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 the link below to learn more:

Hyperdia perfect guide, train timetable and route search engine

Fare and Charges at JR East English website

You can find a single fare and surcharge for most of limited express trains in JR East area (Kanto and Tohoku regions), Hokkaido and most of Shinkansen lines.

Fare and Surcharges at JR Central English website

This website offers you the fare table of Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen.

JR West English website

This website offers you the fare and timetable of many of JR trains.

JR Shikoku English website

This website shows you the fare table of most of JR Shikoku lines.

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

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    I am planning on an 8-day trip to Tokyo and Osaka
    1 x Tokyo
    2x osaka
    5 x tokyo.

    Can you advise whether the JRail pass is needed or is there a cheaper alternative?
    thks much!

  2. Dear Takeshi,

    My name is Sambika, and with my brother we are going to be in Japan from the 14/04/18 to 30/04/18!!!!
    I was reading through your blog and I find your post on the transport subject really informative! So I thought you could give us advice on choosing the best ticket to travel around Japan!

    We are trying to sort out which Pass will be more suitable (and the cheapest) for us.
    We are flying to Tokyo (I will arrive in Narita and my brother in Haneda) and we are flying back from Osaka.
    We are planning to visit Tokyo – Fuji 5 lakes – Kyoto – Nara – Osaka – Himeji – Hiroshimo – Miyajima.

    Having book some activities we are unfortunately left with some restrictions.

    Activities :
    20/04 : Miyako Odori in Kyoto (~11h)
    23/04 : Kabuki show in Osaka (~16h)

    My question is what would be the more profitable pass for us : JR Pass 14days ? JR Pass7 days ? JR West Pass + additional tickets?

    I find the 14days pass really expensive and I am not sure if it would be profitable for us even though it will give us a lot of flexibility …what is your opinion about it?

    The 7 days pass give us a lot of restrictions + we need to buy additional ticket to get to the airport-Tokyo and Osaka – airport
    {I made a planning to make all the traveling fit within 7 days:
    14/04/18-18/04/18 : Tokyo {buy ticket from airport to Tokyo + ticket for Tokyo}
    (I found that for me maybe buying the skyliner and tokyo subway ticket could be more advantageous. What would you recommend for my brother coming from Haneda? Just the Suica card should be ok right ?)
    19/04/18 : activation JR Pass —> Fuji five lakes —> traveling to Kyoto in the evening ( I notice that we will probably have to buy some ticket in Mt Fuji because it’s not totally covered by the JR Pass)
    20/04/18 : Geisha performance + traveling to Hiroshima
    21/04/18 : Miyajima
    22/04/18 : Hiroshima/Himeji (—->traveling back to Osaka )
    23/04/18 : Osaka
    24/04/18 : Nara
    25/04/18 – 27/04/18 : end of JR Pass —-> Kyoto
    28/04/18 – 30/04/18 : Osaka {Buy ticket to Osaka + ticket to airport}

    What do you think about this planning? Personally I’m not convince myself because it requires some back and forth travel + I don’t think it’s really convenient for booking the hotel….

    The final option I come up with is
    14/04/18-18/04/18 : Tokyo {buy ticket from airport to Tokyo + ticket for Tokyo}
    19/04/18 :go by bus to Fuji five lakes —> traveling to Kyoto in the evening by bus
    20/04/18 – 23/04/18 : Kyoto + 23/04 morning travel to Osaka {buy single ticket}
    23/04/18 : Osaka
    24/04/18 : activation of the JR West Pass —-> day trip to Nara
    25/04/18-27or28/04/18 : Hiroshima-Miyajima-Himeji
    28/04/18-30/04/18 : Osaka —> end of JR West Pass —> transportation to airport included

    I thing at the end this come back at the same price (maybe even slightly more expensive) as the JR Pass 7days but not totally sure about this….
    Moreover I’m having trouble to find the best ticket to travel in Tokyo (day ticket vs Suica) and in Fuji 5 lakes (JR Pass doesn’t deserve kawaguchiko if I understood well and I don’t know if there is a ticket to hop on buses to see the other lakes or go to other attractions around the Mt Fuji (some kind of day pass)

    Hopefully you can advice us in getting the most worth it option (14days/7days/JR West)? Or maybe do you have other suggestions?

    We would be glad to hear from you,


    Arun and Sambika

    1. Hi Arun and Sambika,

      For arriving Haneda, you can find the deal in the link below:

      If you use JR pass, you can do as you planned. There is no deals to cover Fuji Five Lakes.

      If you take overnight bus from Lake Kawaguchi, you can do so. In this case, you will use Kansai Hiroshima area pass for 24 to 28. You need other passes for Kyoto, Osaka and trip to KIX. Please see the link below:

      You may use the deals in the link below even if you use JR Pass. You need other deal after JR pass expires.

      Bus + Kansai Hiroshima area pass may be slightly cheaper. And you can save one night accommodation. It makes the total cost be cheaper.

      Kansai Hiroshima area pass does not cover reserved seat. JR Pass does. Please see the link below to find the difference between reserved and non reserved:


      Takeshi /

      1. Thank you very much for your reply Takeshi, and for the useful link!!!

        The actual name of the pass I was referring to is JR Sanyo Sanin area pass sorry for the confusion….I checked again the conditions and we should have access to the reserved seat option.
        So do you think the JR Sanyo Sanin area pass is better then the JR Pass for 14 days ? or should we take the JR pass 14 days?

        Thanks in advance for your advice,

        Arun and Sambika

        1. Hi Sambika and Arun,

          You should use JR pass 7 days from the day to go to Fuji Five Lake to Kyoto. 14 days pass is not your choice anyway. JR pass 7 days is better choice than Sanyo Sanin area pass.


          Takeshi /

          1. Great thank you very much for this useful information and advice!

            Have a nice day!

            Arun and Sambika

  3. Hi Takeshi,

    It’ll be great if you can share some information on JR pass as we (2ppl) will be traveling to Japan for 9 days and the itinerary is as below in May/June :

    Tokyo x 2 days
    Kyoto x 4 days
    Nara x 1 day
    Osaka x 2 days

    Thanks in advance

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        I’m arriving in Osaka for a 7 days trip in September. My basic itinerary is Osaka-Kyoto-Lake Biwa-Yokohama-Tokyo(Airport). We will arrive in Osaka and depart from Tokyo. Will the JR pass work for me or is there any other suitable pass? Thanks so much!

  4. Hi Takeshi

    We are planning (2ppl) a visit to Japan in Aug 1 – 14.

    Tokyo 5 days
    Osaka 6 days
    Tokyo 3 days

    Whiles staying in Osaka and Tokyo we would be visiting the near by Cities/Areas.

    Whiles we stay in Osaka, we plan to go to:
    Otsu Area (mostly castles visit)
    and maybe Himeji Castle

    Tokyo :
    metropolitan areas
    Surrounding area.
    Mt Fuji

    Do you think that we need a JR pass or would normal day to day purchase do.

    1. Hi Emir,

      You may use JR pass 7 days for just Tokyo-Osaka-Tokyo. You don’t need it when you are in Tokyo. You can use the following deals in the links below:




      Single ticket is okay for Chiba.


      Takeshi /

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