It’s convenient, and you can use trains as much as you want. Please note that you’ll need to keep your Pass all the time and show it when you pass the gate and on the train, then you’re fine.
You can even use shinkansen in Northern Kyushu if you buy a Northern Kyushu pass. There are many beautiful places to visit in Kyushu, such as Yufuin – a beautiful lookalike fairytale town, or Beppu – a lovely hot spring town.
2. Traveling in Japan at the off-peak time
The first rule is to avoid visiting Japan at peak times.
So, when is the best time to visit Japan?
There are some main vacation periods in Japan, such as New Year, Golden Week (late April to early May), and Obon (mid-August).
Do you know how rarely Japanese people have a break?
The Japanese use this time to travel or going shopping. In these periods, the Japanese don’t need to go to work or study, which they always do, so all the “must-visit” places or famous vacation areas are full of tourists.
As a result, the service price is insane. The cost of hotels, ryokan, or any accommodation increase steadily.
If you’re a budget traveler, I guess you wouldn’t want to pay extra money for these periods, right?
Also, there are many people on the street or in any attractions. And you will need to wait for hours if you want to enter any sites, or even buy anything. You will be so tired of just waiting and wasting your time on it.
Therefore, it’s not a good idea to travel at peak times in Japan. To save your money and save your time, you should choose another time to go to Japan.
3. Staying in Japan on a budget
a) Internet cafe in Japan
If you find yourself unable to book a place overnight, you should consider staying at the internet cafe.
What is an Internet Cafe in Japan?
Internet Cafe, or Manga Kissa, is a place where you can read books and sleepovers.
In Manga Kissa, you can find private cubicles with one armchair, a couch, or a flat to sleep in. I always choose a small flat because it’s more convenient.
There are showers (depending on which place, you may need to pay the shower fee or not), blanket rental, and vending machines for food.
Manga Kissa usually provides a free drink bar, and sometimes with ice cream too.
Price: A ‘night pack’ (for 6 to 12 hours) starts at around ¥1500 ($15) and 2500 ($25), depending on which type of private cubicles that you choose.
b) Hostels in Japan
Staying at a hostel in Japan isn’t bad as you might think!
Even the cheap one (2000¥ ~ $19) is clean and has enough facilities for you to enjoy the stay.