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Japan is known for its rich culture, delicious cuisine, and bustling cities, making it an exciting destination to do an internship. From taking advantage of public transit to cooking at home, there are many easy ways to cut costs and maximize your savings. Here are some tips to help you save money during your internship in Japan.

Use public transportation

Utilizing public transportation instead of taxis is one of the most effective ways to save money during your internship in Japan. Taxis are expensive, and if used frequently, can quickly add up to a significant amount. Public transportation in Japan is extensive, efficient, and cost-effective, making it a great alternative to taxis. The extensive network of trains, subways, and buses provide convenient and reliable transportation options to get you where you need to go. Additionally, purchasing a PASMO or SUICA card can also help you save money on fares and make it more convenient to use public transportation. By relying on public transportation instead of taxis, you can significantly reduce your daily expenses and maximize your savings.

Cook your own meals

Cooking meals at home instead of eating out is a simple way to save money during your internship in Japan. The country is famous for its delicious cuisine, but eating out every day can be costly and add up quickly. On the other hand, shopping for groceries and cooking at home allows you to control the cost of your meals and save money in the long run. You can purchase ingredients at local markets or supermarkets, and try cooking traditional Japanese dishes, such as sushi, ramen, and tempura, to save even more. Not only will you save money, but you'll also get the chance to immerse yourself in the culture and learn new cooking skills. With a little bit of effort, you can enjoy delicious meals while keeping your expenses in check!

Set a budget

Setting a budget and sticking to it is a crucial step to saving money. It’s easy to overspend if you don't have a plan in place. To avoid this, it's important to create a budget that accounts for all of your expenses, including housing, food, transportation, and entertainment. Make sure to include a reasonable amount for discretionary spending, but also set limits to avoid overspending. Once your budget is set, stick to it as closely as possible. Avoid shopping for non-essential items. Track your spending and regularly review your budget to ensure you are on track. Making adjustments as needed will help you stay within your budget and reach your savings goals during your internship in Japan. Setting a budget and sticking to it, is a great tool to take control of your finances.

Use cash instead of credit cards

Opting for cash instead of credit cards can help you prevent overspending and save money during your internship in Japan. It's common to lose track of your spending when using credit cards, and overspending can quickly add up. By using cash, you have a tangible limit to your spending, and it's easier to keep track of what you have spent and what you have left. Additionally, carrying only a limited amount of cash can prevent impulsive purchases and help you stick to your budget. If you need to make a large purchase, consider using a debit card instead of a credit card, which will allow you to access your own funds and avoid accumulating debt.

Stay in a budget-friendly accommodation 

Staying in a budget-friendly accommodation can help you save money. There are many expensive hotels and traditional ryokan inns in Japan, but there are also affordable options available that can help you keep your costs down. You could stay in a budget-friendly accommodation like a dorm or share house from our partner Oakhouse. They frequently offer meetups and organize fun activities, as a way to socialize with both locals and other foreigners. If you’re traveling in Japan, consider staying in a capsule hotel, which offers a compact and affordable sleeping space, or a homestay, which allows you to stay with a local family and experience authentic Japanese culture. 

No matter what your preference, we can help you compare the costs of different accommodation options before making a decision. By choosing a budget-friendly accommodation, you can reduce your housing expenses and make the most of your internship experience in Japan while staying within your budget.

If you need any help or advice about setting a budget during your internship in Japan, feel free to make an appointment with us. We are always willing to help!