Shimanami Kaido – cycle across Japan’s forgotten islands

The Shimanami Kaido (しまなみ海道) is an increasingly popular, but still relatively quiet cycling route across the islands connecting the Chugoku region near Hiroshima and Shikoku. The 60 kilometre route has been designed for cyclists in mind and the temperate climates helps to make the ride enjoyable and not too physically tough. Along the way thereContinue reading “Shimanami Kaido – cycle across Japan’s forgotten islands”

Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket

The Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket is a little known, little used bus pass for central Japan, allowing for 3 or 5 days of unlimited travel on the Meitetsu bus network. The 3 day bus allows access to the main cities of Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go, Takayama and Nagoya. The 5 days additionally includes wider access to cities such asContinue reading “Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket”

Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass

The Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass provides unlimited travel on JR lines in northern Chubu, plus use of the bus network to World Heritage sites in Shirakawa-go and Gokayama. It is over a 5 day period and also includes tourist spots such as Takayama, Kaga Onsen and Kanazawa, connecting to Osaka, Kansai Airport and Nagoya in the south.Continue reading “Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass”

Enjoy Eco Card + Osaka Visitors’ Ticket

If you want to spend a whole day exploring Osaka, then the Enjoy Eco Card is a good choice. It provides unlimited use of the subways, tram and buses for 1 day. It also includes some discounts to tourist spots in this large city. What does it cost? Enjoy Eco Card: Adults 800 yen (600 yen on weekendsContinue reading “Enjoy Eco Card + Osaka Visitors’ Ticket”

Osaka Amazing Pass

Are you only going to be in Osaka for a day or two and want to really pack a lot in? Then the ‘Osaka Amazing Pass’ might be for you. The pass gives unlimited use of the Osaka subway, tram and bus network and passes to 28 tourist attractions for 1 or 2 days, suchContinue reading “Osaka Amazing Pass”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Asahikawa

Asahikawa (旭川) is a large city in Hokkaido that is mainly used as a transport terminal or somewhere to stop along on a journey. It also has a nearby zoo. Budget travel tips Get some food here before heading off into the mountains or countryside towns (such as Biei or Naka-Furano), as food there canContinue reading “Asahikawa”

Himeji

Himeji is most famous for it’s castle, which became a World Heritage Site in 1995.  It’s a great place to check out on the journey from Osaka to Hiroshima. Budget travel tips If you reserve a week in advance, you can get a free English language guided tour of Himeji Castle.  Contact the information centre (linkContinue reading “Himeji”

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”