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”

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”