I’ve broken the costs down as follows:
|Getting to Temple 1||¥172,478|
|Drinks from vending machines||¥13,800|
As of 7 Dec 2014, this total amount of ¥406,484 converts into GBP as £2,144 and into USD as $3,338.
The full breakdown is as follows:
GETTING TO TEMPLE 1
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Accommodation||# of nights||Cost|
|Henro Hut / Outside||4||¥0|
|Total paid accom||27||¥111,805|
|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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Very comprehensive and detailed! Will def help others about budgeting if/when they attempt this walk. Good job!
Thanks Nicholas 🙂
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!?
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.
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 🙂
It certainly is a special experience. I’m walking the Kumano Kodo now and can highly recommend this too.
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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!
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!!
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?
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!