TIPS AND ADVICE: The good and bad of traveling Japan

TIPS AND ADVICE: The good and bad of traveling Japan

Rachel: Hey guys!
Jun: Hey guys! Rachel: We’re back for part two of pros and cons of traveling around Japan, and if you haven’t seen part one then you can click here, and it will be right there. Otherwise, let’s get into it! Pro number two is transportation in Japan. Japan is a super easy country to travel around because the transportation is so accessible, pretty much everywhere. Jun: Right.
Rachel: Most of the places we’ve gone during this past year, and we’ve been to, again, 19 prefectures so far all of these rural areas even if there’s not a direct train to the spots we go almost all of them have had buses that could take you near there or past there. Jun: Yeah, or you could take taxis too. Rachel: You could take taxis, which are pretty expensive in Japan. Jun: But if you go with a group than you could split the bill,
Rachel: Right. Jun: and you could actually save money that way too. Rachel: Yeah, yeah, if you’re in a big group. You can also rent cars at most big train stations which we’ve done a lot during traveling here which is — I think it’s really nice to be able to rent a car because then it’s easier for you to go places especially some of the places we went like Fox Village last year. Jun: It was on a mountain.
Rachel: Fox Village was on a mountain. And you can get to these places by bus, but it would take you longer, and if you want to save time, then being able to drive there yourself is a lot easier. This kind of goes into con number two as well, which is price. Transportation is really expensive in Japan. Jun: I grew up here so I don’t really know,
Rachel: Right. Jun: but she’s been to other countries and she can compare, so I’ll let you talk. Jun: Is it that expensive?
Rachel: Especially compared to America, yeah.
Jun: Really? Rachel: I mean America’s just really cheap in general. I think it’s cheaper than most countries in Europe as well, so if you’re from Europe, this might not even be an issue for you. Jun: Okay.
Rachel: But transportation here is pretty expensive. So between our city, Nagoya, and Tokyo, if we wanted to drive there, we could get there in maybe about four-ish hours, or something. Rachel: But it would–
Jun: Four? You mean by car?
Rachel: Yeah. Jun: Four, five… if you want to take a break, maybe six. Rachel: Yeah, but it would cost us $76 or more, one-way in tolls! If you take the expressway here, all the expressways are tolled, and they’re quite expensive. Again, if you’re traveling with a big group, then it’s not going to be an issue because you can split the cost between everyone else. But, if you go by yourself, or just like, two people, you don’t save a lot of money taking a car to Tokyo. And it would end up like, taking so much more time that it’s just better for us to take the Shinkansen. Jun: Do you have expressways in America–
Rachel: We do! Jun: where you have to pay?
Rachel: Yes. Actually, there are tolled expressways in America. Jun: But, like, what was it? Freeway? It’s almost like expressway, but you don’t have to pay at all on those roads. Rachel: Well, the expressways in Cincinnati are not tolled. It depends on where you are. Some cities have tolls, but they’re not that expensive. You pay a couple dollars, or something like that. It’s not like, $75, one-way. Jun: Mhmm, okay, but America’s huge, so…
Rachel: Yeah. Jun: It shouldn’t be expensive. Rachel: We have to drive–
Jun: Yeah.
Rachel: in America, pretty much. We don’t really have the option of public transportation in a lot of areas. If we’re traveling between Nagoya and Tokyo, the cheapest way — the absolute cheapest way for us to get there is Night Bus. Or even Day Bus. If you book at the correct time, and you book like, a good time for the bus we can get tickets as cheap as, I think like, $25 one-way. Although it’s usually more like $50, one-way, per person. But compared to $75 one-way for the car, not including gas, and renting a car if you have to rent a car and $110 one-way if you take the Shinkansen, then bus ends up being a lot cheaper. If you’re coming from out of country, then getting a JR Pass is a really good idea if you’re going to do a lot of traveling by Shinkansen. Jun: Yeah. [Inaudible] JR Pass, right?
Rachel: Yeah, so– JR Pass. It costs a lot of money. It’ll cost you several hundred dollars for a few days of all-you-want travel on JR Trains. But JR Trains include: trains around big cities, like the Yamanote Line; in Tokyo, you can get to a lot of places through JR Trains, you can do that here in Nagoya as well; and then the Shinkansen is JR as well. So if you’re going from like, the Northern to Southern tip of Japan you’re probably going to want to get a JR Pass, because then you can take the Shinkansens for free, after you buy your really expensive pass! Jun: Yeah, and this is only for foreigners who are living abroad.
Rachel: Yeah. Jun: This is not for Japanese people so I can’t buy it!
Rachel: You have to get it from out of country. Jun: Yeah.
Rachel: We can’t use it.
Jun: Yeah. Jun: Another tip would be you can buy special tickets called Ichinichi-ken, or whatever they’re called. Rachel: If you’re in a big city such as Nagoya or Tokyo, they have Ichinichi-kens or all-day passes where you can pay a set amount of money and then ride the public transportation as much as you want in that one day. So if you’re in Tokyo and you’re going to a bunch of stops in one day, you can end up spending like, $30 on a train. But you shouldn’t! You should by an all-day pass for $16 instead! There are different levels depending on which trains and stuff you want to use, so you can check that out but calculate how many places you plan on going that day and see if it’s going to come out to be more than $16 and if so, then get the pass. Otherwise, you know, just take the trains freely. But, they do have transportation most places, so that’s really convenient. Rachel: So if you don’t have a car, you can pretty much get anywhere you want to go–
Jun: Right. Rachel: by the trains, the buses, and then taxis if you absolutely have to.
Jun: Yeah. Rachel: Some more cons as far as cost goes, a lot of things just in general, are pretty expensive here, like admission to certain areas. Tokyo Skytree is really expensive! To me, that’s kind of a ridiculous price to pay just so you can get a nice view. I, personally, would not be willing to pay that but, that’s what it is. There are a lot of admissions to big places that are really expensive like that. However, admissions to temples and shrines are really cheap — It’s usually only a couple of dollars, if you have to pay at all. A lot of them are free. And temples and shrines can be really, really beautiful. Rachel: So I highly recommend going to those–
Jun: Yeah.
Rachel: if you’re traveling to Japan. Jun: Just bring some coins for praying.
Rachel: Yeah. /Jun claps twice/
Rachel: Right. Rachel: Other things that won’t really affect you if you’re just visiting — but if you live here, things like Jun taking driving training was $2000. For him to get his license he had to go through driver training in Japan and it cost like, $2000! Rachel: It’s insane!
Jun: I wonder how it’s like in the other countries though, Jun: I mean, in America everyone has to drive to go places so it cannot be that expensive. Rachel: I don’t think there are many countries where it’s $2000 to get your license! Jun: Okay.
Rachel: That’s really expensive. Rachel: Buying pets here is really expensive. Most people still go to pet stores and pets there can be, you know, anywhere from $2000 – $5000. Jun: What about daily expenses? For example, food? Jun: That’s where you spend the most normally. Food, electricity, water, gas…
Rachel: Right, right, right, right. Jun: What about those? How about that? Rachel: If you’re living here, in an apartment, I wouldn’t say it’s too expensive. Jun: That’s how you feel–
Rachel: Yeah.
Jun: as, you know, as a Japanese living in this country. Rachel: Right.
Jun: I mean, it is expensive compared to other countries. Jun: Some–
Rachel: It depends on where you live, Rachel: so if you’re living in like, if you’re living in high-demand areas in Tokyo then a tiny apartment is going to be really expensive.
Jun: Yeah. Rachel: But if you live farther out, then you can get something nice, pretty nice, for not much at all. Like, our apartment is $600 a month. That’s not too bad. Jun: With the parking lot–
Rachel: Right.
Jun: and everything. Rachel: Food — if you’re traveling around, we have gotten a budget of $20, about ¥2000, per person for food per day while we’ve been traveling, and I don’t think there’s been a single day where we’ve been able to go under that. Jun: Is it possible in America, I mean, without eating just fast food? Rachel: Ah! But fast food is– there’s so much more fast food in America.
Jun: I mean, we have fast food too. Jun: And we’ve, we were only eating fast food, we could go under the budget but we weren’t. Rachel: Yeah, well we just ate at normal restaurants which tended to be, you know, like $10-13 for one person, not including a drink. Jun: Isn’t that the same in America if you go to a decent restaurant and you just have to tip too?
Rachel: But that’s like, in America– Rachel: that’s like Applebee’s or Friday’s level restaurants, which is not something you would eat at every day if you’re traveling. There are a lot of other places you can go and you can get cheaper meals in America, I think. But again, America’s just a cheap country in general. So, if you’re traveling here, budget a lot for food per day. Rachel: I would say–
Jun: You’ll probably want to eat a lot of nice meals Jun: if you’re traveling.
Rachel: Right, right, and you’re going to want to eat out. Rachel: Like, you’re going to want to have nicer meals, so I would say $30-40 a day if you want nice meals. But again, if you’re just stopping at Konbinis and going to fast food, you can come in under $20. Jun: And another tip I can give you would be, if you go to a restaurant, and don’t want to spend too much, then go there for lunch. Rachel: Oh, lunch is a lot cheaper.
Jun: A lot, lot cheaper. Jun: Like, sometimes like, dinner could be twice as expensive as lunch, so…
Rachel: Right, right. Rachel: That’s true in a lot of places.
Jun: Yeah. Rachel: You can also get pre-made meals at supermarkets, and they’ll be marked down before the supermarket closes. Where we live, the supermarkets close at 8pm, so you would have to go in at around 7pm to get the marked down prices. I think in some cities like Tokyo, they might close a little bit later. Jun: They either close at around 8 or 9, or are open for 24/7. Rachel: They’re not the healthiest, but you know, it’s cheaper meals if you’re on a budget. Another thing you have to be careful about is payment methods. So there are still places that do not accept credit cards here, like– big chain stores, and cities probably mostly take credit cards. However, smaller chains or like “mom ‘n’ pop” type restaurants or souvenir shops, probably don’t accept credit cards.
Jun: Yeah, just cash only. Rachel: Right, and also if you’re traveling on business, there are still a fair number of places you cannot get receipts for. If it’s a store, then if they don’t offer a receipt most places should at least offer a Ryoushuusho, which is a like a fancy written receipt specifically for business expenses. They’ll like write down the name of your business on there. Like, we took a bus, a four-hour bus, or something in Miyazaki prefecture. And we had to get him to write out a Ryoushuusho for the price of that, because buses– you usually don’t get receipts. If you get on a bus here, you just pay your fare and that’s it. So, if you need a business expense-like receipt for that, then ask for a Ryoushuusho. If you get a coin locker at a station and you need a receipt, most places do not just directly offer receipts but you can go find a baggage storage office, or if they don’t have one of those, talk to one of the station staff at like, their windows where the like, turnstiles are, where you–
Jun: The gates.
Rachel: Yeah, at the gates, Rachel: and they will probably be able to write you a Ryoushuusho.
Jun: Or at least help you. Rachel: Yeah. So far we’ve done that a couple of times, and they’ve all been able to write us a Ryoushuusho, even though sometimes it took them a while to figure out who we needed to go to because it doesn’t happen very often. But, yeah, make sure if you need a receipt: Ryoushuusho. And, just one other pro I wanted to mention before we leave: Japan is really diverse! It seems like when you’re coming here, it looks like it’s going to be a small country, but it’s actually not that small, and there are so many different things to see here. Jun: Right.
Rachel: It reminds me of America, in that aspect, because a lot of Americans don’t travel out of the country because there’s so many things to see in America itself. Like, you have all of these different climate zones, and different areas you can go to, and it’s really similar in Japan. So you have, like, the Winter Wonderland of Hokkaido, if you go there during the Winter, and there’s so many amazing things to see there, like snow festivals and ice sculptures and ice cafés and villages, and then if you go down to, like, Okinawa, there’s like tropical paradise. They have places like the Fox Village, and like these robot cafés and all these other fancy cafés, and like, beautiful empty gorges where you can take like, boat rides. They have like, amazing temples in the mountains where you have to walk up like, hundreds of stairs, but it’s beautiful. Rachel: They have like, sand dunes. They actually have sand dunes.
Jun: Yeah, sakyu. Rachel: Yeah, in Tottori prefecture, which we haven’t been to yet. Even in Tokyo alone, all of the different districts there are so different from each other, and there are a lot of different things you can see. Odaiba is like, this beautiful port area, where you’re on the ocean and you can take like, a Ferris wheel ride. Like, Harajuku is like, fancy-cool-young-hip shopping. Jun: I like really, you know, like, hidden, tiny stores, and you just go in– and you will be amazed how awesome those restaurants are sometimes. Rachel: Yeah! Yeah.
Jun: Well, it looks nothing from the outside, but inside, wow! And food, amazing. Rachel: That’s one of the best things, is just stumbling into like, this tiny restaurant, and then finding out that the food there is amazing! Rachel: This has happened to us so many time while we’ve been traveling,
Jun: Yeah. Rachel: and sometimes you just really find these hidden like, treasure locations. They’re just wonderful. Jun: Yeah.
Rachel: So, definitely like, don’t always just go to like, the big, bright restaurants, try going to some of the small areas as well, because you might be surprised. Although, they probably don’t have English menus, in a lot of those, but– Jun: In Tokyo, some do actually.
Rachel: In Tokyo, but if you’re traveling around the country, not all of them will. Some do though! So, give it a try!
Jun: Yeah. Rachel: And, my tip for that is, if they don’t have anything in English, and you can’t speak Japanese, just say, “Osusume”. Osusume means recommendations, so if you say, “Osusume kudasai”, then that means, like, “Please give me, bring me your recommendation.” Jun: Or you can ask them, “Osusme wa nan desu ka?” Rachel: “Osusme wa nan desu ka?” Jun: Then they might give you some options.
Rachel: Yeah, but then they’re going to say it all in Japanese, and if they don’t speak Japanese, they’re not going to know. If they have pictures, they could point. Yeah, you could say, “Osusume wa nan desu ka?”, which is– Jun: Or, we can speak a little bit of English, like I could say, “Fish?” or “Meat?” Jun: “Salad?”, “Vegetables?”
Rachel: A lot of places will really try, if you go in and just attempt to communicate. Like, even if you have to use like, hand gestures. Jun: They always do, yeah.
Rachel: A lot of places are really friendly, and they’ll do their best. Jun: We just went to the best izakaya, and it was so tiny, but the workers were so nice. Rachel: Oh my gosh! We went with Simon and Martina. That one?
Jun: They couldn’t speak English very well, but he tried so hard to explain to me, it was so funny. Rachel: That– oh, that one was amazing. I think they made a video about it. Simon and Martina? Jun: Yeah, check them out.
Rachel: I’ll link it here if I can find it. That place was awesome! I love that place! And, yeah, and the food there was amazing! Jun: So, I hope this was helpful and if you have anything you can share with us, please let us know in the comments section. Jun: Thank you for watching!
Rachel: Alright, bye!
Jun: Bye!

100 thoughts on “TIPS AND ADVICE: The good and bad of traveling Japan”

  • In the Uk for your driving license, we have to pay for the lessons, theory test and practical test… which can add up to 1000-2000 GBP depending on how many lessons you take.

  • Drivers training is almost as expensive here in the Netherlands. € 1900, that is for 35 lessons and exams. 35 lessons is realistic for most people. And it's $2030.

  • In Germany it generally costs around 2000€ to get your drivers licence too including all the lessons. It could be a bit less or even more depending on how good you are/how many classes you have to take though.
    Trains can be pretty expensive in Germany too, 60€ for around 4 hours sounds legit. But I still think that's way too expensive even though I'm used to it

  • Freeways are free, Turnpikes are cheap, Tolls are not too bad, but I prefer the Japan way- Shinkansen.
    Oh question about pets: Can I have a big dog in Japan???? Please let me know

  • The toll in the US(except in the NYC) is insanely low. Last time I drove across America and the toll was like 30 bucks in total.

  • Travel actually doesn't seem that bad in Japan. I recently moved to Ohio from Tennessee. To go back and see my family it's about $600 for a round trip with a greyhound bus.

  • William Wutthichai says:

    This is a pretty late comment on the video, but I live in Thailand and it costed me less than $10 for my driver's licence test. Most private driving schools would not cost more than $150, but maybe the very reputable ones would set you back about $250. $2000 for the licence seems unimaginable to me!

  • Madison Leah Jones says:

    Maybe where Rachel is from is different but I live in California and simple food places like apples are 20$ a person

  • about pets stuff, it is so ridiculous that we japan still have a shops where living things are showcased and being sold.
    Peopl just come around the cages make some tweaky noises saying aaahhhhhh kawaiiiii cute look at themmmmm.
    that is bullshit. Both shops and the customers are responsible for this. those little monsters might be slaughtered if no one is interested in having them.
    its just we cant let them be born and die for nothing.

  • In my country, getting a license is approx. RM1500 (~39000¥). And it IS expensive for me, well some other places may charge cheaper but it will always approach the RM1000 (~25900¥). Idk if it is actually 300$ in America tho 😮

  • Natalie Hilling says:

    In Norway, you need to pay at least 2500$ for the driver licens with everything with courses andeverything that you need to have befour you can take the driver licens test. If you are bad at learning or things that you need to take more courses, you can come up too 3000-4000$. Go Norway!

  • Brittany Storey says:

    I live in Florida it's hard to find a place to eat besides fast food that's less than 15 for a decent meal…. the lowest is maybe 13 now… dunno could be due to the fact that Florida is largely a tourist/senior citizen state….

  • hmm i think rachels wrong thinking food in japan is more expensive…in america every sit down restaurant is usually about $8-12 per meal on average. When I was in tokyo last year meals were priced probably about $5-10. it's much cheaper to eat out in Tokyo than here

  • Transport is truly really expensive! I have lived in a couple of countries in central and western Europe and 75US dollars for tolls is a huge price for a 4-hour drive! Plus, most train tickets in the UK, for example, are less expensive than the price you mentioned for Japan.

  • I live in the Netherlands, we don't have to pay tolls at all, but to get a driver's license you often have to pay more than 2000 euros total…

  • SamuraiMarcelKibagami says:

    Hey hey there Rachel and Jun, one quick question here, what do you know about the one time purchase punch pass style cards for buses or trains in Japan, I'm thinking of purchasing that and then just using it on the days when I want to, I'm okay with buses or trains but I think I would like the buses because I enjoy slow travel it's more intimate to an experience of the land itself, i am mostly going to be hitchhiking but I would like to have a backup to get to certain locations with a punch pass card for buses or trains, not the shinkansen though cuz I don't want to spend like $700 on, that I just want a flexable punch pass card, ideally for cheap buses or cheap trains, the slower the better that's how I like to travel, I want the experience, Rich experiences for me are a major motivator In My Life for everything I think and do, notably, when it comes to travel, thanks again, big fan, and any information you could tell me would be greatly appreciated, thanks for your time in reading this, be well, keep rocking it, and both you keep being awesome, Marcel "the samurai" from Canada🗾⛩️🛫🌨️❄️😄

  • I got a JR pass when I went to Japan. We took the shinkansen 3 times, from Tokyo to Kyoto, Kyoto to Sendai, and Sendai to Tokyo. Th pass for two weeks is about $400, and with how much we used it, it was way worth it. However, if you are only staying in one area for a few days, it's probably be cheaper without it. I think in total I spent about $500 on transportation.

  • You keep saying how America is such a cheap country but that is absolutely not true. If you are drom rural areas then definitely but for most of the country the cost of daily living and other items are comparable to most European countries. A city like New York or Boston or LA is 10x more expensive.

  • Allison Hamilton says:

    When I got my license it was about 300 for driving school(practice) and driver's ed(theory) then another 50 for the permit and testing fees. This was California in 2007.

  • Useful tips- I'm heading out to Japan in a few months and trying to get to grips with public transport! It's got to better than Scottish public transport! Urgh… heh

  • I live in kansas some bigger rooms were converted to bedrooms thats like 7 or 8 bedrooms waters$ 80 electric $ 100 gas $ 32 ruffly

  • I feel like not getting the JR pass as it does not cover the Nozomi rides. I prefer getting to my stop a lot quicker and some route requires you to take the Nozomi instead of the Hikari. Oh about Housing, I think New Zealand is worst, the cost is just ridiculous.

  • Lukas Ljungcrantz says:

    I would say that we pay the same here, for drivers license (in Sweden). Sometimes there is like package-deals, where you get example 10 driving-classes as well as theory-classes, for a set price. The cheapest where I live is 800 dollars, but the highest is 2200 dollars. Those included different amount of classes, but only differed with like 5 classes.

  • Your apartment is 600$!? _ OMG! Here in lisbon you legit can't get a really small and decrepit (T0) studio apartment anywhere for under 600€, which is ridiculous because that exceeds our minimum wage!! The house renting market here is a nightmare T.T

  • wow.. I pay 1350 Euro rent for our apartment in Germany and I don't live far far out…. And that price is cheap compared to our neighbors.

  • Abigail Skywalker says:

    Grocery stores close at eight! what! I work at a grocery store and we're open 24/7 except on thanksgiving and Christmas.

    On public transportation in Japan, eh, i can live with the price. Public transport in America is cheap but unless your in a big city, it's crap. so you get what you pay for i guess.

  • Charlotte Louise Fosse says:

    License training in Norway cost about $3000-4000 minimum, depending on your own skills and how fast you learn. Most people pay around $6000, easily. So that part actually did not surprise me at all, however I do understand it is a bit extreme to people that grew up in countries with a different economy.

    I am truly looking forward to visiting Japan! Also I love your videos. They are so lovely to watch, arigatou gozaimasu!

  • Gloria Seely says:

    does Japan have a really dry area and how is there medical there I have level 4 COPD I would love to see Japan in my lifetime can I bring my oxygen

  • Krista Vaillancourt says:

    $25 for the test, the training is free if you join driver training from a public school in Canada.

  • Getting a drivers licence in Dubai is expensive too adding up ur class fee, admission fee and test it's around 2500 dollars and if u fail ur exam then even more!!!

  • I like Jun. He asks critical questions, and questions Rachel's "brag" når the US. He will for sure explore this when he goes there for himself.

    I love to see how he is a critical thinking human. Many people are not like him tho, any place in the world.

    I especially like when he said "yeah, if we were eating fast food we also could have done it under 2000 yen" 😂

  • Black Wolf Cosplay says:

    I'm always amazed by American prices, they usually seem to be priced the same as the UK e.g. so like, a $30 meal or clothing item the equivalent would also be £30 over here… But £30 is more expensive :'(

  • SantaGoneMad says:

    I would be so happy to only have to pay 70€ to get from Cologne to Berlin (in Germany) ONE WAY. It once was so cheap, one way being 43€. But now it‘s, like, 140€ for ONE WAY?!
    I don‘t like our Train System.
    Nobody does tbh. They are ALWAYS late!

  • MisterShoujo says:

    Company I worked at got soooo fed up with the whole receipt thing they started giving their travelers per diem XD

  • Francesco Mauro says:

    In Italy taking your driving license is around 7/800€ , but you can do the private exams with a cost around 600€. But public transportation are quite cheap here in Italy you can go to Rome from Milan, 570km, with 50€

  • It depends on how many times you need to drive the car and train and stuff like that but it can easily cost 2000 dollars here in Sweden as well, sure it can also cost as little as 800 dollars as well

  • In Norway it normally cost about 30 000 norwegian kroner to get you drivers licence while the cost in japan ($2000) is about 16 000 norwegian kroner. So there countries where it costs A LOT to get your drivers license, but then again Norway is a ridiculously expensive country overall xD

  • Anne van der Kolk says:

    In Holland your driving lessons and exam will probably cost something like 2500 euros in total. And that's excluding the cost for getting your actual license pass made. Also euros are worth more then dollars.. yay

  • sweden is about 2k dollars aswell and gas is about 1.7usd / Liter for gas. = Super expensive… haha (6.4usd a gallon)

  • California is REALLY expensive. Just hearing you guys paying $600 a month on apartment rent hurts me lol. I think for an apartment in my area (SoCal) could go from as low as 1200-1500 >.<

  • Here in Finland drivers license cost 2000 euro. But we have an option that your parents will teach you drive. They will make an "teaching exam" and a special break pedal will be installed on the passanger seat so the parent can stop the car if needed. I dont know howmuch those cost but then my licesnse was only something like 300€. But its very rarely used.

  • As for the driver license prices, it's between 200-700 euros to get yours in Portugal 🇵🇹
    It dependents where you get it, if it's in a busy city like Lisbon, it's about 230 euros but it can get as high as 700 in less populated areas because there's less competition.

  • to us some busses that drive across the country sometimes cost nothing at the end of winter and the beginning of autumn, and usually, it is about $10 or $20 it is really cheap

  • I guess it does depend on where you come from because I see people from all over the world: Latin Americas, Europe and Asia, Middle East and certain countries in Africa and everyone complains it is too expensive to live here. Maybe it depends on aspects of "living" you are talking about.

  • Honestly… Everything you're saying in this video reminds me a lot of NYC! The public transportation, the crowds, the tourists, the small "hole-in-the-wall" gems you can find, how accessible everything is, the price of apartments the closer you get to the big cities, the tourist public transportation passes… It makes me feel very privileged to have lived in NYC and makes me want to visit Japan all that much more 🙂

  • In Germany getting your driver's license is really expensive, too. Depending on how fast you learn and how many times you got to repeat the test it costs between 1700 and 2500 dollars.

  • 06:02 2000$ isn't expensive if you compare it to what you have to pay in Germany, so actually Japan is very cheap, just to answer Junes question how expensive it is in other countries.

  • Could you make a video where you explore and inform us about how accessible Japan is for people in wheelchairs, I think that would help me as an assistant and people who dream of going there but doesn’t know how accessible it is.

    Also, I’m from Sweden. And if I was going to take transportation for 10 minutes into the nearest town, it would cost me 165 USD. So for me, Japan is cheap. O.o if that’s 4 hours ride, and you don’t travel with other people

    I wish driving licence were cheaper here also, but it is what is. 2000 dollars if not more, I will be spending on it, it doesn’t exactly give people encouragement to get a driving licence, but it costs what it costs :/

    Also America is probably cheaper when it comes to fast food, but I think japan in general is very healthy in terms of how they cook. I think they focus a lot on what people put in their bodies. I think if you want a healthy meal in America you would pay a little bit more

  • Norwegian Reader says:

    In Norway taking a driver's license can cost anything from 15 000 – 30 000kr. This equals roughly 1200 – 3000 US dollars. Wouldn't say it is very expensive in Japan for that😅

  • Melanie Schaefer says:

    Actually, a license in Germany is usually around 2000€ as well, sometimes even more, depending on how many driving lessons you need.

  • When I was in Japan with a group, one waitress literally used her body to explain what part of the animal the meat came from to one of the group members. People in general are so willing to help.

  • Das Meerschweinchen says:

    I payed for my driving license about the same and I live in Germany. Also the train tickets have almost the same price.

  • Drivers licence courses and the exams in the Netherlands generally cost around 2300 euros (around 2600 dollars), so to me such a price it's too surprising.
    Also, the public transport fair enough in most areas, though expensive

    Though, if you want to cross the borders to Belgium or Germany, it's gonna take a long time compared to just crossing by car
    (There's no border control within most of the European Union, in case you forgot)

  • Jun seems like such a cool guy your super lucky Rachel I’m not jealous i just think your lucky cause I’m a straight man most of this comment was definitely unnecessary

  • Alexa Dalpedri says:

    Actually I found the convenience stores to be sooooo cheap in Tokyo! And they had 100 yen sushi places. You can't get anything for 88 cents in america.

  • It's like 3.5 usd to get a learning license here, and like 20 usd (after like 3 months or so & a test) to get your actual license

  • Here in Norway traveling by car has become really expensive! Some people get toll bills up to 900 dollar per month only by driving to work. A person normally gains 1 000 to 3 000 usd each month, so it's insane. (Many kids had to quit their after school activities after new toll stations came last year) 😢

  • Nightcore Angel says:

    A driver licence can be even more expensive in the Netherlands with an average of € 2.300, if you're lucky that is.

  • It's a little confusing talking about prices in American dollar when the price will ultimately be in yen and I am Canadian… maybe you could have the price in yen available on screen when you say in American dollar

  • Brianna McCullough says:

    Haha yes, Jun Freeways are roads paid for with Tax dollars. What do tax dollars go to if the roads are payed for EVERYTIME you use them?

  • Calhaora Lightsbane says:

    One question : Are there like "Monthly Tickets"? Like – you pay a set amount an you cant Travel in this duration as much as you want. o: in a Specific Area – at least its like this in Germany. I have a Ticket where I can travel a specific Line for one month as much as I want Back and Forth and the Busses associated with both Cities. But in Big Cities there Tickets that lets you travel the whole City.

  • Александра Минаева says:

    Jesus, here in Russia if you get a card called social card, you pay less than $7 for A MONTH of using subway. UNLIMITED. And I thought it was expensive.

  • life with lewie says:

    In my area of American which is Washington state, it's pretty much the same as japan expensive wise, fruits are like $3 -5 or studio apartments are like $650 without wsg and thats in a small town

  • Caroline Petritsch says:

    Im from switzerland and my drivers lisence cost me 3500 dollars 🙂 swizzyland is super expensive, probably like japan. Its crazy

  • 30-40 dollars is nothing for a day. You can spend that in one meal and it is acceptable to pay that for a restaurant. Europe Germany Uk and even Spain.

  • In Sweden, it is about 1000-1500$ or more to get a drivers license, if you know how to drive before you go to driving school I would say 800$, but If you do not know anything about driving you have to be prepared to spend like near 2000$ like start from the start 20 lessons pack is like 1500$ after that you have to spend about 300 dollars for different mandatory test. More or less be prepared to pay even over 2000$ for a drivers license in Sweden If you know how to drive before school probably 1000$ with luck as little as what? 500 -$

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