Super Cheap JR Pass-use Seishun 18 (Youth 18) to travel Japan!

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If you have travelled to Japan, you will know that the travel expenses in Japan are not as high as expected, and there are many places with cheap deals too! For example, you can find accommodation which is slightly further, look for cheaper food, bargain during purchases, use wifi pocket and etc., but the most important thing is travel expenses! The only thing that you won’t be able to save on is transport fees (admission fees too!), in order to travel with a good deal, it is best to buy the local PASS. However, if the travel area is big, the minimum is 10,000 YEN, sometimes during continuous holidays, it might be cheaper than the local ticket, but it is still very expensive!

Every December, March and July, JR will promote the benefit of Youth18! ©jreast.co.jp
JR will promote the advantages of “”Youth 18” ticket every December, March and July. ©jreast.co.jp

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!

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Youth 18 can be used in most area in Japan, if you have enough time; you can travel from Tokyo to Hokkaido (very cheap!)

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!

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The Youth 18 Pass has a limited usage and sales period, check your travelling schedule to see if it suits you!

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!

Youth 18 Pass is a 1 ticket pass. Each stamp represent each user. If you and your friend need to travel separately, you will have to buy 2 passes. (The picture shows an old price) ©old.jjl.cn 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。)

=以東京為例,滿街都有的大黑屋就是買票的好選擇!©PIXNET 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-ga 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-ga

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!

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. 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.

Take Osake to Hiroshima as the example, though the travelling time is short, but in total, you still have to wait for 6 hours! 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)

To 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.

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