Best way of travel in Japan
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Apr 29, 2012 11:28 PM Last Post By: scottyheather
Apr 25, 2012 12:28 PM
Best way of travel in JapanHello,
Were planning a ten day trip to japan in July this year and were wondering whats the best way to get around.We plan on starting in Tokyo and working our way down to Kyoto/Osaka and then on to Hiroshima and finally Fukuoka,we have looked into both the JR rail and bus pass.
Apr 25, 2012 1:15 PM
1Assuming that those are the only places you visit and that you fly in to Tokyo and out of Fukuoka:
If you can afford it, get the rail pass as the shinkansen is much more comfortable and quicker than the bus. It is not impossible to visit all the places you mention within ten days, but if going by bus you probably want to take night buses at least once in order to maximize sightseeing time.
Apr 27, 2012 2:13 AM
2Hi there I did almost exactly that route (although I did return to tokyo) which if you arent doing it should be doable, you will probaby find that without a Japan rail pass the trains will probably cost you the same or even more than the pass itself. If you spend a couple of days just in Tokyo and plan to arrive in Fukuoka before the 7 days are up it is well worth getting the pass. Bear in mind you can also use if for some excursions and its useful for side trips to say somehwere like Nara. I would also suggest spending only a day in Hiroshima. If you left Osaka early you could then leave your luggage at the station and take the # 2 trolley bus (its right outside the station) to the end of the line (takes about an hour) which will take you to the ferry (free with the rail pass) terminal for Miyajima which is one of Japans most famous shrines; After wards take the same # trolley bus and get off at the atomic bomb site. Head straight for the museum which closes at some point and then walk round the gardens to see the memorial flame and some of the statues - its very poignant. From here head back to the station and take a train to Fukuoka. These are the main attractions in Hiroshima and they are very doable in a dya. It doesnt take long from Hiroshime to Fukuoka and it will save you time. Just check the time of the evening trains.
have a great trip
Apr 27, 2012 11:52 PM
3We are doing the Tokyo-Mt Fuji-Kyoto-Hiroshima-Fukuoka trip this June and July and for us, it appears to be way cheaper to do it via Willers Express bus pass. We looked at the rail passes but it just seemed too expensive. We too intend travelling on the night buses - some of them look incredible.
Bamse - I don't know if you'll know the answer to this but I'll ask anyway. When you buy a Willers Bus Pass, it states that it is valid for two months from date of purchase. Does this mean that you have to start the pass within the two months or use the whole thing up within two months?
Apr 28, 2012 5:15 AM
4re scottyheather: Sorry, don't know the answer, I would assume that your last trip should be within the two months period. I'd ask Willer to make sure. However, unless you are travelling for more than two months in Japan, I don't really see the difference it would make.
Apr 28, 2012 4:17 PM
Apr 29, 2012 11:28 PM
6Hi everyone - sorry, I have another question. I'm looking at the Willers Bus site and note that some of the buses are filling up for the dates we want. It's too early to buy our pass but I'm wondering how busy the buses actually get in June and July. We don't want to buy the bus pass and then find that all the buses are full resulting in us wasting the pass and having to buy rail tickets!
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