Some kind of Handy ticket
One thing that’s a problem when you go to a regional city is getting around, isn’t it?You want to go to a place where you can encounter the charming rural landscape, but you don’t have a car, and you’re worried that you might make a mistake if you use the bus or train without knowing the local area. If only there was some kind of handy ticket in the region that would let you get on and get off many times in a single day, so that you could reach your destination without losing money even if you make mistakes. Don’t you sometimes think that?
Echigo One Day Pass
With this unlimited pass that, most likely, isn’t well-known even among the local residents (I didn’t know about it either), you can freely get on and get off the unreserved seating section of any local train (including high speed or rapid-service trains) for one day, as long as it’s within the area the ticket covers. When you hear the words “unlimited pass”, something you might be worried about is the cost, but the price is at a reasonable 1,540 yen for adults and 770 yen for young children.
In addition, if you show this pass at train stations within the covered area, you can use a rent-a-cycle for free. A bicycle is a tool that always seems to sparkle more when you’re travelling, so to be able to use one for free is wonderful, isn’t it? Even if it’s a distance you wouldn’t have felt like going on foot, if you have a bicycle, you can get a glimpse into the local way of life while having the kind of quiet, fun times you can’t experience from inside a car.
- Stations that are part of the train station rent-a-cycle service:
Oguni Station, Murakami Station, Nakajō Station, Shibata Station, Gosen Station, Kamo Station, Higashi-Sanjō Station
(Stations that provide this service may be subject to change)
- The rent-a-cycle service runs from April 1st – November 30th
- Rental times are generally from 10am – 6pm, differing with each station
There’s also an Echigo Two Day Pass, which covers the same area and includes the rent-a-cycle service but works for two days. The price is 2,690 yen for adults and 1,340 yen for small children.
You should definitely use this pass to save time and money, and go enjoy a carefree journey!
By Gaku Kamimura