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Simpler and Cheaper Commute: How to Buy a Japanese Commuter Pass

A commuter pass, or teiki ken 定期券, is a special ticket that can be purchased on a smart card like SUICA or PASMO. The fare from one station to another (including changes between overground and the metro lines) can be paid for in one payment. Commuter passes can be renewed either monthly, quarterly or every…

Check Out One of the Cheapest Ways to Travel from Tokyo to Kyushu!

When you travel, are you most worried about losing time or losing money? Some people feel that “time is gold” and are willing to purchase expensive train tickets just to get to their destination quickly. However, if you’re happy to spend some extra time but get the best deal, there are some alternative options to…

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Preparation: Revamping of the JR Harajuku Station

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics is a largely anticipated event that will take place in a couple more years. In preparation for this grand event that will be watched worldwide, it had been announced on the 8th of June, 2016, that the JR Harajuku Station will be undergoing renovation. View this post on Instagram Harujuku…

Why are these 3 Animals so Important that they have their own Statues in Tokyo?

Widely known and popularly used as meeting points, statues in Tokyo are seen by many but the story and meaning behind their creation is sometimes lost. While statues of people can somehow still speak for themselves, statues of animals are more often than not unrecognizable. Do you know these famous animal statues? 1. Hachiko (Shibuya)…

Tokyo Station Trivia: 10 Fascinating Facts!

Over 500,000 people take the train on average in Tokyo Station every day and this is just one of the many facts about the station that you probably already know. Based on the number of trains that arrive and depart all day in the station, it is no wonder that it is also considered to…

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of the Japan Rail (JR) Pass

All of us who travel to Japan (from overseas) can benefit from the purchase of a JR Pass. However, the myriad of JR Pass options means some people are paying more than they need to. In order to maximise value for money, travellers need to consider the region they will be spending time in and…

Tour Japan Like Royalty on Luxury Overnight Trains

Have you done an overnight journey before in a train? If you want to travel to longer distances in Japan, you could take one. Overnight trains are very comfortable compared to other means of transport and have nice amenities. However, overnight trains are becoming less and less popular day by day in Japan due to…