Sapporo-Otaru Welcome Pass

Please note that sales of the JR Hokkaido Sapporo-Otaru Welcome Pass ended on March 31st, 2017. The JR Hokkaido Pass is still available. The JR Hokkaido Sapporo-Otaru Welcome Pass allows for unlimited rides on JR Hokkaido trains between Sapporo and Otaru and on all subway lines in Sapporo for 1 day. It’s therefore a great way to visitContinue reading “Sapporo-Otaru Welcome 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”

Hokkaido Rail Pass

The JR Hokkaido Rail Pass allows unlimited travel on all JR (national rail) trains and selected buses in Hokkaido, covering the whole prefecture.  This includes the use of Shinkansen (bullet) trains and limited express trains. There are various options depending on how long you want to spend in Hokkaido. What does it cost? 3 day: Adults 16,500Continue reading “Hokkaido Rail Pass”

See the northern snow on the cheap: JR East Pass

The JR East Pass allows unlimited travel on all JR (national rail) trains in Kanto and Tohoku.  This includes the use of Shinkansen (bullet) trains and limited express trains.  It is a flexible 5 day pass. What does it cost? Adults 22000 yen (about $180), Children 11000 yen (about $90) When can I use it? Anytime. Is itContinue reading “See the northern snow on the cheap: JR East Pass”

Save up to 100% on your JR pass? Cheapo tip for travel in Japan

Independent travellers all have their Japan Rail (JR) pass. You must buy it prior to your trip. Now imagine you can save up to 100% on that purchase! A JR pass is great, it is the single most mentioned must-buy for independent travellers in Japan. It will save your money on most rail trips, thatContinue reading “Save up to 100% on your JR pass? Cheapo tip for travel in Japan”

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”

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”