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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.

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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.

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186 Comments to “Guide to plan your trip. Fare Calculation”

  1. Khairon says:

    Hello Takeshi san.

    Thank you for such an informative website.
    My husband and I have a planned 3 weeks trip to Japan early next month. I
    have booked all our accommodation. However I have not bought our Japan Rail Pass as yet because I am not quite sure which one to get. Looking at my itinerary below, can you advise me what is feasible? Is the JR pass the way to go? I realise there will be places where we have to take buses and non JR trains. We enjoy train travel and walking.

    09/05 arriving Sydney/Osaka 8pm
    10/05 Yamatoji Rapid service to Nara
    11/05 Miyakoji Rapid service to Kyoto ( 3 nights )
    14/05 Limited Express Thunderbird to Kanazawa (2 nights )
    16/05 Limited Express Thunderbird to Toyama
    Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route ( overnight stay at Midagahara Hotel )
    17/05 JR Oito from Shinano-Omachi to Matsumoto ( 2 nights )
    19/05 Matsumoto Electric train & bus to Kamikochi ( 1 night )
    20/05 Nohi Bus to Takayama ( 2 nights )
    22/05 JR Takayama Ltd Exp Hida /JR Taita/Ltd Exp Shinano & local bus to Tsumago (1 night)
    23/05 Walk to Magome (1 night )
    24/05 Bus to Nakatsugawa, Shinano Ltd Exp to Nagoya ( 1 night )
    25/05 Super Exp Tokaido Shinkansen to Tokyo ( 1 week stay in Asakusa )
    01/06 Asakusa to Narita Airport.

    I would appreciate any suggestion re train journey and JR pass. I have not checked any timetable as yet. As most of the train journeys are not too long, I will most probably get the ordinary pass instead of the green.

    Thank you for taking the time to read. I hope you can clear the cobwebs for me.

    Kind regards,


  2. dianne says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I was wondering if you know a fare calculator for osaka subway. I can’t seem to make hyperdia calculate the fare from shin-osaka to honmachi and honmachi to bentencho.

    Thank you so much!

  3. masoom says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    Firstly, great website!

    I’m only planning to take a one way train from osaka to tokyo so for this i dont think JR pass is needed.

    Is there a way of buying this one way ticket before arriving in Japan? If not, will there be availability if i was to book a ticket in Japan 2 days before travel? Is there an agent you recommend that could book this ticket and send to the hotel i stay at?

    Kind regards


  4. julie says:

    We are flying into Haneda April 12 and need to get a train to Misawa – can you please advise as to the line we take, the route, and how we go about booking the reservations?

  5. Justine Mundin says:

    Hi Takeshi-san!

    Your website seems very helpful! However I can’t seem to get the Hyperdia fare calculation to work.

    Will be going to Japan end of April, entering thru Nagoya. What route do you propose we use to go to Kyoto? If we plan to stay and tour in the areas of Kyoto and Nara only, is it still advisable to get a JR Pass?

    - J -

  6. Sher Ee says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    Just happen to drop by and saw a lot of useful information here.
    I will be travelling to Japan in end of March and japan transport system really confusing me so i would like to check if there’s fastest and cheapest way from Hakone to haneda airport (domestic section)?

    Many thanks for your help

  7. Got says:

    Hi again Takeshi San,
    Thank you for you useful information
    After reading information which you kindly provide on website. I decide not to buy jr pass. I will buy only Shinkansen one way ticket. In that case, if I travel from Nagoya to ikebukoro taking two line jr and Shinkansen,do I need to pay a fare seperately ? Because hyperdia show a fare include in the same blanket, it make me confuse.
    Thank you so much

  8. got says:

    Hi Takeshi San,
    I am confused with hyperdia. As a picture you have shown above, if i travel from tokyo to osaka, I have to catch 2 train shinkansen and jr kyoto right?
    my question is, shinkansen and jr is different train line, do i need to buy ticket separately between shinkansen and jr or one ticket will cover all( because hyperdia fare was cover in the same blanket)
    if i need to buy to buy ticket separately, where do i need to buy my second ticket? at transit station?
    looking forward to hear from you soon
    thank you very much


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