Cards and passes for public transport

Pasmo IC card

Cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka are large and tourist sights are spread across them, not concentrated in one area. You’ll need some form of transport to get around and in most cases this will be public transport. Taxis are useful for shorter distances but the cost adds up if they are used frequently or for longer distances. A rental car isn’t a practical option in the city due to limited parking and busy traffic. Continue reading “Cards and passes for public transport”

Travelling in Japan without a JR Pass

Trains can be a very convenient form of transport. Find out if the JR Pass works for you.

One piece of advice often given to the first-time visitor to Japan is “You must get a JR Pass”. This is simply not true – it all depends on where you are going. If this advice is given to you without the person asking about your intended itinerary, then treat their advice with a grain of salt. A JR Pass is a significant cost, and it can be either a great money saver or a huge waste of money. Continue reading “Travelling in Japan without a JR Pass”

Finding your way between cities in Japan

Once you’ve decided where you’d like to go in Japan, you may be wondering about how to travel from one place to another. Will it be difficult if you don’t know Japanese? How do you know where to go? In a previous post, I talked about how to find your way around cities. Getting between cities has similarities, but there are some additional things that are helpful to know. Continue reading “Finding your way between cities in Japan”