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. In Kyushu, there are many beautiful places to visit 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 time.
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 to 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 a peak time in Japan. To save your money, and save your time, you should choose another time to go to Japan.
If you are a big fan of sushi, why not going to the ¥100 sushi restaurant? You can choose any sushi at a low price!
If you want to try Japanese rice set, you should head to Matsuya or Sukiya. I prefer dishes at Sukiya more than Matsuya, but both of them offer quick meals at a reasonable price.
In Matsuya, you don’t even need to talk to a waiter. You need to purchase the ticket at the ticket machine, then give to the waiter, and your food will be at your table in 1 minute. In Sukiya, you’ll get a menu with more different dishes, and you’ll need to order them.
Anyway, my point is that you can surely find budget restaurants in Japan, so you can save some money to discover more beautiful places!