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Tokyo Wide Pass user guide. Perfect choice for trip to Nikko, Fuji, Gala Yuzawa and Odaiba

The view of Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba (C) Mike Luk / JNTO
The view of Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba (C) Mike Luk / JNTO

Tokyo Wide Pass is currently sold as Kanto Area Pass. This pass will be remodeled and will be sold as Tokyo Wide Pass on December 1, 2015. It covers Tokyo and surrounding area, such as Mt. Fuji, Izu peninsula, or Nikko. Echigo-Yuzawa will be covered by Tokyo Wide Pass but it is not by Kanto Area Pass.

Tokyo Wide Pass will be sold at the higher price on December 1st, 2015 but the coverage ares will be bigger. I would like to show you about this pass and also I talk about the difference between Tokyo Wide Pass and Kanto Area Pass.

Prices and valid period

Validity periodAdult
12 years and older
Child
6 to 11 years old
3 consecutive
days
10,180 yen5,090 yen

*Child who is 5 years old and younger is free but you have to share the seat with child. If you want to have a seat for child too, you have to purchase child pass for even younger than 5 years old.
*This pass will be available from December 1st, 2015. But you can order this pass online in advance at JR East official site.

Tokyo Wide Pass is sold at 10,000 yen. Previous version of this pass, Kanto Area Pass is sold at 8,300 yen. The validity period is 3 consecutive days that is same as Kanto Area Pass. So the price higher than Kanto Area Pass but the coverage area is a bit bigger and more trains are covered by Tokyo Wide Pass.

Coverage Area

Toshogu is the highlight in Nikko. (C) Yasufumi Nishi /  JNTO
Toshogu is the highlight in Nikko. (C) Yasufumi Nishi / JNTO

This pass covers 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.

Mostly the coverage area is not much different from Kanto Area Pass coverage area. This pass covers the following major spots in the area.

  • Nikko
  • Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi), Fuji-Q Land
  • Odawara (Gate station to Hakone)
  • Izu peninsula (Atami, Ito, Shimoda)
  • Katsuta (Gate station to Hitachi Seaside Park)
  • Karuizawa
  • Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi (Gate station to Kusatsu)
  • Kamakura
  • Kawagoe
  • Yokohama

And also two more great addition in the coverage of Tokyo Wide Pass.

  • Echigo-Yuzawa, Gala Yuzawa
  • Odaiba, Tokyo Waterfront Area

JR East official site – Tokyo Wide Pass

I will tell you the coverage railways at next chapter.

Valid trains and lines

JR deals covers basically JR trains only. Non JR railway’s train and subway are not covered. But Tokyo Wide Pass covers many “NON JR” railway trains. The following railways are NON JR companies but those are covered by Tokyo Wide Pass.

  • Tokyo Monorail (Haneda-Airport – Hamamatsucho)
  • Izu Kyuko Line (Ito – Izukyu-Shimoda)
  • Fuji Kyuko Railway (Otsuki – Kawaguchiko)
  • Joshin Dentetsu Line (Takasaki – Shimonita)
  • Saitama New Urban Transit Line (Omiya – the Railway Museum)
  • Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line (Osaki – Shin-Kiba)
  • Limited Express Nikko, Spacia Nikko, Kinugawa, and Spacia Kinugawa (Shinjuku – Tobu-Nikko / Kinugawa-Onsen)
  • Tobu Railway local trains and rapid trains (Shimo-imaichi – Tobu-Nikko/Kinugawa-Onsen)

Those covered trains are huge benefit of this deal. Japan Rail Pass (a.k.a. JR Pass) covers only Tokyo Monorail. JR East Pass covers many railways on this list but JR East Pass does not cover Fujikyu Railway, Joshin Dentetsu Line and Saitama New Urban Transite Line. Especially Fujikyu Railway is a big benefit. You can get Lake Kawaguchi without any extra by this pass.

Fuji Kyuko Railway

Joshin Dentesu is not very well known. But it gives you access to one of World Heritaga Site, Tomioka Silk Mill from Takasaki.
How to access to the newest World Heritage Tomioka Silk Mill

When you go to Nikko, Tokyo Wide Pass covers limited express train to Nikko from Shinjuku directly. JR East Pass covers this train trip but Japan Rail Pass does not. This is one of the benefits of this rail pass too.
How to access to Nikko from Tokyo. There are three ways from Tokyo, Shinjuku and Asakusa.

Most of trains on this list has been covered by Kanto Area Pass. But at this time, Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line is added on Tokyo Wide Pass. This line is not JR company but trains run through JR Saikyo line. It connects Kawagoe, Omiya, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Tokyo-Teleport (Odaiba) and Shin-Kiba. You can access to Odaiba from Ikebukuro, Shinjuku and Shibuya directly. Shin-Kiba is only two stations away from Maihama that is the gateway station of Tokyo Disney Resort. Please find more information about Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line at the official site.

Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line

Both Tokyo Wide Pass does not cover Tokaido Shinkansen. Even if you want to use this Shinkansen in JR East area, like Tokyo to Atami or Odawara, this pass does not cover at all because Tokaido Shinkansen is not operated by JR East but JR Central. When you want to get Odawara (Hakone) or Atami, your choice is rapid train or Limited Express Odoriko. These trains are covered by Tokyo Wide Pass.
No express surcharge! Fast, economical and convenient! Rapid service network in Greater Tokyo
Access to Izu and Atami from Tokyo/Yokohama. Limited Express Odoriko / Super View Odoriko

Compare single fare and Tokyo Wide Pass

When you think about purchasing this deal, you need to know this is paid off in your trip or not. I show you some sample.
*All rates are based on base fare and reserved seat limited express supplement in regular season.

Trip to Nikko or Kinugawa-Onsen from Shinjuku or Ikebukuro by direct limited express train, Nikko or Kinugawa

Total fare is 4,000 yen for one way to either Nikko or Kinugawa-Onsen. You have to use the pass more to get the worth of this deal.

Trip to Nikko from Tokyo by Shinkansen and local train

If you stay at east side of Tokyo, like Shinagawa, Tokyo, Ueno, this route may be faster than direct express from Shinjuku.
Total fare is 5,580 yen for one way. Tokyo Wide Pass is cheaper than only this round trip cost.

Trip to Lake Kawaguchi from Tokyo or Shinjuku by Limited Epxress to Otsuki and Fuji Kyuko railway

Total fares are 4,080 yen from Tokyo and 3,910 yen from Shinjuku for one way. It is not enough to get the worth by only this round trip.

Trip to Gala Yuzawa from Tokyo by Shinkansen

Total fare is 6,870 yen for one way. You can get the worth of this deal easily by only this trip.

Trip to Odawara, Atami or Izukyu-Shimoda from Tokyo by limited express train, Odoriko or Super View Odoriko

Total fare is 2,940 yen to Odawara for one way by Odoriko and 3,190 yen for one way by Super View Odoriko.
Total fare is 3,800 yen to Atami for one way by Odoriko and 4,180 yen for one way by Super View Odoriko.
Total fare is 6,260 yen to Izukyu-Shimoda for one way by Odoriko and 6,640 yen for one way by Super View Odoriko.
If you visit Shimoda, this pass is cheaper.

Trip to Karuizawa from Tokyo by Shinkansen

Total fare is 5,910 yen for one way. You can get the worth of this deal easily by only this trip.

Trip between Narita Airport and Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku or Yokohama

Total fares are 3,020 yen for Tokyo, 3,190 yen for Shinagawa or Shinjuku, and 4,290 yen for Yokohama.

Trip between Haneda Airport and Hamamatsucho by Tokyo Monorail

Single fare is 490 yen for one way.

Trip to Tokyo-Teleport (Odaiba) from Shinjuku

Single fare is 500 yen for one way.

Fares in downtown Tokyo

You can take any local trains, like Yamanote line, Chuo line, Keiyo line by this pass. But the fares in downtown Tokyo is quite reasonable. If you take a local train from Tokyo to Shinjuku, the fare is 200 yen. When you calculate the fares and compare this pass and single fare, you can ignore the fares in downtown Tokyo. It does not help to get worth very much.

Assessment

This deal will be sold at 10,000 yen that is 1,700 yen higher than previous version, Kanto Area Pass. But it can take you Gala Yuzawa and Odaiba. In my opinion, it is a great addition. It gives you a great deal. I still recommend you this deal. You can use this pass for access to/from airport and visit two places, you can get more than 10,000 yen value easily.

560 thoughts on “Tokyo Wide Pass user guide. Perfect choice for trip to Nikko, Fuji, Gala Yuzawa and Odaiba”

  1. Dear Takeshi san,

    During Golden week we will finally come back to Japan. 26-04-2020 till 09-05-2020. Because of holiday season here in Holland we have no other choice to visit during this busy period with our children. We are breaking our heads over whether to buy a 7 or 14 day JR Pass ! Or to buy a 7 day and combine with a Tokyo Wide pass for 3 consecutive days…

    Our itinerary :

    Day 1 : Narita Airport to Tokyo (1 night)

    Day 2 : Tokyo to Kyoto (3 nights) side trip Arashiyama

    Day 5 : Kyoto to Osaka (2 nights) side trips Nara, Enoshima Island

    Day 7 : Osaka to Kanazawa (2 nights)

    Day 9 : Kanazawa to Tokyo (5 nights) side trips Karuizawa, Kamakura, (maybe Lake Kawakuchiko)

    I know for our 1st week the JR pass is worth it, but for the second week we have to travel from Kanazawa back to Tokyo and would like to explore from Tokyo. Meaning 1 way fare Kanazawa-Tokyo and a few side trips.

    I found the Tokyo wide pass online it seems good value maybe together with a welcome Suica card we can cover a week in Tokyo including those side trips ? wonder if it is a big difference to an actual JR pass

    Hope you understand and have a tip for us I’m trying to calculate all passes but seem confused what’s best.

    1. Hi Manuela san,

      I recommend 14-day JR Pass. Because if you add a regular fare by the Shinkansen from Kanazawa to Tokyo, it costs around 15,000 yen. Tokyo Wide Pass is more than 10,000 yen. So you have to add 25,000 yen on top of 7-day JR pass.

      Meanwhile 14-day JR Pass is about 18,000 yen higher than 7-day pass. So 14-day pass is much cheaper than 7-day pass + Tokyo Wide Pass.

      Tokyo Wide Pass gives you the access to Lake Kawaguchi and Odaiba in Tokyo without any extra. JR pass requires extra fare to take Fujikyu railway from Otsuki to Kawaguchiko. And JR pass does not cover Odaiba in Tokyo. Even though JR Pass does not cover these, JR pass 14-day pass is still cheaper choice than JR Pass 7-day + Tokyo Wide Pass combo.

      You may add Welcome Suica if you want in Tokyo. JR pass cover JR local train in downtown Tokyo. But it does not cover subway. You may need to add some fares to take subway. You can use Welcome Suica to take any trains. If you get it when you arrive in Tokyo, you can use Welcome Suica in Kyoto and Osaka too. JR pass covers only JR trains in these cities as well.

      Please find more info in the links below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/best-way-efficient-how-much-can-we-use-japan-rail-pass-in-downtown-tokyo.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-use-japan-rail-pass-in-kyoto.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-use-japan-rail-pass-in-downtown-osaka.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Dear Takeshi san,

    I will visit Tokyo for 5 days in mid February and below is the draft itinerary:
    1st day arrive from Narita airport to Shinjuku
    2nd day from shinjuku to Kawazu for a day trip then go to Nebukawa station for hotel nearby
    3rd day from Nebukawa to Odawara and then to Ikebukuro
    4th day tour around Ikebukuro/ Tokyo/Roppongi
    5th day leave Tokyo to Narita airport
    I have queries on the trains to Kawazu, schedules and the costs. Is it worth to buy the Tokyo wide pass (3-day) ? it seems the pass cannot be used in some of the rail lines to Kawazu. And reserved seats need to be booked in advance,it might be difficult if missed the train?
    Would be grateful for your advice.
    Thanks and regards,
    Mara

    1. Hi Mara san,

      You may use Tokyo Wide Pass for the first 3 days of your trip. You can get Kawazu by Tokyo Wide Pass. It’s covered fully.
      You can book a ticket at JR East online reservation. You can read my post below or watch the movie how to book a seat online:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/how-to-reserve-seat.html

      Tokyo subway pass is okay for day 4:
      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

      You may find the deal in the link below to get Narita on the last day:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/narita/the-list-of-deals-for-access-to-downtown-tokyo-from-narita-airport.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Dear Takeshi san,
        Thank you very much for the information, very helpful. So I can take Narita Express to Shinjuku on the first day. Superview Odoriko from Shinjuku to Kawazu on the second day, no need to change train, right? Some information says extra fare is required to Kawazu if by Izu Kyuku line.
        Can I use the Tokyo subway ticket or Tokyo Tokunai Pass to go to Yokohama on the fourth day?
        Thanks and regards,
        Mara

        1. Hi Mara san,

          Tokyo Wide Pass covers Izukyu railway from Ito to Izukyu-Shimoda. Kawazu is on the way so it is covered by this pass fully. Probably somebody mixed up Tokyo Wide Pass with JR Pass. There are so many passes and the coverages are slightly different.

          Both Tokyo Subway Ticket and Tokyo Tokunai Pass do not cover Yokohama. Because simply Yokohama is not in Tokyo. You should use a regular ticket or Tokyu Line Minatomirai Pass.
          https://www.tokyu.co.jp/global/english/ticket/value_ticket/minatomirai_ticket.html

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Dear Takeshi san,

            Thank you. If I change schedule, just to odawara instead of to Kawazu, still worth to use the Tokyo wide pass?

            Just wondered if you might know whether there were lockers at the Kawazu station for large luggage?

            Thanks and regards,

            Mara

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