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

  1. Nana says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    Came across your site, and it’s really wonderful to have so much helpful advise here. Would you be able to help us out by recommending what’s the best and most economical way to travel from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto, from Kyoto to Kobe, and from Kobe back to Osaka Namba Station? Many thanks in advance for your kind help.

    Warmest Regards,

  2. Eric Yeo says:

    Hello Takeshi,

    Thank you for the info oaths website. However, I’m still quite confuse on the ticket purchasing and how to fully utilise the JR pass.

    I’m travelling from Singapore to Tokyo on 2nd November and plan to travel to Kyoto on the 8th and then Osaka on the 9th before flying back to Singapore on either 11th or 12th November.

    As my trip will be mainly focused on traveling around Tokyo to nearby attractions such as Disneyland, Mount Fuji, Shinjuku, Asakusa etc, while the purchasing the JR pass be better than getting single fare tickets? I understand that you can get around Tokyo via Metro which is not covered under JR pass. Hence I’m not sure which is the better option.

    For mt trip from Tokyo to Osaka with a stopover at Kyoto, if I travel using the JR pass, can I stopover at Kyoto for a night before resuming my trip to Osaka? If not, should I purchase single way train ticket?

    Thank you,

  3. Hannah says:

    Hi Takeshi

    Thanks for the info on the single tickets. I hadn’t realised this was possible and one of our party has temporary working visa so would not be eligible for JR pass anyway.

    If we booked the single fare tickets do you have to specify which exact trains when booking? Or can we buy the base fare and then buy the express/seat reservations a day or so before?

    I note from hyperdia that its roughly 19,000 yen in each direction which is less than 7 day JR pass. I had also thought another option would be to buy hakone pass to travel to and around odawara, then single fare to Kyoto and once there activate a 7 day JR pass until we return back to Tokyo. Travel in and around Tokyo would be paid for separately. I had worked out this at around 43,000 yen. Do you think the flexibility from JR pass would be better than the single fares above if price is less than 5,000 yen difference?

    Thanks again

    • Hi Hannah,

      You can purchase base fare ticket only at first and then add limited express reserved seat or non reserved seat ticket later.

      It’s a good idea to use 7 days pass from Kyoto to Tokyo via Hiroshima/Miyajima and Osaka. I didn’t realize this way of using JR pass. I think JR pass is better choice than single fare. 5,000 yen difference is not huge for me. As you thought, flexibility is the huge factor. If you start to use JR pass on July 16, you can make a trip to Nara by JR train if you have a time. If you start to use this pass when you depart from Kyoto, you will have two more days of JR pass in Tokyo. You can make day trip outside Tokyo if you want. Once you get a single ticket, it’s hard to change your plan. But JR Pass makes you more comfortable to change your plan in last minutes. 5000 yen difference may be smaller or maybe cheaper than single fare.


      Takeshi / JP Rail


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