After 2 days in Tokyo, we were going to Osaka which is my sweet home town.
We picked up our luggage at the ryokan in Asakusa and stopped by a Kinken shop near Asakusa station.
- Kinken shop sells a variety of gift cards, stamps, concert tickets, sports tickets, train tickets and so on.. at a cheaper price.
- Usually those items are sold by somebody to Kinken shop or Kinken shop buys a book of tickets and sells each one separately to make price cheaper.
- Most of Kinken shops are around any station. They have a lot of card on window to show what they have. They even have vending machines for ticket ( I wish I have a photo to show you 🙁 )
We bought 2 bullet (Shinkansen) tickets to Osaka. We could save money for 2 lunch boxes in train.
Easy to save your money so a lot of Japanese use very commonly.
BUT there is another choice for visitor which is Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass).
For 7 days : $230 USD
For 14 days : $368 USD
For 21 days : $471 USD
*Only visitors are eligible
All you can ride for JR train, Buses and Ferry.
(some exclusion are available, please check their website.)
Unfortunately I am not eligible because I’m Japanese and we are going to Philippines (!) after Osaka so I assumed we don’t use much so we went to Kinken shop 🙂
I think this is great deal if you are planning hopping around in Japan.