Guide to plan your trip. Fare Calculation

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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.

Hyperdia

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.

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

  1. Hi,
    My parents and i will be travelling to Japan in July and i can’t decide if i should get the JR pass or just purchase single tickets. We will be staying for 8 days, and the itinerary is:
    1: Narita airport to Tokyo
    2: Tokyo to Mt Fuji
    3: Mt Fuji to Osaka or Mt Fuji to Tokyo, then to Osaka
    4: Osaka to Tokyo
    5: Tokyo to Narita airport

    i found a shinkasen package online that includes return tickets and hotel stay, but the JR pass is really attractive since i’ll be doing some travelling within Tokyo as well… Could you check my itinerary and give me some advice?

    Thank you!
    Jia Hui

    1. Hi Jia Hui,

      JR pass is better solution. I think you will stay in Tokyo after arrival in Narita. So you can start using JR pass on 2nd day of your trip. There are some deals available for Narita to Tokyo. You may add one of these:
      http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/narita/the-list-of-deals-for-access-to-downtown-tokyo-from-narita-airport.html

      You may use subway and airport access combo deal in the link below. Even if you have JR pass, subway in Tokyo is not covered. You need to take subway to get some places in Tokyo, such as Asakusa, Skytree, Tsukiji, Roppongi.
      http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/value/airport_bus/index.html#anc02

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Greetings Takeshi,

    Perhaps you will be able to advise me on which pass I need to purchase:
    I shall be traveling with my 20 year old daughter, landing at Narita around noon 16/4/16.
    From there would like to go directly to Kanazawa for 2 nights,
    So,
    16/4-18/4 Kanazawa
    18/4-23/4 Kyoto, including day trip to Nara
    23/4-25/4 Neoshima, Teoshima
    25/4-26/4 hakone
    26/4-30/4 Tokyo
    30/4 depart from Narita airport

    Thanking you so much in anticipation of your kind attention to my request.
    Best regards,
    Debbie

      1. Thank you Takeshi for your swift response!
        I do have another question:
        When making our way from Neoshima to Hakone, is it better to go by train from Kyoto all the way to Tokyo and then do a day trip to Hakone? Or make Hakone an overnight stop between Neoshima and Tokyo? I have become confused with the limitations of the JR Pass when visiting Hakone.
        Also, will the JR Pass get us from Kyoto to Neoshima ?
        Thanks again, Debbie

        1. Hi Debbie,

          Actually it’s up to you. You can take JR trains between Odawara and Tokyo. Even if you have day trip, you can use JR pass for Tokyo – Odawara return.
          So if you want to have Hakone Onsen experience, you can drop by Hakone on the way to Tokyo. If you want to have easier trip without luggage, you can have day trip.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi,
    Thank you for all your post and advice.
    I would be grateful if you can help my with one question.

    My itinerary is:
    2 days in Tokyo + Nikko + Kamakura +Fujigoko
    then
    4 days in Kyoto
    then
    Day 7 to 12: Kumano Kodo
    Day 13: Back to Osaka from Kii-Katsuura station
    Day 14: Osaka – Nara
    Day 15: Osaka – Hiroshima
    Day 16 : Hiroshima & Mijiyama
    Day 17 – 18: Hiroshima – Beppu (Oita)
    Day 19-20: Beppu – Fukuoka
    The JR Pass (whole country) won’t be the best choice for my first 6 days in Tokyo area and Kyoto area.
    I think that Kansai-Hiroshima Area JR Pass might be a great option for the second half of my trip.I would activate my pass on Day 13, after Kumano Kodo. Then I will use the pass until Hiroshima and Mijiyama (less than 5 days)
    I’ve made some tries on HyperDia website to evaluate my trip cost.
    It seems to me less costly to buy Kansai-Hiroshima Area JR Pass because the Osaka – Hiroshima train is quite expensive. However, I received this warning “The search results below may contain some routes not suitable for Japan Rail Pass. Please make inquiries to railroad companies or travel agencies regarding actual fares, actual seat-fees and whether you are able to use Japan Rail Pass or not”
    So I am not sure that the Kansai Hiroshima Area pass fits my need. That’s why, I would like to have your advice.
    Thank you in advance
    Trang LUU

    1. Hi Trang,

      Actually 21days JR pass is the best choice for you. If you use Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, you have to find other deal or single fare for staying in Tokyo, Tokyo to Kyoto, Hiroshima to Beppu and Beppu to Hakata (Fukuoka). The cost for these trip are quite huge.

      You can use JR pass for access to Tokyo from either Narita or Haneda. And you can take JR local trains in Tokyo.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/tokyo-kanto-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-best-deal-and-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      Express bus is better way to get Fuji five lakes. But if you want, you can use JR pass partially.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

      You can use JR pass to get Nikko and Kamakura.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/yokohama-and-kamakura-access-guide-find-the-right-deal-and-route-from-your-place-to-stay.html
      http://jprail.com/destinations/world-heritage-destinations/how-to-access-to-nikko-from-tokyo-there-are-three-ways-from-tokyo-shinjuku-and-asakusa.html

      You can take Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto. Only Hikari and Kodama are covered. Nozomi is not covered. Please see the link below to find it:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/japan-rail-pass-user-guide-how-to-use-jr-pass-to-its-maximum.html

      You can use JR trains in Kyoto, trip to Nara, Kiikatsuura to Osaka, Osaka to Hiroshima/Miyajima, Hiroshima to Beppu and Beppu to Hakata.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/how-to-transfer-among-kyoto-osaka-and-kobe-compare-japan-railway-and-private-lines.html

      Simply just purchase 21 days pass and it covers your trip mostly.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi,

    I’m trying to figure out if a JR Pass is worth it as my wife and I will be travelling for 2 weeks . We’re a bit nervous as we’ve never traveled internationally before and read that JR Passes are really convenient.

    Travel Itinerary:
    Trip 1 – Narita Airport to Tokyo
    Trip 2 – Tokyo to Tokyo Disney
    Trip 3 – Tokyo Disney to Mt. Fuji (Kawaguchi)
    Trip 4 – Mt. Fuji (Kawaguchi) to Osaka
    Trip 5 – Osaka to Kyoto
    Trip 6 – Kyoto to Tokyo
    Trip 7 – Tokyo to Narita Airport

    Thank you,

  5. Hi,
    I am trying to decide if I need JR pass or single tickets.
    My 18 year old son and I will be in japan in January 2017 arrive on 6th, in Tokyo and head for Kyoto for 2 nights then to Shikoku to some temples (still working out best spiritual places to visit but start of 88 temple pilgrimage sounds wonderful) before heading to Nazowa Onsen prefer inland route to possibly stop at Magome and Nakatsugawa. Staying 3 nights at Nazowa Onsen then heading to snow monkeys, maybe short visit there, then back to Tokyo, hopefully squeeze in Disneyland before flying out on 18th.
    I am trying to work out best option. A 14 day JR pass even though we only use for probably 7 days out of 14? Or do single train/bus options. JR Pass seems convenient for different options but might not be cost effective for the 12 days we are there especially if we need extra connections not covered by pass.
    I previously found a fare calculator site that you put the itinerary into and it calculated if a JRPass was value for travel plans or not, I think through hyperdia but I can no longer find it.
    Can you offer any advice for me please?
    Thanks, Kim

    1. Hi Kim,

      I think 14 days pass will work. But I’m not sure 100%. Because at this point, I (and may be yourself too) cannot find how many times you make train trips in Shikoku.
      But as you think, if you use single fare ticket, you have to prepare many things and will be very inconvenient. JR pass makes your trip be much easier and you will feel comfortable. And also it gives you flexibility too.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. Hi Takeshi,

    My family of 5 people are thinking of buying a 7 day JR pass but we will be here for 8 days. My question is which route is the best from Shibuya to Narita Airport because the JR pass will be expired.

    Reason why I can’t delay using JR pass is because as soon as we arrive at Haneda airport, we are catching a bullet train to Kyoto.

    Itinerary:
    Day 1 – Haneda airport to Kyoto
    Day 3 – Kyoto to Nara to Kyoto
    Day 4 – Kyoto to Tokyo (Shibuya)
    Day 8 – Shibuya to Narita Airport

    Thank you.
    Kind regards,

    Lisa

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