Wednesday, 15 December 2010

A Special Pass For Unlimited Travel On JR East Lines

For us, any trip to Japan would involve a significant amount of time travelling on trains; be it short or long distance. To keep the cost down, finding the correct pass to use is of course advisable. We've bought a number of passes for previous trips; JR Pass (7 days and 14 days), JR East Pass and for the trip in Sep 2010,  JR East Special Passes.

On sale for a limited time between Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, 2010, this pass allowed us unlimited use of  the Narita Express connecting Narita Airport and the Tokyo area as well as Shinkansen and limited express trains to Shinshu (Nagano), Nikko, Sendai and Aomori. The JR East Pass Special is even available for travel on trains other than those of JR East going from Tokyo to Izu, Naoetsu and the Nikko area, as well as trains in the Shinshu (Nagano) area. 

The pass can be used for three days of our choice within a ten-day period at just 10,000yen per adult and 5,000yen for children. Buying the pass is easy. We have the option of buying them online, through agents or buying them when we get to Japan at travel service centres.

There is another fun thing about having this JR East Special pass and that's getting gifts at certain exchange offices. 
The gifts were :
  • Temari bell netsuke at Matsumoto City TIC
  • Hand towels at Yamanouchi Town tourism association, Nagano TIC, Nozawa Onsen Tourism Association
  • Notepads at Karuizawa Tourist Hall
  • Picture postcards at Ueda Sation ticket gate and tourist centre (though the staff manning the ticket gate at Ueda Station was quite oblivious about the gift or the promotion) and Omachi tourism association
Who doesn't like getting freebies? We sure do! And look for those freebies, we did! *^-^*

14 comments:

  1. I wouldn't want to spend my time travelling on trains or coaches if I can help it. But sometimes, it may be necessary if the itinery requires it. Travelling by trains or coaches is still more bearable than flying. I just hate flying.

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  2. @Mei Teng,
    If it's just plain, boring travel I too want to avoid it. XD
    But there are many interesting trains to board in Japan like the steam locomotive or the wide view resort trains that pass by scenic spots. And these trains that caters for tourists usually have in-train entertainment provided by their staff. Zaini and I love our trains travel time in Japan. :)

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  3. 10,000 yen is a good deal. Doesn't 1 ride on the Shinkansen cost more than that? Yes, everyone loves freebies. It's almost like going treasure hunting in your case. :)

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  4. @AVCr8teur,
    Yes, a ride can cost more than that. A trip from Tokyo to Sendai (halfway from Tokyo to Aomori) is already 10,000yen.

    Collecting those freebies was like a treasure hunt. It was fun! :)

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  5. Bah, you tourists get all the good deals. Those of us who live here don't have half the fun....

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  6. @Contamination,
    Jealous? Bwahaha!!!! XD

    But I think if you can get someone to get their hands on those passes for you, you pretty much can get away using it. The JR staff almost never check our passports.

    And yeah, I'm having all the fun in Japan, we can't afford local holidays in Malaysia! ;-)

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  7. I always want to travel and experience different cultures regardless of the means of transportation:)

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  8. As a thrifty Scot I'm always on the lookout for a freebie, you should enter my free book giveaway on my blog it ends on the 23rd of December.

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  9. There is no better way to save money than getting things for free. :D

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  10. @Davaodelights,
    I'm with you! :)

    It is a delight using the highly efficient train system in Japan too.

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  11. @Ryan,
    Cool! Will check it out! :)

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  12. @LR,
    That's true! Everything seems much nicer when it is free too! lol

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  13. @Ayie,
    They are, aren't they? I wouldn't want to pass up any freebies. ;)

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