JR Shikoku Rail Pass

The JR Shikoku Pass allows unlimited travel on all JR (national rail) trains all over Shikoku, as well as all Asato Line, Kotoden Line, Iyotetsu Line and Tosaden Traffic trains. This means it covers almost all train routes in the prefecture and can also be used for getting around cities.  2, 3, 4 and 5 day passesContinue reading “JR Shikoku Rail Pass”

San’in-Okayama Area Pass

The JR San’in-Okayama Area Pass allows for unlimited use of JR local, rapid and express trains in the northern Chugoku area for 4 consecutive days. It includes popular tourist spots such as Okayama, Kurashiki, Tottori and Matsue, as well as access to near Izumo-Taisha. What does it cost? Bought before entering Japan: Adults 4500 yen (about $45), ChildrenContinue reading “San’in-Okayama Area Pass”

Naruko Gorge

Naruko Gorge (鳴子峡) is a stunning Autumn leaves spot in Tohoku. The leaves cover the 100 metre deep gorge with stunning orange and gold colours, so this has become one of Japan’s best places to see the Autumn leaves. There are various walking paths and a train that goes through the gorge. Budget travel tips NarukoContinue reading “Naruko Gorge”

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”

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”

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”