SUNQ Pass

The SUNQ Pass is the cheapest way to travel all over Kyushu. It gives unlimited use of a huge bus network, including almost all highway and local buses in the prefecture. It also allows holders to use highway buses within Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture and the surrounding area. What does it cost? 3 days (northern area only):Continue reading “SUNQ 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”

1-Day Subway Pass (Fukuoka)

The 1-Day Subway Pass (Fukuoka) allows unlimited use of the subway in Fukuoka for one day. What does it cost? Adults 620 yen, Children 310 yen When can I use it? Anytime. Is it worth it? It is better value for money than the Tourist Pass if just using the subways. If you are travelling toContinue reading “1-Day Subway Pass (Fukuoka)”

Fukuoka Tourist City Pass

The Fukuoka Tourist City Pass allows unlimited use of trains, buses and the subway in Fukuoka for one day. What does it cost? Fukuoka City (not applicable to Nishitetsu Train): Adults 820 yen, Children 410 yen Fukuoka City and Dazaifu: Adults 1,340 yen, Children 670 yen When can I use it? Anytime. Is it worth it?Continue reading “Fukuoka Tourist City Pass”

Dazaifu

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (太宰府天満宮) is a very famous shrine dedicated to the god of study. Buy some good luck charms and enjoy walking around this stunning Shinto complex. Budget travel tips Great as a day trip from Fukuoka if you need to experience a bit more culture and history. Consider the Fukuoka Tourist City Pass if coming from Fukuoka. EarlyContinue reading “Dazaifu”

Fukuoka

Fukuoka (福岡) is the biggest city in Kyushu and where most international flights to this prefecture will arrive. Due to it’s closeness to the Asian mainland, it has been an important harbour town for centuries. Expect your experience here to be a little different fro other big Japanese cities, with strong Korean and Chinese influences.Continue reading “Fukuoka”

Kumamoto

Kumamoto (熊本) is a medium sized city in Kyushu well known for it’s wonderful castle, and now also famous for its mascot, Kumamon. Thousands come here to pick up Kumamon souvenirs and to enjoy this quiet city. Budget travel tips A useful Information Center is located in the main Kumamoto train station. They have various dealsContinue reading “Kumamoto”

Shimabara

Shimabara (島原) is a small castle town, from which tourists can take a ferry to Kumamoto. It has a few attractions to visit while you wait or relax before the very, most famous of which is one of the best castles in Kyushu. Budget travel tips Book early, as budget options are sometimes limited. NotContinue reading “Shimabara”

Obama Hot Spring

Obama (小浜町) is an interesting little town on the route between Nagasaki and Unzen. While it does share its name with a American president and has a cheesy statue of him outside the Tourist Information Center, Obama is a laid back area and a great way to escape the crowds. Budget travel tips Obama isContinue reading “Obama Hot Spring”