8 January 2009
During vacation, JR(Japan Railways) sells a special ticket called Seisyun 18 ticket for only 11500 yen. With that ticket you are allowed to take unlimited rides on the local trains of JR all over Japan for five not necessarily consecutive days.
It's very cheep but you can't ride on Shinkansen nor limited express.
During this winter vacation I went all the way to Kyusyu island with this ticket. Since I could only use local trains, on the first day, I had to change trains 9 times to get to Yamaguchi, the western most prefecture of Honshu!