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  • Abou JR Japan Rail Pass: JAPAN RAIL PASS is the most economical means of travelling throughout Japan by rail. There are some restrictions on use; for example, it is avaialbe only to travelers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sightseeing. There are several online sites you can buy a JR pass for one, two, or three weeks. Search for "JR Pass."
  • Ekitan (電車、バス、飛行機の乗り換え・地図・時刻表のサーチ)
  • Accomodations in Japan
    • western-style hotels (cheap to expensive)
    • ryokan (旅館) are a type of traditional Japanese inn that typically feature tatami-matted rooms, communal baths
    • business hotels are hotels located near the business district of the country/region they are in. They focus primarily on businesspeople, and yhey provide you with fast internet and quiet rooms.
    • Youth Hostels are found all across Japan.
    • guest houses (外人ハウス) are an inexpensive type of accommodation for foreigners, who stay in Japan for one month or longer. (Some guesthouses also offer weekly contracts.)
    • minshuku (民宿) are family-operated, Japanese-style bed and breakfasts. They offer visitors a good opportunity to meet local families and experience the traditional Japanese lifestyle.
    • capsule hotels (カプセルホテル) are a type of hotel developed in Japan that features a large number of small bed-sized rooms known as capsules.
    • CouchSurfing: free accommodations
  • Before you leave the States. find out how to avoid international roaming fees which can become costly very quickly. e.g., Cell phone plans that work internationally, renting a portable WiFi, etc.

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