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Bus Stop in Aso-san Area

Mt Aso Ropeway Station

This location used to be the base of the ropeway (cable car) up to the Naka-dake crater. However, the ropeway ceased operation after the 2016 eruption, and there's no word on whether or when it will reopen....

Scooter Hire in Ishigaki-jima

Gogoro Go Share

Ishigaki-only ride-share system using ecofriendly battery-powered scooters. See the website for full details.

Airport in Tokyo

Narita Airport

Though modern and well-run, Narita Airport is inconveniently located 66km east of Tokyo. There are three terminals, with Terminal 3 handling low-cost carriers. All terminals have tourist information desks. Only...

Bicycle Rental in Ehime Prefecture

Sunrise Itoyama

At the base of the first bridge of the Shimanami Kaidō, Sunrise Itoyama is the most convenient starting point on the Shikoku side of the route. Everything is very well set up here. Rental bicycles (normal, tandem...

Bus in Matsumoto & the Northern Japan Alps

Alpico Group

The 'go-to' outfit in the region, Alpico runs long-distance buses connecting Matsumoto, Nagano, Kamikōchi and Hakuba with Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka. On a local level, Alpico buses connect all the hot spots...

Airport in Tokyo

Haneda Airport

Closer to central Tokyo than Narita Airport, Haneda Airport has two domestic terminals (terminals 1 and 2) and one international terminal (Terminal 3). There’s a tourist information centre in the international...

Bus in Yamaguchi Prefecture

Yamaguchi Bus Pass

This ticket is available to tourists for unlimited travel by bus in Yamaguchi Prefecture, including Hagi's Circular Bus. It's excellent value if you plan on visiting other cities in the prefecture by bus. A...

Ferry in Kōbe

Kōbe-Kansai Airport Bay Shuttle

High-speed boat that connects Kansai International Airport and Kōbe Airport (adult/child ¥1850/930, 30 minutes, approximately hourly). Purchase a ticket in the arrivals hall, then get the shuttle bus for the...

Tickets in Matsue

Perfect Ticket

This excellent value three-day pass of unlimited travel within the Ensubu area (Izumo and Matsue in Shimane, and Sakaiminato in Tottori) includes the Ichibata train line; Matsue City buses and Lake Line bus;...

Ferry in Beppu

Ferry Sunflower Kansai Kisen

The ferry makes an overnight run between Beppu and Osaka and Kōbe (one way/return ¥7900/15,500, 12 hours), stopping at Matsuyama (4½ hours). The evening boat departs between 6.45pm and 7.35pm to western Honshū...

Bicycle Rental in Asuka

Asuka Rent-a-Cycle

Rents single-speed bicycles in adult and child sizes (helmet rental is included for children). There are several stations around Asuka, including one at Kashihara-jingū-mae Station, where you can return your bike...

Ferry in Shimabara

Kyushō Ferry Co

Car and pedestrian ferries between Kumamoto Port (熊本港; Kumamoto-kō) and Shimabara Port (島原外港; Shimabara Gaikō). Ferries run 10 times daily, departing approximately 7am to 7pm, for the hour-long ride. Fares...

Bicycle Rental in Sapporo


Sapporo's flat grid is made for cycling. With a smartphone and a passport you can access the city's bike-share program, which has 30-plus kiosks around downtown. Sign up at the Hokkaidō-Sapporo Food & Tourist...

Cable Car in Kiso Valley Nakasendō

Central Alps Komagatake Ropeway

This spectacular ropeway lifts visitors up to 2612m in the Senjōjiki cirque from the eastern side of the Central Alps at Komagane. This is the highest station in Japan; there are stupendous views over the...

Bus in Kyoto

Kansai International Airport Limousine Bus

Departs from the Hachijo-guchi exit (in front of the Avanti department store and Keihan Hotel) of Kyoto Station every 20 to 40 minutes and does the roughly 1½-hour journey to KIX airport. Also has pickup points...

Bicycle Rental in Takamatsu

Takamatsu City Rent-a-Bicycle

Takamatsu is flat and excellent for biking. The city offers a great deal on its rental bicycles (¥100 per 24 hours; photo ID is required), which can be picked up at Takamatsu City Rent-a-Bicycle in the...

Bus in Ueno & Yanesen


The tōzai (東西; east–west) route of this community bus does a helpful loop around the Ueno and Yanasen areas. Useful stops include No 2, across from the Ueno Park exit at Ueno Station, No 9 in front of Yanaka...

Bicycle Rental in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Kyoto Cycling Tour Project

These folks have bikes for hire that are perfect for getting around the city, including bikes for kids and electric bikes. It also conducts a variety of bicycle city tours with English-speaking guides, which are...

Bicycle Rental in Matsuyama

JR Matsuyama Rental Bicycles

Available at the JR Matsuyama Rental Cycle Port, to the right, out on the main road, as you exit JR Matsuyama Station. You can also pick up and drop off at the Ōkaidō Rental Cycle Port in the Ōkaidō Arcade, the...

Taxi in Tottori

2000 Yen Taxi

A great deal for visiting a few sights in a short time. Up to four passengers can hire a taxi for up to three hours, including waiting time at any stops. Passengers are also given a coupon card that can be used...