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New unlimited expressway passes for foreign tourists to go on sale Oct 13

Highway to Mt Fuji caves
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Time to plan your cross-country road-trip and expand your travel beyond Tokyo. Starting from Oct 13, you’ll be able to purchase a Japan Express Pass at 275 rental car shops across Japan. According to The Japan Times, the seven-consecutive-day pass will cost ¥20,000 (about USD180), whereas the 14-consecutive-day pass will set you back ¥34,000 (about USD300).

With the pass, you’ll be able to drive on 10,000km of expressways, bringing you to most parts of the country. However, do note that expressways in Tokyo’s and Osaka’s metropolitan areas, as well as those in Hokkaido, are not included in the pass. Also, make sure your standard-sized vehicle is fitted with an electronic toll collection device.

This expressway pass is available to foreign nationals, either travelling or residing in Japan, as well as Japanese living permanently outside the country. As for ideas on where to go and what to do in Japan beyond Tokyo, we’ve got you covered right here.

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