General Tokyo info
Please note that these are estimates of actual housing and food costs, and should be used for planning purposes only; we expect that the real costs will be very close to these, but there may be some variation. (Costs as of 2012 convention period.)
Tanteidan Cost Details:
You will, of course, be responsible for your own airfare to/from Japan.
For housing, budget Y7,000 per night at the business hotel. Please note that August is a busy travel season in Japan, and we expect that housing will be in tight supply - all housing arrangements will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, so contact us soon if you want housing help. We will work out specific costs for everyone's hotel stays via email. The hotel takes Visa and Mastercard (plus some other, less-common cards) and you must pay for your room when you check in - so make sure you have enough balance on your card to cover the entire cost of your stay.
As foreign attendees, we are exempt from paying convention fees, but if you want to buy a copy of the convention book, it should be about Y3000.
At the Tanteidan convention, we can have lunch at the university cafeteria on Saturday, and it's pretty inexpensive (Y1000 or so). On Saturday night, the reception/dinner will be something like Y5000, and the boxed lunch on Sunday, if available, around Y1500.
As for general money-spending... trips on the train/subway are usually a couple of hundred yen; breakfasts, depending on what you buy, Y500-Y1000; lunches are Y1000-Y2000 (though of course you can get much fancier); and dinners (not fancy) are Y2000-Y3000. Sodas and iced drinks in vending machines are Y100 or Y150. In other words, not unlike a big city in the US. Yes, you can spend hundreds of dollars on a steak dinner, but we won't be going anywhere like that!
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