How to Travel Japan On A $40 Budget- Day 5

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?

Lake Kawaguchiko.

We extended a couple days in Lake Kawaguchiko because we enjoyed the area and decided that we were going to attempt to summit Mt. Fuji the following day. (Little did we know we would be enclosed in snow! More on that tomorrow.)

Where to stay in Kawaguchiko?


We stayed another night in K's House Hostel. The staff here were friendly and gladly fulfilled our request to extend for another 2 days. The hostel is quite roomy which is helpful when everyone is lugging around a lot of gear.

The only negative is that there was no curtains or privacy in the room, as there are just bunk beds across one another. However it’s the lights and noise that get us, not the curtains.

What did we explore today?

We roamed through Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba


We started off the morning by catching the bus to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.


Although not what we had imagined originally, this recreated village was still worth viewing. One can only imagine what the lifestyle of the inhabitants was like at the time, but this depiction does a decent job at displaying what it may have been like.

The entrance fee is 350 yen, which fits the budget pretty well. If you’re tip toeing the line between going, see it. Inside there is also a shop where you can dress up in samurai armor and traditional clothing. Might just be worth the try!

We gawked at the unbelievable beauty of Lake Kawaguchiko


Due to the rainy weather and wanting to save our energy to hike Fuji the following day, we decided to climb back on the bus and head back to the hostel.

The bus route runs along the perimeter of Lake Kawaguchiko, and instead of sitting in awe at the magnificent landscape, we hopped off the bus to take a closer look. 

This ended up being a wondrous opportunity to take plenty of photos and enjoy the sprinkles of rain under some outdoor shelter; couple that with some running and handstands, we were charged up in nature.

We lounged and got some work done at the hostel


After some time enjoying the lake, we headed back to K's House to hang out with other guests and get some work done on the laptop for Polywander.

Traveling can disrupt your daily rituals. It’s good to take some time to rest, kick back, and catch up on yourself as a self-care practice. We journal, meditate, and otherwise reset as night comes to pass and we head off to sleep. :)

How much did we spend?

Food: $33.53

We stocked up on a few meals worth of food for Mount Fuji, so our expenditure in this area was higher for the day. 

Transport: $0 (Pasmo card was loaded)

Lodging: ¥2500 / $22.27

Sightseeing: ¥350 / $3.11

Other: $0

Total: ¥6632 / $58.91

Did we make it today?

Although we clearly exceeded our budget, our expense for food would be our breakfast and snacks for Mount Fuji tomorrow. So we count today as a win/lose. No, we didn’t hit our mark but sometimes preparation helps!

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Until tomorrow..