Monday, August 9, 2010

Fuji Rock: Travel & Crowds

Naeba is accessible by the Joetsu Shinkansen (bullet train) for Tokyo station if you have that kinda cash, but if you are like me and the wallet is thin, then the Seishun Juhachi Kippu might be just the, uh. . . ticket. Literally a youth 18 ticket, but one that has no actual age restrictions on its use. It is perhaps the most interesting and certainly the best value way to travel on Japan's extensive rail network. For 11,500 yen (about 120 USD) you get a ticket entitling you to 5 days of unlimited travel on all Japan Rail services including night trains but excluding limited express and Shinkansen services. That's five separate 24-hour periods of travel on all local trains throughout Japan no booking required. Also the ticket is not tied to a specific person, so on one ticket, one person can travel for five days, or 5 people can travel for 1 day, anyway you want to do the math. Now the downside, this is not the way to travel quickly. Scenic and adventurous yes, fast no; it took over 10 hours to get from Kōbe to the campsite in Naeba.

The crowds at the concert were friendly, international, and colorful and the fresh cooler air and vast forest backdrops of the Japanese alps helped to keep spirits light. There was some crazy, you know the concert going kind, see if you can spy any?

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