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Train Travel: The Slow But Cheap Way

Author: Lisa Hendricks, Issue: July 2004, Topic: Trains

For those of you staying on in Japan for the next year, here is some useful info about traveling in Japan during July at a discounted price. Kind of like a road trip for Japanese people but it's on a train. My Japanese friends tell me about their crazy train trips to far places in Japan . Sounds like an experience to me. Check it out!

The Seishun Juhachi Kippu, meaning something like "Youthful 18 Ticket", is a seasonally available railway ticket, which gives you five days of unlimited, nationwide travel on local and rapid JR (Japan Railways) trains for only 11,500 yen, or 2,300 yen per day! It is only available three times a year during school holiday seasons, and the next period of validity is July 20 to September 10. The tickets will be on sale from July 1 to August 31.

For more useful information about this discounted ticket please go to this site:

If you are in for a long haul ride, it would be good to pack up an onigiri, some snacks, and a few cool books to read. It is possible to get off the train and back on again, so many people stop at certain areas to pick up some omiyage or get a good bite to eat at a famous ramen shop. You can plan and research cool places with Lonely Planet or from websites and backpack it. Sounds like a cool way to experience Japan!

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