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.

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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.

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

  1. Hi, do I need a 7 day JR pass if my itinerary are as follow:

    day1. arrive Tokyo (Haneda)
    Day 2: tokyo Shirakawago – tokyo
    day 3: tokyo – Kyoto -tokyo
    Day 4 -5 : tokyo
    Day 6: Return home

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    This will be our first trip to Japan and I was hoping you can help guide us on our itinerary. We really do not want to purchase a 14 day JR pass and wanted a better effective cost option.

    May 21-24 Tokyo
    May 24-26 Kyoto
    May 26-29 Osaka
    May 29-31 Tokyo
    (May 30th – Day trip to Mount Fuji – perhaps taking the bus?)

    I was thinking we can purchase a 7 day JR Pass starting May 24th (departing from Tokyo to get to Kyoto then going back to Tokyo on May 29th from Osaka) I calculated the 7 days and the JR pass will expire on May 30th. As for Mount Fuji, perhaps taking a bus for a day trip.

    Transportation from Narita Airport – we were thinking to take the skyline to go to Tokyo as well as going back to the airport.

    Does this sound like one of the better ideas? I know we will have to purchase like a pasmo pass for local transportation within the city. It’s just that the 14 day pass was a bit high.

    Thank you for your help in advance. I hope that wasn’t too confusing.

    Sincerely,
    Linh

    1. Hi Linh,

      7 days pass is a right choice and starting the pass on 24th is also right.
      Pasmo or Suica is okay to explore Tokyo. But if you visit 3 or 4 places a day, subway pass is better idea. Keisei railway has a deal of skyliner and subway pass combo.
      http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/skyliner/us/value_ticket/subway.php

      You may purchase subway pass only if you want. Please see the link below about coverage of subway pass.
      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

      JR pass covers the trip to Fuji partially.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

      Express bus is easier access if you go to Lake Kawaguchi.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Thank you for replying back to my itinerary. I do have a question:

        If we do Mount Fuji on the 23rd at 10am which will start the JR pass-7 days, the 29th is when it will expire or the 30th at 10am?

        Since we plan to travel Tokyo to Osaka within that 7 day period. We have to be back to Tokyo on the 29th so we thought we can fit in Mt Fuji during the time we are in Tokyo and start our JR Pass a day early.

        Also can we have JR pass for Mount Fuji?

        Thank you so much again!

        Linh

  3. Hi Takeshi San
    I shall be Travelling from Sept 13 to 28 . My itinerary is as follows:

    13-14 Tokyo
    16-18 Kyoto
    19-20 Osaka
    21-22 Kobe
    23-24 Hakone
    25-28 Tokyo
    Pls advise the most cost effective option for us. Thanks!

  4. Hi Takeshi San
    I shall be Travelling with my husband from 2 to 16 May. My itinerary is as follows:
    2 may arrive Osaka Itami airport
    2-4 May in Osaka
    5-7 May in wakayama
    8-10 May in Nara
    11-12 May in Kyoto
    13-14 May in Kobe
    15 May in Osaka
    16 May depart Osaka for home

    Pls advise the most cost effective option for us . All our hotels are within walking distance from the train stations. Also will rail pass also allows us to travel on the local buses and trains too.

  5. Hi Takeshi san,

    I’m planning to arrive in Tokyo on July 14th .
    Then travel to Kyoto on July 19th.
    Then travel to Osaka on July 21st or 22nd.
    After Osaka, I will take the plane from Osaka airport to go to Seoul.
    What would be the most cost effective option for me – the 7 day JR pass?

    Thanks in advance!
    Kate

  6. Dear Takeshi San,
    My itinerary as follows:
    Arrive Osaka – 13 May,
    Osaka to Takayama – stay night of 13 & 14 May in Takayama
    Takayama to Shirakawago – Stay night of 15 May in Shirakawago
    Shirakawago to kanazawa – Stay night of 16 May in Kanazawa
    Kanazawa – Toyama-Alpine Route- stay night of 17 May in Shinano Omachi.
    Shinano Omachi to Nagoya (maybe via Matsumoto & Kiso Valley) – and stay night of 18 May in Nagoya
    Nagoya to Osaka – stay night of 19, 20 and 21 May

    I only have to be in Osaka on the 20th. I would have like to stay one more night in central Honshu but was trying to maximise the JR 7 day pass which means i have to be back in Osaka by 19. Could you advise if there is any other passes that would suit me better and i can save money? Thank you very much Takeshi-san

    1. Hi Eileen san,

      JR pass 7 days if only choice for your trip. There is no other better deals available unfortunately. If you stay in other places on 19 May and come back to Osaka on 20 May, even 7 days JR pass may not be paid off. And of course you have to pay extra for the trip to Osaka.

      If you want to save your cost, you have to be Osaka by the end of May 19.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Hi Takeshi,

    Thank you very much for your advice. One last question, would you think it is better that i get a return trip from Nagoya to Gifu & Gifu to Nagoya at the Airport machine? I will be on my way to Gifu on 18 April and back to Nagoya on 20 April.

  8. Hi Takeshi san,

    I will be travelling with my husband to Japan from 2 May to 15 May. Our itinerary is as follows:
    2 May: Arrive at Kansai Airport
    3 May: Osaka >> Kyoto
    4 May: Kyoto >> Nara >> Kyoto
    5 May: Kyoto >> Hiroshima
    6 May: Hiroshima ferry to Miyajima
    7 May: Miyajima >> Kyoto
    10 May: Kyoto >> Hakone
    11 May: Hakone >> Tokyo
    15 May: Depart from Narita Airport

    What would be the most cost effective option for us- the 14 day JR pass? We are also aware we will be travelling a lot during Golden Week so will try to reserve our seats when we arrive in Japan!

    Thank you!

    Julie

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