Guide to plan your trip. Fare Calculation

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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.

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. 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.

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

  1. 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

  2. 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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