Japan Tops Long Haul Holiday Value Chart!
Book your winter break to Japan now! Tokyo has leapfrogged Cape Town to rank as the best value long haul destination from the UK, according to new research by the Post Office.
Japan’s capital Tokyo has eclipsed all its competitors - including Cape Town, which bagged the no.1 spot last year - to emerge as the best value destination for UK holidaymakers according to a report by the Post Office. Tokyo topped the list as the most affordable city in the Post Office’s tenth annual Long Haul Holiday Report, which compares the price of ten holiday essentials, from a cup of coffee and a bottle of local lager to a three-course evening meal.
The report found that the Japanese capital now offers the lowest price out of a total of 30 popular cities and beach resorts surveyed for a ‘basket’ of ten tourist staples. The price for the ‘basket’ of ten typical tourist items in Tokyo, including meals and drinks, was calculated at less than £50. In fact, the ‘basket’ of ten essential tourist buys costs just £48.90 in Tokyo, compared to £64.50 in Cape Town, making Tokyo 24% cheaper than its closest competitor.
Tokyo also offers the cheapest evening meal, with a dinner for two people including a bottle of wine costing just £35.02 - all the more impressive when you consider that the city boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world, even Paris and New York.
Once seen as one of the most expensive cities in the world, Tokyo is now the cheapest long-haul destination for UK travellers. The city, which is due to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, is now about 25% cheaper than this year’s runner-up, Cape Town. And local costs in Tokyo are less than a third of those of Rio de Janeiro, which was ranked as this year’s most expensive destination, with a total basket price of £160.
Tourist costs in Tokyo are 23% lower than they were a year ago, and this year’s ‘basket’ cost roughly half of what the same ‘basket’ would have cost even just a few years ago in 2013 (£103.58). The recent drop in prices is thanks to a mix of strong competition between restaurants, bars and cafes coupled with the downward spiral of the yen.
Japan is currently one of the destinations in hottest demand according to the latest bookings figures from long haul tailormade holiday specialist Travelbag, which helped research and cross-check the figures for the Post Office report. Bookings for Japan are up almost 23% compared with a year ago. Isn’t it time you visited Japan?
How To Travel Japan on a Budget
Most daily necessities can be picked up for moderate prices at local pharmacies, and Japan’s famous 100 Yen shops offer incredible value or money on all manner of items, from daily essentials to snacks and souvenirs. For entertainment, local festivals and events offer an ideal way to mix with the locals while spending very little, and entry to most temples and shrines is either free or paid entry for as little as £2-3.
The latest results should help cement Japan’s growing reputation as one of the most affordable long haul destinations from the UK. Japan has something to suit travellers of all budgets, from luxury ski resorts and Michelin-starred haute cuisine to cosy but basic capsule hotels and smokey backstreet noodle joints. Now is your chance to experience Japan for even cheaper than ever.
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