Many people who head to Japan for the first time get really excited. It’s a country like no other with so many things to do. Besides temples, futuristic cities and animal cafes, Tokyo Disneyland is one of the top attractions to see.
In case you didn’t know, Tokyo Disney has two theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Although Disney doesn’t own the park (they licensed the theme to the Oriental Land Company), they have creative control. That means everything you find in the parks was designed by Disney imagineers.
The real question is how much does it cost to go to Tokyo Disneyland? After all, if you’re spending all that money to fly to Japan, does it make sense to go to a theme park? The short answer is yes, even if you’re a casual Disney fan. The parks are surprisingly affordable and are pretty awesome. Here’s what a Tokyo Disney trip cost will look like.
Tokyo Disney trip cost
Estimated cost Airfare $800 Transportation $8 Accommodations $250 Tokyo Disneyland tickets $140 Food & drink $80 Random spending $100 Total $1,378 USD
The above estimate is based on US dollars. If you want to know what it costs in your local currency, use XE.com for the conversion. I’m assuming a single traveller who plans on visiting both Disneyland Japan parks. For reference, this is how much a Tokyo trip costs for one week.
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Okay, you’re obviously not flying all the way to Japan just to go to Tokyo Disney, but I’m factoring it into this budget for illustration purposes. Prices will differ depending on when and where you’re flying from, but I like to use $800 as an estimate. That’s about the price I pay to fly from North America.
Tokyo has two airports, Narita and Haneda. Haneda is much closer to the city and I recommend flying there if you can. Of course, Narita is the bigger airport, so most international carriers end up there. Both airports have direct train access to central Tokyo, so I wouldn’t worry too much about where your plane lands.
Getting to Tokyo Disneyland from Tokyo is easy as there’s a direct train. Here are the exact directions from Tokyo station.
- Take the JR Keiyo/Musashino line to the JR Maihama station
- Get off and walk 5 minutes to the entrance
The entire journey should only take you about 20 minutes. If you’re coming from Shinjuku station, it’s about 40 minutes total.
The route above is covered by your JR Pass (if you have one). If not, it’s ¥220 ($2) each way. Since you’re going to be travelling twice each day, for two days, you only need to budget $8 for transportation.
There are a few direct bus routes available from various spots around Tokyo including Narita airport, but most of the time it’ll be quicker to take the train.
I know you’re going to visit Disneyland Japan as part of a bigger trip, so for this Tokyo Disneyland cost guide, I’m just going to recommend two nights. That gives you one night for each park which should cost you $250 total or $125 a night.
You might want to check out my guides on how much does it cost to go to Tokyo and how much does it cost to go to Japan to get a better sense of how much your overall trip costs will be. Those guides are for 7 and 14 days respectively.
$125 a night may sound cheap or expensive depending on who you ask, but I find that to be the average price for a decent hotel in Tokyo. You won’t get a high-end property at that price, but you shouldn’t have an issue finding something in that price range.
Here are some cheap hotels in Tokyo that I recommend:
Now, if you want the full Tokyo Disneyland experience, you could stay at one of the four official Tokyo Disney hotels which are located on-site.
- Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
- Disney Ambassador Hotel
- Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
- Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel
These hotels will be about $25-75 a night more compared to what you’ll find in the city. Although it’s not that much more, I still recommend you stay in Tokyo proper. The reason I suggest this is that Tokyo Disney will be just a small part of your trip and you’ll likely spend additional days in Tokyo. It’ll just be more convenient for you to stay in the city for your entire trip.
That said, these official Tokyo Disney Hotels are cheaper compared to what you’ll find at Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim, so it might be worth splurging for the experience.
If you have the right credit card, you can save a fair amount of money on hotels. For example, Canadians should consider the BMO World Elite Mastercard since it typically has a sign up bonus of $250 when you charge $3,000 to your card in the first three months of card membership. This card does have an annual fee of $150 but it’s normally waived for the first year so you’re getting $250 for free. There’s also the Marriott Bonvoy American Express which gives you 51,000 Marriott Bonvoy points when you charge $3,000 to your card in the first three months. That’s enough points for up to five free nights at some hotels which could easily have a value of over $650.
Tokyo Disneyland tickets
What I like about the Tokyo Disneyland tickets cost is how many options you have. You can buy 1 to 4-day passports or you can even buy passports that will allow you to visit in the afternoon or evening at a discount.
Passports are just a fancy way of saying tickets, but I also like how tickets can be bought by age. E.g. Child (4-11), junior (12-17), adult (18-64), senior (65+). The reason this excites me is that most of the other Disney parks don’t do this. Here’s how much it costs for Disney Tokyo tickets:
1-Day Passport (single park)
- Child – ¥4,900
- Junior – ¥6,900
- Adult – ¥8,200
- Senior – ¥7,600
2-Day Passport (single park)
- Child – ¥8,800
- Junior – ¥12,600
- Adult/Senior – ¥14,800
Starlight Passport (from 3 p.m. on weekends and holidays)
- Child – ¥3,600
- Junior – ¥5,100
- Adult/Senior – ¥6,000
After 6 Passport (from 6 p.m. on weekdays)
- Child – ¥4,700
- Junior – ¥4,700
- Adult/Senior – ¥4,700
As you can see, there’s a bit of a discount if you buy the 2-day passport. Prices drop even further, per day if you buy 3-day or 4-day passports, but I don’t see why you would do that as there’s not that much to see so budget $140 for your Tokyo Disneyland tickets.
Unlike Disney World and Disneyland, there are no park hopper tickets available. However, You could buy a 1-day passport to Tokyo Disneyland and then get the after 6 passport for Tokyo Disneysea. I personally recommend just doing two days so you can enjoy each park. That said, if you’re going during the offseason, it’s not that hard to finish a park in half a day. The lines at Disneyland Japan are a fraction compared to Orlando and Anaheim.
Food and drink
When people start researching Tokyo Disney costs, they’re shocked to find out how little food and drink prices are. Sure, compared to Tokyo, the food is more expensive, but if you’ve ever been to Disney World, you’ll think Disney Tokyo is cheap.
Snacks such as pastries, ice cream, popcorn and churros are about ¥400 – 700 which is $3.75 – $6.50. Meals are in the ¥1,200 – 1,900 range ($11.15-$17.65). Some of these meals come as a combo which includes a drink and side. Note that in Japan, a combo is called a “set” and there is no tipping.
I would budget about $80 for food for those two days. That would cover one meal and snacks, but it doesn’t include what you would eat outside of the parks.
In my opinion, the food prices are fair. Definitely not as expensive as Disney World and Disneyland (do you see a theme here?). That said, Tokyo Disney has a lot of Tokyo Disneyland merchandise at restaurants that you’ll be very tempted to buy. For example, you can purchase pudding or ice cream that comes with a collectible cup. You can even get cake served on a collectible Alice in Wonderland plate.
If you go to the Tokyo Disneyland website, you’ll find the prices for most of the restaurants. Alternatively, Disney Tokyo allows you to bring food in so you can keep costs low if you prefer.
When I say random spending, I’m really referring to Tokyo Disney merchandise. Like all Disney theme parks, there are a lot of things to buy. The good thing is, it’s not the same merchandise you find at Disney World or at the Disney Store.
The Tokyo Disney merchandise seems to be focused on items that the Asian market is interested in. For example, there were quite a few themed hats. I don’t mean like a baseball hat, I mean a hat that you can put on your head that will make you look like Hamm from Toy Story or Pooh from Winnie the Pooh. There was also a ton of stationery which I’m surprised isn’t available in North America.
One other item I liked at Tokyo Disney was the credit card and coin wallets that you can wear around your neck. They come themed in all your favourite Disney characters.
Overall, I would budget about $100 for Tokyo Disney merchandise. You might not spend anywhere near that, but it wouldn’t be difficult to find things you want.
So how much does it cost to go to Tokyo Disneyland? I estimate you’ll spend $1,378 for two full days and that includes airfare. If you don’t count your flights, then it’ll cost you just $578 which is totally worth it.