With the schedule of 9 days seemingly being the time table for the Japan trip, it’s time to take a look at my budget. I should be able to save a few dollars on the hotel because my sister has her reward points and perks with the Marriott, so that will be a big help.
The schedule for the 9 days total, not counting Kyoto at this stage, just Tokyo.
Saturday May 17th – Leave Tampa (1)
Sunday May 18th – Arrive in Tokyo (2)
Monday May 19th – First full day in Tokyo (3)
Tuesday May 20th – Second full day in Tokyo (4)
Wednesday May 21st – Third full day in Tokyo (5)
Thursday May 22nd – Fourth full day in Tokyo (6)
Friday May 23rd – Fifth day in Tokyo (7)
Saturday May 24th – Leave Japan via Narita or Haneda airports (8)
Sunday May 25th – Arrive home (9)
Now, here is my projected budget:
Food: 3 meals a day x 9 days total for the trip = 27 meals
27 meals x $25 per meal (high cost estimate) = $675
Visiting sites (tourist stops during the trip): 9 days x $20 average = $180
Travel (bus, train, subway, or taxi): 9 x $15 a day = 135
Total for 9 days: $2640
So let’s break it down. Airfare is cut and dry. The meals, averaging 3 a day and pricing them fairly high since Tokyo is an expensive city, gives that estimate of $675 total (could vary). Visiting sites is the tourist side of things and the travel covers all the transportation in and around the Tokyo area. Total is right around $2700 and might as well call it $3000 just to be safe and have some spending cash left over.
There will be other expenses that will have to be figured out like cell phone service (rent a phone or how much will my normal phone cost over there), buying drinks, going to expensive restaurants, and other things that are just not jumping out as the main costs for the trip at the moment.
So, those who have traveled overseas, does this seem right? Does it cover most of the costs I should expect? I’ll have extra money for food, tourist sites, etc. but I think overall this should be the overall budget I am aiming for.