The thing that keeps blowing me away is the road tolls here in Japan. If we decide to drive, the tolls would be $276 just to be able to use the road. Let me say that one more time. We are planning a trip that is about 445 miles each way so lets call it 900 miles round trip, it's $276 in tolls to make that trip. That's roughly the equivalent of Boise to Portland and back. In less than 2 minutes I found plane tickets from Boise to Portland, round trip for $325. All we want to do is drive! When we took our little road trip a week and a half ago, we probably paid almost $100 in tolls. It's totally crazy.
As you can imagine, the cost to take a train is more than that of the tolls so it's actually quite expensive to move around within the country. If you are planning on visiting Japan, you can get a rail pass that is good for a week or two, depending on the length of your stay that can significantly reduce the cost to travel around. These are only issued outside of Japan so you need to get it before you come here. Hint hint to anyone who is thinking about visiting.
Anyhow, for people wanting to visit Japan, meal costs are not much higher than the US. Fish, beer and liquor are fairly inexpensive. Beef is expensive. Restaurants don't seem to have as high of a markup as they do in the US. And most importantly, soft ice cream cones are cheap :-)
I figure I need to have some pictures in this blog so here are some pictures of the road that Jeff and I have been running in the morning.
|This is just a cute house with some rice fields in front of it and a really pretty garden up close to the house. This is fairly common. Some houses also have small vegetable gardens with squash and tomatoes and veggies growing.|