 2-3 months to obtain one.
Be aware of Japanese culture and traditions. Take off your shoes when you enter a home or inn, speak softly, etc. Look into things of the sort to make sure that you are respectful of the culture and tradition around you.
Travel agencies are super helpful, and worth the money.
Carry a small pocket book with you that has simple phrases and such to help you around the country.
Look into Japan tour guides.