Hiraizumi – 平泉

In the southern part of Iwate Prefecture, in the northern Tōhoku region, you can visit the historic town of Hiraizumi. This small town is famous for its many World Heritage sites, beginning from Chūson-ji’s Golden Hall. Introduction Being located near the Kitakami river, Hiraizumi flourished thanks to transportation by water since …

Kōchi – 高知

Kōchi is the major city in Kōchi Prefecture, home to about 340,000 people and also many sightseeing spots. The Kuroshio ocean current influence makes Kōchi a warm city, compared to other towns located at the same latitude. In fact, Summer comes earlier in Kōchi than anywhere else. The city, with palm …

Nagasaki – 長崎

During the Japanese isolation in the Edo period, the only place in Japan which retained contact with the West was in the Kyushu region. We are talking, of course, about Nagasaki!     This port-oriented city saw a great development during the isolation period, called “sakoku”. At the time, Dejima Island, …

The Seishun 18 Kippu (3/3)

→ The Seishun 18 Kippu (2/3) How to find timetables and connections As we have seen, organizing a trip using the Seishun 18 kippu requires a certain amount of preparations as well as a basic knowledge of how the Japanese rail transport works. We suggest reading first of all the …

The Seishun 18 Kippu (2/3)

→ The Seishun 18 Kippu (1/3) How it works   The Seishun 18 Kippu is a block of 5 undivisible 2370 Yen tickets, which sets the Seishun’s price to 11,850 Yen. As you can see from the picture, on the ticket there are five different squares marked “time” (回) or …

The Seishun 18 Kippu (1/3)

In this article, Instead of talking a particular touristic attraction, we’ll show you a convenient and cheap way to get around in Japan. Tourists who visit Japan have the chance to use the fantastic Japan Rail Pass. However, people with a different visa cannot have access to this. Not all …