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.

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

  1. Hi Takeshi

    I am due to arrive in Tokyo on 8/2/16 and I will be travelling to kyoto, Nara, and Osaka. Is the Jr rail pass the cheapest.

    Many thanks.

  2. Hello!
    My family and I will be travelling in the Tokyo area (2 adults, 2 children).
    Our plan is:
    Within a 7 day period, we will explore Tokyo and go to Ghibli Museum, Edo Wonderland, and Hakone for 2 days.
    I don’t know whether to buy the JR pass or single tickets for each destination?
    Thank you!

  3. Hi Takeshi San!

    I will be arriving and departing @ Narita airport for my upcoming trip. My intended itinerary is – Narita -> Osaka -> Kinosaki Onsen -> Kyoto -> Nara -> Mount Fuji – > Tokyo -> Narita

    Can you suggest the most convenient JR pass? Is it better to buy a single ticket from Narita to Osaka? Thanks!

    1. Hi Faith san,

      It depends on how many days you spend. If you complete 7 days, JR pass 7 days will suit. But 14 days is too expensive. You don’t need to include Tokyo and Fuji-Tokyo. If you can get Fuji from Narita in 7 days, it will work.


      Takeshi /

  4. Hi Takeshi-San,

    I will like to have your advice if the Tokyo – Osaka Hokuriku Arch Pass will be the best option for my trip next April with the following itinerary,

    28Mar: Arrival at Narita Airport
    29-30Mar: Kawaguchiko
    31Mar-3Apr: Tokyo
    4Apr: Shirakawago
    5-8Apr: Kyoto
    9Apr: Osaka
    10Apr: Departure Kansai Airport

    I’m thinking if the pass is useful for the travel from Tokyo to Shirakawago to Kyoto or should I just single way tickets.

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Alanmanda san,

      Actually single ticket is much cheaper. If you use this pass, you can use it for Tokyo-Kanazawa (Shirakawago)-Kyoto-Osaka only. Single ticket is around 20000 yen for this segment.
      You can use one long distance ticket for this segment. You can make a stopover at Kanazawa.


      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.
  • 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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