Location of origin: Sapporo, Japan. February 2016.
For the past 30 days I’ve been ripping about in The Land of the Rising Sun. If you’re a budget traveller debating a commitment to this sort of trip, I’d advise you to go for it, regardless of constraints. The value of the culture, and experience outweighs the cost entirely. Book a minimum of two weeks.
It’s expensive, and a middle of the road budget is going to be anywhere from $70-$120 a day (I’m using AUD at the moment). It’s a lot more than many other Asian countries- think $20 daily budgets in Bali- but you really do get what you pay for, and there are ways to make it much more affordable than I have.
I won’t claim to be an expert on the country, as my trip was occasional travel mixed in with a month long snowboard adventure. For the amount of time I spent in Japan, there was a lot less spent “on the road” than other itineraries would spend. Despite discrediting myself as a “Japan Authority” I hope the ensuing blog posts can help shed some light and get you started planning your trip to Japan.
I have about 6 posts about the trip drafted up, but since I blog so infrequently (I’m working on changing the habit, bear with me) I’ll be queueing them up over the next month. To accompany this, tomorrow check back for what is arguably the most important aspect of a trip to Japan. Budgeting.