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Friday, February 09, 2007

"Seishun 18 Kippu" JR Ticket 20th Anniversary Discount

Have you heard of the "Seishun 18 Kippu" JR ticket?

The JR group offers this special ticket for summer, winter, and spring vacation seasons. The ticket contains 5 spaces to put date stamps. It is effective until 12 pm on the night of the day a date stamp is entered by station staff or a train conductor. You can take all local JR trains but cannot take rapid or express services. It is not the best option for a quick trip, but it is good for people who have a lot of time but no money, so it is ideal for students.

You can use the ticket 5 times during the period or you can share it with some friends. For example, you can enjoy a 5-day trip for one person or you can enjoy a 2-day trip with a friend and 1 day trip for one person, etc.

For more information for the "Seishun 18 Kippu" JR ticket (English):
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/seishun18.html
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2362.html
The usual fare for the "Seishun 18 Kippu" JR ticket is 11,500 yen, so it works out to 2,300 yen/day.

But for this spring vacation, as the 20th anniversary of the JR group, they are selling it only at 8,000 yen! (1,600yen/day!!)

Information for the 20 th anniversary discount (Japanese):
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2006_2/20070206.pdf
http://jr-central.co.jp/co.nsf/news/nws200728-144841


FYI, you can go to Kumamoto in Kyushu island from Tokyo with one ticket with the following plan.

There is a night train called "Moonlight Nagara" from Shinagawa station bound for Ogaki in Gifu prefecture during vacation seasons. It departs from Shinagawa at around 23:55. Just buy a normal ticket from Shinagawa to the first station where the train stops after 12 pm (Yokohama or somewhere). And ask the conductor to put a date stamp on the "Seishun 18 Kippu" in the train or when you go out from a gate. Then, you can use the "Seishun 18 Kippu" for 24 hours. You will get to Kumamoto around 11pm after 7 or 8 times transfers. Of course, it can be the cheapest way to get to Kyoto, Osaka or Nara.

Have a nice trip in early spring in Japan!!

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Lady's Days in Tsukuba!

You might have noticed that every Wednesday at Cineplex is "Lady's Day", which I think is fabulous, so I decided to investigate further and found a whole range of discounts available for us 'ladies', and also some for men!

Here are some of the discounts, including website addresses:

YOU WORLD has 'Lady's Day' on Wednesdays:
1. Cineplex - 1000yen
http://www.cineplex.co.jp/tsukuba/charge.html
2. You World Hot Spring Baths - 1050 yen
(Also, "Couples Day" on Tuesdays for 2625 yen, and "Men's Day" on Thursdays for 1050 yen)
http://www.you-world.e-tsukuba.jp/osusume.htm
PUMP Rock Climbing - 500 yen
http://www.pump-climbing.com/html/gym/tukuba.html
Creo at Tsukuba Center also has Lady's Day on every Wednesday:
1. The Body Shop - free hand massage service
2. graniph (T-shirt store) - receive novelty present if spend over 5000yen
3. Very Very Cafe - 10% off
Here is the website for Creo with more discounts and member's points for Lady's Day:
http://www.creo-sq.com/happy_day/index.html

KARAOKE
1. Big Echo - Ladies Day on Tuesdays - 20% off Karaoke
http://www.be-monaco.jp/

Okura Hotel - Japanese Restuarant 2nd Floor - Lady's Day is on Tuesdays
If you order the dish called 「こまち御膳」 you will receive free desert.
http://www.okura-tsukuba.co.jp/rest/tsukuba.html
Enjoy!

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Monday, January 08, 2007

AU Phone - call your friends for half price!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break. I was hoping to go and see the girls dressed up in Kimono today for 'Coming of Age Day', but have just been told that for Tsukuba it was yesterday! Oh well, better luck next year.

Did you know you can call 3 friends for half-price with AU? Ask for the application form at any keitai shop (we applied at Dayz Town), write your name and details, and nominate 3 of your friends for the discount. It will cost 315 yen per month for the discount, but if you call your friends alot it works out cheaper in the long run! See the AU English website.

Kate

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