The Travel Journal #1 – April 3rd, 2017

The Travel Journal #1 – April 3rd, 2017
Marathoners prepping for the 2017 Kyoto Marathon.
Welcome to the first edition of The Travel Journal, our weekly newsletter here at Travel Japan Local. Every week, we will provide a first look at the latest Japan travel news, blog posts that you will see in the coming week, and some thoughts from us. I am your host, Felix, and welcome.
This week’s blog
How much time do you spend in your average trip planning? If you are like me, it would be quite a bit. I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to planning my travel plans. That said, even if you are going on a guided tour, sometimes a little prep goes a long way.
  • From April 1st, the price of Common One Day Ticket for Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway had dropped. Adults will pay 900 yen instead of 1000 yen, and for children, now only 450 yen instead of 500. 100 yen might not be much, but it can already buy you some snacks or a drink at a 100 yen shop. (Source translated)
  • Since last week, buses and light rail in Hakodate accept “nimoca” IC cards issued by Nishi-Nippon Railroad (NNR), besides coins. Since, “nimoca” is compatible to all IC card systems in Japan, passengers can use their SUICA or ICOCA card, too. Also, there will be discounts from 50 to 160 yen for passengers using “nimoca” on connecting bus/light rail rides. (Source translated)
  • Did you wonder why Japanese train conductors and platform staff points up and down the platform before a train departs? Here’s why.
That’s it for this week. See you all next Monday!