Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun” has never ceased to lure tourists with its “the best of both worlds” kind of appeal. The ancient temples and avant-garde cities, MacDonald’s and Ramen Houses, scenic peaks and speedy trains, swinging cherry blossoms and effervescent billboard ads and plasma boards, etc. – never failed to draw visitors. Yet, traveling to Japan is not something that can be whimsically done, being one of the most expensive cities in the world.
Japan, particularly Tokyo, has always been an “expensive proposition” for any traveler. The info that Japan will be on its cheapest this winter and beyond is indeed welcome news. Read this in Natalie Paris’ post in the Telegraph Travel – Destinations Section – The Cheapest Long-haul Holiday Destinations Revealed. She writes:
“Japan is cheaper than it has been for a long time, according to new figures rating the best value long-haul destinations this winter,
Typically thought of as a pricey, if popular destination, the good news is that the cost of holidaying in Japan’s capital, Tokyo, is now half what it was in 2013. It is now the third-cheapest long-haul destination on a list compiled by Post Office Travel Money.
Japan offers a multitude of reasons for us to go and experience it but best of all, Japan rewards its visitors with gracious hospitality from its people.”
What is Making Tokyo More Affordable for UK Travelers in 2015
After being compared to 10 long-haul destinations, Japan stood as one of the relatively affordable destinations starting the last quarter of 2015 for the UK travelers. This is thought to be a result of the improved strength of the UK pounds and the accompanying reduction in the prices of the local products. For this reason, Japan is great-value destination for British tourists. Costs of foods, hotels, flights and other goods have all gone down. If these economic factors would persist, the affordability of Japan is expected to stay on until the early or the most parts of 2016.
Tokyo Travel 2016
The stronger sterling has made Japan more within reach by any average British traveler. This made this Asian country more alluring than ever as a long-haul destination for the Britons. Along with some practical tips, even backpackers can enjoy this “once in a blue moon” opportunity to see the prized attractions in the usually steeply-priced destination in Asia.
Other Asian Great-value Destinations for the Britons
If you are building a short bucket list of cheap destinations for 2016, it would be worthwhile to consider the list in the post. According to this list, there are other Asian destinations that British travelers should keep within their radar. Bali is “on-sale.” Having a “sterling exchange rate gains of more than 15 per cent,” it is literally the cheapest destination in Asia. Next is Japan.
Aside from Bali and Japan, you may also expect great-value travels in destinations, such as Malaysia, “Phuket in Thailand, Hoi An in Vietnam and Seoul in South Korea” as well. Meanwhile, take note that Cape Town in South Africa ranked next to Bali for being the cheapest among the compared destinations.
If you are trying to stay away from expensive destinations, avoid Costa Rica (except for Tamarindo, which remains to be the 10the cheapest destination in the list). The weaker value of sterling against the US dollar made the Caribbean and the United States less affordable for many travelers for the time being. Rather, than go the Unites States or the Caribbean, it will be to any British traveler’s advantage to opt for Australia.