Travel Information

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is a crazy, frenetic, and astounding city. Here you can visit the imperial palace, the morning fish market, see the beautiful cherry blossoms, party in Tokyo’s trendy nightlife district, sing karaoke, and eat lots of amazing food (it is Japan after all.)

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Hostel prices – Most hostels in Tokyo charge around 3,000 JPY per night for a bed in an 8-bed dorm. Free Wi-Fi is standard, as are lockers and self-catering facilities if you want to cook your own meals. Only a few hostels in the city offer free breakfast so if that’s a priority be sure to book your hostel in advance.

For a private room in a hostel with a twin or double bed, expect to pay between 8,500-10,000 JPY per night.

Budget hotel prices – If you’re looking for a budget hotel, expect to pay at least 6,500 JPY for a double bed at a two-star hotel. For a mid-range three-star hotel, prices start at 8,400 JPY per night while capsule hotels start at 3,000 JPY for a tiny pod that is essentially just a bed. It’s not fancy, but it’s a unique (and very Japanese) experience.

Private apartments/homes on Airbnb usually start around for 5,000 JPY per night though it’s more common to find them for 7,000 JPY. For a single room, expect to pay at least 3,000 JPY per night.

Food – There are many cheap places to eat out in Tokyo, most of which offer ramen or soba noodles. These basic food options range from 300-1,250 JPY for a single dish. Mid-range restaurants (think three-course meals) cost around 2,500 JPY per person. Sushi trains cost between 100-700 JPY per piece. Fast food in Tokyo (think McDonald’s or KFC) is around 700 JPY for a basic meal.

If you’re on a budget, you can also find plenty of cheap meals and pre-packaged items at 7-Eleven — and even the locals eat them! Noodles, rice balls, tofu, and pre-packed sushi are all available for only a few hundred yen. If you are on a tight budget, 7-Eleven is your go-to “restaurant.”

Buying groceries costs 4,000-5,500 JPY per week for basic staples like rice, vegetables, and fish. Just be sure to wash all your produce well. Japan uses a lot of chemicals on their produce as there is not much arable land in the country and agricultural practices rely on peak productivity (hence pesticides).

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Bus – Buses are widely available in Tokyo, though you can usually get by without them as the subway and train system in the city is comprehensive. If you do need to take the bus, fares are around 210 JPY for adults and 110 JPY for kids. Toei is the main bus company providing service here. You can get a single-day bus pass for Toei lines for 500 JPY (you can get them from the driver). Buses usually run from 6am-10pm.

If you plan on using the buses often, you can get discounted fares by using a prepaid Pasmo card or Suica card, which would lower the fare to 206 JPY and save you fumbling for your change every time you ride.

Subway/Train – The metro and train system in Tokyo is one of the most incredible in the world. It ferries almost 9 million riders around the city each and every day and is known for being on time. The metro system is made up of 13 different lines with tickets starting at 170 JPY (165 JPY with a Pasmo or Suica prepaid card).

You can get a 24-hour pass for 800 JPY, a 48-hour pass for 1,200 JPY, and a 72-hour pass for 1,500 JPY. It works on all Tokyo Metro and Toei Lines (not JR Lines however).

Trains are available from 5am-12am and there are women-only cars for added security and safety as well. Things get busy at rush hour so try to avoid it if you can. It’s from 7:30am-9:30am and 5:30pm-7:30pm on weekdays. There are also many JR trains in the city, so if you have a Japan Rail Pass you can travel around Tokyo for free.

Taxi – Taxis in Tokyo aren’t cheap so I’d avoid them if you can. Fares start at 475 JPY and go up by 415 JPY per kilometer. Avoid them if you can!

Ridesharing in Tokyo isn’t any cheaper so don’t expect any savings here. DiDi is the go-to ridesharing app here and its prices are generally on par (or higher) than the JapanTaxi app. Unless you have no choice, skip rideshares and taxis.

Car rental – Unless you have a specific reason to rent a car, I would avoid it. Traffic here, while organized, is stop and go at the best of times. The city is really designed for public transportation and it is usually faster. That being said, if you wanted to rent a car prices start at 4,700 JPY per day for a small two-door vehicle.

Bicycle – Tokyo is a relatively safe city to bike in as there are lots of bike lanes and a ton of local cyclists who commute via bicycle. For a full-day rental, expect to pay between 1,000-1,200 JPY. Hourly rentals can usually be found for 200-300 JPY as well if you just need a short-term rental.