Guide and information of Japan travel, with Japan Rail Pass, JR station, ticket price, shinkansen time schedule, seat reservation and more.
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JAPAN RAIL PASS
Japan Rail Pass is a special ticket that is available only to travelers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sightseeing (not for Working Visa holders). It was not able to be purchased inside Japan ....... but now you can! If you did Tokyo - Kyoto - Tokyo with normal tickets, it is almost equivalent to the Japan Rail Pass (7 days pass). For Narita - Tokyo - Kanazawa - Kyoto/Nara - Tokyo - Narita, it is definitely cheaper to use JR Pass (7 days pass). For Narita - Tokyo - Nagano - Kyoto - Tokyo - Narita, it is not wise to purchase 14 days pass, but 7 days pass would pay it off. Although, it feels like bit of hassle in rush to do the itinerary within a week. Major Shinkansen routes are listed at this page (completed, under construction, and being dreamed of). Yes, 2027 starts SuperConducting-Mag-Lev or Chuo-Shinkansen between Tokyo and Nagoya at 505km/hour.

Better NOT to cover Tokyo city itself by this Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) because there are cheaper pass options for the downtown. For detail of inside-city-pass (Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and more), please go onto next pages for more detailed information.

JR East Pass (Tohoku Area) and Hokuriku Arch Pass (Airport - Osaka/Kyoto - Kanazawa - Tokyo - Airport) and JR TOKYO Wide Pass (3 consecutive days) are also highly recommended once you already come into Japan.

You may book your reserved seat/s for major trains on JR East service area on-line through this page (with or without pass).

Here's useful map to plan your train journey.......
Nationwide JR Route Map
JR Shinkansen Route Map (simple)

TICKET PRICE (when purchased outside Japan)
Type Ordinary ( 2nd class ) Green ( 1st class )
Adult Child Adult Child
7-day 29,110yen 14,550yen 38,880yen 19,440yen
14-day 46,390yen 23,190yen 62,950yen 31,470yen
21-day 59,350yen 29,670yen 81,870yen 40,930yen
adult: age 12 and over / child: age under 11
TICKET PRICE (sold inside Japan)
Type Ordinary ( 2nd class ) Green ( 1st class )
Adult Child Adult Child
7-day 33,000yen 16,500yen 44,000yen 22,000yen
14-day 52,000yen 26,000yen 71,000yen 35,500yen
21-day 65,000yen 32,500yen 90,000yen 45,000yen
adult: age 12 and over / child: age under 11
And here's just a comparison if you need only 5-day or 12-day
FULLMOON GREEN PASS (couple should be more than 88-year-old together)
Type Green ( 1st class )
Adult (for 2 people) Child (there is no child fare)
5-day 82,800yen -
7-day 102,750yen -
12-day 127,950yen -
summer season not available
VALIDITY
Japan Rail Pass is valid for the railways, buses (only limited route), and ferry (only Miyajima route). Nozomi is not available. Mizuho is not available, either. Night train SUNRISE is available.
TIME TABLE
HyperDia : Digital time table, route and fare search
Japan Transit Planner : Route found?
EXCHANGE OFFICES
Stations with Japan Rail Pass exchange offices , both Narita Airport terminal 1 and terminal 2 are on the list, and Ueno station as well (nearest JR station from Tokyo Ryokan), but some tips can be found at this page.
SEAT RESERVARION
Cyber Station
This seat reservation service via internet is provided by JR, and is available for the reservation of seats ONLY in Japanese. To make a reservation, apply at a Travel Service Center (View Plaza) or a reservation office (midori-no-madoguchi) at a JR station. There, show your Pass, and receive your reserved-seat ticket before going to platform for boarding.
USEFUL WORDS
Jiyuu-seki : Unreserved seat
Shitei-seki : Reserved seat
Gran-class : Gran-class (JR Pass not available)
Green-sha : Green car (1st class car)
Futsuu-sha : Ordinary car (2nd class car)
Ou-fu-ku : Round trip
Katamichi : One way
Kin-en-sha : Non-smoking car
Kitsu-en-sha : Smoking car
HIGH SEASON
March 20ish - April 5ish : Spring Vacation
April 28ish - May 6ish : Golden Week Holiday
July 20ish - August 31 : Summer Vacation
December 23ish - January 5ish : Winter Vacation
RAILWAYS
All JR Group Railways - Shinkansen (except NOZOMI and MIZUHO), limited express, express, rapid and local trains. And Tokyo MonoRail.
TRAIN TYPES
Shinkansen : High Speed Train
Tokkyu : Limited Express
Kyuko : Express
Shin-Kaisoku : Special Rapid Train
Kaisoku : Rapid Train
Futsu : Local Train
Kakuekiteisha : Local Train
Kakutei : Local Train
Donkou : Local Train
SHINKANSEN (BULLET TRAIN)
Hokkaido Shinkansen : Hayabusa, Hayate
Tohoku Shinkansen : Hayabusa, Hayate, Yamabiko, Nasuno
Akita Shinkansen : Komachi
Yamagata Shinkansen : Tsubasa
Joetsu Shinkansen : Toki, Tanigawa
Hokuriku Shinkansen : Kagayaki, Hakutaka, Tsurugi, Asama
Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen : Nozomi, Hikari, Kodama (Nozomi is not available on JR Pass)
Kyushu Shinkansen : Mizuho, Sakura, Tsubame (Mizuho is not available on JR Pass)
NIGHT TRAIN
The Pass cannot be used for the sleeper (berth) class, although, following Limited Express (Tokkyu) have full-flat carpet, and they are recognized/treated as reserved seats, but they should not be called "seats" because they are always fixed as full-flat carpet floor. Seasonal Rapid Train (Kaisoku) has only normal seats.
Limited Express (Tokkyu)
Sunrise Izumo : www.jr-odekake.net/train/sunriseseto_izumo/accommo.html
Tokyo, Atami, Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, Himeji, Okayama, Kurashiki, Matsue, Izumoshi
Sunrise Seto : http://hodo.blue.coocan.jp/s/burutore/s_izumo/solo2/index.htm
Tokyo, Atami, Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, Himeji, Okayama, Takamatsu
Seasonal Rapid Train (Kaisoku)
Moonlight Echigo : Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Omiya, Takasaki, Nagoya, Niigata
Moonlight Nagara : Tokyo, Shinagawa, Yokohama, Odawara, Atami, Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, Nagoya, Gifu, Ogaki (connects to Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe)
BUS
Local lines of JR Bus companies ( JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, West Japan JR Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, JR Shikoku Bus, JR Kyushu Bus ).
Highway bus lines of JR Bus companies are NOT available ( Sapporo-Otaru, Morioka-Hirosaki, Tokyo-Nagoya, Tokyo-Kyoto, Tokyo-Osaka, Tokyo-Kobe, Tokyo-Nara, Tokyo-Tsukuba Center, Nagoya-Kyoto, Nagoya-Osaka, Osaka-Tsuyama, and more).
FERRY
Only the JR Miyajima ferry is available. The JR Hakata-Pusan ( Korea ) ferry is not available.
TRANSPORTATION FARE FOR NON JR PASS HOLDERS
Other than below, especially for LCC (Peach, Jetstar Japan, Skymark, AirAsia Japan), please visit this page. Also for Bus Lovers, you may be happy to LIVE ON BUS with Willer Bus Pass . JR unlimited 1st class for 5 days, 7 days, 12 days for 88-years-old-wife-husband (added-ages have to be more than 88 years old, for example, wife 50 years old + husband 38 years old) should refer to this page for FullMoon Green Pass. 1st class (not gran-class, not nozomi, not mizuho but B-sleeper ok) unlimited rides => as low as 5,332 yen per person a day! Longer than 3-months-VISA allows!
Destination
(from Tokyo)
Fastest JR Cheapest
Price Time Price Time Company
Sapporo (Hokkaido) 26,820yen 7hr 44min 4,080yen 1hr 30min Vanilla Air
9,990yen 25hr 45min Sunflower Ferry
Sendai 11,400yen 1hr 34min 2,800yen 5hr 45min Willer Express
Narita Airport 3,220yen 54min 1,030yen 1hr 15min from Ueno (Keisei)
900yen 1hr 30min Tokyo Shuttle
Nagano 8,400yen 1hr 26min 4,000yen 3hr 30min Keio Bus
Kanazawa 14,120yen 2hr 28min 4,120yen 8hr 30min Willer Express
Komatsu (Kanazawa) 7,390yen 1hr ANA
Odawara 3,940yen 35min 1,080yen 1hr 55min Odakyu Railway
Shizuoka 6,550yen 1hr 03min 2,930yen 2hr 37min JR Bus Kanto
Nagoya 11,290yen 1hr 41min 2,400yen 5hr 40min Kakuyasu Bus
6,500yen 1hr ANA
Takayama 15,220yen 4hr 06min 6,690yen 5hr 30min Keio Bus
Kyoto 14,110yen 2hr 17min 3,540yen 7hr Willer Express
Shin-Osaka 14,450yen 2hr 33min 3,540yen 8hr Willer Express
Osaka (itami = ITM) 14,660yen 3hr 08min 7,390yen 1hr 10min ANA
Osaka (kansai = KIX) 16,270yen 3hr 34min 3,690yen 1hr 30min Peach
Tokushima 20,130yen 5hr 45min 9,720yen 17hr 50min Ocean Trans
Takamatsu 18,720yen 4hr 33min 4,990yen 1hr 25min Jetstar Japan
Hiroshima 19,280yen 3hr 56min 6,250yen 13hr Willer Express
6,760yen 1hr 40min Spring Japan
Iwakuni (Miyajima) 19,610yen 4hr 30min 10,090yen 1hr 40min ANA
Hakata/Fukuoka 23,150yen 5hr 04min 4,790yen 1hr 55min Jetstar Japan
Saga (Fukuoka) 24,750yen 6hr 02min 6,250yen 2hr Spring Japan
Kagoshima 30,480yen 6hr 29min 5,990yen 1hr 55min Jetstar Japan
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