About JP Rail.com

The train is the best way to explore in Japan. Because it’s so reliable, punctual and fast. Japan Rail Pass gives you the unlimited travel with very small restriction. They operate Shinkansen (=Bullet train) that is the high speed trains, Overnight trains, Limited express trains throughout in Japan. They also operate the local train and the commuter trains throughout in Japan as well. JR Group also operate buses and ferries.

This website JPRail.com is unofficial website. JPRail.com does not have any connections with Japan Railways. But this website explains you how to use Japan Rail Pass and assists you to use Japan Rail Pass to its maximum! When I started to handle this website, I did not expect travellers to use the rail passes other than Japan Rail Pass. But the reality is completely different. Readers are looking for other rail passes and discounted tickets. So I started to write about other rail passes, like JR East Pass, Hokkaido Rail Pass, Tokyo Metro Pass, Kyoto City Pass and many other rail passes.

If you have any questions about Japan Rail Pass or rail travel in Japan, don’t hesitate to leave your response. If you cannot find any information in regards to the rail travel that you are looking for, please leave your comment on Forum page. I am very happy to give you some advice. But I am not your personal travel agent. Please don’t ask me to make your travel plan. In my understanding, planning is the first step of your travel and it is lots of fun!

If you like this site, I always welcome your help and motivate me to keep writing very useful post for Japan Rail Pass users.

Thank you very much for visiting JPRail.com. I hope this website helps you to enjoy the travel by rail in Japan!

Administrator and Webmaster, JP Rail.com
Takeshi Shimomura (下村猛)

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  1. Dear Takeshi,
    This is a follow up to my previous email. We will be in Japan for a total of 10 days.
    3 days in Osaka
    2 days in Hakone
    4 days in Taito-ku, Tokyo
    Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Joy

      Kansai airport (Nankai railway) Tengachaya (subway) Nagahoribashi
      Nagahoribashi (subway) Shinsaibashi (subway) Shin-Osaka (Shinkansen) Odawara (Odakyu railway) Hakone-Yumoto (Hakone Tozan railway) Gora
      Gora (Hakone Tozan railway) Hakone-Yumoto (Odakyu railway) Shinjuku (JR) Asakusabashi

      These above routes are recommended. There is no deals to cover for these routes. You may use some local deals in each spots.


      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Dear Takeshi,
    Can you help us with a train route recommendation for the following itinerary:
    June 2018 travel
    Arriving at Kansai Airport, Osaka 2:30 pm on a Sunday.
    Travel to: 大阪府大阪市中央区島ノ内1-21-29 ルミエール長堀橋1002号室
    Travel to Hakone, Laforet Club Hakone
    1320 Gōra
    Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken 250-0408
    Travel to Taito-ku in Tokyo
    1 Chome-15 Yanagibashi Yanagibashi コンフォルト浅草橋302, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0052, Japan
    Your help is greatly appreciated.
    Aloha from Hawaii!

  3. Consider this: JPRail.com is the unofficial website for the Japan Rail Pass, other rail passes, and rail travel in Japan in general. It explains how to use your Japan Rail Pass and helps you use the Japan Rail Pass to its maximum! Come to this site to learn about the wide variety of local, regional, and national rail passes, and get tips for enjoying rail travel in Japan.

  4. Hi Takeshi,
    Following are JR plan for our trip this coming April. Please advise us which trains we need to reserve seats in advance since Spring Sakura will be crowded with tourists.

    We will exchange our 7-Day JR Voucher for the real JR Pass upon arrive at Narita Airport on April 03, 2018. We plan to activate the pass starting Thursday April 05 and would like to reserve the following trains immediately at Narita Airport JR office:

    (ST = Station)
    1. Shinkansen Hikari from Tokyo ST to Utsunomiya ST on Monday April 05-06 (round trip).
    Depart April 05: Yamabiko 125 at 7:32 or next available train.
    Transfer to JR Nikko Line at Utsunomiya ST to Nikko ST.
    Return April 06: Take JR train from Nikko ST to Utsunomiya ST.
    Then transfer to Yamabiko 50 at 16:34 or next available train to Tokyo ST.

    2. Shinkansen Kagazaki from Tokyo ST to Kanazawa ST on April 07 (round trip).
    depart: Kagayaki 503 at 7:20 or next available train.
    return: Kagayaki 512 at 16:47 or next available train.

    3. Shinkansen Hikari from Tokyo ST to Kyoto ST on Monday April 09 (one-way).
    depart: Hikari 467 at 10:03.

    4. Shinkansen Hikari from Kyoto ST to Nagoya ST on Wednesday April 11 (round trip)
    depart: Hikari 512 at 8:32 or next available train.
    return: Hikari 517 at 16:19 or next available train.

    5. Shinkansen Kodama from Shin-Osaka ST to Mishima ST on Wed April 18 on our way to Fujisan (one-way).
    depart: Kodama 642 at 8:53 or next available train.

    Can we buy the Fujikyu bus ticket from Mishima ST to Kawaguchiko ST in advance at Osaka or Kyoto? If YES then where do we buy the Fujikyu bus ticket?

    Thank you very much for your help.

    1. Hi James,

      I recommend you to book all trains except Nikko line. Nikko line train is a sort of commute train and booking is not accepted.
      You may book a seat for Yamabiko and Kagayaki online if you want.

      In regards to reservation for Fujikyu bus, please see the link below:


      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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