International travel tips, Tokyo travel guide, Tokyo hotels, food

International Travel Tips: Tokyo Travel Guide > Tokyo Hotels > Food.

In this International Travel Tips series, we read through Tokyo travel guide and learn some interesting facts about this mega international city. We also overview about the cost of Tokyo hotels and food etc. Later in the article, we also answer a Tokyo travel question asked by Quora member.

International travel tips, Tokyo travel guide, Tokyo hotels, food
Japan. Image: ifly-klm

Tokyo Travel Guide:

Tokyo has ranked 1st in the Global Economic Power Index and 4th in Global Cities Index. The city is considered as an alpha+ world city. Tokyo was ranked the 1st in the “Best overall experience” category of TripAdvisor’s World City Survey (Tokyo also ranked first in the following categories: “helpfulness of locals”, “nightlife”, “shopping”, “local public transportation” and “cleanliness of streets”).

In 2015, Tokyo was ranked as the eleventh most expensive city for expatriates and also the world’s 11th most expensive city, according to the Economist Intelligence. The Michelin Guide has awarded Tokyo by far the most Michelin stars of any city in the world. Tokyo ranked 1st in the world in the Safe Cities Index. In 2016 edition of QS Best Student Cities, Tokyo ranked 3rd-best city in the world to be a university student. Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics and will host again in 2020.

Now, lets take a question from Mr. Elton from Quora:

Q:”How can I plan a trip to Japan from India under US Dollar 1,500 per person and also, could you please tell us about Tokyo Hotels and Food?” 

International travel tips, Tokyo travel guide, Tokyo hotels, food
Japan. Image: ifly-KLM


Hi Elton, Greetings from I wish to Travel

As we noticed, Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities (in the world and within Japan as well) but definitely, a visit to Japan will not be complete without visiting Tokyo. 

As a starting point, I am providing a price breakdown for Tokyo and you can reduce prices (about 20-30%) for food, hotel, transport etc. as you continue to visit other cities in Japan.

Air Fare:

Return Economy class ticket Mumbai-Tokyo would cost you around 510 USD per person.

Tokyo hotels:

Tokyo does not have any old charmed or grand hotels similar to Peninsula in Hong Kong or the Raffles in Singapore; actually it does not have any (or atleast known) old hotels, period. But what the city’s hotels may lack in old, char, quaintness and old grandeur is more than made up for by superior service – for which the Japanese are legendary – as well as the efficiency and cleanliness. Be alert, however, for small rooms. Space is the biggest premium in Tokyo, so (with exception of some rooms in very expensive, high-end hotels), rooms seem to come in three sizes: (1) minuscule, (2) small, and (3) barely adequate.

International travel tips, Tokyo travel guide, Tokyo hotels, food
Tokyo. Image: Steven McCurry

Tokyo hotel prices (USD):

1 Star – 24.35 – 48.70 / 2 Stars – 25.32 – 126.58 / 3 Stars – 31.33 – 213.95


Tokyo food and drink prices (USD)

Budget breakfast

If you eat noodles or soup or rice dishes like the locals you can have a filling breakfast at a reasonable price. 4.87 – 9.74

Budget lunch

Again, follow the local workers to noodle shops or rice places. 5.84 – 11.69

Budget dinner

Things like sushi can be pricey, but Japanese cuisine is varied and some good choices are fairly cheap. 9.74 – 17.53

Beer (pint)

Hotel bars and expat places are most expensive, though foreigners aren’t welcome everywhere. 5.84 – 9.74

Beer (can)

Getting drunk is much cheaper if you start in a local shop rather than a bar. 2.43

McDonalds Big Mac

Strangely enough, Big Macs are fairly cheap in Tokyo, at least compared to other Western foods. 3.36

If you are travelling on a budget then you shall explore the possibilities of staying at hostels, bed-and-breakfast and just Couchsurf to minimize your expenses.

Please have a look at the other fascinating Destination Guides here  and don’t forget to check out the Travel Q&A section for 100s of useful answers to worrying travel questions.


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