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.

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

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    We’re planning a trip in February with the itinerary below:
    Day 1 – morning arrival at Kansai airport, KIX-Kuwana City-Nagoya
    Day 2 – Nagoya – Mt. Fuji – Tokyo
    Day 3 – halfday in Tokyo, night flight out of Haneda.

    Could you suggest what is the best way to travel? Is there a pass we can use or is single tickets more economical?

    Thank you and I look forward to your reply.


    1. Hi Aida,

      There is only single ticket available from Nagoya – Fuji – Tokyo. But you may use some deals from KIX to Nagoya. Those are Rapi:t deal and Kintesu Rail Pass.

      You can get Nagoya and Kuwana buy these deals.

      If you just want to see Fuji, you may drop by Odawara and visit Hakone. You may use one single ticket to Tokyo with stopover at Odawara.


      Takeshi /

  2. Hello, I have already purchased a Japan rail pass but as we arrive at 10.30 pm, I would rather not use it on the first day and save it to get a full 7 days. Am I able to get a single trip pass to get from henada airport to inaricho station?

  3. Hello,
    I would like to check if it make sense for my family of four to take night bus from Osaka to Narita airport during dec.
    If I purchase the JR pass for 7days and I plan to stay in Tokyo (Haneda)-Kyoto-Osaka-Narita airport from 28/11 to 7/12, can I use the same pass to take shikansen from Osaka to Tokyo?

    1. Hi Eva,

      If you use JR pass, you have to take trains for round trip between Tokyo and Osaka. Otherwise JR pass is not cheaper than single fare. Overnight bus is not your choice in this case. If you want to use overnight bus, you have to give up using JR Pass. Because JR Pass is almost same as round trip fare between Tokyo and Osaka.

      In my opinion, JR Pass is recommended. Because it’s much easier to handle than single fare. If you use overnight bus, you have to use single fare and many kinds of local deals. You will be overwhelmed.

      If you use JR Pass 7 days, you can stay in Tokyo for the first several nights. And then you can start using JR Pass for the last 7 days of your trip.

      Actually overnight train runs from Osaka to Tokyo.

      You can take this train by JR Pass if you can book it. No online booking is available. So you have to book it when you exchange JR pass. If the seat is full, you have to change your itinerary and find your accommodation. Usually early December is slot and easy to book. But it’s hard to guess the availability.


      Takeshi /

  4. This is my itinerary. I plan to buy a 7 day JRP.What do you think?
    Day 1 KIX to Izumo, Shimane
    Day 1-5 Stay at Shimane(local tour plus trip to hiroshima)
    Day 6 Izumo, Shimane to Kyoto
    Day 7 Kyoto-Nara
    Day 8-9 Kyoto tour
    Day 10 Kyoto to Osaka
    Day 10-13 Osaka
    Day 14 Osaka to KIX
    Hope to hear from you.
    Thanks & regards,

    1. Hi Cris,

      I recommend you to use Sanyo Sanin Area Pass for day 1 to 7.

      It covers most part of your trip and cheaper than JR Pass.

      You can add subway pass at Kyoto and Osaka as you need.

      Single ticket is okay for Kyoto to Osaka. You can find some deals to get KIX at the link below:


      Takeshi /

  5. Hi Takeshi,

    I have written my itinerary down below. Could you please advice on how I should travel and whether a JR pass would be necessary. In Tokyo I would probably be going around Akihabara, Ginza, Shinjuku, Asakusa, Roppongi, Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Odaiba. There are also plans to go to ghibli museum and doraemon museum.

    Day 1 Narita – Tokyo
    Day 2 -7 Tokyo
    Day 8 Tokyo- Osaka
    Day 9-10 Osaka
    Day 11 Osaka- Nara
    Day 12 Nara-Kyoto
    Day 13 Kyoto-Himeji
    Day 14 Himeji-Tokyo
    Day 15 Tokyo

    I look forward to your reply.
    Thanks in advance.

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