Japan Rail Pass and rail travel in Japan complete guide. Let's use the Japan Rail Pass to its maximum!!!
Ganbaro Tohoku

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.

You may also like these posts:

Category: Fare table

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

  1. Chris says:

    Hi Takeshi

    this is a very last minute plan and I would appreciate any help possible. I have 13 days in Japan end of May and I was wondering if it’s better to buy the 7 or 14 days JR pass and which day should I start activating the pass.

    Appreciate your help! Thanks

    Our itinerary is as follow:-

    Day 1-Arrive Narita airport Tokyo in the morning 8am. Limousine shuttle bus to hotel/ tokyo tower

    Day 2-Tokyo – tsujiki fish market / imperial palace/ ordaiba/

    Day 3- Tokyo- Gina/ akibara

    Day 4 -Tokyo- shinjuku/ Shiyuan/ harajuku

    Day 5- travel from Tokyo to Hakone by Shinkansen. Take tozan bus line to ryokan fujimien. / lake ashi/ hakone machi / hakone shrine

    Day 6- Hakone- mt Fuji / hakone tozan cableway /

    Day 7- Hakone travel to Kyoto via JR

    Day8- Kyoto

    Day 9- Kyoto

    Day10-Kyoto to Tokyo

    Day 11- Nikko day trip ( optional)

    Day 12- Tokyo

    Day 13- Flight depart Narita Tokyo

  2. Aotian says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    Thanks for your sharing. I would like to seek for your advice.
    I will be in Japan from 7 – 20 June.
    Which tickets/passes would you suggest me to buy?
    7 DAYS JR PASS / 14 Days JR Pass or others?

    Day 1: Arrival Haneda airport. stay overnight in Tokyo.
    Day 2 to Day 4: travel to Osaka from Tokyo. Explore Osaka and travel to Kyoto on Day 4.
    Day 5 to Day 8: Explore Kyoto and travel to Tokyo on Day 8.
    Day 9 to Day 14: Explore Tokyo and Mt Fuji. Day 14 11am departure from Haneda airport.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Best regards!

  3. sum says:

    Hello Takeshi-san,

    I have a question on basic ticket fare:

    I will be landing in Narita and will purchase a base fare from Narita till Kansai from where i will be departing 4 days later.

    I will be taking express surcharge tickets for NEX, Shinkansen ( Tokyo -> Osaka) and for Haruka ( Shin-Osaka -> Kansai airport) along with base ticket.

    Does this mean that when i am not using the NEX, Haruka or Shinkansen, only the base fare ticket is sufficient to travel around within Tokyo and Osaka railway lines and i dont need to purchase any other tickets ( suppose i travel locally within Tokyo on the Yamanote line).

    Will i need some additional ticket/SUICA card only when i transfer from JR to a private subway line?
    If the source and destination is within the JR line, there is no additional ticket other than the base ticket ( except for Shinkansen and Haruka). Is this correct understanding?

    • Hi Sum san,

      When you use single fare ticket, you can make stopovers as many as you want other than departure point city and arrival point city. So you can make a stopover in Tokyo and Osaka. But you cannot go back and you have to proceed on route. For example, if you make a stopover at Tokyo station, you cannot go back and visit other stations in Tokyo, such as Shinjuku, Akihabara, Ueno. You can proceed to Shinagawa because it’s located on the route to Osaka.

      So you have to have other ticket, such as single ticket, day pass, Suica or ICOCA to travel in the cities, like Tokyo and Osaka. It does not give you unlimited ride. You have to proceed to Kansai airport direction from Narita airport. Please find some more info at the link below:



      Takeshi / JP Rail

      • sum says:

        Hello takeshi-san,

        Thanks for the quick reply.

        Based on your reply, what would be the advantage in taking a base fare ticket+express surcharge as required compared to seperate NEX ( at narita), Shinkansen( Shinagawa-> Shin-Osaka) and Haruka train ( Shin-Osaka-> Kansai) and using prepaid card within Tokyo/Osaka regions? My worry is not to lose the base fare ticket due to using a wrong station in the way without knowledge.

        My requirement is to get down at Shinjuku station and head to Shin-Okubo ( using JR transfer gate) to my hotel and then carry ahead towards Kansai in coming days after travelling around Tokyo.
        Would the base ticket be useful in this case as i am not sure if Shin-Okubo is treated as path of Narita-> Kansai.

        Also, for Osaka region, could you suggest the cheapest day pass if i wanted to cover Osaka and Nara ( using subway/JR )?

  4. Eva says:

    Hello Takeshi
    I m planning to visit Mt Fuji and Gotemba. As for viewing of Mt Fuji I am probably viewing from the lake closer to Gotemba.
    Does it make sense to visit the place twice? I won’t be staying at the hotels near Mt Fuji.


  5. Bee says:

    hello sir,

    I am planning to go from Hiroshima to the Cruises port in Yokohama. ( Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal ) and would like to take the train. Any suggestions on how best to go? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  6. Rachel says:

    Hi There,

    II’ll be arrived KIX airport Osaka, my plan going to Kyoto, Nara, Kobe from 17th to 19th Jun

    Can you please advise which pass will suitable Kanku Tokuwari and Kintetsu 2 days pass

    Thank you

    Kind Regards

  7. E says:

    Hi Takeshi san,

    Would like to ask if you will recommend me to buy a 3 day Hokkaido Rail Pass for the itinerary below:

    I will only be in Hokkaido for 3 short days.

    Day 1: New Chitose Airport to Sapporo (Hotel Kaiko Sapporo Nakajimakoen). Explore Otaru area and visit Shiroi Koibito factory, then back to hotel.

    Day 2: Sapporo to Noboribetsu. Will stay 1 night there.

    Day 3: Noboribetsu back to Sapporo (Hotel Kaiko Sapporo) in the morning to check-in my luggage since it is huge. Note that it is a different hotel from Day 1, although I am not too sure how far are they from each other or where exactly are the hotels yet. Will travel to Furano and back to Sapporo. It will be just a day trip.

    Day 4: Take morning train to New Chitose Airport. (Is this covered under the rail pass?)

    Thank you!!

  8. Eva says:

    Hello Takeshi-san,
    I am travelling with my family in late Nov to early Dec 2015, I have came out with the below more concrete itinerary, so would appreciate if you can let me know when I should or even I should get the JR Pass.
    My family consist of myself, spouse, 1 13 y/o son and 1 11y/o daughter.

    My planned itinerary is as follows:
    Day 1: Arrive at Haneda Airport – Check in to Hotel Sun Route Plaza Shinjuku – Explore Shinjuku areas ie Takashimaya, Isetan, Yodobashi and finally Tokyo Tower
    Day 2 and Day 3 Mt Fuji and explore Gotemba premium outlets. Even thinking if going Onsen in the nearby hotel [if available] Back to Hotel Sun Route Plaza Shinjuku
    Qn : Do you think this 3 places can be feasible achieve within 1 day?
    Day 4: 1 day in DisneySea, hoping to also get the after 6 tickets to Disneyland – Back to Hotel Sun Route Plaza
    Day 5: Visit to Tsukiji Fish Market in the morning before checking out hotel
    Day 5: Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto.
    Day 5: Check in Hotel Ibis Styles Kyoto Station. Explore Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nishi-hongan-ji and Higashi-hongan-ji temples
    Day 6: Nishiki Market, Bamboo Grove, Tenryuji Temple and Togetsukyo Bridge
    Day 7: Check out Kyoto to Osaka. Shinkansen from Kyoto to Osaka – Staying at Hotel Granvia Osaka
    Day 7: Hankyu Department Store, Osaka Castle, Tsutenkaku Tower and Shinsekai
    Day 8: Dotonbori, Osaka Aquarium, Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, Den Den town
    Day 9: Check out Hotel. Shinkansen from Osaka to Narita Airport
    Qn: I think you have previously told me to use the JRPass in the last 7 days, do I still do the same with this planned trip?

    Let me know.


  9. Themyla says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    First of all, congrats and thanks for all the detailed information posted! I would like to know your recommendation for my trip next week. Which tickets/passes would you suggest me to buy?
    Day 1: Arrival KIX airport. Will travel from KIX to Kyoto.
    Day 2 to day 7: Explore Kyoto plus one day trip to Nara.
    Day 8: From Kyoto to Wakayama.
    Day 9: From Wakayama to Shin – Osaka.
    Day 10: From Shin- Osaka to KIX airport.
    Many thanks in advance. best regards!

  10. Rick Johnson says:

    I will be arriving in Maizuru port on April 30th and want to catch the bullet train to Tokyo. How do I do this please.


  1. How To Get To Nagasaki Bio Park. It’s very easy. 長崎バイオパークへの到達方法。 | capybaraworld
  2. How To Get To Nagasaki Bio Park. (To see the Adorable Capybaras). (Of course there are lots of other Animals, many of which you can pet, and Botanical Gardens). It’s very easy. « capybaraworld

Leave a Reply

I always welcome your comment. But before you leave a comment, please remember these following:

  • This is not an official website. This website, JPRail.com is a private website. I don't sell any tickets or passes.
  • I am not a travel agent. Please do not ask me to make an itinerary. I can check your itinerary and give you suggestion. I think making an itinerary is a part of your travel. Please try to make it by yourself. Enjoy! :)
  • If you need access information to your hotel, please don't ask me but ask your hotel.
  • If you are looking for the information about timetable, please refer Japan Railway's timetables.
  • If you are looking for the information about the fare, please refer Fare Calculation.
  • If you are looking for the information about reservation, please refer, How to reserve seat.
  • If you want to post, please comment to relate to the post. I will delete any unrelative comment to the post without notice.

If you still have a question, of course I can answer your question.
Please don't ask a question about other than train travel. :)

*If you are the first time vistor, your comment will not be shown before I approve.


Comments links could be nofollow free.

Find your hotels in 500 cities throughout Japan!!!

Tokyo (from US$16)
Kyoto (from US$21)
Osaka (from US$20)

Haneda Airport
Mt. Fuji|Takayama

And many more hotels in more than 600 cities throughout Japan!

JPRail.com site menu
Ticket Reservation
Fare Calculation
Airport Access
Overnight trains
Shinkansen - Bullet train
Express trains
Japan Rail Pass - aka JR Pass
Other rail passes and tickets
Learn about Japan Railways
Destination guide
Sample itineraries
Tips for using JR Pass
Train operation status
Seasonal trains schedule
Ajax spinner

About JP Rail.com

This website is unofficial website about Japan Rail Pass, other rail passes and rail travel in Japan. It explains you how to use Japan Rail Pass and assists you to use Japan Rail Pass to its maximum! And also this site explain about many more rail passes, gives you tips and supports you to enjoy rail trip in Japan.

Read more about JP Rail.com

Recent Pins.

Follow Me on Pinterest
ACP Rail - Rail Passes Japan

Japan Rail Pass | Kyushu Rail Pass

Custom Search