Monday, October 18, 2010
At the stroke of midnight, it arrives and while you are asleep it takes you to the destination. No, I am not talking about any magic carpets or Cinderella's pumpkin carriage; I'm talking about the overnight bus.
This overnight bus, also called the highway buses, could be the alternative way of going to places here in Japan.
Japan is not one of those places where you just “go to” for a 3-4 day vacation. It is somewhere you visit once and try to see the most out of. And when trying to do so, I hear many people say how everything is so expensive in Japan, and how the transportation fee is so expensive, too. So for those people, I suggest this highway bus.
There are some disadvantages too, but if you are looking for something cheap to travel around Japan, I highly recommend it.
Since they have dense networks, there are many routes going all over places. The bus covers most of the major cities in most prefectures, but usually many of the buses leave from Shinjuku station or Tokyo station. (If you are staying in the Yokohama area, there are a couple of buses that leave from Yokohama station as well)
The prices are very cheap also. For example, if you take the bullet train to Osaka, it may cost you somewhere from 14,000 yen but if you take the bus, it is somewhere from 4,500 to 6,000 yen. You could save yourself the cost worth one way on the bullet train!
If you are planning to actually see many places in Japan, I 'HIGHLY' recommend you use the high-way bus!