Japan Mini-Series 4: Things I Found Helpful
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Transit in Japan.
Transit in Japan is extremely efficient. It puts most of the rest of the world to shame in their service and punctuality. It’s regarded by many as some of the best transit systems to exist. If you’re visiting Japan, you’ll most likely be utilizing the transit system at some point.
Japan’s transit can be difficult to navigate for people who aren’t used to it or haven’t used it before. Luckily, in my 6+ months of researching for my trip, I’ve come across some tips, tricks, tools, and websites that should help take some of the pressure off of you as you navigate the world of Japanese transit.
One of the things that everyone seems to recommend for travel to Japan if you’re staying for any length of time is a Japan Rail Pass. Japan Rai is one of the main train companies in Japan, and they have a rather extensive network of rain lines that stretch from one end of Japan to the other, along with some in city trains as well. Their prices range from USD $273 (CAD $350.13) to USD $767 (CAD $983.73). Canadian prices are accurate as of the day this post was made.
Something else you might want to consider purchasing is a Passmo or Suica card. For the purposes of my trip, I’ve actually chosen to get a Suica card when the time comes, as it comes recommended by a friend. The Passmo and Suica cards help cover transit that your JR pass won’t cover, and there are certain lines that Japan Rail doesn’t cover. These cards can also be used to purchase things at certain convenience stores and even some vending machines. It’s kind of cool, actually. I wish we had this kind of integrated system where I live.
Back to the JR website for just a moment. They also offer wifi devices for rent and their prices start at USD $60 (CAD $76.99) for 5 days.
The only thing to be careful of is that the page states that you have access to “a daily limit of 3GB per day of high speed access, after which the internet will slow down considerably but remains usable.”
I might do a post in the future on options for wifi while traveling in Japan, but I thought that this was worth mentioning, as it’s impossible to get by these days without some sort of wifi options.
When it comes to travel in Japan, the train is nice, but there are cheaper options for travel if you’re looking to travel on a budget, such as buses. If you are so inclined, you could even fly from city to city.I opted not to, but it IS still an option for you.
I hoped this information helped a little bit. It took me a while to drag this out of the depths of the internet, and I’m hoping that now, you won’t have to.
See you on the trails.