How much does it cost to visit Japan?

While the question of travel costs is not an easy one to answer, I’ve shared expenses from our trips with and without kids during peak and off-peak seasons. What’s your travel style? We travel on a reasonable budget. This includes eating out a lot as a couple but sticking to grocery stores and eating picnic…

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Convenient features of refillable fare cards

Updated April 2014 Suica and Pasmo are refillable fare cards that can help make Tokyo’s transportation options less confusing and more convenient. This second post covers neat features using the cards. Green Cars on trains and the cool pass feature Green Cars cost extra and require an additional ticket. The extra ticket can be bought at JR ticket counters,…

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Discount shinkansen (bullet train) tickets

Updated May 2014 I met Hitoshi, my hubby, while I was living in Akita. Hitoshi lived in Tokyo. These two cities are far apart. In fact, the shinkansen (bullet train) takes about four hours. Flying takes about the same once you count the bus to the airport and the airport nonsense. I took the night bus…