Do I need a JR Pass, or Suica?

With all the options available for transport in Japan, and different methods of paying for them, first-time visitors can be confused about what products they should buy. A frequent question that comes up in the TripAdvisor Japan forum is “should I get a JR Pass or a Suica?” These are two very different products for different uses, and it’s not a case of either/or. Continue reading “Do I need a JR Pass, or Suica?”

JR Pass trip idea no 3 – using the JR East Tohoku-South Hokkaido pass

Otaru canal

This itinerary visits northern Tohoku and southern Hokkaido. There’s a variety of scenic and historic sights, with the added bonus of being generally less busy than Tokyo and Kyoto. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that regional rail passes can be really good value and cost less than a national JR Pass. Continue reading “JR Pass trip idea no 3 – using the JR East Tohoku-South Hokkaido pass”