Expenses – How much did it actually cost?

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I’ve broken the costs down as follows:

Getting to Temple 1 ¥172,478
Food ¥64,427
Drinks from vending machines ¥13,800
Accommodation ¥98,675
Temple Stamps ¥27,100
Other costs ¥30,004
GRAND TOTAL ¥406,484

As of 7 Dec 2014, this total amount of ¥406,484 converts into GBP as £2,144 and into USD as $3,338.

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The full breakdown is as follows:

GETTING TO TEMPLE 1

Date Item Price More details
03-Oct Flight ¥107,893 Paid GBP £580, London to Kansai Airport via Doha with Qatar
04-Oct Sim card rental ¥34,630 Softbank counter at airport, this was for phone calls only, no data
04-Oct Airport hotel ¥6,950 Kansai Airport Spa Hotel Garden Palace
04-Oct Dinner ¥300 Pot noodles from hotel
05-Oct Bus to Tokushima ¥4,100 Limousine Bus from Kansai Airport
05-Oct Tokushima Hotel ¥6,480 Toyoko Inn Tokushima Ekimae, incl breakfast
05-Oct Dinner in Tokushima ¥1,000 Ramen & beer
06-Oct Train to Temple 1 ¥260 JR Kotoku line from Tokushima to Bando station
06-Oct Henro Gear from Temple 1 ¥10,865 Hat, white vest, stole, bag, name slips, stamp book, bell and first temple stamp
Total in JPY ¥172,478

As of 7 Dec 2014, this total amount of ¥172,478 converts into GBP as £910 and into USD as $1418.

 

DAILY EXPENSES (food, drinks, accom, temple stamps, other costs)

Date Food Vending machine drinks Accom Temple Stamps Other costs & description Accom details
06-Oct ¥1,583 ¥300 ¥0 ¥1,200 ¥0 Camped in a carpark near temple 6
07-Oct ¥2,351 ¥300 ¥0 ¥1,500 ¥499 sunscreen Henro hut next to Kamonoyu bath house
08-Oct ¥0 ¥300 ¥4,000 ¥600 ¥0 Sudachi-kan pension after Temple 12, incl dinner, breakfast and entry to bath house
09-Oct ¥1,200 ¥300 ¥3,500 ¥1,500 ¥0 Business Hotel Avanti, Tokushima
10-Oct ¥910 ¥300 ¥0 ¥600 ¥0 Camped behind Hinanosato Katsuura Services stop
11-Oct ¥649 ¥300 ¥6,300 ¥600 ¥0 Japanese Inn, Sasanka, next to Temple 22, incl dinner and breakfast
12-Oct ¥636 ¥300 ¥300 ¥300 ¥0 Campsite Ebisuhama
13-Oct ¥991 ¥300 ¥0 ¥300 ¥0 Camped at services stop in Hiwasa
14-Oct ¥754 ¥300 ¥3,500 ¥0 ¥0 Tebajima Guesthouse, Tebajima island, incl dinner and breakfast
15-Oct ¥2,105 ¥300 ¥0 ¥0 ¥300 bath entry Camped next to restaurant & onsen at services stop in Shishikui
16-Oct ¥776 ¥300 ¥0 ¥0 ¥0 Slept outside at closed down junior high school, route 55
17-Oct ¥547 ¥300 ¥0 ¥900 ¥0 Slept outside next to a shrine in Muroto city
18-Oct ¥1,866 ¥300 ¥5,000 ¥300 ¥0 Yamatoya Ryokan, Aki city
19-Oct ¥1,513 ¥300 ¥0 ¥600 ¥0 Henro hut, “Kamohara”
20-Oct ¥6,118 ¥300 ¥3,500 ¥600 ¥0 Business Hotel Town Centre, Kochi
21-Oct ¥814 ¥300 ¥0 ¥1,200 ¥0 Tsuyado at Temple 35
22-Oct ¥1,722 ¥300 ¥0 ¥300 ¥0 Camped in a henro hut in Tosa-kure
23-Oct ¥300 ¥0 ¥300 ¥0 Camped in a henro hut “Saga” next to Kobushi-no-sato Onsen
24-Oct ¥1,410 ¥300 ¥3,500 ¥0 ¥735 poncho & pens Pension Shimanto, Shimanto city
25-Oct ¥2,359 ¥300 ¥4,000 ¥0 ¥0 Pension Anshuku, Shimonokae
26-Oct ¥300 ¥4,000 ¥300 ¥0 Pension Anshuku, Shimonokae
27-Oct ¥1,689 ¥300 ¥0 ¥300 ¥0 Camped in a henro hut after a bridge in Sukumo city
28-Oct ¥2,226 ¥300 ¥0 ¥300 ¥500 bath entry Camped in Sunokawa park
29-Oct ¥0 ¥300 ¥4,000 ¥0 ¥2,075 new phone charger & batteries Kikusui Business Hotel, Uwajima
30-Oct ¥1,763 ¥300 ¥0 ¥900 ¥0 Tsuyado at Toyogahashi Bangai Temple #8, Ozu city
31-Oct ¥1,261 ¥300 ¥3,500 ¥0 ¥0 Omogo Ryokan, Kumokogen
01-Nov ¥0 ¥300 ¥0 ¥600 ¥0 Tsuyado at Temple 47
02-Nov ¥2,320 ¥300 ¥2,000 ¥1,500 ¥7,940 souveniers, massage & bath Dogo Ai Guesthouse, Matsuyama
03-Nov ¥4,870 ¥300 ¥2,000 ¥0 ¥9,515 new socks, massage & bath Dogo Ai Guesthouse, Matsuyama
04-Nov ¥980 ¥300 ¥0 ¥600 ¥0 Asanami Daishido
05-Nov ¥591 ¥300 ¥0 ¥600 ¥0 Tokunaga family residence, Imabari (people I met on the trail)
06-Nov ¥0 ¥300 ¥0 ¥0 ¥0 Tokunaga family residence, Imabari (people I met on the trail)
07-Nov ¥500 ¥300 ¥3,700 ¥1,200 ¥0 Shikishima Ryokan, Iyo Mishima
08-Nov ¥1,150 ¥300 ¥0 ¥1,500 ¥0 Hagyu-An Zenkonyado & free obento dinner from Hokke Hokke
09-Nov ¥1,262 ¥300 ¥3,000 ¥0 ¥0 Taisei-so Ryokan, Misuima
10-Nov ¥300 ¥300 ¥0 ¥600 ¥0 Tsuyado at Temple 66
11-Nov ¥2,868 ¥300 ¥3,800 ¥1,200 ¥0 Motodai Business Hotel, Kanonji
12-Nov ¥760 ¥300 ¥5,800 ¥1,500 ¥0 Zentsuji Temple Shukubo, (Temple 75)
13-Nov ¥3,421 ¥300 ¥3,500 ¥1,200 ¥0 Azusa Minshuku, Takamatsu
14-Nov ¥1,669 ¥300 ¥4,275 ¥1,200 ¥0 City Hotel Business Hotel, Takamatsu
15-Nov ¥2,646 ¥300 ¥3,500 ¥900 ¥0 Azumaya Ryokan, next to Temple 87
16-Nov ¥967 ¥300 ¥3,300 ¥600 ¥0 Shiokaze Minshuku, near Hiketa station
17-Nov ¥1,000 ¥300 ¥4,350 ¥300 ¥1,770 postcards Toyoko Inn Tokushima Ekimae, incl breakfast
18-Nov ¥1,080 ¥300 ¥4,350 ¥0 ¥800 sightseeing Toyoko Inn Tokushima Ekimae, incl breakfast
19-Nov ¥1,800 ¥300 ¥5,000 ¥1,000 ¥5,870 transport from Tokushima to Koyasan Muryokoin Temple, Koyasan, incl dinner & breakfast
20-Nov ¥1,000 ¥300 ¥5,000 Muryokoin Temple, Koyasan, incl dinner & breakfast
Total Food Vending machine drinks Accom Temple Stamps Other costs  
JPY ¥64,427 ¥13,800 ¥98,675 ¥27,100 ¥30,004

 

ACCOMMODATION BREAKDOWN

Accommodation # of nights Cost
Tent 9 ¥300
Henro Hut / Outside 4 ¥0
Tsuyado 4 ¥0
Zenkonyado 1 ¥0
Daishido 1 ¥0
Family home 2 ¥0
Hostel 3 ¥7,500
Minshuku 2 ¥6,800
Pension 5 ¥21,800
Ryokan 5 ¥18,700
Temple Shukubo 3 ¥15,800
Business Hotel 8 ¥34,255
Airport Hotel 1 ¥6,950
Total camp/hut/free 21 ¥300
Total paid accom 27 ¥111,805
Total nights 48 ¥112,105

 

Why 48 days?
1 Airport hotel on arrival
1 Tokushima hotel night before starting
45 Days from Temple 1 to Koyasan
1 A second night in Koyasan

 

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10 responses to “Expenses – How much did it actually cost?

  1. Very comprehensive and detailed! Will def help others about budgeting if/when they attempt this walk. Good job!
    -Nicholas

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  2. I loved your blog. So much great information. I’m sure I will pour over it again when planning my trip. WHAT HAPPENED TO DAVE!?

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    • Hi Jake,
      Thanks, I’m glad you like it and I hope it will help you with your planning. Dave was injured on the trail unfortunately and had to leave. There’s lots of steep, slippery paths so take care when you’re out there.
      Kat

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  3. I just found your site. I’ll definitely come back here as I’m very interested in your henro experiences. I did the walk in the spring of 2010 during my spring holiday from my exchange university in Kyoto. It was the most rewarding experience of my exchange year 🙂

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  4. Hi there! Thank you for putting such a great blog! Quick question – my partner and I will be walking in September. How does the charging for the accomodation work? Do they charge per room in the hostels / ryokan etc or is this cost per person? We were wondering if 2 people shared a room – whether it would be cheaper or the same cost?
    Thank you so much for your help!

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    • Hi Cathy,
      In Ryokans & Minshukus the price is usually per person so there’s no cost saving by having more people in the same room. In business hotels on the other hand, the cost is usually per room. Have a great time!!

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  5. Wow, amazing blog! You’re helping so many people to plan their own great trips with all your details! 🙂
    I’ve travelled by myself Japan once before and felt very safe but how was it traveling in the countryside and sleep outdoors as a female on your own? And how about phone signal and wifi availability on the route?
    Also, one more question if you dont mind 🙂 How much weight did you carry?

    Thank you!

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    • Hi Louise,
      Thanks for your comment, I’m just back from another walking trip along the Kumano Kodo in Japan. To answer your questions:
      I generally feel very safe in Japan and when I was sleeping outdoors on the Shikoku Pilgrimage I was mainly worried about critters like the Mukade centipede and snakes, rather than humans.
      For phone service, I rented a Japanese Sim card from the airport just for phone calls (no data) but this was very expensive and I wouldn’t do it again. Data was hard to come by other than finding it for free at convenience stores. If you want data, you could possibly rent a wifi dongle thing from the airport which would also allow you to make phone calls using Skype or something similar.
      I carried way too much on that trip, but I’ve gone through my packing list and updated it with what I would take if I were to do it again, and it’s much more streamlined 🙂
      Have a wonderful time!
      Kat

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