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.

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

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    Thank you so much for your help! We are travelling to Japan for just over 2 weeks with our 1 year old, leaving in less than a week! Do you think we should use a JR Pass?

    Here is out itinerary:

    Osaka- 2 nights
    Naoshima- 3 nights
    Kyoto- 6 nights- (perhaps a day trip to Nara)
    Tokyo- 5 nights

    Thanks so much for your help!
    Cheers, Ellie

  2. hi,

    i’m going to japan in nov2015 for 11days.
    below is roughly how im going with my plan.

    Osaka > Fukuoka ( Castle Ruins) > Hiroshima ( Miyajima Torii gate + Matsuyama castle ) > Osaka
    Osaka > Kyoto ( Arashiyama + Fushimi Inari + Kinkaku ji + Eikando + Gion ) > Osaka
    Osaka > Takayama > Shirakawa go > Takayama
    Takayama > Nagoya > Tokyo
    Tokyo > Mt Fuji > Tokyo Tower
    Sendai >> Tokyo >> Odaiba
    Kamakura >> Yokohama > Tokyo Asakusa Sky Tree > Harajuku > Shibuya > Shinjuku + Akibahara
    Tokyo > Hokkaido > Tokyo

    i might be taking flight for Hokaido-tokyo

    so i am wondering can i just buy the 7days pass or would it be more cheaper if i just bought the 14days pass?
    i am following a group of my friends, they are taking 14days pass as they’ll be in japan longer than me. & most of our accom is nearby the JR station.

    thanks in advance!

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