After all these years I finally made it to Japan! I just couldn’t do all these Asian countries and just skip my all-time-favorite. And so far, Japan isn’t that expensive as everyone says it is. You have a decent hotel room for €40 a night and food wise you can make it as cheap or expensive as you like. The only pricey part is transportation, but even this isn’t too bad. Depending on the places you visit and the time you spend there it might be worthwhile to get a Japan Rail Pass. But this is not always the cheapest option! After you figured out your itinerary check the railway prices at Hyperdia.com to calculate if the JR Pass is actually a better deal for you.
I’m in Japan for 14 days and got a 7-day pass for €200 back in Singapore (you can only get this pass outside of Japan). When I leave Kyoto after 5 days, the JR Pass begins; during these 7 days I’ll travel from Kyoto to Hiroshiyama, Miyajima, Koyasan, Nikko and Tokyo. In Tokyo I will stay for another 5 days before I fly to my next destination.