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.

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

  1. Hi Takeshi-san,
    Me and my family (total 5pax) will be travelling from Kansai airport-Kyoto-Osak-Kansai airport for 6 days (from 8-13/3). We will be staying in kyoto for 4 days and then move to Osaka. There are too many passes and it is hard to recognize for me. Need your advise on the passes to purchase.
    Day 1: kyoto (could you advise pass to use on this say?)
    Day 2: arashiyama and surrounding (kansai thru pass)
    Day 3: nara (kansai thru pass)
    Day 4: osaka (kansai thru pass)
    Day 5: osaka area eg. Dodontori, namba (could you advise pass to use on this day?)
    Day 6: to airport (could you advise pass to use on this day?)

    1. Hi Mandy san,

      Kansai thru pass is a good choice for day 2 to 4.
      For arrival day, you can use Haruka discount ticket at 1600 yen.

      You don’t need to have ICOCA.

      For day 5, there are lots of deals. Please see the link below:

      For day 6, please see the link below:


      Takeshi /

  2. Hi Takeshi,
    Im planning on being in Japan on April 13 to April 23. Im planning to get the 7 days JR Pass. I will be visiting Kyoto on the 14th to 18th and will not start my 7 days on the 13th when i land and pay the normal fare for the train from Narita Airport to Central Tokyo. 18th to 23rd will be around Tokyo and the Jr Pass will expire on the 20th. I will have 3 days left and will also need to go back to Narita airport to head home. What do you think is best?


    1. Hi Toby,

      Let’s compare which one is better, using JR pass on 13th Apr from Narita to Tokyo or using JR Pass on 20th in Tokyo.

      If you use JR pass on 13th, you can take Narita Express to get Tokyo. It costs 3000 yen. And if you still have time, you can explore Tokyo by JR trains.

      If you use JR pass on 20th, you can use JR trains in downtown Tokyo. The fare in downtown Tokyo is around 200 to 300 yen.

      I think you should start using JR pass on 13th and you can get more saving.

      You can use Tokyo subway ticket in Tokyo.

      There is no deals to go back to Narita. Single fare is only way and most affordable one is budget bus from Tokyo station.


      Takeshi /

  3. Hello,

    I’m traveling for 1 month in Japan. I know I want to go to Tokyo and Kyoto. I’m not sure where else I will go, but probably at least 3 other places (probably Osaka, Nara, Mt Fuji, Okinawa, Hiroshima). Do you think 21 day JR pass is worth it or should I just do single since I’m traveling 30 days? Also, if you have suggestions for first trip to Japan on must-see cities, that would be great too!

    1. Hi Katherine,

      I recommend you to build the detailed itinerary before choosing the deals. At this point, I cannot say 21 days pass is the best choice or not. Actually if you have round trip between Tokyo and Hiroshima, and stopover at Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Fuji, 21 days pass is too expensive. The total fare is almost equal to 14 days pass. Okinawa is not covered by any rail passes because it’s in island.

      But if you add more places, 21 days pass may work.

      Hokkaido is very far but it’s recommended. Takayana, Shirakawago and Kanazawa are very popular too. Please refer Japan Guide to find more info:


      Takeshi /

  4. Hello,

    I will be arriving in Japan on 1st May (Narita), spending the night at Shinagawa and wanting to take bullet train through to Hiroshima. On the 8th May I will be returning on the bullet train from Hiroshima to Shinagawa and then to Narita. In Hiroshima I propose to take the ferry to Miyajima.

    If I take a non JP Rail pass train how much is the return trip? What is the cost of the train to Narita airport?
    Is it worthwhile getting a Rail pass for 7 days?

  5. Hello, I’ll be traveling for 3weeks in May, landing at New Chitose airport and leaving from Kansai airport.

    Places covered: New Chitose – Asahikawa – Sapporo – Day trip to Otaru – Hakodate – Tokyo – Fuji Five Lakes – Tokyo – Shirakawa-go – Kyoto – Day trip to Nara – Osaka – Miyajima – Osaka.

    Would the 21-day JR Pass be worth this journey?

    Thanks for your advice!

  6. Hi, need your advice, my partner and I I I are travelling to hokkaido on Feb 9-14 and staying at Chitose. Would like to know if getting a Hokkaido pass is worth it.
    Travel itinerary:
    Day1: Chitose-Sapporo
    Day2: Chitose-Otaru
    Day3: Chitose-Noboribetsu
    Day4: Chitose-Sapporo (again)

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