YOUR GUIDE TO TATEYAMA KUROBE ALPINE ROUTE IN JAPAN

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The rides

Hokuriku shinkansen.

For greater savings, get both the Hokuriku Arch Pass and the Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket.

Hokuriku Arch Pass lets you take unlimited rides on the Hokuriku Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kanazawa (stops along the way include Nagano and Toyama) for 7 consecutive days. It also covers the airport express from Narita or Haneda to Tokyo; the Thunderbird Limited Express between Kanazawa and Osaka; the airport express to Kansai airport; and JR-operated local trains in these areas. Price: 24,000 yen (about RM867) when purchased outside of Japan; half price for kids under 12.

Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket

Valid for a one-way journey from JR Nagano/Shinano-Omachi Station to Dentetsu Toyama Station on the Toyama Chiho Railway, or from Dentetsu Toyama Station to JR Shinano-Omachi Station/Nagano Station. It covers all transportation across the Alps, except optional rides like the Kurobe Lake cruise and the bus to Shomyo Falls. Price: 9,000 yen (about RM325); half-priced for kids under 12.

For help in planning your journey, visit www.alpen-route.com/en. The KL branch of the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) also offers insightful tips about travelling in Japan at www.jnto.org.my and on Facebook @Visit.My.Japan.

And if you’re in Kuala Lumpur today till 13th January, 2019, drop by the Japan Travel Fair at the Vanity Atrium, on the ground floor of Sunway Velocity Mall. There are air tickets to be won, culinary demonstrations, cultural performances, and gifts with purchase of travel packages! The highlight of the fair is booths by 12 Japanese exhibitors for free-and-easy arrangements, and 10 by Malaysian tour companies.

This article first appeared in the March 2018 issue of Her World

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