Tokyo Metro 24-hour Ticket and Tokyo Subway Ticket

If you want to do loads in central Tokyo all in one day, this pass is perfect.  The Tokyo Metro Open Ticket provides unlimited travel on all Tokyo Metro lines. In addition, there is a new pass, the Tokyo Subway Ticket, that also includes use of the Toei Subway lines. What does it cost? Tokyo Metro 24-hour Ticket: AdultsContinue reading “Tokyo Metro 24-hour Ticket and Tokyo Subway Ticket”

Get a Japan Rail Pass

Japan Rail Pass is usually the best rail pass for any budget traveler in Japan.  It allows unlimited travel on all JR (national rail) trains all over Japan, including the Shinkansen (bullet) trains. 7, 14 and 21 day passes are available.  Perfect if you are here on a 1-3 week holiday. Be sure to checkContinue reading “Get a Japan Rail Pass”

Kyoto City Bus All-day Pass

Buses are the best way to get around Kyoto.  The subway system is not as good as other cities and this super cheap pass is a great way to go all over the city.  This pass provides unlimited travel on the city buses for one day. What does it cost? A one day pass isContinue reading “Kyoto City Bus All-day Pass”

Seishun 18: Cheap Nation-wide ticket

While the Japan Rail Pass is more popular, the Seishun 18 pass can offer much better value for money if you don’t mind longer journey times.  It provides 5 days of unlimited travel anywhere in Japan on local and rapid JR trains (the national rail companies). What does it cost? 11,500 yen (2300 per day). When canContinue reading “Seishun 18: Cheap Nation-wide ticket”

Arashiyama Bamboo Groves

Why pay to enter a garden when you can walk through some very Japanesy bamboo groves! The Arashiyama Bamboo Groves make a nice walk or cycle ride for people who want to experience the quiet, tranquil side of Japan. Top Tips The Arashiyama area in general makes for a nice scroll, after going through the bamboo groves.Continue reading “Arashiyama Bamboo Groves”

Gion Geisha District

Want to see a geisha? Your best bet is to go to Gion. If you are lucky you will see one walking around gion. Even if you don’t get to see a geisha (also called geiko), Gion offers an interesting sightseeing area, full of old-style buildings, tea shops and restaurants. Budget travel tips Check outContinue reading “Gion Geisha District”

Yasaka Shrine

A large complex of well maintained, stunning shrines, pagodas and other Shinto monuments and buildings. Occasional festivals and events occur throughout the year. Budget travel tips Combine this with a walk around Gion. There are a few other shrines and a pagoda in this complex, so explore around it. How to get there From KyotoContinue reading “Yasaka Shrine”

Tokyo City Walk: Imperial Palace to Shibuya

A nice city walk from the political heart of Tokyo, via the swish neighbourhoods of Akasaka and Roppongi, then ending up in the hip areas of Harajuku and Shibuya. Can be used as a cycling route as well. Walking time: 3-4 hours Go to Sakuradamon station on the Yurakucho line (yellow Metro line) and leave from exit 2.Continue reading “Tokyo City Walk: Imperial Palace to Shibuya”

Yoyogi Park

A nice open park, great for playing games and sunbathing. One of Tokyo’s most popular cherry blossom viewing areas. Budget travel tips Check out the dog park for some cute dogs! Come on Sunday for the Elvis dancers! Cultural events and markets often take place here on the weekends in the summer. How to getContinue reading “Yoyogi Park”

Akihabara

Akihabara (あきはばら/秋葉原) is the geek capital of Japan. Actually, it seems like the geek capital of the world.  Anything a geek or nerd (or Otaku as they say here) needs is available here.  For other people, Akihabara is a fascinatingly crazy place with lots of surprises. Budget travel tips Follow our recommended route on theContinue reading “Akihabara”