A highway bus is absolutely the best deal for Japan trip. There are many merits of a highway bus. for this time, I have summarized 5 reasons why you will lose money if not using a highway bus. 1. Overwhelmingly cheap! ▲picture:https://www.pakutaso.com/20150259055post-5209.html Surprisingly, you can go from Tokyo to Osaka just by Yen 2,210! There are also others, like; when going to Nagano from Tokyo by Shinkansen (a bullet train) is at Yen 7,680, while taking a highway bus at the cheapest is Yen 1,500 , and when going to Nagoya from Osaka by Shinkansen is at Yen 5,830, while taking a highway bus at the cheapest is Yen 1,500. As you can see, traveling by a highway bus is overwhelmingly cheap. Please check well as the fare of a bus is much different depending on the day (a fare of weekdays is much cheap.) 2. Can make a good use of time, compared to taking an LCC! Of course, taking an LCC is also cheap for Japan trip. But, a bit pity is that "it is far to the airport". Especially, when going from Tokyo, LCC is flying from Narita airport, but it takes about 2 hours going to Narita airport, doesn't it...? It is a loss of your precious time for trip! For this point, It is a merit that you can reach the place to where you want to go directly when taking a highway bus. It is very effective that you can take a bus from the terminal also near to Tokyo station or Shinjuku station, and that you can get off at the nearest bus stop to the place where you want to go. 3. No need of caring for your baggage It is very tough to carry heavy luggage when you transfer the trains. There are some other concerns such as worrying if your luggage may disturb the others in the train, and feeling pain on your arms when putting luggage on the shelf. In case of a highway bus, you can feel easy until the destination once you keep luggage. Moreover, your arms will not feel any pain because a person in charge will put it on and will take it down. 4. It is fun that you can eat the local specials at the service areas! ▲picture:http://photozou.jp/photo/show/636296/42291673 A highway bus often takes a stop at the service areas for using rest rooms. Though limited only to day time, the service areas are very fun. You will be excited what to eat because varieties of local special foods are sold there. But, please be careful for keeping a time because a resting time is not very long so that you will not be left alone. 5. An overnight bus saves hotel charge! Most of the travel cost share hotel charges and fares. Recently, although there are cheaper inns, such as a Minpaku (guest house in Japanese) or a guest house, an overnight bus is the most cost saving. It is amazing that you can make the two largest travel costs as just only one. 6. An overnight bus gives more time for sightseeing! The merit of a overnight bus is also "you can do sightseeing right after you wake up." Let's take an example of going from Tokyo to Tokushima. 【An example going from Tokyo to Tokushima station】 《When on an overnight bus》 You will go to sleep on the bus leaving at 9:30PM from Shinagawa station. It arrives at Tokushima station at 6:30AM on the next day. You can start sightseeing from the morning. (Of course, let's plan well what to do in advance.) 《When taking an airplane》 Let's think that you will take an LCC from Narita airport to Takamatsu airport. First of all, you will select either 8:20 morning flight or 16:15 evening flight. a highway bus bound to Narita airport departing from Tokyo station at 5:20. (Opps, you will be already using a bus here.) Arriving at Takamatsu airport at 9:45. Taking a train from Takamatsu at 10:02, and arriving at Tokushima station at 12:06. It is already at lunch time! It is very tough (to take a 5:20 bus) to spend your precious travel time just for moving. 【Tokushima 】Details Here That's all for now, and I brought merits of a highway bus to you. Please use wisely a highway bus for your next Japan trip.