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JAPAN RAIL PASS JRパス
The JAPAN RAIL PASS offers an incredibly economical way to travel throughout Japan by rail. Please be aware, however, that some restrictions apply. The pass is not valid for “NOZOMI” trains on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines.
Seishun 18 Kippu 青春18切符
a discount rail ticket offered by Japan’s JR network. When available (three times a year), it is easily the cheapest way to get around Japan, costing only ¥11,500 for five days of unlimited travel.
Kinken shop 金券ショップ
There are many discout ticket stores which is called “Kinken shop” around the stations in Japan. 
These shops essentially deal in the buying and selling of all kinds of tickets, gift certificates, discount cards and other items.

Transportation

Highway bus (kosoku bus) 高速夜行バス
Highway buses (kosoku or yakou bus) are an inexpensive alternative to trains for long and medium distance travel in Japan. While buses tend to be slower than express trains, they are usually considerably cheaper.
Shinkansen 新幹線
High speed trains (bullet trains) are called shinkansen and are operated by Japan Railways, often abbreviated as JR.
Japan’s main island Honshu is covered by a network of high speed train lines that connect Tokyo with most of the island’s major cities and Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu.
Domestic Ferries フェリー
Consisting of several thousand islands, Japan has variety of ferry routes.
The main routes of practical use to visitors would be from Osaka/Kobe(Honsyu) to Beppu/Oita(Kyusyu), Niigata on the Japan Sea coast to Otaru/Sapporo(Hokkaido).
Also the boats to Naha in Okinawa from Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka and Kagoshima are popular among young people, as well as rapid international boat from Fukuoka to Busan in Korea.
Ferry reservations are necessary at weekends and on public holidays.

Airplane 飛行機
With some 90 airports serving domestic and overseas flights, Japan is highly convenient for the air traveler.
Because of the deregulation of Japan’s airline industry, domestic airfares have dropped dramatically in recent years,sometimes cheaper alternative to the shinkansen (bullet train) on some routes.
Overnight Trains 夜行列車
Though all trains are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass orthe Seishun 18 Kippu, it worth finding trains that run through the night. All night trains are operated by the Japan Railways Group (JR). Due to competition by cheaper highway buses and low domestic airfares, the number of night trains in Japan has been decreasing steadily in recent years.

Rental cars レンタカー
Renting a car is an option worth considering if you plan to explore rural Japan, where access by public transportation can be inconvenient and infrequent. A rental car can also be an economical alternative, if traveling in groups.

1月 28th, 2012 | 未分類 | posted by guesthouse_u-en _staff