Sightseeing on a Budget in Kyoto
Japan is not a cheap country to travel around, and that’s especially true in major cities such as Kyoto, but with a little advance planning, you can make it affordable. Here are our top tips for enjoying the best of Kyoto on a modest budget.
Book a Combination Tour
The charming city of Nara is close to Kyoto, making it possible to explore both in one day. Book a tour that includes both cities, and not only will you save time, you’ll also save the cost of transportation. Look for tours that include entrance fees and lunch for the best value.
Charter a Private Vehicle
Although the up-front cost of hiring a private vehicle to take you around the city’s attractions looks steep, it can actually be a money saver if you’re traveling with a group. And, for less than the combined cost of individual tours, your group can customize its itinerary.
Choose a Tour That Includes a Meal or Tastings
Instead of a booking a regular walking tour, choose one that includes food tastings: That way you can see the city while filling up. Some experiences, such as cooking classes and maiko (apprentice geisha) performances, even include a full meal. Finally, save money on drinks by booking a barhopping tour that includes beverages.
Buy a Travel Pass
If you’re planning to travel in the wider Kansai region, it might make sense to purchase a multi-day pass that allows unlimited train travel. Sometimes the price of the pass is lower than the cost of buying a return ticket.