kawaguchiko fuji

JR East Kanto Area Pass. Perfect choice for tourist who want to go to Fuji, Izu, Nikko from Tokyo.

Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) can be accessed bvy this pass ©Akira Okada/©JNTO
Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) can be accessed bvy this pass ©Akira Okada/©JNTO

Are you going to stay in Tokyo for several days? Do you have any plans to go outside of Tokyo, like Mt. Fuji, Izu peninsula, or Nikko when you stay in Tokyo? If so, this newest rail pass, Kanto Area Pass should be suitable for you!
This brand new pass has been started to sell from JR East in December, 2011. The price is only 8,000 yen for unlimited train trip in 3 consecutive days. I will show where you can go by this pass and compare this Kanto Area Pass, JR Pass and JR East Pass.

*As of December 1, 2015, Kanto Area Pass will be sold as Tokyo Wide Pass. Price, coverage and valid trains will be changed. Please find the detailed information of newer version, Tokyo Wide Pass at the post, Tokyo Wide Pass is newer version of Kanto Area Pass. Nikko, Fuji, Gala Yuzawa and Odaiba are covered by this pass.

Area

This pass cover all JR lines in Kanto area, such as Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Yamanashi, Gumma, Ibaragi and Tochigi. And the pass also cover some places in Shizuoka and Nagano prefectures, such as Izu peninsula and Karuizawa. Please check this map to see the details.

I compare Kanto Area Pass, JR East Pass, and Japan Rail Pass. Please see the table below.

AreaKanto Area PassJR East PassJapan Rail Pass
TokyoYYY
YokohamaYYY
NikkoYYY
KamakuraYYY
Kawaguchiko (Mt. Fuji)YNN
Atami (Izu peninsula)YYY
Shimoda (Izu peninsula)YYN
SendaiNYY
NiigataNYY
NaganoNYY
HokkaidoNNY
KyotoNNY
OsakaNNY
HiroshimaNNY
KyushuNNY

The Kanto Are Pass is only pass that cover Kawaguchiko in Mt. Fuji. This is the biggest advantage of this pass.

Prices and valid period

Kanto Area Pass is sold at 8,300 yen for adult and 4,200 yen for child (6-12yrs). The pass is valid for 3 consecutive days. So this pass is obviously for the tourist who stay for the short time or using this pass with other long term passes, such as Japan Rail Pass.

ex) Stay in Japan for 10 days:
Spend first (or last) 3 days in Tokyo. Use 7 days Japan Rail Pass for travelling in all Japan, such as Hokkaido, Kyoto, Kyushu. Use this pass to travel to Mt. Fuji, Nikko or Izu when you stay in Tokyo.

Please refer JR East Kanto Area Pass page. It says the round trip to Kawaguchiko in Mt. Fuji from Narita Airport is 14,240 yen. The round trip to Nikko from Haneda airport is 11,800 yen. So if you have multiple travel, like Nikko and Mt. Fuji from Tokyo, this pass gives you a great deal. And this page show you where you can purchase this pass.

Validity

I think this chapter is very important too. You need to know which train you can take by pass before you purchase. I compare Kanto Area Pass, Japan Rail Pass and JR East Pass again.

TrainsKanto Area PassJR East PassJapan Rail Pass
Local trainsYYY
Green classNY (Green pass)Y (Green pass)
Limited expressYYY
Tohoku ShinkansenTokyo-KuroisoYY
Tohoku Shinkansen HayabusaAdd fareAdd fareY
Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa Gran classAdd fareAdd fareAdd fare
Joetsu ShinkansenTokyo-Jomo KogenYY
Nagano ShinkansenTokyo-SakudairaYY
Tokaido Shinkansen (Tokyo-Kyoto/Osaka)NNY
Sanyo Shinkansen (Shin Osaka-Hakata)NNY
Kyushu Shinkansen (Shin Osaka-Hakata)NNY
Tokyo Monorail (Haneda-Hamamatsucho)YYY
Izu Kyuko line (Ito-Shimoda)YYN
Tobu line (to Nikko)NYN
Fuji Kyuko line (to Kawaguchiko)YNN
Hokuetsu Kyuko line (Echigo Yuzawa-Naoetsu)NYN

Both Kanto Area Pass and JR East Pass do not cover Tokaido Shinkansen. Even if you want to use this Shinkansen in JR East area, like to Atami, you still need to pay full fare because Tokaido Shinkansen is not operated by JR East but JR Central.
When you go to Nikko, JR East Pass cover limited express train Nikko that is operated between Shinjuku and Nikko directly. But both Japan Rail Pass and Kanto Area Pass do not cover this train. You need to take Tohoku Shinkansen to Utsunomiya and take local train to Nikko.
Refer this post: How to access to Nikko. Learn about how to get Nikko by Japan Rail Pass with no extra charge.
When you go to Kawaguchiko, Kanto Area Pass cover local train only on Fuji Kyuko line. Fuji Kyuko operate some express trains. But you need to pay additional charge to take these trains.

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

Conclusion

In my opinion, JR East pass is not useful so much. But Kanto Area Pass is very convenient because of great addition, such as Fuji Kyuko and Izu Kyuko.

205 thoughts on “JR East Kanto Area Pass. Perfect choice for tourist who want to go to Fuji, Izu, Nikko from Tokyo.”

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    First time visit to Tokyo.
    My plan itinerary for 19 days in May 2016.

    May 09 – Arrive Narita– Stay Sasazuka station area
    May 10 – Tokyo Tourism
    May 11 – Tokyo Tourism
    May 12 – Tokyo Tourism
    May 13 – Tokyo Tourism
    May 14 – Kamakura
    May 15 – Tokyo Tourism
    May 16- Kanazawa
    May 17 – Kanazawa
    May 18— Takayama
    May 19– Takayama
    May 20— Kyoto
    May 21 — Kyoto
    May 22— Kyoto
    May 23— Kyoto
    May 24– Hiroshima
    May 25—Miyajima
    May 26— Tokyo
    May 27— Return to Canada

    I decided to buy Jr pass 14 days and activate the 14th of may.

    My question is about the five first days in Tokyo, I’m confused which pass should I take in tokyo. I will stay near to Sasazuka Station and I’m searching a pass that cover my first day of the Narita Airport to Sasazuka Station and also the tourist spots in Tokyo.

    Can you please recommend what type of passes should we buy?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Adam,

      I recommend you to use Limousine and Metro combo.
      http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/value/airport_bus/index.html

      Sasazuka station is on Keio railway. It’s a bit complicated but Keio railway has two lines between Sasazuka and Keio. One of these two lines is called “Keio New Line”. This line is connected with Tokyo Toei subway Shinjuku line. You don’t need to change the trains at Shinjuku. The following link shows you train route map in Tokyo. I don’t show Keio line but it’s connected with Green line in the map in the link below. When you go to Akihabara, you can get there directly by Keio-Shinjuku line train.
      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

      Subway pass covers all subway trains. But Keio line is not subway. Even though those trains are connected each other, you need to pay for Sasazuka-Shinjuku.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    First time visit to Tokyo. Accomodation in Shinjuku.
    My plan itinerary for 2weeks in April 2016.

    Apr 22 – Arrive Haneda – Stay Shinjuku station area
    Apr 23 – Tokyo Sightseeing (places to go like Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shirine, Shinjuku, Ginza, Akibahara, etc)
    Apr 24 – Hitachi Seapark & Ashikaga Flower Park
    Apr 25 – Tokyo Sightseeing (places to go like Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shirine, Shinjuku, Ginza, Akibahara, etc)
    Apr 26 – Disneyland
    Apr 27 – Mt Fuji + Lake Kawaguchi
    Apr 28 – Hakone – Takayama
    Apr 29 – Takayama – Shirokawago – Takayama
    Apr 30 – Takayama – Kyoto
    May 1-2 – Kyoto Sightseeing
    May 3 – Kyoto – Osaka
    May 4-7 – Osaka Sightseeing (to Nara & Kobe)
    May 8 – Back directly to Kansai Airport.

    I’m a bit confuse as to which pass should I take ta tokyo. For Kansai area, I had plan to take the Kansai Thru Pass.

    Can you please recommend on what type of passes should we buy?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Thanks for your reply.

        There is a changes on out planned itinerary:-
        Apr 22 – Arrive Haneda – Stay Shinjuku station area
        Apr 23 – Tokyo Sightseeing (places to go like Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shirine, Shinjuku, Ginza, Akibahara, etc)
        Apr 24 – Hitachi Seapark
        Apr 25 – Ashikaga Flower Park
        Apr 26 – Disneyland
        Apr 27 – Tokyo Sightseeing (places to go like Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shirine, Shinjuku, Ginza, Akibahara, etc)
        Apr 28 – Mt Fuji + Lake Kawaguchi
        Apr 29 – Hakone – Takayama
        Apr 30 – Takayama – Shirokawago – Takayama
        1 May – Takayama – Kyoto
        May 1-3 – Kyoto Sightseeing
        May 4 – Kyoto – Osaka
        May 5-7 – Osaka Sightseeing (to Nara & Kobe)
        May 8 – Back directly to Kansai Airport.

        Should I still remain use 7days jr pass from 24 Apr?
        Is 7Days JR Pass able to use visiting the places mention?

        Hope to hear from you soon

        1. Hi Hemit,

          Can you switch Hitachi Seaside Park and Disneyland?
          JR Pass must cover until you get Kyoto. If you start to use it on 24th, it’s expired when you are in Takayama. And also Disneyland is very closed to downtown Tokyo and not good idea to use JR pass to access there. So if you can switch it, JR Pass cover Hitachi, Ashkagawa and until you get Kyoto.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hi Takeshi,

            Yes, I can switch it. Do you mean like this?
            Apr 22 – Arrive Haneda – Stay Shinjuku station area
            Apr 23 – Tokyo Sightseeing (places to go like Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shirine, Shinjuku, Ginza, Akibahara, etc)
            Apr 24 – Disneyland
            Apr 25 – Ashikaga Flower Park
            Apr 26 – Hitachi Seapark
            Apr 27 – Tokyo Sightseeing (places to go like Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shirine, Shinjuku, Ginza, Akibahara, etc)
            Apr 28 – Mt Fuji + Lake Kawaguchi
            Apr 29 – Hakone – Takayama
            Apr 30 – Takayama – Shirokawago – Takayama
            1 May – Takayama – Kyoto
            May 1-3 – Kyoto Sightseeing
            May 4 – Kyoto – Osaka
            May 5-7 – Osaka Sightseeing (to Nara & Kobe)
            May 8 – Back directly to Kansai Airport.

            I be staying at Sunroute Higashi Shinjuku, which subway pass is more convenient?
            Does the subway pass include the route to Disneyland & to Hakone?
            JR Pass will cover all rail to Hitachi, Ashikagawa and until Kyoto?
            Can I purchase Kansai Thru Pass in my country or have to purchase upon arrive at Kyoto?

            Thanks!!

            1. Hi Hermit,

              That’s right. It’s good to go.
              Both Disneyland and Hakone are not covered by subway pass. Please see the following link about subway pass in Tokyo.
              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

              Hakone and Fuji are not in Tokyo.
              https://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

              You can purchase Kansai thru pass at Kyoto.
              http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html

              Cheers,

              Takeshi / JPRail.com

          2. Hi Takeshi,

            Thanks for your information!!

            Can Disneyland be access by using 7D JR Pass?

            I be staying at Sunroute Higashi Hotel Shinjuku, should I taking the odayku train to hakone yumoto or JR Pass to reach Odawara then use Hakone Free Pass to reach Hakone yumoto & Mt Fuji?

            Please advice.

            Thanks!!

  3. Hi Takeshi :
    First time visit to Tokyo. Accomodation in Shinjuku.
    My itinerary in March 2016.

    Day 1 Arrival Narita 7am, Tokyo Sightseeing
    Day 2 Tokyo Sightseeing
    Day 3 Kawaguchiko
    Day 4 Yokohama (overnight)
    Day 5 Yokohama – Tokyo
    Day 6 Galayuzawa
    Day 7 Tokyo Sightseeing
    Day 8 Tokyo Sightseeing, Departure Narita 10pm

    I am thinking to take :
    1. Return limo bus for Narita-Shinjuku (Day 1,8) because we have luggages
    2. Return express bus to Kawaguchiko (Day 3)
    3. Tokyo Wide Pass for Yokohama and Galayuzawa (Day 4-6) – is it worth it, or cheaper to just take normal train to Yokohama
    4. Suica Card for all Tokyo sightseeing

    Or would you suggest switching days on the itinerary ?

    Thank You in advance. I would really appreciate your advise.

    1. Hi Helly,

      Overall your itinerary is good. I don’t have many thing to mention.
      Tokyo Wide Pass works and cheaper than single fares. However subway pass may be better than Suica. Tokyo Subway Ticket is really good deal.
      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#Tokyo_Subway_Ticket

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Thanks Takeshi, that’s really great. The link you gave on the metro pass is great. The 3 day pass seems cheap. I’ll go with that. I have 2 more questions though :

        1. Does the metro pass qualify us to take the yurikamome line to odaiba ?

        2. I was thinking, to save further, maybe I start using my tokyo wide pass to go to kawaguchi , then the next day go to galayuzawa, then the next day Yokohama. Then on the return day from Yokohama I can just take normal train. This saves me on the bus ticket to kawaguchi ko. However, the train ride to kawaguchi seem complicated with train transfers and I think I still need to pay extra for the fujikyu line right ?

        Thanks.

  4. In relation to my above post,
    FYI : I shall be buying 7D JRpass ( trip is for 11 days ).

    after 4th Apr, will be moving forward to Kyoto , Nara

    Thanks,
    Sindhu Ravindraprasad

    1. Hi Sindhu,

      I would like to know the whole part of your itinerary. After 4th, visit Kyoto and Nara but where you will stay? Which airport are you going to arrive and depart? Do you visit any other places other than Kamakura, Nikko, Hakone/Fuji, Kyoto and Nara?

      Please let me know your itinerary day by day.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi Takeshi ,

    We shall we reaching Tokyo on 31st March 9:30am, planning to book a hotel near to Toyocho station.

    Plan is to
    31st March – go around Tokyo
    1st Apr – Kamakura
    2nd Apr – Nikko
    3-4th Apr – Hakone and Mt.Fuji

    Will Tokyo wide pass be helpful to us ? does it cover the local transport within Nikko, Kamakura and Hakone ?

    Thanks,
    Sindhu

  6. Hello Takeshi,

    Knowing that the Tokyo Wide Pass will only be valid for 3 days, would that be enough to see the best of Kanto? Or would I need to spend more days to see them all? I am planning to make an itinerary out of this pass but I just want to make sure that it’s going to be worth it.

    1. Hi Bujang,

      It’s hard to say. If you want to see popular spot in coverage area, like Lake Kawaguchi, Izu peninsula, Gala Yuzawa, Karuizawa, Nikko, 3 days is not enough. So make sure where you want to go and see. If you want to see more than 3 places, 3 days is not enough.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hello Takeshi,

        Appreciated the really fast reply! Anyway, I am planning to go on a day trip to Nikko, Kusatsu Onsen, and Kamakura. By the end of each day I’d return to my place at Tokyo. Is this doable? Because I know the pass lets me use shinkansen indefinitely and that would save a lot of time I think.

  7. Hi Takeshi,

    Just recently changed our itinerary on our Japan Trip. This will be our new plan:
    Dec 29 – Arrive Narita – Stay nearby Shibuya station
    Dec 30 – Disney Sea Resort
    Dec 31 – Jan 3 – Tokyo Sightseeing (places to go like Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shirine, Shinjuku, Ginza, Akibahara, etc)
    Jan 4 – Mt fuji Trip – Stay nearby Kawaguchiko Train Station
    Jan 5 – Back directly to Narita Airport.

    Can you please recommend on what type of passes should we buy? Thanks in advance for your help.

    Regards,
    Herry.

    1. Hi Herry,

      You may use Tokyo Wide Pass (newer ver. Kanto Area Pass as I mentioned in the post above) for the last 3 days.

      If you want to have direct access to Shibuya, single ticket for Narita Express or limousine bus is your choice.

      Single ticket is also fine for Disney. Subway deal is okay for Tokyo.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/compare-many-discount-tickets-and-passes-for-sightseeing-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-right-tickets.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hi Takeshi
    This entry of yours is awesome. So if i am spending 9 days in tokyo and my itinery is as follow :
    19 dec – tokyo
    20 dec – disney
    21- disney
    22 – 23 dec – mt fuji
    24 – 26 – tokyo

    Should i only get the tokyo wide pass (JR Kanto A Pass) and the SUICA card? Will that cover all the areas I am going?

    Thank you

  9. Hi Takeshi,

    My itinerary for 4days in tokyo:
    1. Narita-shinjuku, arrived @noon
    2. Hakone trip
    3. Tokyo city tour
    4. Shinjuku-narita

    -Can i use narita express using kanto area pass for free (no extra charge)?
    -What pass you would recommended me if i go to hakone (cheaper / efficient) buy jr kanto pass or hakone pass?
    -from my itinerary, do you think it worth to buy jr kanto pass?

    Thank you for your time 🙂

    1. Hi Diana,

      I recommend you to use 3 deals:

      Nex Round trip ticket
      http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/nex_round.html

      Hakone Free pass
      http://www.odakyu.jp/english/deels/freepass/hakone/

      And subway pass as you need
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/compare-many-discount-tickets-and-passes-for-sightseeing-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-right-tickets.html

      Tokyo Wide Pass (not Kanto Area Pass any more) does not cover the heart of Hakone. And it’s valid for 3 days only. I think these deals are more suitable for your trip.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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