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”

Nagasaki Tram Pass

This tram pass is an excellent and rather nostalgic way for get around Nagasaki. It allows unlimited travel on the trams for one day. What does it cost? A one day pass is 500 yen. When can I use it? Anytime. Is it worth it? Totally worth it if you are going to a fewContinue reading “Nagasaki Tram Pass”

Kintetsu Rail Pass

The Kintetsu Rail Pass is a great alternative to the Japan Rail Pass if you want to travel extensively around the Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Ise).  It offers unlimited use of Kintetsu trains (and buses depending on the pass type) for 5 days. What does it cost? Rail Pass Wide (with airport access and buses):Continue reading “Kintetsu Rail Pass”

Beautiful temples in snowy mountains – Koyasan Day 2

After our first day in Koyasan, I we went to the west side to see the famous Buddhist temples and pilgrimage trails that have made this place a UNESCO World Heritage site. Day 1 report can be found here. This is Daimon, at the entrance to Koyasan’s west side. After Daimon, we went on aContinue reading “Beautiful temples in snowy mountains – Koyasan Day 2”

Koyasan World Heritage Ticket

The Koyasan World Heritage Ticket is the cheapest and easiest way to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Koyasan.  It provides a return ticket, including use of the cable car, and unlimited use of buses.  In addition it gets you discounts at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a few of the souvenir shops. What does it cost?Continue reading “Koyasan World Heritage Ticket”

Koyasan

Koyasan will really take your breath away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a town of Buddhist temples in the mountains south of Osaka.  Even if you have seen many temples before, Koyasan will really seem like it’s in another league with it’s huge structures and massive graveyard.  English support, maps and signs are great. Budget travel tips AlthoughContinue reading “Koyasan”

2 Day Nikko Pass

The 2 Day Nikko Pass is the best way to visit Nikko.  The 2 days provides plenty of time to see all the main shrines and temples in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It includes a round ticket from Tokyo, free use of buses in the area and discounts at most places. What does it cost?Continue reading “2 Day Nikko Pass”

Hakone Free Pass

The Hakone Free Pass from Odakyu Railway is the best and cheapest way to visit Hakone.  It provides unlimited use of the cable car, ropeway, tourist boats, trains and buses in the area, plus the ride from Shinjuku station and back. It also provides discounts to around 50 places in Hakone. At the time of writing,Continue reading “Hakone Free Pass”

Train Guide

Japan is the king of trains.  While other developed countries have cut services and lines, Japan continues to be a pioneer in train travel.  Fast, on time and easy to use. Most station signs, in-train signs/information and announcements are done in English. Train Schedules We recommend Jorudan or  Hyperdia. Suica and Icoca cards   Suica (Tokyo) and IcocaContinue reading “Train Guide”

Enoshima Kamakura Freepass

If you are visiting Kamakura on a day trip from Tokyo, this return pass is essential.  It will save you a lot of money and hassle. It gets very busy on weekends, so try to go on weekdays. What does it cost? One Day Pass: Adults 1,430 yen, Children 720 yen. When can I use it?Continue reading “Enoshima Kamakura Freepass”