Thought of the Day - The way to go

75802-964277-thumbnail.jpgJust like in Europe you can get a rail pass (I know you can in the States too but why would you want to travel Amtrak all over the place).  It was really a great deal.  One round trip to Kyoto from Tokyo more than paid for the pass.  All other travel was 'free'.  Worked on a lot of the local subway lines too.

 While I didn't get to travel extensively throughout Japan, this is definately the way to go.  For ~$250 you could spend all week on the train going from one end to the other.  (for reference, Tokyo - Kyoto roundtrip is about that much).