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How To Use Your Japan Rail Pass: Hokkaido

Explore Hokkaido hassle-free!

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Clean air, blue skies, undulating hills and majestic mountains – these are some of the things you can expect in Hokkaido! No matter what season you visit, you can definitely expect to return home with memories of beautiful sights and full bellies.

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If you plan to visit the many regions in Hokkaido but don’t want the trouble of driving across cities, you’ll need the JR Hokkaido rail pass! You’ll not just get to enjoy UNLIMITED rides on the JR Hokkaido trains but also some designated JR buses within Hokkaido.

Access using: TRA
Line: Ju Guang Hao/ Zi Qiang Hao
Nearest train station: Long Xi Station

Read on to find out how you can maximize your Hokkaido JR Pass on your next holiday to Hokkaido!

1. Transport trains covered by the JR Pass

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Each JR Pass caters specifically to different regions in Japan and comes with varying entitlements. Therefore, it is important to plan your itinerary carefully before deciding which JR Pass to purchase. While it is possible to cancel your JR Pass, do note that a 10% cancellation fee (of the cost of the purchased JR Pass) applies.

A La Campagne
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 8pm | Friday to Sunday 10am to 10pm.
Address: 245/96 Sukhumvit Rd, Tambon Na Chom Thian, Amphoe Sattahip, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20250

*For the 4 Day Flexi JR Hokkaido Pass, you are allowed to choose any 4 days you wish to board the train within a 10-day period from which the pass is effective.

**For the 6 Day JR East-South Hokkaido Pass, you are allowed to choose any 6 days you wish to board the train within a 14-day period from which the pass is effective.

2. Cities covered by the JR Hokkaido Rail Pass

The JR Hokkaido Rail Pass covers the following cities :How-To-Use-Your-Japan-Rail-Pass-Hokkaido-map
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The cities covered by all the 6 Day JR East-South Hokkaido Pass include:How-To-Use-Your-Japan-Rail-Pass-Hokkaido-map
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This pass is great if you plan on travelling to multiple cities in Hokkaido! As compared to buying multiple one way single-trip tickets, the rail pass is definitely a more cost-efficient option!
These are the approximate prices (JPY) for one-way tickets between major cities in Hokkaido:

 

Just a 2 way trip from Wakkanai to Kushiro would already amount to more than the Klook cost of the Japan Rail Pass. Save your wallets and opt for the JR pass for a more cost efficient way of travelling!

3. Types of seats on the Japan Rail

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There are reserved seatings on the following:

  1. Shinkansen
  2. Limited Express Trains
  3. Express Trains
  4. Rapid Airport Trains

*Special and Sightseeing Trains are not eligible for reserved seating.

All you have to do is present your JR Hokkaido Rail Pass at the station ticket counter (along with the date, train name and zone) and a Reserved Seat Ticket will be issued at no extra charge. Alternatively, you may purchase it one month in advance using JR-EAST Train Reservation.

When boarding, be sure to present both your rail pass and reserved seat ticket to the conductor.

Since reservations are free of charge, we encourage you to get them. By reserving, you’ll be guaranteed a seat in the cabin and it’ll be much easier to sit together when traveling with friends or family!

4. JR Pass voucher exchange points

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Once your booking is confirmed, you’ll be required to collect your Exchange Order Vouchers at the different pick-up locations or have it mailed to you. Be sure to select a pick-up date that is at least 3 working days from your checkout date! Also note that your exchange voucher will only be valid for 90 days so don’t book those passes too early! How-To-Use-Your-Japan-Rail-Pass-Hokkaido-railway
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Taiwan/West Malaysia/Thailand/Philippines/South Korea
Exchange Order Vouchers will be mailed to your address by registered post within 7 business days (excluding weekends and holidays).

Singapore
Exchange Order Vouchers can be self-collected from:

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
Opening Hours: Daily 8am to 6pm
Address:34/1 Moo 7, Na-Jomtien, Satahip, Chonburi 20250 Thailand
Klook Cost: US$12 (฿395)

Do note that the JR Pass is only issued in Japan, and since the Exchange Order Voucher is linked with the personal details entered by the user, you must collect the passes in person with the original passport used when booking.

Upon collection, you will be asked to choose a date for which you would like to activate your JR Pass as well. This means that if your chosen starting date is 28th June and you begin using the pass at 11:59pm, your first day will end at midnight the very same day so start the day early to make full use of the the JR Pass!

5. Hokkaido Region Highlights

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There is every reason to purchase the Hokkaido JR Pass to make the most of your next holiday there. Sapporo beer aside, the region is popular and loved for its beautiful Insta-worthy landscapes and many hidden gems waiting to be uncovered and explored!
Witness the beauty of Hokkaido for yourself with the following Klook-approved activities!

5.1 Sapporo

5.1.1.Learn the secrets behind your favorite Japanese beers

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Learn the secrets behind everyone’s favorite Hokkaido produced Pale Ale Lager at the Sapporo Beer Museum ! Entrance is free while the real treasure appears at the end of the tour – beer tasting at a minimal fee!

Admission + Show
1 day entry into the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden and Show entry
US$12 (฿ 395)Find out more!
Admission + Show + Lunch
1 day entry into the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden and Show entry with lunch
US$20 (฿ 650)Find out more!

If you prefer Kirin beer instead, head over to the Kirin beer garden for some delicious WAGYU beef! The King Crab & Genghis Khan Grilled Lamb Course is a must-try for its unbeatable mix of delicious and tender lamb, fresh Hokkaido seafood, sure to satisfy the foodie in you.

Be sure to walk off all that food with a stroll in the Nakajima Park nearby! You wouldn’t want to get beer belly.

Max Muay Thai
Opening Hours:Monday to Thursday 7:30pm-8:30pm | Friday 6:00pm-8:15pm | Weekends 7:20pm to 9:45pm
Address: Max Muay Thai Stadium Pattaya,42/108 Sukhumvit Rd. Moo.9 Nongprue, Banglamung, Chon Buri, 20150
Klook Cost: US$37 (฿1200)

Klook yourself a king crab and Genghis Khan grilled lamb course and all you’ll need to do is flash your mobile e-voucher and get ready to FEAST!

   

5.1.2. Get one of the BEST views from the Sapporo TV Tower

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Get a bird’s eye view of the stunning city from the observatory at the Sapporo TV Tower observatory.

You’ll be rewarded with views of the vast Sea of Japan and popular ski resortIshikari Heigen from 90 meters above ground level! Remember to snap #travelgoals photos and upload them instantly to spruce up your Instagram feed with complimentary WiFi available at the observation deck.

Max Muay Thai Admission
1 admission ticket into Max Muay Thai Show
US$ 37 (฿ 1,200)Find out more!

Klook your tickets to skip the long queues at the ticketing counter! Don’t worry about wet weather spoiling your plans as Klook tickets are OPEN DATED. This way you can get rearrange those plans and ensure you get the BEST backdrop to those Instagram pictures!

Coral Island Snorkeling Tour
Time: Daily 8.30am to 3.30pm
Klook Cost: US$64(฿2090)

5.1.3. Have tea the Japanese way

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Your trip to Hokkaido would not be complete without learning the REAL art of serving tea. Take an inside look into the intricate Japanese tea culture as you savour authentic Japanese tea and sample Japanese desserts.

Upgrade your experience and experience brewing tea in a traditional kimono! You’ll also get to immortalise your experience with a take-home souvenir photo.

Pattaya Coral Island Snorkeling Tour
Half day tour at Coral Island with Parachute, Snorkeling, Seawalker, Jet Ski, lunch and 2 way transfer included.
US$64(฿2090)
Find out more!

Klook your tickets to the Tea ceremony and all you need to do is flash your mobile voucher and you’re all set for some qualiTEA time with your loved ones.

Cartoon Network Amazone
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 7pm
Address: 888 Moo8 NaJomtien, Najomtien, Sattahip District, Chon Buri 20250, Thailand
Klook Cost: US$24 (฿800)

5.2 Otaru

5.2.1. Cruise through the city on the Otaru rickshaw tour

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One of the best ways to explore the quaint harbor city of Otaru is by rickshaw. Learn about the rich history and iconic streets of the city as your local guide takes you on a customized tour!

#Klook Fun Fact: The Japanese film, “Love Letter” was shot mainly in the beautiful streets of Otaru.Follow the exact spots where the fantasy love story was filmed and recreate your own version of the love story with your loved ones.

Single Day Pass
1 day admission into Cartoon Network Amazone
US$24 (฿800) Find out more!

Klook your tickets to the Otaru Rickshaw Tour and you’ll get a private tour of the city! All you need to do is flash your mobile e-voucher to the rickshaw driver with Otaru’/’小樽 on his back and you’re all set!

Pattaya Floating Market
Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 8pm
Address: 451/304 Moo 12, Sukhumvi-Road Pattaya Nongprue, Banglamung
Klook Cost: US$5 (฿175)

5.3 Furano

5.3.1. Munch on cheese at the Furano Cheese Factory

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Furano is synonymous with its picturesque landscapes and blooming lavender seasons. But, apart from the flowers, did you know the most delicious cheese is produced in Furano?
You’ll be in for an interesting experience at The Furano Cheese Factory where you can observe the production process of Local Camembert Cheese. All ingredients used in the produces are sourced locally gifting it with a distinct Furano taste!

Yes, you’ll be able to enjoy some cheese samples during the post tasting session!
At additional fees, you may attend hands-on workshops to learn the art behind making butter, ice-cream, cheese and even bread (advanced reservations required for bread-making workshop).

Admission Only
Entry to the Floating Market
US$5
(฿175)
Find out more!
Package A
Entry to floating market, row boat, zipline, monkey show, Thai folkways village, Thai costume dress up and photo taking
US$18
(฿600)
Find out more!
Package B
Entry to floating market, amphibious boat, zipline, monkey show, Thai folkways village, Thai costume dress up and photo taking
US$18
(฿600)
Find out more!
Package C
Entry to floating market, row boat, amphibious boat, zipline, monkey show, Thai folkways village, Thai costume dress up and photo taking
US$20
(฿650)
Find out more!

5.4 Hakodate

5.4.1.Feast on seafood at the Hakodate morning market

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Hakodate is the third largest city in Hokkaido located in the South, best known for its delicious and fresh seafood!

The Hakodate Morning Market boasts a huge area spanning about four city blocks. So open your eyes wide, socks up and be ready to delve into the wide array of fresh seafood available. Think crabs, salmon eggs, sea urchins and squids!

Try your hand at catching an unlucky (or lucky for you) squid swimming vigorously in fish tanks. All it takes is a basic rod with a hook on the end and some arm skills…easy right? Achef will transform your fresh catch into a delectable squid sashimi!

Remember not to leave Hakodate without gobbling down the infamous Seafood Rice Bowl at “Donburi Yokocho Ichiba” located along the Morning Market.

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Sanctuary of Truth
Opening Hours: Daily 8am to 6pm
Address:206/2 Moo 5, Soi Naklua 12, Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150
Klook Cost: US$13(฿440)

6. Choosing a Hokkaido JR Pass 

Having a hard time deciding with Hokkaido JR Pass to get? Here’s something to guide you along!

Scenario 1: If I’m planning to spend most of my time within Hokkaido, especially Sapporo and Furano, which pass should I get?
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Valid for 5 days, the 5 Day JR Hokkaido Rail Pass will give you access to the following:

Admission to Sanctuary of Truth
1 day admission to Sanctuary of Truth
US$13(฿440)Find out more!
Admission to Sanctuary of Truth + Round trip transfer (Pattaya)
1 day admission to Sanctuary of Truth + roundtrip transfer from Pattaya beach city area
US$13(฿440)Find out more!
Admission to Sanctuary of Truth + Round trip transfer (Jomtien)
1 day admission to Sanctuary of Truth + roundtrip transfer from Jomtien beach city area
US$13(฿440)Find out more!

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This is perfect for exploring the best of all Hokkaido! If you think 5 consecutive days might be a bit too long, look out for the JR Hokkaido Rail Pass Flexible 4 Days that allows you to choose any 4 days you wish to board the train within a 10-day period from which the pass is effective.

Scenario 2: If I’m intending to toggle between Tokyo and visiting places such as Sapporo and Lake Toya during my trip, which pass should I get?

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Since you’re spending more time in the Eastern part of Japan and areas along the South of Hokkaido, we recommend you purchase the 6 Day JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass!

With the 6 Day JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass, you are entitled to the following:

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Besides travelling between Tokyo and other parts of the Eastern region hassle-free, it also allows you to use it for any 6 days within 14 days of purchase date.

Scenario 3: It’s my first time to Japan and I’m thinking of exploring the many regions, should I still purchase the JR Hokkaido Pass?

Congratulations on booking your first trip to Japan, you’ll love it!

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In this case, it seems like you aren’t planning to stay in one specific region for long therefore we suggest you purchase the 7 Day Whole Japan Rail Pass (also available in 14 or 21 days).

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To Hokkaido we go!

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Are you ready to delve into the wonders of Hokkaido? All that’s left is picking out your preferred JR Pass and perhaps booking a personal Airport Transfer to be transportation-worry free! To immortalize your trip and share those Insta-worthy moments, remember to snag yourself a 4G WiFi Device as well!

Still unsure about how the JR pass works? Check out our guide to the JR pass to find out more details about what exactly this pass does and how you should go about booking one.

Book your flights, pack your bags and get ready to explore Hokkaido! For a very limited time only, Scoot can take you direct from Singapore to Sapporo for as low as S$219! Direct flights from Singapore to Sapporo will only run from Nov 2017 to Feb 2018.

Scariest-Ever Universal Studios Japan Halloween Specials 2017 REVEALED

Be part of the scariest-ever event in USJ history

Scare-addicts – this is the event of the year you’ve been waiting for.

Gear up for one of the region’s most-anticipated Halloween event as Universal Studios Japan’s (USJ) unleashes its SCARIEST-EVER Halloween Horror Night!

The park pulls out all the stops for this year’s Halloween Horror Night with crowd favourites and all-new bone chilling attractions bound to unnerve even the most stoic visitor.

With the Halloween Horror Night Express Pass now available for sale, here’s what you need to know for an epic Halloween night out at USJ.

1. How to use the Universal Studios Japan Halloween Express Pass

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There are three different types of tickets available at Universal Studios Japan, namely:

  1. Entry Ticket
  2. Express Pass
  3. Halloween Express Pass

Here’s where things might get complicated, so we’ve broken it down for you into these few need-to-knows.

1.1 The Halloween Express Pass is not a USJ entry ticket

The Horror Night Express Pass is an add-on pass that gives you fast-track access to the special Halloween attractions at USJ. The USJ entry ticket is not included in the Halloween Express Pass and will have to be purchased separately.

If you would like to enjoy the benefits of the Halloween Express Pass, you will need to have both a USJ entry ticket and Halloween Express Pass on the day of your visit.

Klook me to Universal Studios Japan!

1.2 “Trauma 3: The Terrible Prison Lab” is a ticketed attraction

A regular USJ entry ticket will give you access to all of the Halloween attractions except Trauma 3: The Terrible Prison Lab.

Trauma 3 is a ticketed attraction and requires a separate ticket for entry (see “Trauma 3: The Terrible Prison Lab Admission Ticket”).

There are two ways to visit Trauma 3: you can either purchase a Trauma 3 admission ticket or a Horror Night Express Pass 5 – Trauma that gives you fast-track access to the attraction on top of other selected Horror Night attractions.

Klook me to Trauma 3!

1.3 Attraction timings may overlap when used with the regular USJ Express Pass

If you’re planning to purchase a regular USJ Express Pass and Halloween Express Pass, do note timings may overlap and you will have to choose one attraction over the other.

1.4 Prices vary according to date of visit

The Halloween Express Passes are only available from 8 September to 5 November 2017. Prices vary every day according to the park’s official terms and conditions, so be sure to select a specific date and package for accurate ticket prices.

Unlike the open-dated USJ entry tickets available on Klook, Halloween Express Passes are fixed date entry only and cannot be changed.

1.5 You need a printed copy of your Halloween Express Pass to use it

After purchasing your Halloween Express Pass on Klook, do be sure to print it out and bring it along with you. You can use the printed voucher directly at the relevant attractions.

You do not need to print out your USJ entry ticket. Simply scan the QR code on your Klook mobile e-voucher at the park entry turnstiles for admission.

Klook me a Halloween Express Pass!

2. Horror Night Highlights

This year’s USJ Halloween Horror Night program line-up is unique in that some of the Haunted Houses start from as early as 12 noon.

The program also promises to be so terrifying they’ve implemented age restrictions on some of the attractions, so do take note especially if you’re planning to visit with young children!

2.1 Street Zombies

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USJ is going all out this year with their street zombies and the promise that you’ll be attacked by 20 different types of the living dead – the widest variety in park history! Look out for some zombie entertainment as well in the form of the Zombie Mob.

Some new zombie varieties will only appear on rainy days, so there’s something to look forward to even if the weather seems a little threatening!

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2.2 Dead or Alive (Deadman’s Forest)

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In this attraction, guests will have to undertake life-or-death missions in a maze filled with zombies with the singular goal of stopping you from escaping. Take charge of your own destiny and complete the tasks in order to free yourself or join the undead in their forest hell – the choice is yours at Deadman’s Forest.

Day Sailing: 7am to 5.30pm
Night Sailing: 5.30pm to 7am

2.3 Trauma 3: The Terrible Prison Lab

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The highlight of USJ Halloween Horror Night, this walk-through attraction spans a whopping 35-minutes and is the longest attraction in USJ history!

Enter a word of mad scientists and horrific experiments playing on your deepest fears and worst nightmares come to life. Guests will have to wander through the attraction searching for an unseen exit whilst plagued with scenes of horror beyond your wildest imagination.

This attraction is rated a full 10/10 on the horror scale and only children aged 15 years old and above are allowed to enter. Enter at your own risk!

Roundtrip Weekday (Day Sailing) US$40 (HKD308)
Roundtrip Weekend (Day Sailing)US$43 (HKD336)
Roundtrip Weekday/Weekend (Day/Night Sailing)US$45 (HKD350)
One Way (Weekday)
US$21 (HKD165)
One Way (Weekend)US$23 (HKD175)

2.4 Cult of Chucky – Chucky’s Hospital Ward of Hell

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Chucky is back by popular demand and it’s scarier than ever! If you’ve watched Cult of Chucky, you’ll be familiar with the killer doll and his thirst for blood.

We can’t promise you won’t have the urge to throw all your dolls away after this, but we promise this year’s Chucky attraction will surpass every other USJ Chucky event!

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2.5 A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Maze 3

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Enter the freaky realm of A Nightmare on Elm Street and attempt to escape from the clutches of Freddy alive. Be prepared for unexpected surprises and try to anticipate Freddy’s next move as you wander through the maze.

P.S. Remember to watch your back.

Roundtrip Weekday (Day Sailing) US$39 (HKD304)
Roundtrip Weekend (Day Sailing)US$41 (HKD321)
Roundtrip Weekday/Weekend (Day/Night Sailing)US$43 (HKD334)
One way- WeekdayUS$22 (HKD170)
One Way-WeekendUS$21(HKD160)

2.6 The Exorcist: The House of Exorcism

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Remember that famous head-turning, spider walking scene? Good news! All of that (and so much more) will be reproduced in its full glory at the Exorcist attraction this year!

Only the strongest people can walk into an eerie mansion modelled after one of the scariest movies of all time. Grab your ghost-busting posse and conquer it together!

Baba Nest
Address:88/5 Moo.8, Sakdidej Road, Tambon Vichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening Hours: Daily 5pm to 9pm

2.7 Sadako

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Sadako needs no introduction! This year, she’s crawling out of the TV and into your life at Sadako: The Cursed Attraction – in 3D!

Meet your favourite long-haired ghost at USJ – if you dare!

Kathu Waterfalls: Kathu, Kathu District, Phuket 83120, Thailand
Ton Sai Waterfalls: Thep Kasattri, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand

2.8 Gakko no Kaidan (Haunted School)

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Overnight school camps will take on a whole new meaning after you’ve gone through Gakkō no Kaidan! Modelled after the Japanese movie of the same name, this attraction will bring all your student nightmares to life.

We Cafe Phuket
Address: 5/30 Chao Fah Tawan Tok Road, Wichit, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand
+66 88 752 1352
Opening Hours: Daily 8am to 10pm

3. Family-Friendly Halloween Specials

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If the ghosts and ghouls aren’t your thing, you can still join in the fun with “Festa de Parade”! This costume parade takes place during regular park opening hours. Join the music and the celebrations as performers don a wide array of beautiful costumes.

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Don’t miss the massive Happy Trick or Treat candy display and mischievous Minions trick-or-treating at the Minion Park!

Oh the horror

Can’t get enough of the Halloween scarefest? Check out our other articles for even more reason to freak yourself out:

Don’t forget to pick up some WiFi and other items you’ll need to survive a very spooky Halloween in Osaka!

Klook me to Osaka!

10 Things You Need To Know About Japan’s Tallest Skyscraper

Best views of Osaka

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Klook Fun Fact: “Harukas” is an old Japanese expression meaning clear up or brighten.

True to its name, Japan’s tallest skyscraper Abeno Harukas promises clear and bright sweeping views of Osaka up at its own observation deck located on the 58th to 60th floor – HARUKAS 300.

Apart from HARUKAS 300, Abeno Harukas is also home to many facilities including a hotel, art museum, restaurants, departmental store and so much more. Read on and find out why HARUKAS 300 should definitely be on your itinerary the next time you’re in Osaka!

1. Marvel at 360-degree views of Tokyo and beyond

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Check out a bird’s eye view of Osaka coupled with the nearby Rokko and Ikoma Mountains!
You’ll be sure to get great instagram shots no matter where you stand because there is lots of natural light streaming in through the 360 degree glass panels!

Klook Pro-Tip: Come at sunset for a stunning backdrop!

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Stretch your feet, enjoy the sunlight and feel the breeze in your hair all while enjoying the view because the deck terrace on the 58th Floor is open-aired!

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Have you ever vandalized on public property? Because if you visit on a rainy day, HARUKAS 300 allows you to paint on their windows – literally. So let your creative juices flow and draw away!

Spectacular light and sound show at night!

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We recommend staying till night to watch the Sky Garden and Observatory Gallery illuminate in the night sky as 3D images and animation will be projected on the windows. Coupled with the breathtaking view of the Osaka cityscape at night, makes this a view you surely won’t forget.

Show Timings: Daily at 19:15, 19:45, 20:15, 20:45 and 21:15

 

Klook your tickets to HARUKAS300 and skip the queues! Just flash your mobile e-voucher and redeem your ticket at the HARUKAS300 entrance!

Klook me to HARUKAS 300!

2. Collect your Universal Studios Japan VIP wristbands

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When you have plans to head to Universal Studios Japan (USJ), it’s always a good idea to pick up a USJ VIP wristband! The wristband allows you to enter the park before regular ticket holders and enjoy fast track admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on top of other benefits!

Even though its not exactly an Express Pass, the wristband is certainly a good-to-have especially if you’re planning to visit both HARUKAS 300 and USJ on your holiday!

*If you purchased the Klook USJ VIP Wristband package, don’t forget to go to HARUKAS 300 to pick it up before heading to the theme park!

Klook me a USJ VIP Wristband!

3. Stay overnight at Abeno Harukas

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The Marriott Osaka Miyako is actually located within Abeno Harukas itself and offers its guests spectacular views from the comfort of your own room! Most importantly, guests will also get to visit HARUKAS 300 before official opening hours and gain FREE access to the heliport!

So, slip on your bathrobes and bathroom slippers and enjoy the night!

4. Visit the heliport for epic photo ops

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How often do you get to visit a heliport?

Because located at the topmost floor of Abeno Harukas is the heliport, open to visitors via a tour for an additional fee of USD6.32 (JPY500). This 20-minute tour puts you at the tallest point of Japan! But, there are only 30 slots a day so get your tickets fast!

5. Meet HARUKAS 300’s adorable mascot

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HARUKAS 300’s sky-coloured mascot Abeno Bear has blue skies and clouds on his belly on a sunny day, and raindrops when it rains! He’s often seen wandering the decks of HARUKAS 300 so keep your eyes peeled!

In order to maximize your chances of meeting Abeno Bear, check out his daily walk schedule.

HARUKAS 300 Abeno Bear Souvenirs

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But if you didn’t manage to, don’t fret because you can pick up some Abeno Bear merchandise from the souvenir store on the 59th floor! The different colored fur symbolize the different weather patterns seen at HARUKAS 300. Surely, you can’t resist bringing one (or two) home.

6. Dig into the cutest treats at the Sky Garden Cafe

HARUKAS 300 Sky Garden 300 Cafe

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In case you’re feeling peckish, the Sky Garden 300 Cafe serves sweet treats and drinks to satisfy your sweet tooth! These treats follow an Abeno Bear theme exclusive to HARUKAS 300 but don’t say we didn’t warn you, they look almost too cute to eat!

HARUKAS 300 Abeno Bear Food

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Most importantly, don’t forget to try the Sky Blue Latte served in an Abeno Bear cup with little Abeno Bear marshmallows. Coupled with the stunning backviews of Osaka, it’ll certainly be perfect for an Insta-food pic!

7. Have the most scenic Japanese BBQ dinner ever

HARUKAS 300 Japanese BBQ

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Stay till the evening for a Japanese BBQ dinner with a view! The Sky Garden Cafe on the 58th floor also offers Japanese BBQ for dinner and a beer garden with an all-you-can-drink option!

In fact, if you’re looking for date night ideas, this would definitely be ideal!

8. Explore Japan’s LARGEST departmental store

HARUKAS 300 Kintetsu

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Kintetsu is one of Japan’s most popular departmental stores. Not to mention, the outlet at Abeno Harukas is the LARGEST one in Japan! Grab your luxury brands, household appliances, Hello Kitty products and Japanese cosmetics TAX FREE (for foreigners)!

For those with a sweet tooth, we hear the Matcha Chocolate Truffles are really yummy!

Klook Pro-Tip: All foreign visitors can pick up discount coupons and free wifi from the Foreign Customers Salon at level 3.5! Don’t forget to do your tax returns on the spot because we hear the queues at the airport are pretty long.

HARUKAS 300 Fugu

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Kintetsu is even home to Japan’s first licensed puffer fish or fugu restaurant! For those with a taste for adventure (literally), you can head on over to Shimonoseki Shunparo Abeno Osaka on the 14th floor.

In addition, if you get your HARUKAS 300 tickets from Klook, you’ll get to redeem exclusive offers at Kintetsu!

Flash the discount coupon below and shop till you drop!

KLOOK X KINTETSU DISCOUNT COUPONS

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9. Browse the ever changing exhibits in the art museum

HARUKAS 300 Art Museum

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Get cultured learning about Japanese national treasures and modern western art in The Abeno Harukas Art Museum! Featuring the treasures of Todaiji to French Post-Impressionism Georges-Pierre as well as animation exhibits like Spirited Away, Moomin, and even STAR WARS.

Find out more about upcoming exhibitions here.

10. Smell the roses at the rooftop garden

HARUKAS 300 Rooftop Garden

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Located beside the Abeno Harukas Art Museum, the garden terrace will be a good place to rest your feet. When the weather permits, enjoy views of Shinsekai and Shitennoji Temple from the garden terrace.

Getting to HARUKAS 300

You can get your same day tickets at the HARUKAS 300 ticketing counter on the 2nd floor or at the Family Mart in Abeno Harukas. But, be warned of the long lines! Moreover, booking online also requires a Japanese credit card, and Japanese reading skills.

Instead, skip the queue and get your discounted tickets from Klook and collect them at the Osaka International or Kansai Airport! Besides, you’ll also get a 500 JPY coupon for restaurants listed here.

Klook me to HARUKAS 300!

Abeno Harukas is located at Tennoji station on the JR Line and the Subway and opposite the Osaka Abenobashi Station.

By Train

Japan Rail (JR): Take the JR to Tennoji station from Osaka station or Kansai International Airport.

Subway: Take the Midosuji (Red) Subway line and alight at Tennoji station.

Get your HARUKAS 300 ticket coupled with the Osaka Visitor’s ticket at Klook and enjoy unlimited subways, new tram and bus rides!

Klook me to HARUKAS 300 + Osaka

Want an option that includes the JR? Get the ICOCA card to pay for your transport and purchases at the tap of a card. Furthermore, get your ICOCA card from Klook, collect it at the Kansai Airport and use it immediately! Not to mention, no more queuing up for single ride tickets!

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By Bus

Catch the Airport Limousine bus from Kansai Airport or Osaka International Airport and alight at the Tennoji station. The bus stop is located on the road (Abiko-road) between JR Tennoji Station and Kintetsu Osaka-Abenobashi Station.

Check out the bus schedule here.

HARUKAS 300 Airport Limousine Bus Tickets

Tickets can be purchased at the airport. Instead, get your Airport Limousine bus tickets from Klook and skip the queues at the ticket counters. Simply flash your mobile voucher and exchange it for a ticket at the airport.

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By Car

There is no car park space available at Abeno Harukas however, you can take a taxi and alight directly at the Abeno Harukas building.

But a warning that taxis in Japan can be really costly!

If you are heading to HARUKAS 300 from the Kansai Airport, opt for a private airport transfer with Klook for a cheaper fuss free experience. When you get picked up from the airport, just look out for the driver holding a placard with your name. Of course, you’ll have your luggages brought to the car for you! Sip on the free water, surf and the net on the free wifi while you get whisked off to your destination!

Klook me a private car transfer

Not sure what else to do in Osaka? Check out our guides to Osaka here.

All You Need To Know About Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant

The only Robot Restaurant in Asia

Giant Cobras.

Dancing Horses.

Warrior Girls.

What in the world are we talking about?

No, we’re not out of our minds, we’re talking about the Robot Restaurant in Japan!

Located in Kabukichō, Shinjuku, you definitely can’t miss it! All you need to do is look out for a colossal neon signboard with two equally giant robots. Hold your breath and be transported into an alternate reality where flashing lights, crystal chandeliers, mirrors (lots of them) and neon sparkles take charge.

You, my friend, have been transported to the world where robots rule!

We present to you a foolproof guide to having the best experience at Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant.

How do I get to the Robot Restaurant?

The Robot Restaurant is pretty accessible, only a 5-minutes walk from

  • JR Shinjuku Station
  • Shinjuku Sanchome Station (Tokyo Metro)
  • Toei Shinjuku Line

Address: 1-7-1 Kabukicho Shinjuku-ku Tokyo, Japan

Klook Pro-Tip: If you’re coming from JR Shinjuku Station, take the East Exit for Kabukichō. With Studio Alta in front of you, cross the street and walking any of the side streets to Yasukuni Dori (a street in Shinjuku popular for its neon lights). Finally cross the pedestrian and you’ll spot a Family Mart Convenience Store and like we mentioned, the gigantic neon sign will give it away.

We suggest you purchase a Tokyo Subway Ticket or JR Pass for a better deal rather than buying per distance travelled each time you wish to take the subway.

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets are available at their official website or head down to your hotel’s concierge to request for a ticket reservation. Either way you purchase your tickets, you are required to redeem them at the ticket counter across the street of Robot Restaurant.

Alternatively, you can book via Klook in the comforts of wherever (as long as you have an internet connection) and enter Robot Restaurant directly with our mobile e-ticket; no redemption required.

What does my admission ticket include?

At the Robot Restaurant, each admission ticket entitles you to a 90-minute show. When you enter, food and drinks can be bought a la carte.

Klook Pro-Tip: You can always pay an additional fee to include a Bento Box Meal. We suggest havinga meal before heading over because there isn’t much to choose from and the portions can be quite small.

The show happens four times a day. However, do check the official schedule or give them a call to ensure the show is ongoing.

  • First Performance: 4:00pm (doors open 3:00pm)
  • Second Performance: 5:55pm (doors open 5:00pm)
  • Third Performance: 7:50pm (doors open 7:00pm)
  • Fourth Performance: 9:45pm (doors open 9:00pm)

You must check in at least 30 minutes before the show starts.

Book your tickets for the first performance at 4.00pm over the weekend with Klook and get 2 exclusive free gifts: a JPY500 drink coupon and pictures with the robots!

Is there a dress code at Robot Restaurant?

Interestingly enough, yes there is! It’s important to note that you must follow these strict guidelines properly to avoid an embarrassing rejection at the entrance.

  • No sunglasses
  • Not intoxicated (drunk)
  • No visible tattoos
  • No costumes (cosplay, wigs etc)

There is also a stern restriction over professional photography, therefore professional cameras aren’t allowed. Thank goodness for the ever improving camera quality of our smartphones, you’ll still be able to immortalize your (off the wall) experience.

The Robot Restaurant is extremely Instagram-mable in its own special way.

Giant Female Robots

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WiFi might be weak because in a room full of 120 people (if it is full house), signal strength ain’t on a roll! We suggest you get a Portable Wifi Device to keep you connected at maximum signal strength so you can bombard your friends with weird colourful robots.

Remember not to touch the dancers and not to leave your seats as well.

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Klook Fun Fact: You are asked to cover up any visible tattoos because of the association with mafia in the Japanese psyche, and not to wear sunglasses for the same reason.

What is the show like?

Spectacularly bizarre.

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Multi-coloured laser lights, flashy female dancers (don’t worry, it’s capped at PG-13) and odd-looking robots is all we can say. There isn’t much of a linear storyline and you probably won’t understand what you’re watching, but there’s one thing that we’re sure of – endless energy and lots of laughter! From drumming beats to mock battles between giant sharks and dancing horses, it’s seriously entertaining.

There are 3-4 short breaks in-between sets where staff will parade the theatre, holding up signboards with food and drinks in hopes of getting you to binge eat for the next segment. This is your cue to redeem your free JPY500 drink coupon! Most will probably get a drink or 2 along with some popcorn to keep sane.

Flashy Cars and Robots

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Glow sticks will be handed out at the last segment so you can wave them ecstatically in the air as you bob along to the electronic beats!

Special Glow Stick

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The Robot Restaurant epitomizes the bizarre side of Japan and it is definitely an experience you shouldn’t miss out on your trip to Tokyo!

Klook Me To Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant Now!

Osaka Discount Store Don Quijote Opens In Singapore

Japanese shopping fever hits Singapore!

Don Quijote Shop Front

If you’re a self-professed shopaholic, the name Don Quijote will definitely ring a bell! Known for its wide range of Japanese snacks, cosmetics, onesies and even adult toys, it is one of the biggest bargain shopping chains in Osaka. The best part? You can claim your tax refunds in-store!

If the outlet in Singapore is anything like its Japanese counterpart, here’s what you can expect!

Browse shelf upon shelf of “100% Japan” products, but be prepared to elbow your way through the packed aisles!

Every floor is dedicated to a specific category like beauty, household products, food, electronics and so on. You’ll have so many different brands of a particular product to choose from you’ll have a hard time deciding which one to go with!

Don Quijote even stocks adorable onesies and themed products like original Star Wars lunch bags and Disney lunchboxes.

Socks at Don Quijote

There’s also no shortage of quirky “only in Japan” products. If you’re looking for something to make an impression you’ll definitely find what you need here!

Don’t forget the food! You’ll find all your favourite Japanese snacks here – be it matcha everything or even old-school Japanese snacks that cost a bomb at specialty marts in Singapore. If you’re visiting the outlet in Osaka, you can’t miss the takoyaki-flavoured jumbo-sized Pretz!

 Shop till you drop

No one walks out from Don Quijote empty-handed and you should definitely give yourself a healthy budget when you visit. To help you prepare for some serious shopping, save some dollars when you Klook yourself an Osaka Amazing Pass for UNLIMITED travels around Osaka and FREE entry to more than 30 iconic attractions! Read our guide here for more info on how you can maximize your pass.

Or, if you’re looking to save some time, make a beeline for Osaka’s most iconic food! Check out our Osaka food video here, or read about where you can find them!

If you’re not travelling to Osaka anytime soon, hang tight for when Don Quijote opens very very soon in sunny Singapore!

Klook me to Osaka!

Free Entry And Unlimited Travel In Osaka With This Amazing Pass

More than amazing

Osaka Amazing Pass

We all know travelling can sometimes be a costly affair, with attraction tickets and transport taking up most of the budget!

Enter the Osaka Amazing Pass. With FREE entry to over 30 attractions and unlimited travel throughout Osaka, you can be sure this will be the one of best S$30+ you’ll spend on your next holiday to Osaka.

First, check out how the Klook Team used our Osaka Amazing Pass in this video!

FREE entry to more than 30 iconic attractions in Osaka

One of the biggest perks of having the Osaka Amazing Pass is enjoying FREE entry to some of the city’s most iconic attractions. Here’s some of the highlights!

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

This postcard-worthy castle had a rough past and was rebuilt multiple times, but the Osaka Castle of today has withstood the air raids of both World War I and World War II and even comes with its own elevator!

Jump right into history and go all the way up to the 10th floor for a bird’s eye view of the park and beyond. Each floor tells a different phase of Osaka’s history – something all history buffs will definitely appreciate!

Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden

Umeda Sky Building Rooftop Garden

Umeda Sky Building Rooftop Garden is exactly the kind of place you’d bring your significant other to on your first date. The ground is dotted with luminescent dots that resemble the night sky, and there are even photo opportunities for couples to immortalize their date!

We recommend going at night to catch the best of the city lights, though this is also when it starts to get rather crowded. If you’re visiting during Winter, be sure to layer up – it gets pretty chilly at the top!

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheels never get old! The Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel is one of the largest Ferris Wheels in the world and offers unobstructed views of Osaka.

Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel

Try and spot the Osaka Aquarium while in the air! The ride can be pretty unnerving especially when you’re 112.5 metres from the ground – but the view is all worth it.

Tsutenkaku Tower

Tsutenkaku Tower

Iconic of Osaka – the Tsutenkaku Tower was built in 1912 as a symbol of the new world and commonly referred to as the Eiffel Tower of Japan. You can go all the way to the top of the tower, but before that you definitely have to pay Billiken a visit.

Billiken at Tsutenkaku Tower

Billiken is a deity that appeared in the dreams of American artist Florence Pretz and has become the resident symbol of good luck and prosperity in Osaka. Rub his left foot for love, and right foot for prosperity!

Bonus: Don Quijote

Don Quijote

We won’t spoil this for you but just along the river in Dotonburi lies a shop called Don Quijote with some of the biggest varieties of Japanese snacks, beauty products, household wares and random items like onesies!

Quell your Gudetama withdrawal symptoms and lay hands on all the matcha flavoured goodness before you head home. An even bigger plus is you’ll get to claim tax from all your purchases so enjoy your shopping guilt-free!

P.S. Don’t miss out on the takoyaki-flavoured Pretz.

Unlimited travels on trains and buses

Both passes will give you unlimited travels on the Osaka Municipal subway and Osaka City buses for the duration of your ticket.

The One-Day Pass includes travel on selected parts of private railways including the Hankyu Railway, Hanshin Railway, Keihan Electric Railway, Kinki Nippon Railway and Nankai Railway.

Check out the areas of travel for the One-Day Pass and Two-Day Pass.

Exclusive discounts and deals

The deals don’t just stop at free entry and unlimited travel; you can even use the TOKU coupons inside your Osaka Amazing Pass guide to exchange for monetary discounts!

For example, to visit the Osaka Aquarium or Kaiyukuan, simply use two TOKU coupons to get a ¥200 discount off your admission ticket!

Get money off your dinner or go crazy at Round One with your friends – the choice is yours!

Where to buy the Osaka Amazing Pass

You can typically purchase an Osaka Amazing Pass from tourist centres in Osaka itself, but to save yourself the hassle of looking for one, you can Klook yours at just S$33 for a One-Day Pass with easy collection on arrival at Kansai International Airport!

Once you exit the Arrival Hall, simply take the escalator down to the first floor and look for the HIS Counter with a blue signboard located next to the Northern Exit. Alternatively if you wish to pick up your pass in Osaka City, you can pick it up from the Osaka City Air Terminal at JR Namba Station.

When collecting the pass be sure to ask for the English version of the guide before you leave the counter!

Osaka Kansai International Airport Terminal 1
HIS counter (1/F) next to the Northern Exit in the Arrival Hall
Opening hours: 8:30am-10:00pm

HIS Counter

Osaka City Air Terminal (JR Namba Station)
Japan Holiday Travel OCAT Tourist Information Center (1/F)
Opening hours: 8:30am-8:30pm

Osaka Amazing Pass Pick Up

How to Use The Osaka Amazing Pass

The Osaka Amazing Pass takes the form of a physical ticket that is valid for activation within a window period of about 4 days. This means you will need to activate the pass either by having it scanned or by taking the subway.

When using the subway, the Osaka Amazing Pass replaces your train ticket – simply insert into the ordinary ticket slot at the gantry and enter. You’ll have to scan your ticket to enter some attractions while others simply require you to flash your pass for entry.

Most people assume the pass is valid for 24-hours regardless of the time of activation, but that is not the case. The One-Day Pass is valid for 24-hours between 05:00 to 04:59, and the Two-Day Pass for 48-hours  05:00 to 04:59.

Do be careful not to lose your ticket as it is not refundable or replaceable!

Klook yourself an amazing Osaka holiday

It’s also good to know that you can pick up some 4G WiFi as well as Kansai Airport Express tickets at the same collection point so you can save yourself the massive hassle of travelling to multiple places!