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It can be hard to judge how much you will spend in a week as it depends on how active you are, the kind of food you eat, etc. Here are the prices of some common things to give you an idea of the kind of expenditure you will look at (bear in mind that the prices are very approximate, and that they will vary by city - for example, Tokyo is much more expensive than Fukuoka):

General prices of things
description price

Dinner with drinks in a restaurant

A movie

A 10-minute taxi ride

A beer

Dinner at McDonalds

Entry to an art gallery

An anime DVD

A ride on the subway

A concert by a famous musician


Sample Budget
description Recommended weekly budget

Transport (between school & accommodation)


Activities (incl. karaoke, movies etc)



In general, Fukuoka is the least expensive of the three cities. Food and accommodation will both run you cheaper than in Tokyo and Kyoto, however, public transport is more expensive. Then again, Fukuoka is relatively small, so it's possible to walk to many of the destinations you need to reach!

In Kyoto and Tokyo, beware of tourist traps that will charge you an inordinate amount of money for food and/or services. The number one best way to avoid this is to ask our staff, or your fellow classmates in school, where the best/cheapest places are at!

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Head Office

Hakataekihigashi 1-16-23,
Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi 812-0013,

+81 (0)92 472 0123

Tokyo School

Hanazono Bldg 3F, Shinjuku 5-17-6,
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022,

+81 (0)3 6457 3554

Kyoto School

Hayashi Bldg 2F, Shimizuchō (Kawaramachidōri), 454-1,
Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto-shi 600-8025,

+81 (0)75-353-0003


Meieki-Nagata Bldg 4F, Meieki 3-26-19, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0002,

+81 (0)52-433-3152