This post is about how to save money when traveling in Japan (read more on cheap rooms and transportation). Japan is not all about sushi. Actually, our first days in Japan we didn’t even see one sushi shop, we were trying so hard to survive on as little money as possible 🙂 We were walking around 7/11 and similar shops like zombies, eating just soup and bagels. But then we got our stuff together and found some cool tricks which made our tummies full without spending so much…

This post is another one in our budget traveling in Japan series, this time about transportation  We were backpacking in Japan for more than a month so we were searching for ways to spend less and see more. You can also read about cheap accommodation in Japan. So by this point everyone probably thought about shinkansen or the bullet train, which I guess is really famous for Japan. They look like a bullet, their speed is crazy high (you can get from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2 hours. That’s 500…

Japan is known to be very expensive for traveling and when we decided to backpack there for over a month, we were extra careful about getting the cheapest rooms there are. We spent 14 $ per night (per person) on average and tried different types of accommodation like hostels, private rooms, couch surfing, capsule hotels, internet cafe and camping … There are budget hotels to be found in Japan but a lot of them are expensive. In Kyoto the average priced room on Agoda is supposed to be…

Besides bamboo forest and the golden pavilion, you can stroll around Kyoto on foot. We decided to take a bus to Kiyomizu temple and then walk slowly through a couple of temples to the Gion or Geisha area, and then to downtown. We took a bus 206 from Kyoto station. And ended up in Gion! Somehow we didn’t recognize the station for Kiyomizu temple and ended almost at the end. Since we like to walk and it was a sunny day we went backwards or original plan. I…

Kurokawa Onsen is a town of onsens or natural steam baths. It’s very rustical and butique and most people come for a daily visit and buy the daily pass for 1300 ÂĄ (for 3 onsen). Accomodation is quite sparse and very expensive. Chaya No Hata camp is 6 km outside of Kurokawa Onsen. There is no bus from Kurokawa so your best way is to hitchhike or walk (if you don’t have your own car). We walked and it took us a good hour, especially with our heavy…

After visiting the neat little town of Aso, just under magnificent Mount Aso volcano, we were anxious to try our new tent. The weather wasn’t really good, it was raining a lot and the temperature was around 19 C during the day and 15 C at night. After one year and half of summer, our bodies are not adjusted to this kind of cold 🙂 We found a nice campground 6 km from Kurokawa Onsen, called Chaya No Hara. We hitchhiked from Aso and a nice lady took…