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

  1. abdul rahim abustan says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    Here is my itenery palnning in nov & dec 2014

    29 kansai airport -kyoto
    30nov – 2 dec kyoto (nijo castle,fushimi inari,katsura imperial villa,philosopher’s walk,kiyomizu-dera,kinkaku-ji,arashiyama)

    3 kobe mosque
    4 nara – kansai airport

    what is the best for purchase the JR ticket ?
    for your info i stay in Guest House Kinta
    Japan, 〒605-0816

    thank you

  2. Maryanne says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I will be travelling to Japan in May 2015 (from Sydney, Australia).

    Please, could you tell me the best railway method travelling through these cities & approx price:
    1. Tokyo
    2. Nagoya
    3. Kyoto
    5. Hiroshima

    Thank you kindly.

  3. john says:

    hi mr takeshi,
    I will be traveling from Hiroshima to Fukuoka for 3 days, I will be leaving Thursday and returning sunday. What is the best bullet train for me to take?

  4. Jen says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I will be travelling to Japan with 2 other friends in January. We will arrive at Narita Airport and leaving from Osaka Airport.

    We will be in Japan for about 13-14days and during that time we will go around in this order
    1. Tokyo – 5 days with day trip to Hakone and travelling around Tokyo
    2. Kyoto – 5 days with day trip to Nara and travelling around Osaka
    3. Osaka – 5 days travelling around Osaka

    Is it best to purchase 7 days or 14 days JR pass? Or better to purchase individual fares?
    Please advise the cheapest train or line to travel with minimal cost.
    Also what’s the best way to get from Narita Airport to Shibuya Tokyo?

    Thanks a lot,

  5. Irene says:

    Dear Mr.Takeshi,

    I would like to check the enquire the cheap and most convenient mode of transportation.
    My itinerary is as follows:

    12 Dec 2014-From Kansai Airport to Toyoko Inn Shin-osaka Chuo-guchi Honkan Inn. We would have a lot of luggages. After checking into the hotel, we would like to travel to Osaka and Kobe to visit places of interests. At night, we will go back to d hotel in Osaka.

    13 Dec 2014- We will travel out for a whole day for sightseeing again and back to the hotel at night.

    14 Dec- to travel from our hotel Toyoko Inn Shin-osaka Chuo-guchi Honkan Inn to Universal Studio.

    Is it cheaper to buy day pass which is special for tourist having short visits.

    Appreciate your valuable advice.

    Thank you.


  6. Lynn says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    My husband and I are traveling from Namba to KiiKatsuura on 28 Nov 2014 to 1 Dec 2014. Returning from KiiKatsuura to Kansai Airport (KIX) on 1 Dec 2014.

    Can you advice what is the best mode of transportation? Should I buy a JR pass? I trHyperDia website but not sure on how to go about buying the tickets? Can I buy it from Namba station?

    Here is my intinerary

    21 Nov kansai airport – Namba (Osaka)
    22 Nov Kyoto
    23 Nov Takayama
    24 Nov Nagoya
    25 Nov Osaka
    26 Nov Osaka
    27 Nov Osaka
    28 Nov Namba (Osaka) – KiiKatsuura
    29 Nov KiiKatsuura
    30 Nov KiiKatsuura
    1 Dec – KiiKatsuura to Kansai airport

    May I know the cheapest and convenient way to travel around?

    Thank you! :)

  7. fish says:

    Dear Mr Takeshi / JP Rail,

    Thank you in advance for helping to answer my questions.
    I will be travelling in a group of 8, from 2yr-78yr old. The following is my itinerary from dec4:

    day1: reach kix at night.
    day 2: kix to kyoto rich hotel
    kiyomizu-dera temple area
    day 3: arashimaya
    day 4: nara half day
    nishiki market
    day 5: kyoto to kaneyoshi ryokan
    osaka castle
    day 6: kuromon market
    shinsaibaishi/ dontobori
    day 7: kaneyoshi ryokan to kix

    May I know the cheapest and convenient way to travel around?
    Is it convenient to get a taxi to kyoto rich hotel if i take haruka? What is the estimated cost? I presume I have to take 2 taxis? or bus? does airport limousine bus stop at my hotel? cost? (considering I have young and old and luggages to handle)
    Is it convenient to take trains and subways? I heard there are not many escalators or lifts.

    Please advise me on the trains and lines that I could take at a minimal cost. Thank you.

  8. Jojo says:

    I will be travelling from nagoya to takayama by train next year july , stay overnite at takayama and next day go to Kanazawa by bus and stop over in shirakawago then spend the nite at Kanazawa. The next morning will go back to nagoya by train. Can someone suggest to me what is the cheapest mode of transports and how much will be the total transport cost to work out my budget for this trip? Thanks.

  9. aishah says:

    Hi Takeshi,
    Here is my itenery palnning in March 2015

    21 kansai airport -nara
    22 nara – kawaguchiko
    24 kawaguchiko – takayama
    26 takayama – toyama
    28 toyama – kyoto
    31 kyoto-nara
    4 nara – kansai airport

    what is the best for purchase the JR ticket ?

    thank you

  10. OH PF says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I will be travelling solo to Japan,Osaka this coming Jan 2015 .
    If I were to buy the JR Kansai Area Wide Pass for 4 days, may I know do I need to pay additional if I take some train having unreserved seat?
    Because I saw in HyperDia website, the ticket amount having ‘fare amount’ and ‘seat amount’.

    Thanks for advice.


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