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I'm planning to travel to Japan in July, and i need some information and advices.

 

I'm currently holding US green card and Chinese Passport.

So i think i have to get a Japan Visa.

What are the requirements of Japan Visa? Is it hard to get?

 

I'm thinking to stay about 5~7days in Japan, how much is it going to cost?

(hotel+transportation+eat)

 

Anyone has experience with these? Thanksredface.gif

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Originally Posted by Seekky View Post

I'm planning to travel to Japan in July, and i need some information and advices.

 

I'm currently holding US green card and Chinese Passport.

So i think i have to get a Japan Visa.

What are the requirements of Japan Visa? Is it hard to get?

 

I'm thinking to stay about 5~7days in Japan, how much is it going to cost?

(hotel+transportation+eat)

 

Anyone has experience with these? Thanksredface.gif

 

I think your first question could be answered quickly with a Google search. If not, you could always call the Japanese consulate/embassy.

 

As for a place to stay, where in Japan are you staying? Hotels are about as expensive as things can get. You're better off searching for other places like hostels, or maybe an B&B (or whatever they're called in Japan).

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I think your first question could be answered quickly with a Google search. If not, you could always call the Japanese consulate/embassy.

 

As for a place to stay, where in Japan are you staying? Hotels are about as expensive as things can get. You're better off searching for other places like hostels, or maybe an B&B (or whatever they're called in Japan).

Thinking to stay in Tokyo, but probably extremely pricy?

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Thinking to stay in Tokyo, but probably extremely pricy?

 

Definitely. I don't know the exact rate since I was a kid when I last went, but our family of four stayed in a hostel in Asakusa. As I recall, it's a short walk away from the subway station.

 

I'm not sure if any other forms of transportation have become more viable (affordable), but we took the subway everywhere.

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Definitely. I don't know the exact rate since I was a kid when I last went, but our family of four stayed in a hostel in Asakusa. As I recall, it's a short walk away from the subway station.

 

I'm not sure if any other forms of transportation have become more viable (affordable), but we took the subway everywhere.

Thanks for the information!

Yea, i went Japan before when i was a little kid about age 10.

I will look for more hotel info online.

It seems like a hotel reservation is one of the requirement for applying Visa.

post #6 of 12
I stayed at Shinjuku in Tokyo when I went there last year.

A single room will be about us$125 per night where I stayed (hotel sunroute plaza).

Transportation to Tokyo will be about $30-$50 one way from the airport, using the shuttle bus to the hotel or the express train. Normal commuting inside/near Tokyo will be roughly $3-7 one way for the train, depending on where you go.

Food, well, the sky is the limit really, but you can expect to pay about $15 per meal at a normal restaurant. Barbeques and such may run you about $30-50 per meal.

My memory is quite fuzzy, and the yen has weakened significantly since I went, so the costs maybe slightly overestimated for food and transportation.
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I stayed at Shinjuku in Tokyo when I went there last year.

A single room will be about us$125 per night where I stayed (hotel sunroute plaza).

Transportation to Tokyo will be about $30-$50 one way from the airport, using the shuttle bus to the hotel or the express train. Normal commuting inside/near Tokyo will be roughly $3-7 one way for the train, depending on where you go.

Food, well, the sky is the limit really, but you can expect to pay about $15 per meal at a normal restaurant. Barbeques and such may run you about $30-50 per meal.

My memory is quite fuzzy, and the yen has weakened significantly since I went, so the costs maybe slightly overestimated for food and transportation.

o well, $$$$$

I better start saving up money now lol

 

Is guarantor/inviter necessary for the visa?

I don't want to join any tour group, just want to go sightseeing. 

post #8 of 12
I didn't need a visa as I am an Aussie citizen.

It's best to check with the embassy for visa requirements, but if I had to guess, you'll just need a return ticket, hotel reservation, and proof of enough funds to get you by.

Japan is indeed expensive! I didn't know any Japanese when I went, but I still managed to survive! tongue.gif

So much communication that happens not through speech, but through interaction and mannerisms, so it's easy to understand their culture, which is quite fascinating!
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I didn't need a visa as I am an Aussie citizen.

It's best to check with the embassy for visa requirements, but if I had to guess, you'll just need a return ticket, hotel reservation, and proof of enough funds to get you by.

Japan is indeed expensive! I didn't know any Japanese when I went, but I still managed to survive! tongue.gif

So much communication that happens not through speech, but through interaction and mannerisms, so it's easy to understand their culture, which is quite fascinating!

Haha, indeed. gotta love Japan.

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o well, $$$$$

I better start saving up money now lol

 

Is guarantor/inviter necessary for the visa?

I don't want to join any tour group, just want to go sightseeing. 

If you don't mind smaller spaces then the capsule hotels are a good place to start saving money. They're usually around $40-$50USD per night which in the middle of Tokyo is pretty damn cheap. 

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If you've got hotel/air packages available to you where you live, look into their pricing to see if they're cheaper.

 

If you're booking both hotel and air on your own, there are cheap non-capsule places that work more like hostels in other countries, like these.

http://www.khaosan-tokyo.com/en/

 

And if you've got the budget for it, I'd suggest you go one class higher for hotel. Stay at a "business hotel" such as Toyoko Inn. You get a room and ensuite bathroom to yourself.

 

My preferred locations for Tokyo are the smaller stations on Yamanote line, a stop or two away from a major station, less hustle & bustle. Example

http://www.toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00139/index.html (Otsuka, a stop away from Ikebukuro, you can walk if you have 10-15 mins)

http://www.toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00135/index.html (Uguisudani, a stop away from Ueno)

In any case I think the hotel options in Tokyo are much better than Hong Kong. beerchug.gif

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Originally Posted by heatofamatch View Post

If you've got hotel/air packages available to you where you live, look into their pricing to see if they're cheaper.

If you're booking both hotel and air on your own, there are cheap non-capsule places that work more like hostels in other countries, like these.
http://www.khaosan-tokyo.com/en/

And if you've got the budget for it, I'd suggest you go one class higher for hotel. Stay at a "business hotel" such as Toyoko Inn. You get a room and ensuite bathroom to yourself.

My preferred locations for Tokyo are the smaller stations on Yamanote line, a stop or two away from a major station, less hustle & bustle. Example
http://www.toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00139/index.html (Otsuka, a stop away from Ikebukuro, you can walk if you have 10-15 mins)
http://www.toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00135/index.html (Uguisudani, a stop away from Ueno)
In any case I think the hotel options in Tokyo are much better than Hong Kong. beerchug.gif
Thank you mate, that's really helpful!
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