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Japan: Seishun 18 Kippu

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15 Jun 2016
I'm a big fan of Japanese railways. Many people know about the JR Railpass which is a much cheaper way for foreigners to use Japanese long-distance trains than simply buying tickets. But very few seem to know about an even bigger bargain: the Seishun 18 kippu.

For around 12,000 yen (between £60-£100 depending on recent exchange rates) you get 5 days of unlimited travel on Japanese trains, and those days don't all have to be in one lump. There are two catches - it is only available during school holidays (but available to anyone), and you can only use stopping and semi-stopping trains. So definitely no shinkansen.

I have done it several times. You won't get anywhere fast, but you can see amazing countryside, and even better, on almost all trains, you can stand behind the driver and get a driver's eye view of the road.

I really recommend - and I'm happy to give more details if people are interested.
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