Quick Takes – September 20th, 2018

Welcome to this week’s Quick Takes! Good news to Kansai area, new service and station, and Sale!

  • Good news for Japan and travelers! The train bridge for Kansai Airport had been repaired and now back in operation since Tuesday, Sept 18th. Hopefully, this is the start of the airport going back to normal after the serious flooding earlier this month. The motorway that was damaged by the tanker collision in the storm will be replaced once weather condition stabilizes in the springtime, with projected completion by Golden Week of 2019.
  • Most people might have heard of other travelers using the ATMs in Japan convenience stalls to draw cash. Now, the ATMs from Seven Bank (the banking arm of Seven-Eleven Japan) will bring this function to the next level: charging IC cards like Suica with cash. The ATMs can check the vale left of an IC card, and charge money in the denomination of 1000 yen, up to 20000 yen per operation. And they operate 24/7. Convenient, indeed.
  • Onomichi has been one of the favourite spots for cyclists traveling between Honshu and Shikoku. And the new JR station will be completed by end of 2018. JR West Okayama Office had released the new station building’s image and shop list, and there are some interesting shops inside. A hostel aiming for cyclists and budget travelers will open on the second floor, as well as a cafe/cycle rental shop on the first floor. Shops selling local produce and gifts, as well as a cafe that doubles as a bar at night are listed as well.
  • JR Bus Kanto and West are now celebrating their 30th anniversary with a sale on their bus tickets. Lines between Tokyo and Kansai area (Kyoto/Osaka/Kobe) will slash ticket prices by almost one third between November 1st and December 20th. Both daytime and night buses are included. Since these tickets can be booked online, it is a significant bargain for a trip on the Tokaido.

That’s it for this week! See you all in the next issue of Quick Takes!