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”

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”

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

Hakone (箱根) is the most popular Tokyo side trip.  There is something for everyone here, such as hiking, walking, volcano viewing and hot springs.  Maps and signs are all in English as well, so it’s very easy to get around. Budget travel tips Get the Hakone Free Pass.  This provides free travel to and around Hakone,Continue reading “Hakone”

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”

Kamakura

Kamakura (鎌倉) makes for a great day trip from Tokyo, and when combined with the Enoshima Kamakura Freepass is a really cheap way to see a more traditional area. Kamakura is full of interesting shrines, great Autumn colour and cherry blossom areas, and a huge Buddha! Top tips Try to just do places in the Enoshima KamakuraContinue reading “Kamakura”

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”

Get a Japan bus pass

The cheapest way to travel over Japan, for example to places like Kyoto, Tokyo or Osaka. Willer Express have a great network of budget buses, including overnight buses. Be sure to consider this pass before buying the usually recommended and more expensive Japan Rail Pass. What does it cost? All Routes MON to THU Pass: 3Continue reading “Get a Japan bus pass”