If you are travelling to Japan alone, and trying to save a lot, the travel time also falls between December – January, March – April, July – September, it is best to consider using Japan’s cheapest Youth 18 Pass – 「青春18」，on an average, it only cost 2370 YEN per day and you can go on all the JR Lines! Besides Okinawa, you can travel the whole of Japan with JR!
JR will promote the advantages of “”Youth 18” ticket every December, March and July. ©jreast.co.jp
Even though the price is cheap, but it has its disadvantages too, because the Youth 18 Pass is used to encourage Japanese students to travel during spring, summer and winter holiday. Besides limited sale and usage period, users can only take JR normal and express coach (with some exemptions), which means it is not available for the Super Express coach and the Shinkansen coach, it will take a longer travel time. For example, travelling from Osaka to Tokyo, might take more than 14 hours! Hence if you are trying to travel from Osaka to Tokyo, you can consider visitingNagoya for a day or two, travel Japan on a slower path!
The Youth 18 Pass’s primary users are students, but if you are a tourist, you can still buy the pass at all ages! You can buy it at any JR green window counter（みどりの窓口 – see the picture above）！One pass can be used 5 times (no matter how many days and how many person), in total it has 18 tickets with total 11850 YEN. You can share it among 5 people in one day, 2 people in 2.5 days, or 1 person in 5 days and etc. There is only 1 pass, not 5 different passes, it requires a stamp for how many usage on that day!
However, as a tourist, sometimes you might not use it for up to 5 days, hence these reason these voucher shop（金券ショップ）on the street can help you! During the Youth 18 pass usage period, most of the voucher shop will buy the leftover passes from you, sometimes there is 1 – 4 days pass too, and you can buy a second-hand Youth 18 pass according to your need. The price is cheaper than the original of cost 2370 Yen! If you have any leftover unused passes, you can sell it to the voucher shop too! (More details about Voucher Shop，click here。）The Youth 18 Pass users can use any JR line besides the Shinkansen coach, you will only be asked to show your pass, it is usable for all JR in Japan! I recommend that you use the jorudan website to search for the Youth 18 Pass’s schedule, you can plan your trip based on the travel time. If you are travelling from Osaka to Hiroshima, it will take you 6 hours, the original price is 5620 Yen, while a one day Youth 18 Pass only requires 2370 Yen! It is very worth it!
= Take Tokyo as an example, Daikouku is one of the best option to get your travel pass!©PIXNET
If it is closer to the end date, the price will be cheaper, the picture above shows there is only a 1 time use but it still cost 3500 Yen because the usage period is still very long, be careful with the pricing! ©machi-gaTo make it easier here are some important rules and regulation, hope this pass will ease your travel in Japan! 1）A 1 new pass can be used for 5 days, it doesn’t have to be 5continuous days, it can be shared with other people, but only 1 pass will be given to you. 2）It can only be used for normal and Kyuko coaches, it is not available for the Express and Shinkansen coach. 3）Pay attention to the usage and sale period. 4）If you don’t need a 5 days (5 times) pass, you can find a secondhand pass at voucher shop. 5）Utilizes jorudan to search for the Youth 18 routes, look for the best travelling schedule. 6）Suitable for short distance and inter-island travel, for example, to travel from Osaka to Kyushu, you might require accommodation throughout the travel.
只Insert the starting point and the end point, this website will show you how to skip the Express and Shinkansen Line, and pick the most suitable travelling line for you.
Travelling from Osaka to Hiroshima, it takes you 6 hours and 40 minutes! But taking a bus will also take you 3 hours, and you will not be able to enjoy the view along the JR line, the most important part is that a bus ticket will cost you 4000 Yen~~!（Not including the transport fees in Hiroshima town）