Seishun Juhachi Kippu


The Seishun Juhachi Kippu, meaning something like "Youthful 18 Ticket", is a seasonally available railway ticket, which gives you five days of unlimited, nationwide travel on local and rapid JR (Japan Railways) trains for only 11,500 Yen, or 2,300 Yen per day!

Availability

The Seishun 18 Kippu is only available three times a year during school holiday seasons, as shown in the table below:

Next availability:

Period
Valid
On Sale
Summer 2006
July 20 to September 10
July 1 to August 31

Usual availability (subject to change):

Period
Valid
On Sale
Spring
March 1 to April 10
February 20 to March 31
Summer
July 20 to September 10
July 1 to August 31
Winter
December 10 to January 20
December 1 to January 10

 
Eligibility

Despite its name, the Seishun 18 Kippu can be used by people of any age. It is available to foreign tourists as well as Japanese nationals and foreign residents of Japan. However, there is no child fare.

 
Usage

Where is it sold?
The Seishun 18 Kippu can be bought at most JR stations across Japan. Consult the table above for the dates during which the ticket is on sale.

Can it be shared?
The Seishun 18 Kippu is a non-personal, transferable ticket, meaning that it can be used either by one person on five days or be shared by up to five different people. When sharing one ticket as a group, you always need to travel together, and each person uses up one of the ticket's five days of validity. Some examples on how the ticket can be used are listed below:

  • 1 person uses it on 5 days (it can be a different person each day)
  • 2 people share it on 2 days, and 1 person uses it on 1 day
  • 2 people share it on 1 day, and 1 person uses it on 3 days
  • 3 people share it on 1 day, and 2 people share it on 1 day
  • 5 people share it on 1 day
  • etc.

How to use it?
You cannot use automatic gates with the Seishun 18 Kippu. Instead, you have to pass through the manned gates and show the ticket to the station staff. At the beginning of each day's usage, the station staff will stamp one of the five fields with a stamp showing the current date. If you travel in a group, one field will be stamped for each member in your group.

Content of this article provided by Japan Guide.

 

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