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Guide to plan your trip. Fare Calculation

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This website shows you a lot of the train passes. But some of you plan to buy a regular ticket. Even if you will use the rail pass, you may have to compare the price of the pass and the regular fare to make sure that you can get the worth of it or not.

In this post, I would like to share the information about the fare calculation with you.

Hyperdia

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 and the timetable of most trains in Japan. Please refer the link below to learn more:

Google map

Google map can show you the train and the public bus routes. It also shows you the fare.

JR’s rule on passenger’s ticket

JR companies have the biggest train network in Japan. If you travel between major cities, you will take JR train in most cases.

The fare rule is so difficult to understand for the tourists from overseas. Even some travel agents in Japan do not understand the rule completely.

I wrote about this rule as simple as possible in the post below. You can learn the rule of purchasing and using a regular ticket.

JR company’s official site

Some JR companies have the timetable and fare search engine in their official sites.

JR West English website

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

JR Shikoku English website

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

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

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    I would like to seek your advise on the jr pass stopover and estimate fare.
    29th Oct (Tue) – Osaka to Wakayamma
    30th Oct (Wed) – Wakayama to Kyoto
    2nd Nov (Sun) – Kyoto to Kanazawa
    4th Nov (Mon) – Kanazawa to Tokyo

    Appreciate if you can advise if it is possible for me to use a stopover ticket or which is the best option available. Thank you

    1. Hi Ray,

      I recommend you to use Hokuriku Arch Pass:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/tokyo-osaka-hokuriku-arch-pass-user-guide-clarify-valid-trains-coverage-area-and-compare-single-fare-and-pass.html

      Wakayama is outside the coverage area. You have to add the fare for Hineno-Wakayama. The one way fare is 460 yen. You can pay this fare when you exit Wakayama station. You can show your Hokuriku arch pass + this fare. The fare will be slightly higher because the consumer tax will increase on Oct 1st. But it’s just a bit higher.

      When you go back to Kyoto from Wakayama, you can buy a ticket for Wakayama to Hineno. You can show your pass when you exit Kyoto.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Thank you very much for your advise.

        I saw this information from some page “The JR Kansai Wide Area Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign tourists, providing five consecutive days of unlimited travel on designated train and bus lines (including unreserved seats on shinkansen and limited express trains) in the Kansai Region.”

        We would like to seek your advise and more information on Kansai Wide Area Pass.
        a) do we have to pay additional fee if we take the limited express from osaka to shirahama and from shirahama to kyoto.
        b) if we like to avoid additional fee, which are the type of train we can take.
        Thank you.

        1. Hi Ray,

          The limited express Kuroshio between Shin-Osaka and Shirahama is covered.
          https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/kuroshio-ocean-arrow.html

          You cannot reserve a seat but usually non reserved seat is okay. Please find more info about non reserved seat in the link below:
          https://jprail.com/travel-informations/travel-tips/reserved-seat-vs-non-reserved-seat-how-to-get-a-seat-on-non-reserved-car.html

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

    2. Thank you very much for your advise.

      I would like to seek your advise on the jr pass stopover and estimate fare.
      29th Oct (Tue) – Osaka to Wakayamma
      30th Oct (Wed) – Wakayama to Kyoto
      2nd Nov (Sun) – Kyoto to tokyo

      Appreciate if you can advise if it is possible for me to use a stopover ticket for the above route,
      the maximum number of stopover days for the above route,
      or any other the best option available. Thank you

      1. Hi Ray,

        You can use one base fare ticket for Wakayama to Tokyo with stopover in Kyoto. But you have to buy a ticket separately for Osaka to Wakayama. You can take same route between Osaka and Wakayama when you go to Kyoto. Please use hyperdia to find the fare as I instructed in the post above.

        You also may use Platt Kodama for Kyoto to Tokyo.
        https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/platt-kodama-one-way-deal-among-tokyo-nagoya-kyoto-and-shin-osaka-by-shinkansen.html

        In this case, you have to buy a ticket one by one for Osaka to Wakayama, Wakayama to Kyoto and Platt Kodama for Kyoto to Tokyo.

        Cheers,

        Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi,
    We are 6 adults travelling to Japan for the first time and need advise on your train network.
    We arrive in Osaka Kansai airport 17th October 2019, what is the best way to get into Osaka as we are staying at Hotel Monterey Le Frere we will be in Osaka for 9 days. We are planning to visit universal studios, Kobe, Nara, Kyoto. If time allows then maybe Hiroshima.
    We then wish to travel by bullet train to Tokyo 27th October. In Tokyo we are staying at the b Tokyo Asakusa we have 9 days here and wish to visit Mount Fuji, Disneyland,Yokohama, the horse racing. We then depart 6th November from Narita Airport terminal 1.
    Any assistance you can give would be very helpful.
    Kind Regards
    Sandra V Finch

    1. Hi Sandra,

      The best way to get your hotel in Osaka is taking Kansai airport rapid train from KIX to Osaka station:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/how-to-get-kansai-airport-and-wakayama-kansai-airport-rapid-service-and-kishuji-rapid-service.html

      You may use Kansai one pass + Haruka deal to Tennoji for arrival day:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/icoca-and-haruka-ticket-very-flexible-and-good-deal-for-tourist-who-stay-in-kansai.html

      This deal covers the limited express Haruka. But this train does not go to Osaka station. You can take this train from KIX to Tennoji and then take a local train to get Osaka as well. You can take Kansai airport rapid from KIX to Osaka by this deal as well. The limited express Haruka offers much better accommodation but you have to change the trains at Tennoji. Kansai airport rapid is a sort of the commute trains but it goes to Osaka directly. You can take whichever you like.

      JR Pass 7-day is highly recommended if you go to Hiroshima. You must include the trip to Hiroshima to get the worth of JR Pass 7-day.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/japan-rail-pass-user-guide-how-to-use-jr-pass-to-its-maximum.html

      If you use JR pass, you can use this the trip to Hiroshima, Kobe, Nara, Kyoto, Osaka to Tokyo, Disneyland and Yokohama. If you don’t go to Hiroshima, you have to combine some local deals and the regular ticket from Osaka to Tokyo. So you must make a decision to go to Hiroshima or not before you depart.

      Please see the link below. It guides you how to make a trip in Osaka and Tokyo. If you don’t go to Hiroshima, you can get some idea about your trip in this link:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/7to9-days/how-to-make-the-itinerary-of-tokyo-osaka-one-way-trip.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi
        Thank you for your prompt reply we have decided not to visit Hiroshima. We are planning to get the bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo on the Sunday 27th October do we need to book tickets in advance or can we purchase the day before travel.
        Regards
        Sandra V Finch

  3. Hi Takeshi
    I find the guide you have given really comes in handy and useful. still will be great if can get some advice from you.
    I will be traveling from 27 Oct – 6 Nov
    This will be my first trip to Japan and im wondering if I should be getting the 7day jrailpass or should I stick to single fare is much more cost saving as I will be starting the trip at Haneda Airport and ending at Kansai Airport. (With an additional day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima).
    I dont have an exact plan yet but this is roughly what I come out with.

    Day 1 – Arrival in the morning, Tokyo
    Day 2 – Tokyo
    Day 3 – Disneysea
    Day 4 – Tokyo to Hakone, night in Hakone
    Day 5 – Hakone to Kyoto, night in Kyoto
    Day 6 – Kyoto (Nara)
    Day 7 – Kyoto to Osaka, night in Osaka
    Day 8 – Osaka
    Day 9 – Day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima (either day 9 or day 10)
    Day 10 – Osaka
    Day 11 – Afternoon flight at kansai Airport

    Im still not sure if I should either add one more day in tokyo and one less day in Osaka or either way round or maybe for kyoto too. Hope you can advise if I should use the 7days pass or just single trip fare. Thank you so much in advance! 🙂

    1. Hi Aaron,

      JR pass 7-days is recommended. You may start using it on day 4 when you leave for Hakone. It will be valid until day 10 and it will give you some flexibility. JR pass is not perfect in Kyoto and Osaka but you can take JR local trains in these cities and you can visit many places by JR pass.
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      You can use the deal for the first two days:
      https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/airport_bus/index.html

      The regular fare is okay for day 3.

      You have to add Hakone Free Pass because JR pass does not cover after you arrive in Odawara:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html

      And you can add other deal for the last day as you need:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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