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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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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Fireworks Festivals along Tx Line

Here are a few fireworks festivals along the Tsukuba Express line. (Some of them are not exactly close to the stations.)

July


July 27: Adachi Fireworks Festival (15 minutes walk from Kita Senju Station)

July 28: Joso City Mitsukaido Fireworks Festival (Train and 15 minute walk from Moriya Station)

July 29: Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival (15 minutes walk from Asakusa Station)

August


August 5: Edogawaku Fireworks Festival (Two train rides from Shin Okachimachi Station)

August 5: Ichikawa City Fireworks Festival (One train ride and 15 minutes walk from Akihabara Station)

August 5: Teganuma Fireworks Festival (Train, bus, and walk from Nagareyama Otakanomori Station)

August 15: Karakasa Mando (20 minute taxi ride from Tsukuba Station)

August 19: Minami Nagareyama Fireworks Festival (20 minutes walk from Nagareyama Central Park Station)

August 19: Misato Summer Festival Fireworks (One train ride and 5 minutes walk from Minami Nagareyama Station)

August 19: Sekiyado Festival (Train, bus, and walk from Nagareyama Otakanomori Station)

August 5: Shimotsuma Sanuma Fireworks Festival (Train and 15 minute walk from Moriya Station)

August 23: Takaoka Tsunabi (Bus and 10 minute walk from Moriya Station)

August 24: Kobari Tsunabi (15 minute walk from Miraidaira Station)

September


September 10: Hakke Ryusui Mando (10 minutes taxi ride from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station)

October


October 7: Tsuchiura Fireworks Festival (Bus and 5 minute walk from Tsukuba Station)

More information (in Japanese)

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Tx Summer Holiday Day Pass

Tsukuba Express is offering a day pass during the summer vacation. For 680 yen, kids can ride the train between Tsukuba and Akihabara as often as they like. The regular price for a return ticket for children is 1160 yen between those two points. Adults can purchase a day pass for 2300 yen, which is not a discount on the regular rate, but does allow you to get on and off the train as often as you want during the day.

Tickets can be purchased at all Tsukuba Express stations and are only valid on the day they are purchased. This campaign runs from July 15 to August 31.

Flyer describing the campaign:
Summer Holiday Day Pass (in Japanese)

Other Tx topics (in Japanese):

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