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

  1. Janet says:

    Hi, Takeshi,

    I will be reach kansai on 29/3/15.
    thn from kansai airport to namba.
    will travel to tokyo yayagi from osaka on 1/4/15, and go back again osaka.

    I have calculated the fees, and i think i should get a JR Pass which is more worthy.
    but I’m quite confused about the JR Pass, that i know it include all trains line, bus line, and shinkansen for JR except nozomi and mizuho, so i have to take the hikari right?
    but if i buy the ordinary JR Pass, i want to sit the reserved seat, am i need to pay extra charges? and if not, how can i reserve the seat?

    Thank you very much.

    • HI Janet,

      Yes. JR Pass is cheaper than round trip fare between Kansai airport and Tokyo. You can take Hikari reserved seat without any extra. When you exchange the pass at Kansai airport station, you can book it for all trains that you will take in Japan. You can reserve in advance. Of course you can book later at other JR stations. But if you complete all bookings, it’s easier and you can save the time.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  2. jun says:

    Hi Takeshi, I’m travelling to Japan for five weeks next month and hope you can give me some advice on the type of JR Rail Pass (or any rail pass) I should get.

    My itinerary is not very specific for now:
    – Nagoya, with day trips to Takayama and maybe Magome (total about 5 days?)
    – A full week in Kyoto, with a day trip to Shiga (for Biwako). I don’t know if I should do Nara as a day trip or maybe spend about three days there.
    – A week in Osaka, with day trips to Kobe, Himeji and probably Wakayama
    – Shimane. Initially I wanted to visit the Oki Islands, but it seems the ferries may not be in service during February, so I may just spend three or four days in Matsue?
    – Kanazawa for maybe four days
    – Sendai for a couple of days (visiting a friend)
    – Tokyo for about a week, with day trips to maybe Hakone and one other place.

    So basically, I fly into Nagoya, work through Kansai and Shimane, then up to Kanazawa and Sendai, and fly out of Tokyo.

    A friend suggested I get the 14-day JR Rail Pass and only start using it once I get out of Kansai. From your website, I see a limited express train from Osaka to Tottori, but is there one from Osaka to Matsue? Should I be getting a Kintetsu pass for Kansai since I’m there for about two weeks?

    Appreciate your help! Thank you in advance! (Sorry if I posted this in the wrong section, I’m still reading all the wonderful articles on your site on how to use the various rail passes)

  3. Liew says:


    I will be going to Tokyo in a week time.
    This will be my schedule:
    Day 1: Tokyo city tour around
    Day 2: Tokyo city bound
    Day 3: I need to reach Yatsugatake, Yamanashi Prefecture by night time. Is there any possibility i can go to Hakone for a 1 day trip? How should the itinerary looks like?
    Day 4: Back to Tokyo at night
    Day 5: Tokyo Disneyland
    Day 6: Back

    Please advise how should i plan for the route. Thanks very much :)

  4. Kevvy says:

    Hi, I’ll be travelling to Tokyo end of this month (30/1/15). My itinerary is as follows:-

    Day 1 – Arrival to Haneda International Airport
    Day 2 – Tokyo Sightseeing
    Day 3 – Tokyo Sightseeing
    Day 4 – Overnight trip to Hakone, Mt Fuji
    Day 5 – Return from Hakone, Tokyo sightseeing
    Day 6 – Depart from Haneda

    Is it cost efficient for me to purchase the 7 days JR Pass? Do i need to purchase any other passes if i am planing to do a lot of Tokyo sightseeing.


  5. Lin says:


    I was wondering what passes I need when traveling to Japan in March for 14 -17 days?

    TOKYO – From Narita International Airport to Tokyo.
    I will be looking to do the following activities and site seeing experiences –
    Chidorigafuchi Park
    Tokyo Skytree
    Sunshine 60 Observatory
    Akihabara and Ginza shopping
    The National Museum of Emerging Science
    Harajuku District
    Yoyogi Park

    HAKONE, Ashigarashimo District –
    I will be looking to do the following activities and site seeing experiences –
    Hakone Garasunomori Museum
    Open Air Museum Hakone
    Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

    HAKONE, Mt. Fuji and Surrounds –
    I will be looking to do the following activities and site seeing experiences –
    Mt Fuji
    Oshino Hakkai Springs
    Shiraito No Taki Falls
    Lake Kawaguchi
    Lake Yamanakako

    NAGANO –
    I will be looking to do the following activities and site seeing experiences –
    Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
    Jigokudani Hot Springs
    Matsumoto Castle
    Kamikochi National Park

    TAKAYAMA, Gifu Prefecture –
    I will be looking to do the following activities and site seeing experiences –
    Takayama – Hida Folk Village
    Hida Takayama Crafts Experience Center
    Northern Alps and Shinhotaka Ropeway
    Goshikigahara Plateau

    I will be looking to do the following activities and site seeing experiences –
    Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)
    Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

    OSAKA –
    I will be looking to do the following activities and site seeing experiences –
    Nunobiki Falls
    Nachi Falls
    Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
    Osaka Castle
    Osaka International Airport

    Thank-you in advance and have a nice day, Takeshi =)

  6. Elise says:

    Hi! I would like to check the differences between JR Kansai Area Pass and Kintetsu Rail Pass. My full trip is 6 days. The main places that I would like to go are Osaka and Kyoto. JR Kansai pass only valid for 4 days but Kintetsu Rail Pass valid for 5 days. Please help to advise which railway pass to choose. Thank you very much for your kind assistance.

  7. Jas says:

    Hi Takeshi San,

    Can you please assist to check which other pass do I need for my itinerary?

    Day 1- Reach Kansai airport > Kyoto > Nagoya > Takayama (stay 2 nights)
    Go from Nagoya for the timing and the sake of view in Wide Hida.

    Day 2- Shirakawa-go, Shin Hotaka Ropeway

    Day 3- Hirayu Onsen, Takayama > Kanazawa > Kyoto (stay 7 nights)

    Day 4- Kiyomizudera, Yasaka Shrine, Gion, Ginkakuji

    Day 5- Arashiyama, Bamboo Groves, Monkey Park Iwatayama, Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple

    Day 6- Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nara

    Day 7- Osaka- Minami, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi, Den Den Town, Kuromon Ichiba Market, Nankinmachi, Ikuta Shrine (Full day trip)

    Day 8- Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market

    Day 9- Koyasan or Osaka (optional)

    Day 10- Depart Japan.

    I will be buying Takayama- Hokuriku Pass, Icocca & Haruka Pass.
    What other pass is suitable for me to travel around Kyoto?
    And if I intend to go Mt Koya, which pass do i need?

    Many thanks!

  8. Angie says:

    Hi, im reaching Osaka on 19dec. Going straight to Nagano for 3 nights. And back to Osaka, where I be staying for the next 1 week.
    Other than the major Osaka attractions, we are going to Nara, Kyoto, Ninjutsu village in Koka, Rinku outlet and Mt Rokko in Kobe.
    Should we get the JR pass? or any other passes?
    confused! please help! Thanks!


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