Super Cheap Japan: Budget Travel in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima and Surrounding Areas

Super Cheap Japan: Budget Travel in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima and Surrounding Areas


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Super Cheap Japan is the ultimate budget travel guide to Japan, full of the most useful, up-to-date information for a cheap holiday in Japan. With extensive tax-free shopping, crazily discounted train passes and an unbelievable exchange rate, there has never been a better time to visit. Unlike other guides, this book shows you exactly how, where and when you can save money. Go shopping for $4 clothes in Tokyo, enjoy inexpensive hikes in Nikko, or visit Kyoto’s beautiful shrines and gardens on the cheap; all with this super helpful guide.

Inside the Super Cheap Japan guide book:

  • Budget food - eat for only a few dollars with comprehensive listings of low-cost restaurants, takeouts, supermarkets and more

  • Budget shopping - 100 yen ($1) shops, free sample hotspots, tax-free shopping, discount passes and coupons

  • Color maps for budget travelers, making it super easy to get around

  • Highlights and itineraries based on discount train or bus passes, so you can keep your wallet happy while still having an amazing holiday

  • Train and bus passes - local, regional and national passes, and info on how to use them for additional savings at tourist hotspots

  • Hidden treasures - walking and cycling routes to cut down on train fares, cheap side trips and free alternatives to crowded, overpriced spots

  • Essential help for budget travelers - expert travel tips, free tours, simple to understand directions, translations for places that don’t have English support

  • Cheap accommodation - the best and cheapest capsule hotels, net cafes, overnight spas, hostels, campsites and more

  • Guides to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima, Mt Fuji, Miyajima, Himeji Castle, Kobe, Yokohama, Kamakura, Nikko, Hakone, Kansai, Kanto, as well as great off-the-beaten-track places nearby

This book is perfect for backpackers, budget travelers, families on a tight budget, students and those who are new to Japan. Get the most out of this amazing country, without burning a hole in your wallet!

Also consider Super Cheap Hokkaido (ISBN 978-1-9131140-0-8) for Sapporo and the Hokkaido prefecture and Super Cheap Tokyo (ISBN 978-1-9998100-5-4) for the capital and Kanto region.


"In Super Cheap Japan the author fulfils his mission to keep Japan both affordable and authentically enjoyable for tourists. There is a good balance between an overview of the usual tourist spots and quirkier recommendations that allows travellers to maximise their enjoyment of a singular country while minimising their budget." - Japan Visitor

"Lots of great tips and tricks for saving money on your Japan visit! The book covers many areas in great detail, and it is certainly a very useful book for anybody planning a trip to Japan" - Abby Denson, author of the bestselling Cool Japan Guide

"Want to travel to Japan but on a budget? Then check out Super Cheap Japan for great money saving ideas" - Doki Doki

"A must have book if you are traveling to Japan, it has all the essential information that you might need" - Hector Garciao, author of the bestselling A Geek in Japan

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999810009
Publisher: Super Cheap Japan
Publication date: 09/22/2017
Series: Super Cheap Guides , #1
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Matthew Baxter is a travel author living in Tokyo, the heart of Japan. Having traveled across the country for several years, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel in the Land of the Rising Sun. He now writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the Japan National Tourist Association, Japan Visitor and All About Japan. He runs the well known blog Super Cheap Japan at

Table of Contents

Welcome to Japan

How to save on your holiday with this book

Travel costs

When to go to Japan

National passes and itineraries

Tax-free shopping

Free festivals

Cherry blossom viewing

Japanese for budget travelers


Discount transportation passes

Tokyo Budget Accommodation






Meguro and Ebisu



Imperial Palace area





Mount Takao

Todoroki Valley


Kanto region: around Tokyo

Discount pass: Japan Rail Tokyo Wide Pass



Mount Fuji




Omiya and Bonsai Village


Discount pass: Kyoto City Bus One-Day Pass

Kyoto Budget Accommodation

Kyoto city center and around Kyoto station

Walk and save: Philosopher's Walk

Kinkaku-ji and surrounding temples


Fushimi Inari Taisha

Nijo Castle



Kawaramachi Shopping District

Shimogamo and Kamigamo Shrines


Discount transportation passes

Osaka Budget Accommodation



Minoo Park

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine


Osaka Castle

Around Kyoto and Osaka

Discount passes




Ise Grand Shrine


West of Kyoto and Osaka

Discount pass: Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass







Shimanami Kaido

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