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.

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

  1. Hi Takeshi,
    We need your advise.
    5 of us are planning to visit japan 18/12/2015 until 02/01/2016.

    18/12 to 22/12 tokyo
    22/12-23/12 aomori
    23/12-26/12 tomamu resort, hokkaido
    26/12 go back to aomori
    27/12 to kyoto
    27/12-29/12 kyoto
    29/12-02/01 osaka

    Is the JR pass for 7 days suitable for us to cover the journey.?
    Thank you

  2. Dear Takeshi,

    Below is my Itinerary, can you please advise me for the transportation? And roughly how much I need to spend on transportation? for certain places by bus or by train? Need to purchase JR pass or not?

    Day 1 Haneda airport (10.30pm reach)
    Day 2 Tokyo to Kyoto
    Day 3 Kyoto to Osaka (universal studio), osaka back to kyoto
    Day 4 Kyoto
    Day 5 Kyoto to Hakone
    Day 6 Hakone to Tokyo
    Day 7 Tokyo
    Day 8 Tokyo
    Day 9 Tokyo
    Day 10 Tokyo to Haneda airport(11.45pm back)


  3. Hi,pls advise for my itineraries on which type of passes suit best..thks
    Day 1 arrived at KIX airport to Namba
    Day 2 USJ (whole day)
    Day 3 Namba to Kyoto (back to Osaka)
    Day 4 same as day 3
    Day 5 Osaka castle,shinsheki area
    Day 6 Nara, Osaka aquarium

  4. I plan to travel with my wife from tokyo to osaka (i also plan to visit kyoto). as we may fly out of osaka on the way to manila, how much is a one-way fare bullet train fare from tokyo to osaka? will it be advisable to buy a kansai pass?

    1. Hi Jon,

      You can find it at hyperdia.

      At this point, I cannot say that Kansai area pass is suitable or not for your trip. It depends on your location to stay and your detailed itinerary. Please find more info at the link below:


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  5. Hi, Takeshi,

    I have re-plan my Itinerary, can please advise on the transportation? And roughly how much I need to spend on transportation?

    Day 1 – Kansai to Kyoto – staying near Karasuma Station, visit
    Day 2 – Kyoto sightseeing – Visit Arashiyama, Kinkaku-ji, Gion, Kiyomizu Temple
    Day 3 – Kyoto to Nara – Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine in the morning on the way to Nara
    Day 4 – Kyoto to Osaka – staying near Namba Station, Visit Den Den Town, Namba Park
    Day 5 – Osaka to Universal Studios
    Day 6 – Osaka sightseeing – Visit Osaka Musuem Housing & Living, Shitennoji Temple, Osaka Castle, Sumiyhoshi-Taisha Shrine
    Day 7 – Osaka to Kobe – Day trip to Kobe
    Day 8 – Osaka to Kansai Airport

    Thank you.

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Would like to check with you on itinerary “Day 4 – Trip to Nara and transfer to Namba, Osaka”

        I will be bringing my luggage along to Nara, is there anyway to keep my luggage bag while i am visiting around Nara?

        Please advise.

        Thank you.

  6. Hi Takeshi,

    Came across your site, and it’s really wonderful to have so much helpful advise here. Would you be able to help us out by recommending what’s the best and most economical way to travel from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto, from Kyoto to Kobe, and from Kobe back to Osaka Namba Station? Many thanks in advance for your kind help.

    Warmest Regards,

  7. Hello Takeshi,

    Thank you for the info oaths website. However, I’m still quite confuse on the ticket purchasing and how to fully utilise the JR pass.

    I’m travelling from Singapore to Tokyo on 2nd November and plan to travel to Kyoto on the 8th and then Osaka on the 9th before flying back to Singapore on either 11th or 12th November.

    As my trip will be mainly focused on traveling around Tokyo to nearby attractions such as Disneyland, Mount Fuji, Shinjuku, Asakusa etc, while the purchasing the JR pass be better than getting single fare tickets? I understand that you can get around Tokyo via Metro which is not covered under JR pass. Hence I’m not sure which is the better option.

    For mt trip from Tokyo to Osaka with a stopover at Kyoto, if I travel using the JR pass, can I stopover at Kyoto for a night before resuming my trip to Osaka? If not, should I purchase single way train ticket?

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Eric,

      I don’t think JR Pass is your choice. I have sample itinerary that is very similar to your plan. Please see the link below:

      I put Hakone in the itinerary above. If you include Lake Kawaguchi instead of Hakone, it’s not much different. There are many ways to get Fuji and Hakone area other than JR trains.

      And as you know, subway in Tokyo is not covered by JR pass. So if you use JR pass, you can use it only for Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka. Single fare with Shinkansen surcharge for this segment is less than half of 7 days JR pass.

      You may already have found the solution from the itinerary above. Single fare and other local deals are the best option for you.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Thank you for your kind assistance.
        your link to the sample itinerary was very helpful. I will follow your advice and get singe fares rather than the JR pass.

        Will start planning for my trip now.
        Really appreciate your effort.

        Thanks& Regards,

  8. Hi Takeshi

    Thanks for the info on the single tickets. I hadn’t realised this was possible and one of our party has temporary working visa so would not be eligible for JR pass anyway.

    If we booked the single fare tickets do you have to specify which exact trains when booking? Or can we buy the base fare and then buy the express/seat reservations a day or so before?

    I note from hyperdia that its roughly 19,000 yen in each direction which is less than 7 day JR pass. I had also thought another option would be to buy hakone pass to travel to and around odawara, then single fare to Kyoto and once there activate a 7 day JR pass until we return back to Tokyo. Travel in and around Tokyo would be paid for separately. I had worked out this at around 43,000 yen. Do you think the flexibility from JR pass would be better than the single fares above if price is less than 5,000 yen difference?

    Thanks again

    1. Hi Hannah,

      You can purchase base fare ticket only at first and then add limited express reserved seat or non reserved seat ticket later.

      It’s a good idea to use 7 days pass from Kyoto to Tokyo via Hiroshima/Miyajima and Osaka. I didn’t realize this way of using JR pass. I think JR pass is better choice than single fare. 5,000 yen difference is not huge for me. As you thought, flexibility is the huge factor. If you start to use JR pass on July 16, you can make a trip to Nara by JR train if you have a time. If you start to use this pass when you depart from Kyoto, you will have two more days of JR pass in Tokyo. You can make day trip outside Tokyo if you want. Once you get a single ticket, it’s hard to change your plan. But JR Pass makes you more comfortable to change your plan in last minutes. 5000 yen difference may be smaller or maybe cheaper than single fare.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  9. Hi – thanks for all the information on your website.

    I will be travelling around Japan in July and wondered if you could advise which tickets we should get. I don’t believe that a 14 day pass would be worthwhile but i’m unsure if we should combine the JR Pass with a regional pass?

    11th July Arrive into Haneda
    12th July Tokyo
    13th July Tokyo
    14th July Tokyo to Odawara (and then buy Hakone free pass)
    15th July Odawara to Kyoto
    16th July Kyoto
    17th July Kyoto
    18th July Kyoto to Hiroshima
    19th July Hiroshima
    20th July Hiroshima to Osaka
    21st July Osaka
    22nd July Osaka to Toyko
    23rd July Tokyo
    24th July Tokyo
    25th July Fly from Haneda

    i think the Hakone pass will be worthwhile as it includes the trip from Tokyo but with the ropewalk closed and us not needing the return part to Tokyo maybe not? We also plan to visit Miyajima whilst in Hiroshima.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Hannah,

      As you think, 14 days is too much. If you make one more long trip from Tokyo, like Nikko, Nagano, it may work. Or if you add another place, like Takayama, Kanazawa, it may work too.

      On the other hand, 7 days pass is not fit in your itinerary. If you make Odawara-Kyoto-Hiroshima-Osaka-Tokyo in 7 days, it works. But you will spend 8 days. it does not work too. You can use one long base fare ticket from Odawara to Miyajimaguchi with stopover Kyoto and Hiroshima, and another base fare ticket from Miyajimaguchi to Tokyo with stopover at Hiroshima and Osaka. Please find more info at the link below:

      And actually you can use 7 days pass without making change your itinerary. That is using overnight train from Himeji to Tokyo. In JR Pass rule, the pass covers until you exit station as long as you are on board. That means, if you catch overnight train before 23:59 on day 7 of the pass, you may get Tokyo without any extra. Sunrise Seto and Izumo runs Izumoshi/Takamatsu to Tokyo. These trains stop at Osaka but it’s after midnight. If you take this train, you have to go back to Himeji. You can find more info about this train at the link below:

      I show you this technique in one of my sample itineraries.

      The problem is booking status. If this train is booked out, you have to take the last train to Tokyo on day 7 and find the place to stay in Tokyo. And also there is no way to book online. So you have to book after arrival. It’s very hard to find the availability. It’s risky but I just want to tell you another idea.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  10. Hi there,
    My family and I will be going to Japan on July 9th 2015 and Arrive at Kansai Airport on the next day, July 10th.

    Here’s the itinerary:

    Day 1- Osaka
    Day 2- Universal Studios
    Day 3- Osaka-Kyoto-Osaka
    Day 4- Osaka-Tokyo
    Day 5- Disneyland
    Day 6- Disneysea
    Day 7-Tokyo
    Day 8-Mt Fuji
    Day 9- Tokyo
    Day 10- Leaving Japan from Haneda Airport

    Now I have some questions:

    1. Do I need to purchase JR Pass?
    2. If I buy the JR Pass, will I save a lot of money?
    3. What’s the alternative way for transportation if I don’t purchase the JR Pass?

    I’m waiting for your answer. Thank you in advance!


    1. Hi Clary,

      JR Pass, even 7 days pass is more expensive than single ticket. Roughly total cost of train is approximately 25000 yen. If you want to get an exact fare, Hyperdia can show you the fares.

      My recommended choices are the following:

      Kansai thru pass for day 1 and 3 if you visit a few places in Osaka after arrival.

      This pass is very useful for trip to Kyoto especially.

      However if you arrive late or no plan to visit any places in Osaka on arrival day, use one of the deal from KIX to Osaka.
      And use single fare to get Kyoto and use bus or subway deal in Kyoto.

      Single ticket is okay for USJ, Disney resort and to Haneda.

      Regular single ticket is your choice from Osaka to Tokyo.

      At last, highway bus is the best way to get Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi area. But if you intend to visit other area in Mt. Fuji, there are lots of other choices. Please find more info at the link below:


      Takeshi / JP Rail

      1. Hi Clary,

        Am needing to catch a flight from Osaka Kansai Airport.

        I am coming in from Iwakuni.

        Approximate price for train ticket to get to Osaka airport from Iwakuni?

        Also price difference between JR and Shin?

        Thank You!

        1. Hi Paul,

          You can find it at Hyperdia:

          I think you mean the difference between Shinkansen and conventional line. But on conventional line, there are only local commute trains. It’s not realistic to take these trains because you have to transfer 3 to 4 times. All trains are commute trains and you may not get a seat for long trip. Shinkansen is your choice.

          P.S. Clary is one of readers and she asked me her inquiries. I think she does not reply to you.


          Takeshi / JP Rail

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