When I started this website, most of you use Japan Rail Pass for travelling in Japan. But I have received so many comments. Some of you don’t know which pass you should purchase. In this post, I would like to share some information about multiple days rail passes with you.
Japan Rail Pass (a.k.a. JR Pass)
This is most well known rail pass for travelling Japan. This pass cover most of areas throughout Japan. Only Okinawa cannot be accessed by this pass because Japan Railway do not have any line in Okinawa. Even if you have a round trip between Tokyo and Osaka, Japan Rail Pass is worth buying. Please get the details at the following links:
Hokkaido Rail Pass
This pass is valid in Hokkaido only. If you enter Japan at New Chitose or other airport in Hokkaido and travel in Hokkaido only, this pass is suitable for you. If you stay in Tokyo and travel to Hokkaido by air, this pass may be suitable for you.
The price of this pass is starting from 15,000 yen for 3 days. However Hokkaido rail pass 7 days is sold at 22,000 yen. Japan Rail Pass 7 days is sold at 28,300 yen. If you pay another 6,300 yen, you can travel almost anywhere in Japan. Please see the details about Hokkaido Rail Pass at Hokkaido Rail Pass. The best deal for rail trip in Hokkaido for oversea visitors. or How to choose Rail Pass for trip in Hokkaido. Many choices for both visitors and residents in Japan.
JR East Pass
This pass is valid in JR East area, such as Kanto Area (Tokyo and surrounding area), Tohoku area and some part of Nagano Pref and Shizuoka Pref. You cannot use this pass to go to Hokkaido, Kyushu, Kyoto, and most of west part of Japan. If you have a plan to go to Osaka or Kyoto from Tokyo, do not think about this pass. This pass is suitable for the traveller who goes to Aomori, Sendai, Niigata, Nagara, Nikko, Izu and Greater Tokyo area.
The price of this pass is starting from 20,000 yen for 5 days. Once again, the difference between 5 days JR east pass and 7d days Japan Rail Pass in 8,300 yen. Make sure valid area and price before you decide the pass. Please check the details at JR East website.
JR Kanto Area Pass
This is the newest pass and valid in Tokyo and surrounding area only. But the price is only 8,000 yen for 3 days. It is very attractive. And this pass is very convenient to travel Mt. Fuji and Izu peninsula. I just wrote the post about this pass. Please check JR East Kanto Area Pass. Perfect choice for tourist who want to go to Fuji, Izu, Nikko from Tokyo.
Suica & N’ex, Suica & Monorail
If you go to Tokyo metro area from Narita or Haneda airport, Suica & N’ex / Monorail gives you transfer from the airport by Narita Express or Monoral and Suica e-money 1500 yen. You can use Suica for taking not only JR trains but also Tokyo subways and shopping too. Please see the details at Suica & N’ex at JR Eat official site or Suica & Monorail at JR Eat official site.
Other rail pass and discount ticket in Tokyo
I show you some of multiple days and single days rail pass to travel Tokyo in the following posts:
- Compare many discount tickets and passes for sightseeing Tokyo. How to choose the right tickets?
- Fast, economical and convenient for sightseeing in Tokyo. Learn about Tokyo Subways.
JR West Pass – Sanyo Area Pass
This pass is valid for Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Hakata, and conventional lines between Kansai airport and Osaka, Osaka loop line, Kyoto, Nara, between Osaka and Shimonoseki. This pass is valid for Miyajima ferry too. This pass can be used to go to Kyoto and Nara. But you cannot take Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to the east.
The prices of this pass are 20,000 yen for 4 days and 30,000 yen for 8 days. Japan Rail Pass is sold at 28,300 yen for 7 days. I think the price of Sanyo Area Pass is not appropriate. You can get the details at this page on JR West website.
JR West Pass – Kansai Area Pass
This pass is valid for conventional lines in Kansai airport, Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto and Nara. This pass include unlimited travel on Kansai airport express “Haruka” non reserved ordinary seat and local trains. This is more useful than Sanyo Area Pass.
The price of this pass is starting from 2,000 yen for 1 day. Please check the details at this post, How to use JR West Kansai Area Pass. Compare pass and single fare..
JR West Pass – Kansai WIDE Area Pass
This is the newest pass of JR West. The pass cover not only Kansai area but also outside of Kansai, like Shingu, Shirahama, Okayama, Kinosaki. The price is 7,000 yen for 4 consecutive days. This is such a great deal. I wrote about the details about this pass. Please read my post, The newest JR West rail pass for Kansai and Okayama, Kurashiki, Kinosakai and Shingu area, Kansai WIDE Area Pass.
Kansai Thru Pass and other rail pass in Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe
Kansai Thru Pass may be more convenient and worthy than JR West Pass – Kansai Area Pass. This pass include most of private and subway lines in Kansai area. Especially when you go to Kyoto, major private lines, Hankyu and Keihan are more convenient than JR lines. I compare Kansai Thru Pass and Kansai Area Pass at the post, How to use Kansai Thru Pass. Compare pass and single fare..
ICOCA and Haruka
If you go to Shin-Osaka or Kyoto from Kansai airport, ICOCA and Haruka gives you transfer from Kansai airport by Limited Express Haruka and ICOCA e-money. You can use ICOCA for taking not only JR trains but also Osaka subways, Kyoto subways and other private railway trains, such as Hankyu, Kintetsu, Hanshin. In my opinion, this is the best deal for airport transfer. Please see the details at JR West official site.
Other deals in Kansai area
Please see the post, How to choose discount railway ticket and pass in Kansai (Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara) area. I show you some more rail passes, like Kyoto subway pass and Osaka subway pass on this post too.
JR Kyushu Pass
If you travel in Kyushu only, this pass gives you a great deal. There are two kind of passes, all Kyushu and northern Kyushu. Northern Kyushu Pass include the northern part of Kyushu, such as Hakata, Kumammoto, Oita, Beppu, Nagasaki, Yufuin. Northern Kyushu Pass do not include Miyazaki, Kirishima, Kagoshima and most of are in Southern part of Kyushu.
This pass include unlimited travel on Kyushu Shinkansen (Hakata-Kumamoto-Kagoshima), all limited express trains and local trains.
The price of these passes are starting from 7,000 yen for Northern 3 days. The price is very proper. If you fly in Japan at Kyushu, I strongly recommend you to use this pass. If you need more information about Kyushu Rail Pass, please read the post, Kyushu Rail Pass. The best deal for rail trip in Kyushu for oversea visitors. or How to choose Rail Pass for trip in Kyushu. Many choices for both visitors and residents in Japan.
JR Sanyo Shikoku Kyushu Rail Pass
If you have a plan to travel from Osaka to Kyushu or Shikoku, this pass may be suitable for you. This pass cover Kansai airport to Osaka, Sanyo Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Kyushu, all JR lines in Shikoku and Kyushu. So you can travel in Kyushu, Shikoku and any area along Sanyo Shinkansen, such as Okayama, Kurashiki, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Please get the detail at the post, The newest JR West rail pass for Sanyo, Kyushu and Shikoku, JR Sanyo Shikoku Kyushu Rail Pass.
Tokyo Disney Resort
Sapporo Hakodate Furano, Biei Kushiro Abashiri, Shiretoko
Sendai Hakone Yokohama Kusatsu Kawaguchiko (Fuji) Karuizawa Nagano Nagoya Kanazawa Takayama Shirakawago
Kyoto (Kyoto station Gion, Higashiyama Arashiyama )
Osaka (JR Osaka, Umeda Shin-Osaka Namba, Shinsaibashi USJ Kansai airport )
Kobe, Arima Kinosaki Hiroshima Miyajima
Hakata Nagasaki Beppu Yufuin
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