Hey ipikachue,ipikachue wrote: ↑Feb 26th, 2017 6:39 pmHi all, I'm planning to travel to Japan this August with two of my university friends (Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Osaka if possible), we're planning to leave after Aug. 11th and coming back before Sept. 5. Currently I have few questions that I want to ask for help with:
1. What is consider a decent airplane ticket price around this time, we must leave after Aug.11th but come back date is flexible before Sept 5th (not really a flexible timing), will there be discount ticket available or should I secure the ticket right now as I have seen the direct flight for Air Canada is around $1800, but I don't mind one stop tickets.
2. Is it doable for visiting major attraction places of all four cities in 21 days (3 weeks), I'm thinking we will be spending most of our time in Tokyo and Kyoto, and only few days in Hakone and Osaka if time is permitted.
3. Also, is funding of $3000-3500 enough for the trip per person? Any money saving tips for food, transportation (JR Pass?) and resistant options?
4. For the resistant I'm thinking about booking airbnb, but how long in advance should I book it for? Also, what are the cheap hotel options in Kyoto and Osaka. And if there's any recommendation on great hotel options in Hakone for mt Fuji, My plan is to book cheap places to live for the Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka but a great one for Hakone since we won't be stay long there.
5. For exchange of CAD to JPY, should I exchange everything to cash here (if so, what are the better options for exchange, I heard Kantor is a great option but how does it work? or should I just go to the local bank for exchange ) or use my TD visa there or should I get a Amazon visa card for better rate?
At last, thank you all so much for the help.
1. I went for 3 weeks in August 2015 (August 1 to August 21) with 3 other people. We paid $1,580 pp for direct flight with Air Canada. I thought the price was fair for direct flight in August.
2. For the cities you listed and as other posters already mentioned, 3 weeks is more than doable.
3. I budgeted $3.5K USD (excluding flight but including accommodations) and personally, it was enough for me to spend for 3 weeks. Food was affordable in Japan. We only splurged on maybe 3 meals where it was about $80-$100 each. On most days, I generally did not spend more than $100 for food daily. In Kyoto and Hakone, you'll definitely pay for local transit as you won't be able to use the JR pass much to see attractions (not at all in Hakone but you might for some attractions in Kyoto).
4. I booked all my hotels and one AirBnb by end of June for my trip in August, and options were still available by then. I booked 3 star hotels with user ratings 8.7/10+ on booking.com, none of which disappointed me during the trip. We splurged one night on a 5 star ryokan next to Mt. Fuji. We only used AirBnb when we went to Kyoto since hotels seemed more expensive than in other cities.