Japan Rail Pass user guide. How to use JR Pass to its maximum.

New look of JR Pass (Year 2018) (C) JR Rail

Japan Rail Pass (a.k.a. JR Pass) covers all JR lines throughout Japan. This is only rail pass that covers throughout Japan. If you travel even round trip to Osaka from Tokyo, price of 7 days pass almost equal to normal fare. I think this pass gives the greatest deal to the travellers who wants to travel in Japan.

Japan Rail Pass Official site is very informative. But some points are not clear. And also some of you are overwhelmed to read so many pages.

In this post, I tell you about this pass as simple as possible. I compare normal fare and pass, how to choose the retailer, additional charge and many more.

How to buy

Basically only the authorized agents are allowed to sell Japan Rail Pass. You can find the agent list at this page of Japan Rail Pass official site. These following companies are major distributors.

  • JAL (Japan Airlines / National flagship)
  • ANA (All Nippon Airways / one of two major airlines)
  • JTB (Biggest travel agency in Japan)
  • NTA (Nippon Travel Agency / third biggest and the oldest travel agency in Japan)
  • KNT (Kintetsu International / same group as Kintetsu Railways. Second biggest travel agency)
  • Top Tour (Same group as Tokyu Railway)
  • JALPAK (Same group as Japan Airlines)

JAL and ANA sell the pass to the passenger who take their flight. You cannot purchase only pass from them.

In these days, many companies have a contract with these above distributors And they are selling the pass online as a retailer. If you find the name on the list at the above link, it is an official retailer. If you cannot find it, you should check that company before you buy.

Currently you can purchase JR pass in Japan until the end of March, 2019. Please see the link below to find the details:

Official announcement about JR pass by JR group (PDF)

Types and prices

There are two types, Green and Ordinary, and three duration, 7, 14 and 21 days.

Type7 days14 days21 days
Ordinary29110 yen46390 yen59350 yen
Green38800 yen62950 yen81870 yen

*Child (6yrs to 11yrs) rate is 50% off.

When you purchase it, rates are adjusted by your country’s currency.

Tokaido Shinkansen
If you have a round trip to Kyoto from Narita airport by Tokaido Shinkansen and Narita Express, you can get the worth of 7 days JR pass.

This pass is eligible for a train, a few JR bus and a ferry services which are provided by Japan Railways Group with few exceptions. I explained these exceptions later.

In my opinion, Japan Rail Pass offers you the most unbeatable deal. There are many kinds of rail passes in Japan, such as JR East Pass, JR Hokkaido Pass, JR Kyushu Pass and many more. But Japan Rail Pass is only rail pass that covers throughout Japan. And of course it covers both Tokyo and Kyoto. But if you need the detail information about other passes, please access to the category, Other Rail Passes. I wrote about many other rail passes in the posts.

7 days pass price is almost same as round trip of Tokyo – Osaka

If you will have round trip between Tokyo and Osaka, Japan Rail Pass 7 days is recommended.
One way base fare and Shinkansen surcharge from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka – 14140 yen

So if you have a round trip between Tokyo and Osaka, single fare is slightly cheaper, but you can take a local train in Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto. And Japan Rail Pass is more flexible and much easier to handle than using a regular ticket.

If you need some more information about price comparison, please see “Compare to regular fare”. You will see some example.

If you will have only one way trip between Tokyo and Osaka, single fare is your choice. I wrote about using single ticket at the post, For non JR pass travellers. Guide to use JR single ticket, basic rules, validity and stopover.

You also can find some sample itineraries in the links below:

Tokyo – Osaka one way trip sample itinerary

Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo one way sample itinerary

Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka one way sample itinerary

What is the difference between Green and Ordinary.

Green seat on Super Ozora by 283 series (C) Sonic Rail Garden
Green seat on Super Ozora by 283 series in Hokkaido (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Green Class is like business class seat. It was the first class in all Japan Railway’s trains. But since Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa started to run, Gran Class that is upper class than Green Class was introduced. As a result, Green class became the second highest seat in all JR trains.

If you take Gran Class by Japan Rail Pass, both Ordinary pass and Green pass cover only basic fare. You need to pay Limited Express surcharge and Gran Class fee. Please see the post, Japan Rail Pass can be used for Hayabusa to get details.

Advantages of Green Class seat are space and atmosphere. Green class seat is more spacious and quieter than ordinary seat. Shinkansen and most of Limited Express have this class. Even some local trains, such as Rapid trains in greater Tokyo area have Green Class seat too. Please read one of my post, Worthwhile buying Japan Rail Pass Green Pass?. I explained the details about Green class seat in this post. I hope it may help you to decide which pass you purchase.

If you really care about your cost, an ordinary class is fine. I am sure you will be satisfied with an ordinary class seat too. It is way better than economy seat on the flight. My height is 6’1″ (184 cm). But I have enough leg space at the ordinary class seat.

How to exchange

Exchange order
Exchange order

You can get “Exchange Order” at the time of purchasing. It is not an actual pass but a voucher. You have to exchange for an actual pass after you arrive in Japan. The validity of exchange order is three month from the date of issue. The pass will never be sold out.

Exchange place
English signage of JR exchange office at Tokyo station

Exchange Order can be exchanged at the designated station. Narita airport, Kansai airport, Tokyo, Shinagawa, Osaka, Kyoto and more than 40 major stations throughout Japan are on the list. Please find the list of the exchange places in the link below:

JR Pass exchange and sales office list, Japan Rail Pass official site.

When you turn in, go to the exchange place and tell the staff that you will exchange JR pass. You will receive the application form and fill in. After that, you will proceed the window and show your passport and exchange order to get the actual pass.

When you turn in the pass, you can choose the first day of use within one month from this day.

e.g.
If you exchange a pass on June 1st, you can choose the starting date from June 1st to 30th.

The start and finish dates will be stamped on your pass. Once the dates are stamped, you cannot change it.

Definition of one day

It means 00:00 to 23:59.

e.g.
If you start to use 7 days pass on April 1st, your pass is expired at 23:59 on April 7th.

There are an exception. If you are on board at 23:59 on the last day, you still can continue to travel by train. Your pass cover until you get off the train. After you get off the train, as long as you don’t exit the station, your pass still cover basic fare.

e.g.
Day 7 Tokyo 22:53 (Limited Express Tokiwa) 00:24 Mito

Even though your arrival time is 00:24 on 8th day, this trip is covered until you get Mito by JR pass
If you do not exit Mito station, you still can take local train because the base fare is covered by JR pass until you exit the station

e.g.
Day 7 Tokyo 22:53 (Limited Express Tokiwa) 00:24 Mito
Day 8 Mito 00:33 (local train) 00:39 Katsuta

You can take a local train only. You cannot take any limited express trains after you get off it at Mito.

Validity

Japan Rail Pass covers most of the railway service and the ferry service by Japan railways. You can go almost anywhere throughout Japan except Okinawa. (Any JR companies do not offer any train services in Okinawa.) Please see the Japan Railway’s route map and Shinkansen (bullet train) route map in the links below:

Nationwide JR route map, Japan Rail Pass official site
Shinkansen (bullet train) route map, Japan Rail Pass official site

But there are a few exceptions when you use JR pass. I would like to show you which services are NOT covered by Japan Rail Pass.

Nozomi (=のぞみ) / Mizuho (=みずほ) on Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen

Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen runs between Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, Hiroshima and Hakata.

I think this is the biggest thing that you have to know.

Nozomi is the fastest and most frequent train service on Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen between Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Hakata. Mizuho is the fastest train between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima-Chuo. Japan Rail Pass is NOT valid for these trains. Even a basic fare to take Nozomi and Mizuho are not covered by Japan Rail Pass at all. If you take Nozomi or Mizuho, JR Pass does not help you at all. You have to pay a full fare beside JR pass.

JR pass covers Hikari between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka, and Sakura between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima-Chuo which are the second fastest trains. The difference between Hikari and Nozomi are the following:

Trip time between Tokyo and Shin Osaka — 3 hours by Hikari / 2.5 hours by Nozomi
Frequency — 2 trips of Hikari per hour / 5 to 6 trips of Nozomi per hour
*There are some more trips of both Hikari and Nozomi in a peak hour.

Please refer one of my post, Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen to get the details abut the difference between Nozomi and Hikari.

Mizuho is the fastest train on Sanyo Shinkansen and Kyushu Shinkansen. Sakura is the second fastest but Sakura runs more than Mizuho. You cannot take Mizuho by JR Pass but this is not an issue.

All Shinkansen trains on Tohoku, Hokkaido, Akita, Yamagata, Joetsu and Hokuriku Shinkansen are covered by JR Pass fully.

Gran Class of Tohoku, Hokuriku and Hokkaido Shinkansen

The seat of Gran class (C) Asacyan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Japan Rail Pass covers Tohoku, Hokkaido and Hokuriku Shinkansen trains fully. Gran class that is the highest class seat is available on these Shinkansen lines. This is a higher class than Green class. If you take this Gran class, both Japan Rail Pass Ordinary and even Green cover a base fare only. You need to pay all amount of surcharge beside JR Pass. This extra charge is not the difference between Green class and Gran class. You must pay Gran class full amount fee.

Delux Green on JR Kyushu trains

Some limited express trains in Kyushu have Delux Green Class. If you take this class, you have to pay both Limited Express surcharge and Delux Green surcharge. Even Green Pass does not cover both surcharge.

Green Private Compartment

Green compartment on Super View Odoriko (C) Sonic Rail Garden

These following trains have Green seat compartment.

If you use this type of seat by Japan Rail Pass, your party must be 4 persons because it is based on 4 person. If you use this by 3 persons or less, you have to pay surcharge for insufficiency.

Overnight train / Sleeper car

There are only two scheduled overnight trains in Japan now. Those are Sunrise Seto and Sunrise Izumo. If you use a compartment on these trains, JR pass covers only a base fare. However this train has the ordinary class which is called, “Nobi Nobi seat”. This ordinary class seat is covered by JR pass fully. Please see the links below to find more information:
Sunrise Izumo (Tokyo – Izumoshi
Sunrise Seto (Tokyo – Takamatsu

Trains run through Non JR lines

Some of limited express trains go through Non JR lines. You have to pay some extra for the section where your train goes on Non JR line. Because Japan Rail Pass cover only JR lines. The following list shows you the trains which go through Non JR lines. Please refer each train’s page to get the details about the extra charge.

Bus services

There are 8 bus companies in JR Bus Group. But these bus companies are different from train service companies now. These eight companies operate local bus service and highway bus service. But Japan Rail Pass covers a few local bus services only.

JR’s local bus services are a sort of commute service. I pick up some lines for the tourist.

Japan Rail Pass may cover some more bus services. But even official site does not provide any detailed information. As far as I know, I can confirm that JR Pass covers only these bus services at this point.

Ferry Service

Miyajima ferry service is operated between Miyajimaguchi and Miyajima. Japan Rail Pass is valid for this route. Miyajima is UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most popular destination for foreign travellers. This ferry cruise is very short trip. It takes only 10 minutes. Please refer one of my post, How to get Miyajima to get the details about Miyajima.

JR Kyushu operates the international ferry service between Hakata and Busan (Korea) But this is NOT valid for Japan Rail Pass.

Other train services

Japan Rail Pass does not cover any NON JR train services, such as the subways (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Yokohama, Sendai, Fukuoka), other train services by private companies, city bus services, local bus services and ferry services. The following list shows you major train services that Japan Rail Pass does not cover.

  • Sapporo Subway
  • Sendai Subway
  • Tokyo Subway
  • Yokohama Subway
  • Keihin Kyuko Railway (a.k.a. Keikyu, Shinagawa-Haneda-Yokohama)
  • Keisei Railway (Narita airport-Chiba-Ueno)
  • Tobu Railway (Asakusa-Nikko/Knugawa Onsen)
  • Odakyu Railway (Shinjuku-Hakone/Enoshima)
  • Izu Kyuko Railway (Ito-Shimoda)
  • Fuji Kyuko Railway (Otsuki-Kawaguchiko)
  • Nagoya Railway (a.k.a. Meitetsu, Chubu airport-Nagoya-Gifu)
  • Nagoya Subway
  • Kyoto Subway
  • Osaka Subway
  • Nankai Railway (Namba-Kansai airport/Koyasan/Wakayama)
  • Kintetsu Railway (Namba-Nara/Kyoto/Ise/Nagoya)
  • Hankyu Railway (Kobe-Umeda-Kawaramachi,Kyoto)
  • Keihan Railway (Yodoyabashi-Sanjo,Kyoto)
  • Hanshin Railway, Sanyo Railway (Umeda/Namba-Kobe-Himeji)
  • Fukuoka Subway
  • Nishitetsu Railway (Tenjin-Dazaifu)

Tokyo Monorail between Hamamatsucho (Tokyo) and Haneda airport is not JR train but this is owned by JR East and it is covered by Japan Rail Pass.

The following trains and segments are non JR lines. But those are covered by JR Pass.

  • Local and rapid trains on Aoimori Railway between Hachinohe and Aomori. But you cannot make a stopover except Hachinohe, Noheji and Aomori
  • Local and rapid trains on Ainokaze Toyama Railway between Toyama and Takaoka. But you cannot make a stopover except Toyama and Takaoka (after March 14, 2015)
  • Any trains on IR Ishikawa Railway between Kanazawa and Tsubata. But you cannot make a stopover except Kanazawa and Tsubata. There are direct trains from Kanazawa or Osaka to Wakura Onsen. These trains are go through this segment and then go on JR Nanao line. If you take these trains, extra charge is not required on top of JR Pass.

How to use JR pass in major cities and tourist spots

You can get most places in Japan by JR pass. JR pass covers most of JR trains which include Shinkansen, limited express trains, and other rapid commute trains and local trains in the cities.

But as I explained above, JR pass does not cover Non JR trains, subways and city bus. I also would like to explain the coverage by major places and you can find the detailed coverage of JR pass.

Sapporo

Subway, tram (street car) and city bus are not covered.
Subway and tram route map

You can walk to get Odori Park or Clock tower from Sapporo station if you want. But subway is better way.

Hakodate

Tram and city bus are not covered. You need to pay extra to get some tourist spots, such as Hakodate mountain.

Nikko

You can take Tohoku Shinkansen to get Utsunomiya and take Nikko line local train to Nikko. All trips to Nikko is covered. Please see the link below to find more information:

How to access to Nikko from Tokyo. There are three ways from Tokyo, Shinjuku and Asakusa.

But JR pass does not cover any local transportation, such as a local bus in Nikko area.

Tokyo

You can take any local trains in Tokyo to access to many places. But some of places cannot be accessed by JR pass, such as Asakusa, Tsukiji market, Tokyo Skytree. Please see the link below to find the detailed information:

Guide to take trains in Tokyo. How to choose the best deal and the best route by train to get the major spots?

You also can access to/from both Narita airport and Haneda airport. JR pass covers Narita Express and Airport Rapid train to/from Narita. Tokyo Monorail is covered by JR pass to/from Haneda airport.

Lake Kawaguchi

You can use JR pass to get Otsuki but you have to pay extra for taking Fuji Kyuko railway from Otsuki to Kawaguchiko station. Please see the link below to find more information:

Japan Railways is the best way to access Mt. Fuji? How much can we use Japan Rail Pass to go to Mt. Fuji?

Hakone

You can get Odawara by Shinkansen but after arrival Odawara, JR pass does not help you. Please see the link below to find more information:

How to access Hakone from Tokyo. Compare Japan Railway and Odakyu lines

Nagoya

Subway and other Non JR trains, such as Meitetsu railway is not covered. You need to pay for access to/from Chubu airport (Centrair).

Chubu (Nagoya) airport transportation guide. Find info about airport station and access to Nagoya
Transportation Bureau, City of Nagoya

Snow Monkey Park in Nagano

You can get Nagano by JR pass but you have to pay for bus and/or train to get Snow Monkey Park. Please see the link below to find more information:

Trip to Tohoku, Chubu and Chugoku in 2016 winter – Part 9, Visit Snow Monkey Park in Nagano

Shirakawago

You can get Kanazawa, Takayama, Toyama and Takaoka by JR pass. But you have to take a bus from one of these stations and need to pay for the bus. Please see the link below to find more information:

How to access to Shirakawago from Takayama, Kanazawa, Takaoka and Toyama.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

You can access to Nagano, Shinano-Omachi or Toyama by JR Pass. After arrival in these cities, you need to pay for local transportation. Please see the link below to find more information:

Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, one of most spectacular sightseeing route in Northern Japan Alps

If intend to go through whole part of Alpine Route, you can use Tateyama Kurobe option ticket. Please see the following link:

Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket (one way)

Kyoto

You can get Arashiyama, Nijo, Fushimi Inari and Uji by JR pass. But you need to take subway, city bus and/or other Non JR railways. Please see the link below to find more information:

Guide to take trains in Kyoto. How to choose the best route by train to get the major spots?

Osaka

You can take any local trains, such as Osaka Kanjo line (Osaka loop line). You can access to Universal City (USJ) too. But JR-Namba station is not very convenient and some places in the city cannot be accessed by JR pass, such as Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium. Please see the link below to find more information:

Guide to take trains in Osaka. How to choose the best route by train to get the major spots?

You also can take Limited Express Haruka and Kansai Airport Rapid Train by JR pass to/from Kansai airport. Nankai railway is not covered.

Kobe

Actually many places can be accessed by JR station. You can get Kobe by JR pass easily. You may not add any additional deals. Please see the link below to find more information:

Guide to take trains in Kobe. How to choose the best route by train to get the major spots?

Nara

You can get Nara by JR trains from either Kyoto and Osaka. Most of tourist spots in Nara can be accessed by walk from JR Nara station. Please see the link below to find more information:

How to access to Nara by Japan Rail Pass. If you don’t use JR Pass, Kintetsu Railway is more convenient.

Mt. Koya (Koyasan)

You should take Nankai railway from Namba or Shin-Imamiya. Nankai railway is not JR and you need to pay extra. Please see the link below to find more information:

How to access World Heritage Mt. Koya. Japan Rail Pass can be used to get Mt. Koya?

Hiroshima

You can access to Hiroshima by Shinkansen and it’s covered by JR pass. And also JR pass covers Hiroshima sightseeing loop bus “Meipuru-pu” fully. This bus covers most of tourist spots in Hiroshima. Please see the following link to find the detailed information:

Hiroshima sightseeing loop bus Meipuru-pu official site

Miyajima

You can take JR local train to Miyajimaguchi and then take ferry to Miyajima. Both train and ferry are covered by JR pass. Please see the link below to find more information:

How to access to Miyajima from Hiroshima by local train. No extra charge for Japan Rail Pass user.

Fukuoka / Hakata

JR Pass does not cover Fukuoka city subway and Nishitetsu railway. Only subway connects Fukuoka airport and Hakata. But you cannot use JR pass to get airport because subway is not covered. Some places around Fukuoka is covered by Nishitetsu railway, such as Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine. But Nishitetsu railway is not covered by JR pass either.

Who is eligible?

If you are an foreign tourist, you have to be “Temporary Visitor”. This entry status will be stamped at immigration on your passport. Other status cannot be acceptable. Be careful. You have to show your passport at the station when you pass your exchange order to get actual pass.
If you are already in Japan as other status, you have to change your status first. Otherwise you cannot buy Japan Rail Pass. Please see “How to buy and exchange”.

If you are Japanese citizen who have permanently status in foreign country, or who married to a non-Japanese, you are qualified.

How to refund

You can refund within one year from issue date before you turn in for the actual pass. Simply bring or send your exchange order to the agent where you purchased it. They will subtract a handling fee and refund to you. The handling fee is usually 10% of the amount. Contact to your agent and make sure it before you refund.
You can NEVER refund after turned in the actual pass.

Lost or Stolen

Once you lost it, it’s over. Either an exchange order or an actual pass cannot be reissued.

1,454 thoughts on “Japan Rail Pass user guide. How to use JR Pass to its maximum.”

  1. Hi Takeshi san,

    We are scheduled to visit Tokyo and Hokkaido on 17 April 2019 – 1 May 2019. We are considering to avail the 14-day JR Pass. Our itinerary would be:
    17-20 April – Tokyo
    20-25 April – Sapporo
    25-27 April – Hakodate
    27 April /1 May – Tokyo
    We are also planning to visit Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Kawaguchi and other places near Tokyo. As per my computation, if we go Sapporo by air, we would be spending S$280 for a round trip tickets compared to 14-day JR pass of S$580. Do you think it is worth getting the pass considering that we would also go other places in Hokkaido and Tokyo where we can use our JR pass?

    1. Hi Cecil san,

      How about JR-East South Hokkaido Rail Pass?
      http://www.jreasthokkaido.com/easthokkaido/e/

      This is almost same cost as flight. You can get 6 days unlimited train ride in 14 days period. When you are in Hakodate and Sapporo, you will not have lots of train trips, right? You don’t need full 14 days coverage. You need to use the pass when you have a long train trip only. If you take a flight to Sapporo, you have to add the fare to Hakodate. Train fare from Sapporo to Hakodate and flight fare is higher than this deal.

      You can use this deal partially to Fuji and Hakone. But there are lots of better deal too. Use this pass for trip to Hokkaido and other than Fuji and Hakone.
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-fuji-area-various-sample-itineraries-of-fuji-five-lakes-and-5th-station.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi san,

        Thank you for your reply. As I checked on other details based on your suggestion, I found out that using JR-East South Hokkaido Rail Pass will be the best option. And thanks also for the attached sample itineraries, these will be very useful. I appreciate your help.

        Regards,

        Cecil

  2. Hi! We ordered JRPass, however, we noticed that we put in wrong gender on my end. Do I need to correct it? Will it show om the exchange order the gender of the user?

    1. Hi Michael,

      JR Pass official site says, “In order to receive a JAPAN RAIL PASS, the name appearing on the claim ticket must match the name appearing in your passport.”
      In my understanding, it includes gender too. If I were you, I correct it to avoid the risk.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. My wife and I used a 21-day first-class JR Pass in October. During our visit we briefly saw the four main islands as well as a number of theme trains in Kyushu. It was great value for money.
    In addition, I would like to thank the staff at the various stations in assisting me with a wheel-chair as I was unable to walk long distances at the time. This was a very big help.
    We will definitely use the JR Trains when we return to Japan as well as recommend this to our friends.

  4. Hi Takeshi-san,
    Is JR Tohoku pass valid between tokyo and izu-shimoda? Do I need to pay extra if I take joyful train such as black -ship and 踊子?
    Cheers

          1. Hi Takeshi-san,
            I’ve used multiple pass before (Jr 7d and 21 D within a period of 5days)with no problem.
            But recently a Taiwan travel agent show me a Chinese version of multiple pass jr user guide, it states that for multiple pass within the same group, ie JR Nagano and JR Tohoku, the second pass only can be activated and used 14 days after the first one is finished (not straight away).
            He then call the JR representative in Taiwan to clarify, but the answer is somehow in a grey area, the response was generally speaking one can use the pass one after another, but in some case it may not.
            Have JR change rules? It’s a bit confusing because I intend to use Jr Nagano followed by JR Tohoku the next day for my next trip.
            Is it a topic worth to make an article?
            Cheers

            1. Hi Joe san,

              The rules of JR pass and JR East pass are completely different. Actually that condition is stated on JR East official site too.

              “If you have already purchased a pass, you must wait until the validity period (14 days) of that pass ends before you can purchase another pass of the same type.
              For example, if you purchased a pass or did a pass exchange on August 1, you cannot do another pass exchange or purchase a pass in Japan during the validity period of August 1 to 14.”
              http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/eastpass_t/index.html
              http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/eastpass_n/index.html

              However this means you cannot use two JR East Tohoku Passes or two JR East Nagano Niigata Passes at same time. In your case, you will use different type of passes, Tohoku and Niigata/Nagano. In my understanding, you can do.

              I have never tried it before. But as long as I see the condition, Tohoku pass and Niigata/Nagano pass are not same.

              Cheers,

              Takeshi / JPRail.com

                  1. Hi Takeshi-san,
                    When my jr Nagano pass ends I will start my jr Tohoku pass the next day. I can change and activate the Tohoku pass in takasaki , can I?
                    Cheers

                    1. sorry takeshi-san, I forgot to mention that I’m going to buy the passes in New Zealand.
                      just after my first e-mail regarding the mutiple pass a friend told me that he had used JR Tohoko/hokaido 6days first then followed by JR Tohoku 5days , but he couldn’t exchanged or set the day for the Tohoku pass in advance, Jr staff told him that he can only exchange the second pass on the day when he start using.(after the validity of the first pass )
                      I’ll finish jr Nagano in takasaki and may have to exchange the jr Tohoku the next day
                      Cheers

                    2. Thanks Takeshi-san, I will try to exchange both at Hanada, if not l’ll try to exchange the Tohoko at Tokyo station when I do the reservation for nagano
                      Cheers

  5. Hi, Takeshi san!
    My trip is via Fukuoka, and I plan to by 7 day ordinary JR Pass. Can you help me how will I travel from Fukuoka to Tokyo, then back to Osaka then Fukuoka?

    Thank you.

    Hope Marcelo

    1. Hi Hope Marcelo san,

      You may take Shinkansen. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-departure-arrival-stations/stations-in-tokai/nagoya-toyohashi/what-is-shinkansen-bullet-train.html

      You can take Hikari, Sakura or Kodama by JR pass. Please find the timetable in the links below:
      https://global.jr-central.co.jp/en/info/timetable/_pdf/eastbound.pdf
      https://global.jr-central.co.jp/en/info/timetable/_pdf/westbound.pdf

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. Hi Takeshi San,
    I’m planning to travel to Japan from 21st Dec 2018 – 2nd Jan 2019. My itinerary is:
    – Tokyo 21st – 26th Dec
    – Kyoto 26th – 30th Dec
    – Tokyo 30th – 2 Jan
    I’m taking the airport limo bus from Narita airport straight to hotel in Tokyo when I arrive on 21st Dec 2018. Should I get the JR pass for 7 days for travel from Tokyo-Kyoto-Tokyo? Would I be able to use the JR pass for day trips to Mt Fuji, Gotemba Premium Outlet and Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza when in Tokyo?
    Beside the JR pass, what else do I have to purchase to travel in the city? Thank you for your help!

    1. Hi Julie san,

      You can use JR Pass. It covers trip to Karuizawa. You may use JR pass to get Fuji but it covers partially. Please see the links below:
      https://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-fuji-area-various-sample-itineraries-of-fuji-five-lakes-and-5th-station.html

      As long as you use JR Pass for Tokyo to Kyoto round trip and Tokyo to Karuizawa round trip, you can get a great saving.

      You also think about using Limousine and subway pass deal. Subway pass is very convenient for sightseeing in Tokyo.
      https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/airport_bus/index.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Hello Takeshi San,
    I’m planning to travel to Japan from 1st – 14th March, 2019. My itinerary is:
    – Tokyo 1st – 5th March
    – Hakone 5th – 7th March
    – Kyoto 7th – 11th March
    – Osaka 11th – 14th March
    – Osaka to Tokyo 14th March
    Should I get the JR pass for 2 weeks? Beside the JR pass, what else doI have to purchase to travel in the city? Thank you for your help!

    1. Hi Thach san,

      First of all, 14 days pass is too expensive. You cannot get the worth of it unless you have another big trip, such as day trip to Hiroshima from Osaka, day trip to Kanazawa from Tokyo or Osaka.
      https://jprail.com/destinations/world-heritage-destinations/day-trip-to-hiroshima-and-miyajima-from-osakakyoto.html
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/sample-itinerary-of-day-trip-to-kanazawa-and-shirakawago-from-tokyo.html

      If you intend to stay in just city of Tokyo and Osaka, forget about 14 days pass.

      Actually even 7 days JR pass does not work. In this case, your choice is a regular ticket for city to city movement. And you may add some local deals in each cities.
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/tokyo-kanto-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-best-deal-and-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      You will have lots of time in Tokyo and Osaka. If you want to use JR pass, think about adding a big day trip to get the worth of 14 days pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hello! Thank you for this!

    I have one question though. Can I use my Ordinary JR Pass to go to Osaka the same route as it does the Hokuriku Arch pass? Thanks!

  9. Hi,

    We land at Haneda Airport on Thursday morning. Our accommodation is in Edogawa.
    With Hyperdia we think we need to take
    – the Airport-Kyuko for INZAIMAKINOHARA,
    – then Toei Subway Asakusa Line for INZAIMAKINOHAR,
    – then Keisei Oshiage Line Local for INZAIMAKINOHARA
    – then Keisei Oshiage Line Local for INZAIMAKINOHARA stopping at Edogawa.

    We are in Tokyo for 3 days. Is it better to pay for the transport for each trip or is there a pass we can get for 2 or 3 days that can cover the trip from the airport and transport in Tokyo?

    After Tokyo we travel to Osaka & Hiroshima. We will use a JR pass for our travels after Toyko.

    Thankyou
    Tony

      1. Thankyou Takeshi san,

        Looking at your link, would a 72hr Tokyo [Keikyu Line one-way] subway ticket be better and cheaper than an IC card?

        Regards,
        Tony san

        1. Hi Tony san,

          I thought Tokyo Subway ticket too. But you will stay near Keisei Edogawa station. It does not cover Keisei railway. So you need to pay a regular fare or using IC card to get Oshiage whenever you use subway pass. If you make lots of subway rides, Tokyo subway ticket may work. But I think you may need IC card too.

          Please make sure how much you ride subway. Sometimes JR trains, such as Yamanote line is more convenient. Tokyo subway ticket does not cover subway but IC card covers all.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

              1. Hi Takeshi san,

                Not sure if this is allowed but we are planing to visit Universal Studios in Osaka on 13 Dec.

                Because it s winter and a Thursday do you know if we can visit the Park with only the 1 Day Studio Pass (entry ticket) or should we also purchase an Express pass?

                Thankyou
                Tony san

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