How to Travel Japan On $40 A Budget- Day 7

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?

Matsumoto, Japan. 

After our stint at Lake Kawaguchiko, we packed our bags and carried onward with our journey.

We wanted to stop in the Matsumoto area for the day to check out some castles nearby before heading toward Kyoto. 

Where to stay in Matsumoto?

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We reserved a stay at the Thank You Hippopotamus Hostel for the evening.

Although a rather interesting name, this hostel had everything we needed for a comfortable stay- plus a bench, a couple free weights, and complimentary protein powder. Can't beat some free gainzzz!

It's situated right next to Matsumoto Castle, making it a quick walk or even shorter bike ride. They offered a couple free bikes that we used being the earliest awake!  Having morning rituals always gets us ahead for the day. 

What did we explore today in Matsumoto?

We felt the righteousness of Fuji-san from a distance

Our day consisted of buses, trains, and some good, old-fashioned walking. Upon leaving the hostel, we were greeted with warm sunshine and Fuji-san standing tall in the distance. 

Mt. Fuji rises high into the clouds on a warm morning

Mt. Fuji rises high into the clouds on a warm morning

We finally had the opportunity to see the summit clearly, and almost considered trying to climb it again!

Deciding otherwise since we booked hostels ahead of us, we hopped on the bus toward the train station, from which we boarded and zoomed off to Matsumoto.

We stepped back in time to tour the Kofu Castle

The Kofu Castle sits perched atop a stone wall.

The Kofu Castle sits perched atop a stone wall.

We had to transfer trains in Kofu City, so we figured we could take a look at the Kofu Castle. It's a great stop for the area, and free. Definitely worth the look if in the area. 

From there, we climbed back onto the train north to Matsumoto.

We saw the Floating Castle of Suwa

The Takashima Castle, although reconstructed, still looks mighty powerful

The Takashima Castle, although reconstructed, still looks mighty powerful

We hopped off again shortly before Matsumoto to view Takashima Castle. We couldn't get enough of these old relics...

After that, we finished the day by grabbing some cheap food from 7-11 and checking into our hostel for the evening. It was too late for Matsumoto castle, but we were excited to check it out the following morning!

How much did we spend?

Food: ¥1655 / $14.76

Transport: ¥1998 / $17.82

Lodging: ¥2461 / $21.96

Sightseeing: $0

Other: $0

Total: ¥6114 / $54.54

Did we make it today?

Even with avoiding paying the entrance fees for the castles and eating mindfully, we still overshot our budget for the day. So, today was a no . 

Although we are consciously making an effort to reduce our expenditures, it is proving difficult to maintain our budget. With several months left in our travels, it is essential we formulate a method for healthy spending habits.

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