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)

113 thoughts on “About JP Rail.com”

  1. Hello Takeshi San

    I will start to go Nozawa Onsen liyama Station from Minato-Ku on 24 December 2017 morning, can you advise me how to take JR and what JR pass should I buy? Should I need to buy the pass in advance during Christmas holiday?

    Waiting your favorable reply.

    Thanks & Best regards
    Christine Yeung

  2. Hi,

    I will be travelling to Japan in Dec through to Jan 2018 with 3 adults, 1 high school children (13) and children (11). Places visiting will be Sapporro (4 days) to Osaka (5days). In Osaka, planning to do day trip to Hiroshima, Wakayama and Arashimaya. Thinking of getting JR pass. Does JR pass cover places that we plan and is it worth or should get separate like JR West pass and others.


    1. Hi Henry,

      All places are covered by JR pass. However when you do sightseeing in Sapporo, Osaka and Kyoto, you may need to add some fares because JR Pass does not cover subway, streetcar and city bus.

      If you take trains only in this trip, you can get the worth of JR pass easily. You will get a big saving. But trip from Sapporo to Osaka is quite far.

      If you take a domestic flight from Sapporo to Osaka, JR pass may be too expensive. It depends on how you stay in Sapporo.


      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Takeshi,
    A friend and I are wondering if a 7 day JR Pass is best for us.
    Day 1 – Fujino to Kyoto (3 days exploring Kyoto area)
    Day 4 Sonobe Station to Miyama Kyoto Prefecture
    Day 5 Kyoto to Tokushima City Tokushima Prefecture
    Day 6 Tokushima to Osaka (Depart Osaka Airport)

  4. Hi Takeshi, can I ask your help which jr pass to buy? We are a group of ten. 9 adults and 1 6yr old. Our itinerary is as follows:
    August 26 kansai airport to Kyoto station
    August 29 Kyoto to Osaka
    August 30 Osaka to Universal Studios
    August 31 Osaka to Kobe
    September 2 Kyoto to Kansai airport.
    This is our first time to visit Japan. Would appreciate your assistance. Which transport is the cheapest to travel, bus or train? And how to buy. Thank you in advance.

  5. Hi Takeshi, we have 2 adults and 2 children (11 and 12 years old). I would appreciate it if you could let me know which pass suits our plan which is as follows:

    02 Dec: Tokyo Narita Airport to Osaka (Nippombashi station)
    03-04 Dec: Osaka
    05 Dec: Osaka to Hakone (Hotel Green Plaza Hakone)
    06 Dec: Day trip to Mt Fuji
    07 Dec: Hakone to Tokyo (Shiba Park Hotel)
    08-11 Dec: Tokyo
    12 Dec: Shiba Park Hotel to Narita Airport

    Thank you very much!

  6. Hi Takeshi!
    We are planning a trip to Japan in September for two weeks and struggling to figure out which pass(es) are most beneficial for our trip. Our itinerary overview is below:

    DAY 1 – Arrive in Nagoya @ 3:15PM
    DAY 2 to DAY 6 – Osaka with one or two day trips to Kyoto and possibly Hiroshima
    DAY 7 to DAY 11 – Tokyo (with plans for sightseeing like the Ghibli Museum, DisneySea/Tokyo Disney, Akihabara, Shinjuku,etc.) and a planned trip out to to Fuji-Q
    Day 12 to DAY 14 – Back to Nagoya with a trip to Spa Land and departure at 4:40pm

    Could we get the Kansai Pass for Osaka/Kyoto and a 7-day JR Pass to travel from Osaka to Tokyo and back to Nagoya? The only issue is what is the best way from Nagoya to Osaka? Or is easiest thing to do is just purchase the 14-day JR Pass? Also, will we need to purchase additional non-JR Passes?

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Ann,

      If you are sure to visit Hiroshima, 14 days pass is the easiest choice. 7 days pass for Osaka to Tokyo and Tokyo to Nagoya is not a right choice. YOu cannot get the worth of 7 days pass by these trips. So you need to use single ticket or Platt Kodama for Nagoya-Osaka, Osaka-Tokyo and Tokyo to Nagoya if you don’t go to Hiroshima.

      Even if you use JR pass, you may need to add other pass in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka as you guess.

      If you don’t use JR pass, you may need to add Kansai thru pass.

      So you have to decide that you go to Hiroshima or not. Otherwise you cannot choose the pass.


      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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