Kansai Area Pass

The Kansai Area Pass is an interesting pass for exploring the Kansai region. It allows unlimited travel on JR (national rail) trains, within the free area stretching from Himeji in the west to Nara in the east. This includes the use of trains to major cities such as Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. What does it cost? 1 day:Continue reading “Kansai Area Pass”

Nagano Snow Resort Pass

The Nagano Snow Resort Pass allows holders unlimited use of trains and buses in the Nagano snow area, in the Japanese Alps. This includes access to places such as Nagano, Hakuba and Yudanaka, where tourists can enjoy snowboarding, skiiing and some amazing hot springs. What does it cost? 2 Day Pass: Adults 5000 yen (about $40/€36), Children 2500 yen (about $20/€18). WhenContinue reading “Nagano Snow Resort Pass”

Grutto Pass

Are you into art and museums? Then this could be an awesome pass if you don’t want to spend hideous amounts of money on museum tickets. The Grutto Pass ( ぐるっとパス) provides free admission or discounts to 78 art galleries, museums, zoos and more in Tokyo. What does it cost? 2000 yen (about $16/€15) When can I useContinue reading “Grutto 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”

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”