How to Travel Japan on a $40 Budget - Day 14 Kyoto 5/6

Can you travel Japan on just 40$ a day? We have 1 month in Japan to figure that out. Follow our blog to see how we travel Japan on a tight budget.

Where are we today?

Kyoto, Japan.

We’re here trying to save some cash while experimenting with traveling at a slower pace. We have one final day after today to prepare for the WWOOF experience we’ve been talking about forever.

Where did we stay in Kyoto?

We’re at Kyotokko once more for the 4th day. Being the cheapest option around, it helps us in reaching our goal of $40 a day in Japan.

What did we explore today in Kyoto?

We savored 1000 years of time through Kitano Tenmangu


This temple built in CE 947 features several ox statues and plum trees dispersed throughout. It is said the oxen are representative of scholastic success and achievement, and several of those wishing academic success frequently visit the Kitano Tenmangu shrine.

We didn’t plan on visiting, but it was nearby Kinkaku Temple so we checked it out. We’re glad we discovered it by chance, for it had a lot of history and beauty to offer.

We attempted to visit the Hirano Jinga Shrine

The area was closed off due to renovations within the shrine itself, so currently we can’t recommend it to anyone visiting the area. There were some wonderous gates before the entrance, but that’s all we saw.

We witnessed the shining glare of the Kinkaku Temple


Being the highlight of our short day, the Kinkaku Temple boasts some of the most historic depth in the area. Since it is one of the most iconic buildings in all of Japan, there is definitely no shortage of visitors. We arrived about ten minutes before opening and there was a crowd of at least a hundred waiting for admittance.

The Golden Pavilion definitely did not disappoint, with all off the floors being constructed from a different style and the top two floors being covered in golden leaf. The first floor was built in the Shinden style, the second Bukke style, and the third in the style of a Chinese Zen Hall.

It was well worth the ¥400 admittance fee and jostling through the dense crowds to experience this marvel. We highly recommend it to anyone visiting Kyoto!

We ended the day on a good note, and headed back to relax for the evening. 

How much did we end up spending today?

Food: ¥1272 / $11.28

Transport: $0

Lodging: ¥200 / $17.76

Sightseeing: ¥400 / $3.55

Other: $0

Total: ¥3665 / $32.59

Did we make our budget of $40 today? 

Cutting back on expenditures is hard with our sense of adventure, but it was a sure yes today! Walking everywhere allowed us to pinch pennies and get some exercise to boot.

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Until then, safe travels!