When I started this website, most of you use Japan Rail Pass to travel in Japan. But I have received so many comments. Many travellers do not travel throughout Japan. And some readers could not find which pass they should purchase. Now I understand there are too many deals to pick up. You are overwhelmed.
In this post, I would like to show you major rail passes in Japan.
- 1 All part of Japan
- 2 Hokkaido
- 3 Tohoku (Aomori, Sendai, Akita) and Kanto (Tokyo and surrounding) area
- 4 Mt. Fuji and Hakone
- 5 Nikko
- 6 Hokuriku (Kanazawa, Toyama) and Takayama Area
- 6.1 Tokyo-Osaka Hokuriku Arch Pass If you travel between Tokyo and Osaka via Kanazawa or round trip to Kanazawa/Toyama from Tokyo, this is the best deal. Please find more information at the link below: Tokyo-Osaka Hokuriku Arch Pass user guide. Clarify valid trains, coverage area and compare single fare and pass. Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass
- 6.2 Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass
- 7 Kansai Area (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Wakayama, Himeji)
- 8 Sanyo (Hiroshima, Okayama, Yamaguchi) and Sanin (Izumo, Matsue, Tottori) Area
- 9 Kyushu and Shikoku
All part of Japan
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 post, Japan Rail Pass user guide. How to use JR Pass to its maximum.
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.
JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass
This is new deal to cover Tokyo, surrounding Tokyo, Tohoku and southern Hokkaido area. It is slightly cheaper than JR pass. If you are sure to travel only these regions, this deal is better choice than JR Pass. Please see the link below to get the detail of this deal:
Sapporo subway, street car and bus deal
Common one day pass is sold at 1,000 yen. There are some more deals for subway and/or street car. Please find the detail at City of Sapporo official website:
Tohoku (Aomori, Sendai, Akita) and Kanto (Tokyo and surrounding) area
JR East Pass
This pass is valid in JR East area and covers eastern part of mainland, 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. You can use any 5 days in 14 days at 22,000 yen. You do not need to use in consecutive days.
Please find the details at the post, JR East Pass. Flex 5 days unlimited travel within 14 days in Eastern Japan.
*This deal will be discontinued on March 31, 2016. There two new deals, JR East Pass (Niigata and Nagano) and JR East Pass (Tohoku) will replace current JR East Pass on April 1, 2016.
JR East Pass Tohoku. Flex 5 days pass in 14 days period to cover Tokyo, surrounding area of Tokyo and Tohoku region.
Tokyo Wide Pass
This is valid in Tokyo and surrounding area only. But the price is very affordable. It is only 10,000 yen for consecutive 3 days.
This pass is very convenient to travel Mt. Fuji, Nikko, Gala Yuzawa and Izu peninsula. Please refer http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/tokyo-wide-pass-is-newer-version-of-kanto-area-pass-nikko-fuji-gala-yuzawa-and-odaiba-are-covered-by-this-pass.html.
N’EX TOKYO Round Trip Ticket
It was sold as Suica and N’ex, and then it was sold as N’ex Tokyo direct ticket for one way Narita Express ticket only at 1,500 yen. It is very attractive deal. But N’ex Tokyo direct ticket will be end on March 13, 2015 and then N’ex Tokyo Round trip ticket is sold at 4000 yen for round trip by Narita Express. One way deal for Narita Express is no longer available. I show you all deals for Narita airport to downtown Tokyo at the link below:
Tokyo Tokunai Pass (Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass)
It is one day pass to cover JR trains in downtown Tokyo. Please find more information at the following link:
Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway deals
Subway is most convenient way to explore in Tokyo. Subway pass may be suitable for your trip in downtown Tokyo. Please find more information at the following posts, Guide to take trains in Tokyo. How to choose the best deal and the best route by train to get the major spots?
Mt. Fuji and Hakone
You may use Tokyo Wide Pass or other JR deals to visit Mt. Fuji or Hakone. But there are more attractive deals of Odakyu Railway.
Hakone Free Pass
It includes round trip between Shinjuku (or other Odakyu Railway’s stations) and Odawara, and most of local transportation in Hakone. If you visit many places in Hakone, you must have this one.
Fuji Hakone Pass
This pass includes Shinjuku – Kawaguchiko by highway bus, Shijuku – Odawara by Odakyu railway and local transportation among Kawaguchiko, Gotemba and Hakone. You cam make a circle tour from Shinjuku to Shinjuku via Lake Kawaguchi, Gotemba and Hakone in 3 days.
Mt. Fuji Round Trip Ticket
It includes round trip fare to Otsuki by limited express reserved seat from Tokyo and unlimited travel on Fuji Kyuko line and the bus to 5th station from Lake Kawaguchi. Please see the link below to get the details:
It is same thing. You may use Kanto Area Pass or other JR deals. But Tobu Railway has some deals.
Nikko Pass, All Nikko Pass
These deals include return fare to Nikko from Asakusa and local transportation. Please find the details about comparison between JR deals and Tobu deals at the link below: