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.

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

  1. Hi there

    I will be traveling with my partner 22nd April 2016. Below is our brief itinerary.
    Day 1 (22 Apr) – Arrive Osaka Kansai Airport night at 9pm.
    Day 2 (23 Apr) – Sightseeing around city.
    Day 3 (24 Apr) – Osaka to Kyoto and sight seeing around
    Day 4 (25 Apr) – Early train from Kyoto to Nagoya and spend the day there
    Day 5 (26 Apr) – Nagoya head to Hakone
    Day 6 (27 Apr) – Sightseeing at Hakone
    Day 7 (28 Apr) – Leave Hakone for Tokyo
    Day 8 (29 Apr) – Sightseeing around Tokyo
    Day 9 (30 Apr) – Shopping around Tokyo
    Day 10 (1 May) – One full day in Disneysea
    Day 11 (2 May) – Leave for Haneda Airport in the late afternoon

    My question is, is it more worthwhile to get JR Rail pass or to buy a single ticket? I read some information on single ticket which I could stop over as long as I don’t go back but I think the validity of single ticket for stopover from Osaka Airport all the way to Tokyo is only valid for 4-5days? (the last i check it showed 400-500km) I tried the hyperdia website for single fares however there are various prices available for same destination and thus I am having difficulties trying to figure out which one is more value for money. Appreciate your comment on what would be the best value for money train tickets? Also, based on my itinerary, does it mean I will only need the Tokaido shinkansen? Do I get Nozomi train for shortest travel time?
    Thank you in advance for your comments.

    1. Hi Angelina,

      As you think, single trip ticket is better choice than JR Pass. JR Pass is too expensive for your trip. You don’t need to start using single ticket from Kansai airport. Kyoto is okay. My sample itinerary shows you how to handle it. Please see the link below:

      The itinerary above does not include Nagoya and Hakone. But you can stopover at Nagoya and Odawara (Hakone) if you start to use single ticket from Kyoto.
      You can use single ticket from Kyoto to Odawara and take Odakyu railway from Hakone. You can get Shinjuku in Tokyo directly from Hakone-Yumoto by Odakyu railway Romancecar.


      TAkeshi /

  2. hi,
    i’ll be arrived at haneda airport on 26 nov 15 and will be staying at yokohama until 1 dec 15. i am planning to travelling around tokyo. what are the routes and pass that i can buy?

    1. Hi Ayu,

      There is no deals for Yokohama-Tokyo. You have to take Keihin Kyuko between Haneda/Tokyo and Yokohama by single fare.

      You may use subway pass as you need when you get Tokyo. But it does not cover Tokyo-Yokohama.


      Takeshi /

  3. Hello Takeshi,
    I am bit confused abt the type of passes I have to buy. Let me put my itenary here,can you plz suggest me the best pass(es) which suit me well?Plz note trip starts on Nov 20.
    Nov 20.Landing in Narita by 6.30 PM ; 2. Travel to Asakusa ; Stay at Asaskusa
    Nov 21.Asakusa to Hakuba (Asakusa-Tokyo-Matsumoto (all by train);then from Matsumoto to Hakuba by express bus).Stay at hakuba
    Nov22.Hakuba to Omachi – Alpene route (Ogizawa-murodo-ogizawa)Stay at hakuba
    Nov 23.Hakuba to Takayama (If time permits,go for shirakawago trip);Stay at Takayama
    Nov 24.Shinhotaka Ropeway – Takayama to Kyoto – Stay at kyoto
    Nov 25 – Kyoto sightseeing-Stay at kyoto
    Nov 26 – Kyoto sightseeing;Stay at kyoto
    Nov 27 – Kyoto sightseeing;then travel to tokyo ; stay at Tokyo (koto-ku)
    Nov 28 Mt.Fuji tour (Mt.Hakone) – Stay at Tokyo
    Nov 29 – Tokyo sightseeing – Imperial palace,Rikugien Garden, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden ,Skytree – Stay at Tokyo (koto-ku)
    Nov 30- Early morning – Tokyo (koto-ku) to Narita

    Also, is there any baggage size limit that we can carry in buses/trains ?

    1. Hi Ganesh,

      JR pass 7 days is recommended, but do you have a time to purchase it? It cannot be purchased in Japan. If you can’t, there is no deals available that suits your plan. Unfortunately your choice is single ticket.

      If you can use JR pass, you can start using it on day 2, Nov 21. If you wake up early, you can take Limited Express Super Azusa. It takes you to Hakuba from Shinjuku directly.

      Of course, it’s covered by JR pass.

      You can go back to Matsumoto to take a bus to Takayama. This is the fastest route. It’s not covered by JR Pass though.

      As you see the timetable, Shin-Hotaka is located between Matsumoto and Takayama. I recommend you to visit there on the way to Takayama. But you have to be there with luggage. I believe there are lockers but I have no idea how many and how big.

      If you make Shin-Hotaka on the way to Takayama, you have a time to visit Shirakawago.

      In Kyoto, JR Pass is not perfect. You have to add city deals:

      JR Pass will cover until you get Tokyo. You may use Hakone Free Pass and subway pass in Tokyo

      You may find the deals from/to Narita at the link below:

      Luggage is always issue to travel by train. Please see the link below:


      Takeshi /

  4. I’m going to travel from fukuoka to tokyo on 3rd January2016 early in the morning by using JR pass . And the only train i could use is hikari and then sakura at shin osaka. Is it possible for me to take nozomi ? How much is the surcharge if i take nozomi ? I want to reach tokyo as fast as possible because there will be a concert at budokan in chiyoda . May I know Which station will the sakura train stop at once i reach tokyo ? Tokyo station ?

  5. Hello! I’m trying to work out whether I should buy the rail pass… I need to go from Osaka airport to Kyoto. Then from Kyoto to Tokyo. Then I am visiting an onsen near Jomokogen. Is it worth it to get the pass..? Or just buy individual tickets?

    1. Hi James,

      Single ticket is cheaper but if you go back to Tokyo after Jomokogen and complete whole part of your trip, Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo-Jomokogen-Tokyo in 7 days, 7 days JR pass is cheaper.


      Takeshi /

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  • If you want to ask me which pass suits your plan, please tell me your detailed itinerary and location to stay. I cannot choose any deals without the detailed itinerary because I have to compare the total single fare and deals

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