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Discount Ticketing

Low Cost Carriers

Low cost carriers (LCC) offer no frills, but are often significantly cheaper than traveling with major carriers. Worth checking out for budget travel!

International

Jeju Air (Fukuoka – Seoul)

Air Busan (Fukuoka – Busan)

Spring Airlines (Saga – Shanghai)

Domestic

Peach Aviation (Fukuoka – Kansai International Airport)

Skymark Airlines (Fukuoka – Haneda, Narita, and Naha)

Discount Ticket Shops (Kinken shoppu 金券ショップ)

Kinken shops, which sell discounted shinkansen, train, highway bus, and airline tickets, are located throughout the prefecture. The discounted price varies based on route and by shop. Often, as a rule, discounted tickets cannot be used during the periods around Golden Week (late April/early May), Obon (mid-August), and New Year’s (end of December/beginning of January).

Here are some examples of discounted tickets:

Shinkansen

Hakata–Shin-Osaka (reserved seat, one way) \14,890\12,800

Hakata—Kumamoto (unreserved seat, one way) \4,480\3,450

Hakata—Kokura (unreserved seat, one way) \2,050\1,890

Shops*

Tenjin

Ticket King Shintencho (2F Shintenchogai, 2-7-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City)

福岡市中央区天神2-7-1新天町街2F

TEL: 092-738-0780

Hours: Weekdays 9:30-19:00, Saturdays 9:30-15:00

Hakata

Ticket King Hakata Eki-mae (1F, 3-13-9 Hakata Eki-mae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City)

福岡市博多区博多駅前3-13-9-1F

TEL: 092-412-5370

Hours: Weekdays 9:30-19:00, Saturdays 9:30-15:00

Kokura

Ticket Fukuoka Kokura Eki-mae (1F, Casa Grande Dai-ichi Bldg., 2-4-30 Kyo-machi, Kokura Kita-ku, Kitakyushu City)

北九州市小倉北区京町2丁目4番30号 カーサグランデ第1ビル1階

TEL: 093-512-7200

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30-19:00, Sundays/holidays 10:00-19:00

* These are just a few shops that previous JETs have used. We can’t list all the shops in the prefecture here, so ask your coworkers or neighbors if there are any kinken shops in your area. It’s worth checking out!

Yokaro Bus

http://yokaro.info/

Although the coaches owned by this company aren’t the newest or snazziest, Yokaro Bus membership is one of the best deals if you want to do some serious traveling around northern and central Kyushu. For a yearly membership fee of 4,000 yen (less than a standard roundtrip bus fare to most destinations), you get norihodai, or “all-you-can-ride” privileges on the following six routes:

Hakata – Hirado, Nagasaki (Hakata→Matsuura→Tabira→Hirado)

Hakata – Usuki, Oita (Hakata→Yufuin→Usuki)

Hakata – Takeda, Oita (Hakata→Kurokawa→Kuju→Takeda)

Hakata – Takachiho, Miyazaki (Hakata→Grand Messe Kumamoto→Kumamoto Airport→Takamori→Takachiho→terminates in Takeda, Oita)

Hakata – Aso, Kumamoto (Hakata→Yamaga→Kikuchi→Aso)

Hakata – Sasebo – Hirado, Nagasaki (Hakata→Ureshino→Arita→Sasebo→Hirado)

There are two return buses each day per route—the only hitch being you pretty much have to stay overnight in any of these places, since the route times don’t allow you any time to look around or hit the hot-springs before the return bus departs. Still, it’s quite a bargain, as it takes you to some of the biggest onsen regions in Kyushu. Register for membership online or by fax. You have to book your place on each bus in advance using their website. It’s all in Japanese, but if you’re not sure what to do, ask a Japanese-speaking friend to help you register and learn how to reserve bus seats. You will have to do a bank furikomi (transfer) to pay your yearly membership fee.