Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Trams/Streetcars in Kumamoto & Nagasaki

When we were visiting Kumamoto and Nagasaki, apart from the local train (the JR Line was covered by our JR Kyushu Northern Area Rail Pass), we also used the tram quite extensively to get around both cities.
Watermark on photo is of our other blog: https://linasbackyard.blogspot.com
The one-day tram pass we bought to use in Kumamoto.

The trams is used by local and tourists alike but of course, we saw more tourists on the tram at Nagasaki compared to Kumamoto.

For 500-yen per tram pass, it is a good value as a tram ride cost 130 yen -  170 yen per ride. 
Trams arrived at regular intervals so we never needed to wait long for one and it was indeed great fun to get around town in the!

We used the time travelling in the tram as a time to chill and take a breather before getting to our next destination.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Enjoying A Ride On The JR Kyushu A-Train

One of the many highlights during our Kyushu trip last month was riding the JR Kyushu Limited Express A-Train.
The train is named after a famous jazz tune, the theme behind this train was "the Southern European culture prevalent in Amakusa in 16th century. "

The interior is constructed using dark tone woods and stained glass and giving a feeling as if we are in a movie scene.

The train ride is covered by JR Pass, JR Kyushu Rail Pass, JR Kyushu Northern Area Pass and JR Kyushu Southern Area Pass.

For our trip, we bought the 5-days JR Kyushu Northern Area Pass for 10,000 yen each and certainly had fun riding on JR Kyushu shinkansen (bullet trains) and also novelty trains like the A-Train.

Here's a video about the ride.
There are more videos of our previous trips and marathons at our YouTube account Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura.

I'll try to update more about our previous trips here soon!

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Rail Passes In Japan

We visited Kyushu during the school holiday, taking advantage of Air Asia X's cheap promotional fare to the island. Taking in mind of the school holiday season, the RM700 fare (return) was very reasonable for us.
For this trip, we decided to purchase the 5-days Northern Kyushu Rail Pass at 10,000 yen and visited Kumamoto, Yufuin, Oita, Beppu, Aso, Nagasaki, Kurume and Fukuoka (yup, in that order).

It was really fun getting on numerous shinkansens on this trip with the pass.
To travel around the city area of Kumamoto and Nagasaki, we also bought the 1-day tram pass in each city which enabled us to ride the excellent tram service around the two cities.

Depending on our needs during our travel, we'd purchase rail or tram passes or just the normal train 1-day passes for our use.

A tram single fare is usually from 130 - 170 yen so just a few trips on the tram is enough to cover the day pass' fare.
We bought this Nankai All Line 2-day pass (2,000 yen) when we visited Osaka in 2017 which we used to travel from Kansai Airport to Wakayama and then to Koyasan the next day.

Just travelling to the two areas had more than covered the price of our 2-day pass.
When we visited Japan in March this year for my Nagoya Women's Marathon, we bought the 5-days Kintetsu Rail Pass (3,600 yen) which we used to travel around Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Ise-Shima and Nagoya.

Yup, we visited all the areas the pass covered. We only used local trains which meant travel time was slower than using express trains but we didn't mind.
When we visited Hokkaido last year, we bought the 5-days Hokkaido Rail Pass (22,000 yen) and we used it to travel from New Chitose Airport to Hakodate then to Sapporo, Otaru, Furano, Asahikawa and lastly to Abashiri for my Okhotsk-Abashiri Marathon before returning to Sapporo on the last day.
In Hakodate we also bought the 1-day tram pass to visit the town.
When we visited Nikko in 2017, we bought the 4-days Nikko All Area pass (4,150 yen during winter) and it also covered the Nikko bus service in Nikko.
In 2015, when I joined Tango Ultramarathon, we bought the 5-days JR-Wet Rail Pass Kansai Wide Area Pass (9,000+ yen depending on where you buy it) and used it to travel around Osaka, Kyoto, Toyooka and Kinosaki Onsen.
For the areas where we used railway companies other than the JR line, we bought the Kyoto Tango Rail Pass. It was half price for foreigners when we bought it so it cost us only 900 yen at that time.

We used it to visit Amanohashidate and also Amino city for my race kit collection.

Oh, many many years ago, we also had bought the 7-days JR Pass and used it to travel the length and breadth of Japan; from Kyushu to Shikoku all the way up north to Hokkaido. It was rather fun but nowadays, whenever we visit Japan, we tend to focus to just a certain area instead of rushing all around Japan during our trip.
And whenever we visit Japan, we are never without our more-than-10-year-old SUICA card. This is pretty handy for not only ticket purchases (for trips not covered by any passes) but also for purchases too.

Note:
The watermark used in all photos are of my other blog link: https://linasbackyard.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Boyzone "Thank you and Goodnight Farewell" Tour in MALAYSIA

Wowstar Creative Entertainment is proud to present Boyzone "Thank you and Goodnight Farewell" Tour with guest artist Brian McFadden this 14th June 2019 at Malawati Stadium, Shah Alam 
Former boy band Westlife member and songwriter Brian McFadden has been announced as special guest performer in Boyzone’s “Thank You and Goodnight Farewell Tour” last show on 14th June 2019 at Malawati Stadium, Shah Alam. McFadden started his singing career as member of Westlife, which was formed in 1998 and released the debut studio album “Westlife” in 1999. 

He left Westlife in 2004 to begin his solo career and released the single “Real to Me,” a track in his debut solo album “Irish Son.” In 2016, McFadden and Boyzone’s Keith Duffy formed the group Boyzlife and toured the world, performing their bands’ hits. 
Boyzone’s Duffy, Michael Graham, Ronan Keating and Shane Lynch will be performing some of their greatest hits including “When You Say Nothing At All,” “No Matter What” and “Love Me For A Reason.” “When we started out as five young Dublin Northsiders, eager to face the world, we never imagined that we’d still have an army of fans some twenty-five years later… If you’d seen our famous first TV appearance on ‘The Late Late Show,’ you’d probably be surprised too!” said the band, according the tour website. 

Boyzone enjoyed success throughout their career. “We’ve played stadiums and arenas all over the world, released six albums, and had almost two-dozen hits. We really can’t put into words just how much you, the fans, have supported us along the way. Without that support, we would have never achieved what we have, and for that we’re eternally grateful,” they added. 

Ticket selling website : https://airasiaredtix.com/boyzone2019 

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