On a previous travel guide post, I mentioned some cheaper ways to travel around Japan. One of the ways to to do this is with a Seishun 18 Kippu (read as “seishun juuhachi kippu“), that allows you 5 days of unlimited JR train access except for special expresses/shinkansen. Granted you’ll need a lot of time to get around, but it’s great for backpackers, group travel, and hopping off random stations to explore… Or people like me who don’t mind spending half a day or two on the train to save 40,000 yen ($400 USD) in travel costs.
That’s right! I went to Gifu, Okayama, and back, and that’s about how much I saved with this ticket and choosing to by local/rapid trains instead of taking the bullet train. My whole train fare for the trip (including another trip I took to Tokyo with a friend to see the Fushigi Yūgi play) cost me less than 10,000 yen ($100 USD) with a Seishun 18 Kippu.