Kansai WIDE Area Pass

The Kansai WIDE Pass allows unlimited travel on all JR (national rail) trains for 5 days, within the free area stretching from Okayama in the west to beyond Nara in the east.  This includes the use of Shinkansen (bullet) trains and limited express trains to major cities such as Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. The pass has a much widerContinue reading “Kansai WIDE Area Pass”

Kansai Area Pass

The Kansai Area Pass is an interesting pass for exploring the Kansai region. It allows unlimited travel on JR (national rail) trains, within the free area stretching from Himeji in the west to Nara in the east. This includes the use of trains to major cities such as Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. What does it cost? 1 day:Continue reading “Kansai Area Pass”

JR Kyushu Northern Pass

The JR Kyushu Northern Pass allows unlimited travel on all JR (national rail) trains all over northern Kyushu, including the Shinkansen (bullet) trains.  3 day and 5 day passes are available. What does it cost? 3 days: 8500 yen (around $70) 5 days: 10000 yen (around $82) When can I use it? Anytime. Is it worth it? Kyushu has a modern Shinkansen systemContinue reading “JR Kyushu Northern Pass”

JR Kyushu Pass

The JR Kyushu Pass allows unlimited travel on all JR (national rail) trains all over Kyushu, including the Shinkansen (bullet) and Limited Express trains.  3 day and 5 day passes are available. What does it cost? 3 days: 15000 yen (around $125) 5 days: 18000 yen (around $150) When can I use it? Anytime. Is it worth it? Kyushu has a modernContinue reading “JR Kyushu Pass”

Budget Bus Guide

Buses are a great way to get around Japan, usually from city to city or in the countryside.  Around a big city like Tokyo though, trains are more convenient and cheap.  The big exception is Kyoto, where it’s best to get the bus. How to ride a local bus Most local buses these days allowContinue reading “Budget Bus Guide”

JR Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass

The Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass, also known as the Tokunai Pass, allows unlimited use of JR lines (national rail) in Tokyo for one day.  Great for exploring the cities within the city that is Tokyo. What does it cost? Adults 750 yen, Children 370 yen When can I use it? Anytime. Is it worth it? AContinue reading “JR Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass”

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”