How difficult is it to take trains around Kyushu?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Dec 15, 2012 9:03 PM Last Post By: amazinga
Dec 13, 2012 11:24 AM
How difficult is it to take trains around Kyushu?We will be traveling in October and first week of November 2013. We are in our 70's and have traveled to many countries independently. Is it difficult to locate the correct train, etc. because of language problems? We thought of renting a car - but age restrictions might apply.
We will be in Tokyo for a week, Kyoto a week and hope to spend a week in Kyushu. I have made hotel reservation for Tokyo and Kyoto and many of the hotels were already booked. Will I also have problems booking hotels in Kyushu? We plan to go to Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Kumamoto and take day trips out of each city.
Any help would be appreciated.
Dec 13, 2012 12:00 PM
1Except for some really remote train stations, most train stations in Japan are well signposted in English, i.e. you will usually find the line name, direction and other essential information in English as well as Japanese. So IMO it is rather simple to take a train in Japan.
With buses it is different as there is relatively little English signs, but that should not scare you as you can always ask somebody and will be helped.
I'd only consider renting a car in Japan if going to places that are difficult to reach on public transport.
and many of the hotels were already booked
For November 2013. That surprises me a bit. Are you sure they were booked? Perhaps they don't take orders that early. I would not expect problems booking hotels in early November on Kyushu even on short notice: a month before should get you most hotels, same day should still get you something.
Dec 13, 2012 12:04 PM
Dec 13, 2012 1:39 PM
Dec 15, 2012 9:03 PM
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