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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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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  • Please do not ask me to make your itinerary. Because I am not your personal travel agent. I am very happy to check your itinerary. But please try to make the plan by yourself. In this website, there are lots of resources to make your plan.
  • Please do not ask me about the access to your hotel. You can google your hotel and find it at hotel website or google map easily.
  • If you want to ask me which pass suits your plan, please tell me your detailed itinerary and location to stay. I cannot choose any deals without the detailed itinerary because I have to compare the total single fare and deals

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