Train, transit, ryokan, minshuku food, and translation tips for getting around in rural Japan to more off-beat and interesting places!
3 months of Japan travel expenses on a public spreadsheet, and your chance to ask questions and get backpacking tips!
1) Coach Buses / Kaisoku Buses 快速バス Highway buses are hands down the cheapest way to get anywhere in Japan. A bus ticket between Tokyo and Kyoto can be 2,700 JPY in contrast to a Shinkansen ticket that costs 13,000 JPY. The buses are comfortable, timely, safe, and reliable. In addition, the stops at michi-no-eki, roadside stations, always have nice, clean washrooms and shops to get food and omiyage (local food souvenirs) from. You can Willier Express, which has an English site, even has a Japan Bus Pass (for 3 /5 /7 days). If you go on the booking sites, you can…
I was adrift, bobbing along with nothing on the horizon. Imagining the potential challenges, I realised how little I knew about myself. Yet, that only made me want to find out.