ADVICE ON BUDGETARY TRAVEL TO JAPAN WITH CHILDREN
This year, in September, we decided to organize children’s holidays in Japan and spent holidays in this country with five of our children. We spent three days in Osaka and three days in Tokyo. None of us had ever been to Japan, and the only one who spoke Japanese was our 14-year-old child, who did not study at a language school in Japan at all, but had been learning Japanese for the last two years in a regular school.
Our whole family was glad to visit Japan, but personally I had some doubts: would the children eat local food, would we be able to overcome the language barrier, and wouldn’t everything be super-expensive in Japan?
Children’s holiday in Japan exceeded all our expectations. It was a fantastic family trip, and we would love to stay here longer. The Japanese are incredibly responsive to tourists traveling on their own, as well as to those who have purchased children’s tours to Japan. People kindly stopped to help when we asked to show us the direction or to give help of another kind.
Japan is an organized, clean and economical country that it’s a pleasure to travel with her children. Russian cities could learn from Japan how to manage public transport and cleanliness of cultural and residential institutions.
A trip to Japan should not have hit hard. Before the trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, we read many, many great tips that helped us not only have a wonderful time, but also reduce our travel expenses. Even if you are planning to use the services of a travel company and wish to purchase, for example, a tour to Japan from Moscow, the prices of which will depend on the quality of service and its duration, it will not hurt you to ask about this issue in advance in social networks.
PREPARE FOR FLIGHT TO JAPAN
Despite the fact that our family was not used to saving on travel, yet we were able to buy tickets for the low-cost airline. Flights with a low-cost airline with children may seem frightening, but there is nothing to worry about if you prepare well. Make sure you know exactly what is included in your ticket. Most low cost airlines only include the fare in the ticket price, so even if you are traveling in an organized way and purchased summer tours to Japan, you need to take care of your own food, entertainment and comfort during the flight.
Even if you buy food, it is highly recommended to take extra snacks with you. Perhaps the children will not like the food of the airline, and they will need something to feed. I prepared snacks for children in bags, and by the end of the flight they came in very handy.
USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN JAPAN
Backpack Traveler warned me that there might be a need for a Japan Rail Pass. If you plan to stay in Japan for more than a week and are going to travel from one big city to another by train, then definitely buying a single ticket from a Japanese railway company will be a good way to save money. It is worth buying it in advance, even before the trip to Japan. A single ticket will help to save in the case of organized vacation, if you purchase a summer tour to Japan, the price of which depends on its duration. Since we made only a small trip from Osaka to Tokyo, we did not buy a single ticket, but simply bought tickets at the stations if necessary.
Japan, tours from Moscow to which are in demand among Russian tourists, is a country with an excellent public transport system. Trains run frequently here and always arrive on time. Even without an escort, we successfully moved around Osaka and Tokyo. Do not be afraid to politely ask the station staff or other passengers for help. We have done this many times, and the Japanese have always responded, helping us get to our destination.
PLAN YOU TO FEED WITH CHILDREN IN JAPAN
Eating five children away from home can be very costly. We wanted to try Japanese cuisine, but it was also important for us to make sure that the children eat well, and only after going on long walks to the sightseeing.
So we planned our meals in Japan during the day:
Breakfast in the hotel.
The staff at the Courtyard Marriott Ginza Hotel graciously provided us with a breakfast voucher, so we saved about $ 8 per person. We had a late breakfast around 9 am, and the children ate everything they liked. I insisted they add eggs and other protein to breakfast. Thanks to a hearty breakfast, the children were full for several hours, so breakfast was worth the price we paid.
Snacks and bottle of water.
Every day we stayed at places like Family Mart and bought snacks for the day. We stocked up on popcorn, rice cakes and other snacks and ate them 3-4 hours after breakfast. We brought large water bottles out of the house and every day we took four of them when we left the hotel.