Is the Japan Rail Pass Worth Purchasing?

One of the questions I see asked most often on the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Forum message boards is whether or not Japan Rail Group’s Japan Rail Pass is good value for money. It’s a great question which you’ll often get a subjective answer to.

There are so many variables and personal preferences/biases which can determine whether or not the pass is right for someone.

In this guide, I’ll share my experience and offer suggestions to those looking to ride the rails in Japan.

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How to Make a Trip to Japan Affordable

There is a generally accepted myth that visiting Japan – especially for round-the-world travellers – is a budget-breaking experience.  And while it is true that Tokyo and other cities offer many temptations which can suck your bank account dry, the reality is if you are smart about certain expenses, you can afford to splurge a bit while in Japan.

Here are some ways I’ve managed to make my visits to Japan affordable.

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