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Transportation

Personal Vehicles

Sometimes public transportation is not sufficient to meet JETs’ needs, particularly in rural areas or for those with long commutes. Following are some things to keep in mind when buying, owning and driving a motorized vehicle. The most important thing you must know about driving in Japan is that you ARE PROHIBITED FROM DRIVING UNDER …

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Bicycles

To Obtain a Bicycle Inherit your predecessor’s—easy. Ask colleagues about second-hand bikes or recommended shops. Go to the police. They periodically empty their impound lots by selling abandoned/lost/stolen bikes through silent auction. Contact your town’s ward office for dates and times. Buy new at a bicycle shop or home goods store. To Curb Theft Register …

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Ferries

Ferries can be used as cheap alternatives for long-distance travel.  You can leave Friday evening after work and be in Osaka at 8:30 am on Saturday morning, well-rested, bathed and fed!  A great way to spend a weekend in Kansai and you only need the Shinkansen to get back to Kyushu. You can read more …

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Discount Passes

Public transportation companies offer cheaper fares if you purchase multiple trips in advance, typically by purchasing ticket packs or transit cards. Take advantage of discount fares to find the cheapest routes. For example, it may often be cheaper to buy a day pass for the bus, rather than taking a combination of buses and trains. …

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Fukuoka City Subway

The system is relatively simple because there are only three lines. Fares start at ¥200 and increase with distance traveled. Trains operate between 5:30am and 12:25am, leaving every four to ten minutes. Also, the subway is offering 100yen “O-tonari” tickets. This means that you pay only 100 yen to go to the adjacent station. Kuko Line runs east-west …

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Trains

Two companies operate trains in Fukuoka, Japan Railways and the private bus/train company Nishitetsu. JR Kyushu The JR central station in Kyushu is Hakata Eki (博多駅) and it is the main hub for traveling to major desintations in Kyushu.  Fares are determined by distance and speed. There are five types of JR trains in Fukuoka: Local trains or futsu …

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Buses

Buses are probably the best way to get around Kyushu.  They are often cheaper and more convenient than trains. Nishitetsu is the largest operator in Fukuoka servicing most parts of the prefecture, their white and pink buses easily recognizable. Schedules are color-coded and posted at all stops. Weekdays are green. Saturdays are orange. Sundays and …

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