Save time and money! Learn more about Overnight Trains. Which overnight train can we take with no extra charge by JR Pass?

Overnight train Hamanasu runs between Aomori and Sapporo. It is very useful train to get Hokkaido. But it may be discontinued when Hokkaido Shiknansen open.
Overnight train Hamanasu runs between Aomori and Sapporo. It is very useful train to get Hokkaido. But it may be discontinued when Hokkaido Shiknansen open.

Japan Railways used to operate many overnight trains. But in these days, many of those train services were discontinued. Now the choice is very limited.

The list of overnight trains

Japan Rail Pass does not cover any accommodation fee for overnight trains. Most of overnight trains have berth and bedroom. So if you want to take this train, you have to pay extra for this accommodation on top of JR Pass. But these following trains have an accommodation that you can take by Japan Rail Pass without any extra charge. Please find more details on each page of trains.

Japan Railways have another overnight train, Cassipeia. But you need to pay extra to take these trains.

But Cassiopeia is not operated daily. This train provides a first class hospitality. Even if you can pay extra to take this train, it is very hard to reserve the seat because these trains are very popular. And also there is no way to book online from outside of Japan.

There are still two more overnight trains. But these trains will be discontinued in March 2015. And it is almost impossible to book for these trains.

I do not recommend you to use these above trains in your plan.

At last, there are also some seasonal overnight trains available.

These above four trains were discontinued completely.

Unfortunately only JR East provide Online reservation service. So Japan Rail Pass holder can make a reservation for Tohoku, Joetsu, Nagano, Yamagata and Akita Shinkansen, and also some limited express trains that operated by JR East only. We cannot even Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkasen. Of course those overnight trains cannot be reserved before you depart.

28 thoughts on “Save time and money! Learn more about Overnight Trains. Which overnight train can we take with no extra charge by JR Pass?”

  1. Hi,

    Need your advice, i bought return ticket 28 oct 2016 – 6 nov 2016 from indonesia to osaka kansai airport. we plan to go to kyoto, tokyo, shirakawago, fujiQ highland and back to kansai airport at 6 nov.

    how can i use the 7 days JR pass to the maximum because i’ll be in japan for more than 7 days.

    is JR pass covers a direct train from tokyo to kansai airport?

    Thank you so much for the help.

    1. Hi Farah,

      I think you will stay in Kyoto for the first few days. If you start using JR Pass when you leave Kyoto, 7 days pass covers the rest of your trip. Is it correct. As long as you use the pass for Kyoto-Tokyo, Tokyo-KIX, it will work.

      There is no direct trains to KIX from Tokyo. But you can take Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka and airport access express “Haruka” from Shin-Osaka to KIX.
      http://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-departure-arrival-stations/stations-in-tokai/nagoya-toyohashi/what-is-shinkansen-bullet-train.html
      http://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/kansai-airport-limited-express-haruka.html

      You can take Haruka when you go to Kyoto from KIX. You can purchase a discount deal.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/icoca-and-haruka-ticket-very-flexible-and-good-deal-for-tourist-who-stay-in-kansai.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hello Takeshi San!:)

    Your posts are interesting and very helpful!

    I have a question, if I want to take a night trip from Osaka to Tokyo to save on accommodation expense, can I take the Limited Express “Twilight Express” (runs between Osaka and Sapporo)?

    Thank you!

    Apple

  3. Hi!
    I am reading your posts and I find them very useful. Still, I have some questions. I will be in Japan from 21 to 28 September and I will be traveling from Osaka airport to Kyoto, then Kobe, Yamaguchi and finally to Nagasaki, form where I fly back to Europe. I am wondering if buying a JR Pass would be cheaper than paying all these tickets individually. I hope you can share some of your opinions.

    1. Hi Natasa,

      Your total fares may be slightly cheaper than JR pass 7 days in my rough calculation. If you want to save your cost as much as you can, single ticket will be cheaper. But if you want convenience, JR pass may be better choice.

      Cheers,

      Takehsi / JPRail.com

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