JAPAN RAIL PASS will save your travel money in Japan
The most budget way to move around Japan is trains with Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass). Japan Rail Pass is offered by Japan Railways Group. With the pass, you can far move by Shinkansen bullet trains to the north areas such as Hokkaido and Aomori, to the middle areas including Kanazawa, Osaka, and Kyoto and to the south areas like Fukuoka.
Of course, it does’t need any extra fee to take JR trains around Tokyo and other areas.
If you plan to make a round trip to Osaka from Tokyo, there is no option but to get the Japan Rail Pass. The rate of a round trip to Osaka and Tokyo by bullet trains will be about JPY30,000. But the pass for 7 days costs almost the same. Your trip will need more trains from a city to another. Additionally, it is valid for buses run by JR. It’s very reasonable!!
For example: “Golden Route” for foreign visitors
Tokyo to Kyoto by HIKARI or KODAMA Shinkansen: JPY13,600
Kyoto to Osaka by normal trains: JPY560
Osaka to Hiroshima by HIKARI or KODAMA: JPY10,230
Hiroshima to Tokyo by HIKARI or KODAMA: JPY18,560
If you visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima for 7 days, Japan Rail Pass for 7 days (JPY29,110) saves JPY13,840 at least.
See the rail map you can use with Japan Rail Pass:
A part of spots in Japan will start to sell Japan Rail Pass from 8th March, 2017. However, if you buy it in Japan, it will be a little more expensive that those in your country.
The sales offices in Japan:
Tokyo Station/Shinjuku Station/Narita Airport Terminal 1/Narita Airport Terminal 2･3 Station/Haneda Airport International Terminal Station/Osaka Station/Kansai International Airport Station/New Chitose Airport Station/Sapporo Station/Sendai Station/Niigata Station/Yokohama Station/Nagoya Station/Hiroshima Station/Takamatsu Station/Hakata Station
2. Hand in an exchange order to receive your Japan Rail Pass
This is one of the first things to do after arriving at Japan. There are Japan Rail Pass exchange offices in major JR stations. I recommend to get the pass at your arrival airport station. Note that it is required to hand the exchange order within 3 months after you buy it.
Seats of Shinkansen and most express trains are divided into 3 types: reserved Green Car seats, reserved ordinary seats and non-reserved seats. You can take a non-reserved seat and a seat of normal trains by just showing your Japan Rail Pass to staff.
To get a reserved seat, you can make a seat reservation at ticket offices in stations named “Midori-no-madoguchi.” A part of trains including NOZOMI and MIZUHO cannot be used with Japan Rail Pass and require an additional fee.
It may be difficult to guarantee your seats during these crowded periods:
April 27 to May 6 (Consecutive national holidays)
August 11 to 20 (Traditional travel season to hometown areas)
December 28 to January 6 (New Year’s holidays)
Save your money and priceless time with Japan Rail Pass and pay for what you really want to do:)
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