Guide to plan your trip. Fare Calculation


This website shows you how to use Japan Rail Pass. But some of visitors have a plan to buy a single ticket. Even Japan Rail Pass user need to pay a single fare when they want to save the pass. So I would like to share the useful links and the information with you.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

JR’s rule on passenger’s ticket

JR fare rule is so difficult to understand for the tourists from overseas. Even some travel agents in Japan do not understand this rule completely.

I show you other simple fare tables below. But these fare tables show you a simple round trip or one way trip only. If you need to calculate for multi-city itinerary, you need to understand JR rules. I wrote about fare rule very simply at the post, For non JR pass travellers. Guide to use JR single ticket, basic rules, validity and stopover. You can get an information about purchasing and using single ticket.


You can get a fare very easily. (click to view larger image)
You can get a fare very easily. (click to view larger image)

This is the easiest way to get the fare. I show you how to use this website at other post. Please refer Japan Railways’s timetables

Fare and Charges at JR East English website

You can find a single fare and surcharge for the following trains:

Fare and Surcharges at JR Central English website

This website offer you the fare table of Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen.

659 thoughts on “Guide to plan your trip. Fare Calculation”

  1. Dear Takashi,

    From Daikokucho Station to Shinjuku station, i have to take Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen and that one is not covered by JR pass right? Any other way to use JR pass to re route?

  2. Hello Takeshi San,
    It will be so appreciated if you can help us to choose best transportation ways (pass- tickets) for the below itinerary:
    Day 1 Chubu Centair Int. Airport (NGO) to Kyoto
    Day 2 travelling in Kyoto
    Day 3 travelling in Kyoto
    Day 4 travelling in Kyoto, going from Kyoto to Osaka
    Day 5 travelling in Osaka-Nara-Kobe, going from Osaka to Nagoya
    Day 6 Nagoya to Takayama (Shirakawa-go)
    Day 7 Takayama to Nagoya
    Thank you very much,

    1. Hi Aleks san,

      Kintetsu rail pass for day 1 to 5

      Takayama Hokuriku area pass for day 6 to 7

      These deals cover most part of your trip. But you need to add the following tickets and deals:

      Single ticket for Chubu airport to Nagoya

      City deals in Kyoto because Kintetsu rail pass does not cover

      City deals in Osaka maybe. But you can start using Takayama Hokuriku Area pass even if you don’t go to Takayama. It covers JR local trains in Osaka and Kyoto. You can use it for Kyoto to Osaka. It may be faster than Kintetsu railway.

      Single ticket to Kobe. Nara is covered by Kintetsu rail pass but Kobe is not. Takayama Hokuriku area pass does not cover it either.


      Takeshi /

      1. Hi Takeshi san,
        Thank you very much for your quick response and assistance.
        It states that in your article: “After 1st of October, 2016, you have to purchase a separate ticket to take limited express train.” Do I need to buy limited express ticket to go from Meitetsu Nagoya Station to Kyoto Station? If I don’t buy limited express ticket which transportation way should I follow (apart from nozomi shinkanzen that is quite expensive)? How long does it take from Nagoya to Kyoto by using Kintetsu rail pass (without limited express)? It takes by bus 2hrs 30 mins. (2550 yen one way ticket).
        If I make my itinerary as below which day should I start to use “Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass” and “Kintetsu Rail Pass” ?
        Day 1 Chubu Centair Int. Airport (NGO) to Kyoto
        Day 2 travelling in Kyoto
        Day 3 travelling in Kyoto
        Day 4 travelling in Kyoto, going from Kyoto to Osaka
        Day 5 travelling in Osaka-Nara-Kobe, going from Osaka to Kanazawa-Shirakawago
        Day 6 Shirakawago to Nagoya
        Day 7 travelling in Nagoya

        Thank you very much in advance for your reply,

        1. Hi Aleks,

          If you don’t buy limited express train ticket, you need to take ordinary train. The trip time is roughly 1 hour more. And also you have to change the train at least twice. It’s quite inconvenient.

          By the way], you have changed your itinerary. You will go to Kanazawa from Osaka directly. In this case, you don’t need to go back to Nagoya and don’t need to use Kintetsu train either. You can take a bus to get Kyoto from Nagoya. Kintetsu rail pass is not your choice any more. You also can take Shinkansen but it’s much more expensive. It costs about 6000 yen. But trip time is 40 minutes.

          I think it’s very hard to do trip to Kobe, Nara and move to Shirakawago in one day. The last bus to Shirakawago from Kanazawa is 16:00.

          And you will spend 2.5 hours to get Kanazawa from Osaka. You have only half day. It’s basically impossible to see Nara and Kobe in half day. If you want to go to Nara, you should visit when you are in Kyoto. You can use Kansai thru pass for Nara, Osaka and Kobe and city deals is okay in Kyoto.


          Takeshi /

  3. Hi, Takeshi,
    We are 3 persons, travelling 3 1/2 weeks in Japan in january/february 2017. Our initial plan:

    – Tokio ( 5 days)
    – Suwa – Takayama – Japan Alps – Ogaki ( 5 days)
    – Kyoto – Nara – Osaka (5 days)
    -Hiroshima – Miyajima (2 / 3 days)
    – Tokio (5 days)

    ¿JR Pass for two weeks?
    Tokio-Suwa: ¿which trains can we use?
    For Suwa, Takayama, Ogaki, ¿which trains can we use?
    For Tokio, I saw your link to other persons.


    1. Hi Miguel,

      As you think, you can use 14 days JR pass. You can start using it when you leave Tokyo.
      You can take Limited Express Azusa to get Suwa.

      From Suwa to Takayama, there are several routes. If you don’t want to pay any extra, go to Matsumoto and take Limited Express Shinano to get Nagoya. And then take Limited Express Wide View Hida. But there is direct bus service from Matsumoto to Takayama. This bus is not covered by JR pass but it’s much faster.

      Ogaki can be accessed from Gifu by local train. Gifu is located between Nagoya and Takayama. You can get Gifu from Takayama by limited express Wide View Hida.


      Takeshi /

  4. Dear,

    Here is my plan to visit Japan. Please kindly advise what kind/type of train ticket should I purchase? 7 days JR pass? Please advise me.
    Day 1- Busan -Osaka
    Day 2- Osaka – Shiroishi Zai Zoo – Tokyo
    Day 3- Tokyo – Daibutsu – Hakone – Tokyo
    Day 4/5 – Tokyo
    Day 6- Tokyo – Kyoto
    Day 7- Kyoto – Hemiji – Osaka
    Day 8- Osaka – Kobe
    Day 9 – Osaka – Nara
    Day 10- Osaka- Busan

    With regards.

    1. Hi Ray,

      I don’t understand where Shiroishi Zai Zoo is. But anyway as long as you have round trip between Osaka and Tokyo, 7 days JR pass will work. You can use it for day 1 to 7.
      For day 8 and 9, you can use Kansai thru pass.

      For day 10, if you go to KIX, you may find some deals in the link below:


      Takeshi /

      1. Dear Takashi,

        Thanks a lot for advice. Well noted. How about in Tokyo? To go around in tokyo, do I need to purchase another ticket such as metro ticket? Or can I still use JR pass?

  5. Hi, I would like some advise on ticket purchase. We will be based in Osaka
    Day 1 Kansai airport to Namba
    Day 2 travelling within Osaka
    Day 3 Osaka to Arima Onsen (1 night)
    Day 4 Arima Onsen to Osaka then Osaka to Nara or kyoto
    Day 5 Osaka to Kyoto
    Day 6 Osaka to Kansai airport

    Would it be easier to catch highway bus to Arima onsen rather than changing several trains as we will be carrying a hand carry luggage.
    What would you suggest on train tickets/ passes to purchase for this itinerary? Thanks

    1. Hi Claud,

      Basically you can follow my sample itinerary in the link below:

      As you mentioned, highway bus is the easiest way to get Arima. After coming back from Arima on day 4, you can start using Kansai thru pass 2 days for day 4 and 5.


      Takeshi /

  6. Hi Takashi-san,

    I have a question about traveling between Tokyo and Osaka (round trip). I will be visiting in November this year. Can you tell me the best way to travel on shinkansen? How do I reserve my seat when i arrive in Tokyo and where do i board the train?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

  7. Hi Ajesh,

    I need your advice if I need to buy 7-day JR pass or single fare tickets. If single fare, please provide details.

    Here’s my itinerary:
    Day 1:arrival from kansai airport to osaka (hotel is near osaka station)
    Day 2: universal studios
    Day 3: tour around osaka then travel to kyoto at night. (Hotel is near kyoto station)
    Day 4: kyoto tour then travel to tokyo at night (hotel near shinjuku station)
    Day 5: tokyo tour
    Day 6: disneyland
    Day 7: to narita airport
    thank you for the advice.

  8. Hi, I don’t really have a set itinerary, but I will be staying in Shinjuku with a friend for 12 days. We plan on staying in the Tokyo metro for the most part, but we have a lot we would like to do. We were also of thinking of going to Shiroishizao station from Tokyo. Should we purchase tickets as we go, or prepaid tickets… or? I’m so very confused. Thanks.

    1. Hi Irene,

      You may use JR East Pass Tohoku. Please see the following link:

      This is slightly cheaper than single fare ticket + Shinkansen (bullet train) seat fee for round trip to Shiroishizao from Tokyo.

      You may use this pass in Tokyo too but if you have any other plans to go outside Tokyo, you should use this pass for it.

      In Tokyo, you may use subway pass too. Please see the link below about info of trip in downtown Tokyo.


      Takeshi /

      1. Hi,
        Thanks so much for the quick response! What does flex mean? Like 5 day flex for 14 day pass? I read the link you sent, but I’m still a bit confused. Thank you again!

  9. Hello,

    We, two of us, are going to Japan on holiday. A combination of visiting city’s and the Ishigaki Islands. In the beginning we will stay at friends in Viel Fujimino and go with the train to Tokyo.

    Please advise us wich pass suits our plan the best.
    21 days or 7 days and individual tickets?

    Our itinerary.
    02-Jul Arrival Tokyo Narita (pick up)
    03-Jul Viel Fujimino – Tokyo
    04-Jul Tokyo – Kamakura
    05-Jul Kioto
    06-Jul Nara
    07-Jul Hiroshima – Fukuoka
    08-Jul Ishigaki/ Islands (Flight)
    15-Jul Ishigaki-Fukuoka
    16-Jul Osaka
    17-Jul Other city
    18-Jul Other city
    19-Jul Tokyo
    20-Jul Departure.

  10. Please advise which is the option available for us. Only two of us. Do we need a pass or we buy day tickets. Can we buy the day tickets online in advance? I could not find the site for the same, please advise.

    01. Osaka Kansai airport to Osaka (July 07)
    02. Osaka to Kyoto
    03. kyoto to Odawara
    04. Odawara to Tokyo
    05. Tokyo to Narita (July 14)

    1. Hi Ajesh,

      Basically you can follow one of my sample itineraries.

      It does not include Odawara. But you may be able to use one base fare ticket with stopover at Odawara. Please find more info about single ticket at the link below:


      Takeshi /

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