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Aug 16, 2010

Two-day train trip

Last week, thanks to Obon (お盆), I had three extra days off. We decided to make the most of it and use this as an opportunity to escape for a two-day couple adventure down in the Japanese countryside.

In total, we travelled over 500km during these two days, and made five stops along the way, in Hyogo and Okayama prefectures.
Each stop deserves a blog post of its own. This will happen over the next few days or weeks, and the corresponding posts will be listed here:

  • Gochaku

  • Hinase

  • Soja

  • Takahashi

  • Okayama

To have a clearer picture of where we went, here is a small map of the region. We started in Ibaraki (just North of Osaka) and travelled eastwards.

View Train trip in a larger map

Travelling that far could have been fairly expensive. In fact, it should have cost us exactly ¥9,100 each, but we ended up paying only ¥11,500 for the two of us.
How is that possible? All the credit goes to our new friend the Seishun 18 Ticket (青春18きっぷ, Seishun jūhachi kippu).

Available three times a year, it is valid for five unlimited one-day travel on the JR network. The main catch is that it is only valid for local and rapid trains, (i.e. no express, no limited express, no Shinkansen), but for short-distance tourism this is not a problem at all.

The added interest of this ticket is that it is transferable. It could for instance be used by five passengers at once for a day, three persons for a day and then one person for two days, one person for five (not necessarily continuous) days, etc.

If you ask me, this is a very useful deal!
And despite the name, there is no age limitation.

The summer ticket is valid until September 10th, and we have one day left to use, so we might go on another adventure in the near future.

In the meantime, blog posts detailing this trip will appear shortly.

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