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.

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

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    I will be staying near Nishitanabe Station and will go to Kyoto for a day trip, would JR West Kansai day pass, Hankyu Tourist day pass or Kintetsu Rail pass be better? Would be visiting Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine and the Bamboo Groves.

    Also from Nishitanabe Station to Universal Studios, which train to use and is it better to buy a day pass or pay for single trips to and from. We are most likely to spend the day there.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Vivienne,

      I recommend you to use JR West Kansai area pass one day. But Nishitanabe is subway station and subway is not covered by Kansai area pass. You need to get Tennoji by subway Midousuji line. It costs around 200 yen one way. Once you get Tennoji, you can take limited express Haruka to get Kyoto by this pass. It’s covered fully.

      Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama can be accessed by JR local train from Kyoto.

      For trip to USJ, single fare is okay. You can take subway to get Tennoji and then take JR Osaka Kanjo line to Nishikujo, and then transfer to JR Yumesaki line to Universal city station.


      Takeshi /

      1. Thanks Takeshi for your reply, much appreciated.

        For trip to Nara, to see the famous deer park, would single trips to and from be sufficient. I think some of the attractions in Nara are within walkable distance like the Todaji Temple. Thanks.

  2. Hi Takeshi
    I will travel from sapporo to hakodate by limited express train on 9/10/17.
    Do i need to purchase ticket in advance ?
    If yes, how many days in advance?
    If not necessary, can just buy tickets at train station when i’m in sapporo or on the day of departure ?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Shirley,

      You can purchase it on the day of your trip at Sapporo station. You can purchase it in advance at Sapporo station too. And also you can purchase it online. Ticket is on sale one month prior to departure date. But if you use online, you need to pick up a ticket by one day before trip date.


      Takeshi /

  3. Im going to Osaka next week. I will only be in Kansai region. Is thr JR West rail pass helpful.? Or I do not need it at all. And Im also a bit confused. When the line on the map says JR, are passengers without JR pass allowed?

  4. Hi
    I have a question on the JR Rail ticket.

    If I am from SAPPORO(JR) and to HAKODATE (JR).
    Total:¥ 8,830(TicketFare:¥ 5,720 Seat Fee:¥ 3,110)

    Which mean i only need to pay ¥ 5,720? Then what is ¥ 3,110 for?

    The Unreserved seat is ¥ 2590 and reserved seat is ¥ 3,110.
    If i take the Unreserved seat, what is the total cost for Sapporo to Hakodate?


    1. Hi Chee Wai,

      If you take limited express train, you need to pay both. If you take non reserved seat, seat fee is usually 500 yen cheaper than reserved seat fee. It’s varied by the season. When you check the fare at hyperdia, you can check unreserved seat fee too. When you see “Seat Fee” section. it’s drop down menu. You can choose unreserved seat fee and find the seat fee.


      Takeshi /

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