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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.


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

  1. Mr. Robert says:

    We have hotel reservations in Kanazawa 2-5 May. I know this is “Golden Week” so everything will be very busy and crowded. However, we want to buy 2 tickets on the new Hokuriku Line departing from and returning to Tokyo Station. Questions:
    (1) Do we have to wait until 2 April before we can buy tickets?
    (2) What would you recommend is the best way to get the tickets?
    (3) We will be arriving in Okinawa on 23 April—questions:
    (a) Because it is Golden Week do you think that is too late to wait to buy tickets?
    (b) Can we buy tickets for the shinkansen while we are in Okinawa??
    Your answers to these questions will be most helpful. Thank you—Mr. Robert

    • Hi Robert san,

      1) Yes. Tickets will be on sale one month before.
      2) Just try to book it as soon as possible.
      3a) It’s hard to say. Especially Hokuriku Shinkansen will be popular just after open. Usually Shinkansen is not hard to book even for golden week.
      3b) There are only two places in Okinawa, JR Kyushu Okinawa branch and Nippon Travel Agency Okinawa branch. You can find the location in google map below:


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  2. Wai Yee says:


    I will be staying near Oshiage Station, from Friday til Tuesday (depart to Narita Airport Terminal 2). For the few days, I will be planning to go to places like Ueno Park, Skytree, and surrounding area in Tokyo to check out sakura. We are travelling 2 young children. Will it be good to buy JR Pass or daily ticket or per trip ticket.

    Thank you.

  3. Yuki says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I have been reading your posts to plan my trip to Japan in 2 months, but I am still really confused as to if I should purchase a JR Rail Pass.

    Day 1 – Arrive in Japan -> Travel to/ stay in Ginza Tokyo
    Day 2 – Explore Ginza & Akihabara
    Day 3 – Gotemba -> Hakone Yumoto
    Day 4 – Hakone Yumoto -> Shinjuku
    Day 5 – 13 Will most likely explore places in Tokyo for the rest of the trip

    Based on this, do you think a JR Rail Pass is necessary?
    As this is my first time to Japan is there any suggestions/changes you would make to the itinerary?

    Thank you so much for you help.



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