BACKPACKER INDEX: US$74.00
Tokyo hotel prices
Tokyo has its high season for hotels from April through August, plus around the winter holiday period. During these times the city’s hotels and hostels tend to be packed and prices are at their highest.
The low season starts after the New Year’s holidays and goes into March, and during this time hotel deals are easy to find and prices at top places can seem quite reasonable. Autumn is a great time to visit, with comfortable weather and decent hotel deals to be had.
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Tokyo is certainly one of the world’s most expensive city for tourists, but it might not be as bad as its reputation would have you believe. Hotel bargains can be found through most of the year, especially if you book well in advance, and many or most of the things you’ll probably be coming to see are free.
Food and drink have a reputation for being outrageously expensive in Tokyo, but that’s a bit misleading. If you want to eat in upscale restaurants or hotels then you’ll pay dearly, but if you are interested in eating bowls of noodles or rice, like most of the locals do each day, then it can be done on a more modest budget. They key to surviving cheaply in Tokyo is being flexible and behaving like a local while you are there.
Tokyo attraction prices
|Tokyo Disneyland||The park isn't far outside the city center and it can be reached quickly and cheaply by train.||adults||60.05|
|Sky Bus tour||These open-top buses run guided tours of about an hour on several different routes around Tokyo.||adults||14.53|
Tokyo Transportation prices
|Express train from Narita to city center||28.47 - 30.12|
|Express bus from Narita to city center||33.90|
|Taxi from Narita to city center||164.65 - 290.56|
|3km taxi ride in Tokyo||10.17 - 12.59|
|Metro ride in city center||1.07 - 3.00|
|All-day Metro ticket||7.07|
Tokyo food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||If you eat noodles or soup or rice dishes like the locals you can have a filling breakfast at a reasonable price.||4.84 - 9.69|
|Budget lunch||Again, follow the local workers to noodle shops or rice places.||5.81 - 11.62|
|Budget dinner||Things like sushi can be pricey, but Japanese cuisine is varied and some good choices are fairly cheap.||9.69 - 17.43|
|Beer (pint)||Hotel bars and expat places are most expensive, though foreigners aren't welcome everywhere.||5.81 - 9.69|
|Beer (can)||Getting drunk is much cheaper if you start in a local shop rather than a bar.||2.42|
|McDonalds Big Mac||Strangely enough, Big Macs are fairly cheap in Tokyo, at least compared to other Western foods.||3.34|
Tokyo Miscellaneous costs
|Cigarettes (pack)||Smoking is relatively cheap compared to everything else in Tokyo.||2.91 - 4.84|
|Movie ticket||Cinemas are nice, but not cheap here.||15.50 - 19.37|
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|Airports||Narita International Airport (NRT), Haneda Airport (HND)|
Avg temps & precip
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May, June, September, October
Tokyo’s summers tend to be hot, steamy, and wet, so if you can avoid July and August in particular it might be a good idea. The city is so crowded and dense that heat and humidity can feel worse than it otherwise might. Winters tend to be dry and mild, though snowfall does happen fairly regularly.
April, May, and October are the nicest weather months in Tokyo so they are your best bet, though this is definitely an indoor city so adverse weather probably won’t change your visit too much regardless.
Sunrise and sunset