Escape! Asia - - Cover Story -

var­i­ous tim­ings. While a high­way bus may be per­fect for those seek­ing a leisurely-paced sight­see­ing tour across cities with the low­est prices, trains are the next best mode of trans­port to move about in Ja­pan. The JR East Pass pro­vides tourist a chance to ex­plore the Nagano and Ni­igata re­gions with­out break­ing their bank, and al­lows for unlimited rides on­board shinkansen (ex­press bul­let trains), local trains and even mono­rails. The passes are usu­ally dis­counted if bought prior to the trip, and can be col­lected upon ar­rival at the des­ig­nated Tokyo air­port coun­ters.

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