Most Useful and Most Practical Travel Tips in Japan

Comprehensive Description of the Japan Rail Pass

The Japan Rail Pass (hereinafter referred to as “JR Pass”) is widely used by travelers from overseas as a means of efficient and economical travel within Japan. The following is a detailed description of the features, advantages and disadvantages of the Japan Rail Pass, incorporating the opinions of travelers who have actually used the Pass.


Many advantages to use Japan Rail Pass.

But Main advantage is price.

H2> Wide range of use:

According to actual users, the JR Pass is well-received for its convenient travel on JR Group trains, bullet trains, and JR buses connecting major cities and tourist destinations. There are also various private railways in Japan, but unfortunately, it is not valid for private railways.

For example, the Keisei Electric Railway Skyliner is a convenient way to go from Narita to Nippori/Ueno in Tokyo, but it cannot be used for this.

Also, the Tobu Railway, which goes from Ueno to Nikko and is well known by tourists from overseas, cannot be used for this Railway either.

Although these lines are not available, there is no need to worry too much about this point, since JR can offer alternatives.

According to comments from actual users,

“Thanks to the JR Pass, I could easily travel from Kyoto to Tokyo.”

“I traveled around Japan and was able to take the train conveniently and inexpensively.”

“I used the Japan Rail Pass when I traveled from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka, Himeji, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka for sightseeing.”

“We use the Japan Rail Pass every time I come to Japan, and we look forward to thinking of new routes using as many JR trains as possible.”

I look forward to taking as many routes as possible on the JR line.”

Economic and suitable for money savers

Many travelers use the JR Pass to travel around Japan.

Many travelers report that they save money by using the JR Pass. If the length of stay is long or there are frequent transfers, actual users say they are glad they purchased the JR Pass.

It is not suitable for those who want to stay in one place and expectorate that place.

Below is an example of a trip from Tokyo to Kyoto.

One way 13970 yen. You can get to Kyoto for this amount. 

In case of JR Pass, it costs 50,000 yen (for one week). Even if you make a round trip, it is not much of a bargain.

Here is an example of a trip from Tokyo to Hakata.

One way: 23810 yen. 

In case of JR Pass, it costs 50,000 yen (for a week) In case of Hikari, there is no extra charge, but if you want to take Nozomi, you will have to pay 8140 yen extra charge.

If you take Hikari to Hakata and back, it is a ton, but if you want to use Nozomi and go as fast as possible, you cannot PAY.

For more information, please visit the following JORDAN site and simulate by yourself.

As a result of this price increase, some customers are asking travel agents to book individual trains instead of purchasing a JR Japan Pass.

Disadvantage: The price is too high after the price increase.

On the one hand, there are some who feel that the price of the JR Pass is high.

On the other hand, there are some who feel that the price of the JR Pass is high. One actual user commented, “When considering the purchase of the JR Pass, you should think carefully about whether or not it fits in with your schedule.” The following is a comment from a user of the JR Pass.

Since the price was raised in October 2023, the economic benefit has diminished.

You should carefully consider where you will be traveling from and to by JR, and actually check and compare JR prices.

Some areas are not available

There are some areas and trains where the JR Pass is not available, and this can be a constraint for some travelers. Actual users state that there are some areas that are not covered by the JR Pass.

Some private railways are mentioned, and some places can only be reached by bus.

It is suitable for those who plan to visit what are considered to be the main tourist destinations.

Japan Rail Pass access map by JR

Congestion during travel season

Japanese people also travel, especially during tourist seasons and events. Naturally, the number of international travelers using the JR Pass increases, and trains can become crowded.

Special attention should be paid during Golden Week in May, Obon in summer, and New Year’s.

In addition, there will be 11 consecutive holidays of 3 days or more in 2024.

January 8 (Monday) Coming of Age Day

February 11 (Sunday) National Foundation Day

February 23 (Fri) Emperor’s Birthday

April 29 (Monday) Showa Day

May 3 (Fri) Constitution Memorial Day, May 4 (Sat) Greenery Day, May 5 (Sun) Children’s Day

July 15 (Monday) Marine Day

August 11 (Sun) Mountain Day

September 16 (Mon) Respect for the Aged Day

September 22 (Sun) Autumnal Equinox Day

October 14 (Mon) Sports Day

November 3 (Sunday) Culture Day

These days should also be avoided if possible.

Actual users advise that it is always important to allow plenty of time for travel, as it can get crowded.


The JR Pass is a ticket designed for tourists from overseas to use JR transportation in Japan. It can only be used by tourists from overseas. It is widely used as a convenient option for travel within Japan.

However, you may want to refer to the experiences of actual users when considering the JR Pass, as evaluations will vary depending on your travel plans and preferences, depending on what kind of travel plans you have.

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