Yet another thread in my series* setting up a trip to Japan next year.
I’ve naiiled down a time: the last two weeks of October and the first week of November. Some exploration of Air Canada’s site reveals that I can get a return ticket Toronto to Tokyo for $1200 Canadian (it’s at the extreme end of allowable bookings, so I couldn’t actually book a date a year from now).
I plan to stay in youth hostels and inns (ryokan). These seem to be around $40/night. I’ll assume $50 to get some breathing room. For 15 nights, that’s $750. I’ll allot $1000 to be safe. If I’m lucky, I might get to stay a night with someone for free via Pasporta Servo; a few years ago I had a guy from Japan stay at my place in Toronto through that service.
I plan to be traveling with my friend, who is of anime-geek persuasion. We’ll probably want to visit things like the Studio Ghibli museum.
What can I expect to pay for transport and food? I see Japan Rail passes for around $500 Canadian for a week for the most expensive one. But also what about things like tourist passes for the subway, etc? What are good places to buy food for making it yourself at the youth hostel?
Also, I’ll have to set some money aside for souvenirs.
Is late October too late in the year to climb Mt. Fuji?
I’m a railway geek; I definitely want to take a journey on the shinkansen. I need to read up on possible destinations.
And lastly, but definitely not least, perhaps some JapanDopers would be available for a get-together?
[sub]*The Japan Series:
Try the Japanese! It’s Invigorating! (2006)
I signed up for Japanese lessons! (June 2009)
Weather: what’s the best time to travel to Japan? (Nov 2009)
Will a Canadian iPhone 3G work in Japan? (Nov 2009)