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> Yakushima / Slow train pass help
yafnaf
post Jun 9 2009, 04:33 PM
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Hello, I am looking into different ways of getting myself to Yakushima from Tokyo, basically I want the cheapest way possible, I have even considered Hitch Hiking. haha. I have found this Rail Pass which is called Seishun 18 http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/seishun18.html apparently its only on slow trains not Shinkansen which is fine by me for $150 it doesn't seem like a bad deal. Is anyone familiar with this type of pass? Is it even possible to get down to Kagoshima (which is where I would take a ferry over to Yakushima) on slow trains? I must admit I am pretty confused when it comes to the Japanese rail system.

If anyone has any advice regarding either means of transport to Yakushima or travel advice for Yakushima itself it would be much appreciated.


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post Jun 10 2009, 03:08 PM
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Wait a sec, I can't find Yakushima on a map...

But I saw this on Wikitravel:

There is a (charmingly small) airport with direct flights to/from Kagoshima.

There are ferry connections to Kagoshima and Shimama.

The "Toppy"[1] and "Rocket"[2] Jetfoil ferries can be taken from Kagoshima; they both take approximately 2 hours depending on if there are stops at Ibusuki and Tanegashima. They cost approximately 7000 yen and 5000 yen respectively and run 4 times a day, although they may stop for bad weather. They can arrive at either Miyanoura port or Anbo port, so take care to plan the following transport and accommodation accordingly.

http://wikitravel.org/en/Yakushima


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post Jun 10 2009, 10:12 PM
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I can understand your confusion with the Japanese rail system which I think is because there are so many lines operated by different companies. But it is still incredibly efficient once you figure out how to get where you want.

Many years ago I took a slow train in part to get to Matsue on the Japan Sea side and absolutely loved the slower pace compared to the bullet train. I think you will have a great trip and from what I can tell on the map of the website, the Seishun definitely appears to go to Kagoshima. Yakushima island also looks like an awesome place and I assume you will try to take a ferry from Kagoshima?
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post Jun 11 2009, 12:44 PM
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Yeah I knew about the ferry just couldn't figure out how to get to Kagoshima.

Well Louise I know Yakushima is hard to find, its an island south of Kyushu. heres a map http://www.jal.com/world/en/guidetojapan/w...ons/img/map.gif
It's going to be awesome, I had learned of the island from someone who had posted their blog here about Japan on the Cheap http://www.japan-cheap-travel.com/ideas-yakushima.html but they hitchhiked, and while I'm not opposed to hitchhiking I think you should kind of do it without any real destination in mind.

Just in case anyone else needs to know how to take a slow train to Kagoshima I haven't figured the entire trip out and I don't think I will until I am in Japan and I just book all my trains. But I have been talking to a guy who has made the trip from Tokyo to Yakushima on the Seishun 18 and he tells me there is a night train called moonlight nagara (I think. I am going off memory here it could be moonlight something else) But he said it got him pretty far and the entire trip took him 22 hours. haha. But thats good because he only used one day on his 5 day pass. So I think I am going to do it.


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