Exclusive rail passes and tickets for overseas tourists in Japan

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Shinkansen and Mt.Fuji

The Shinkansen and Mt.Fuji

This article lists all rail passes and tickets of public transportations (trains and buses) in Japan. These rail passes and tickets are only available to overseas tourists visiting Japan for a short-term.

We hope to help you find your best one!

Notes and Tips

  • Almost all rail passes and tickets listed in this article are only available to short-term tourists visiting Japan from overseas. People living or staying for a longer term in Japan can’t buy these tickets with a few exceptions.
  • In most cases, you will be requested to present your non-Japanese passport, when you buy or exchange your rail passes or tickets in Japan.
  • How to book or buy your rail passes or tickets varies on each type. Please check each website for their details.
  • All prices shown below are for adults. Prices for children are mostly half of the adults.
  • In some rail passes, you can get some discount by booking in advance.
  • Overseas tourists can buy “regular” tickets sold mainly to Japanese citizens. But, it is often more reasonable to purchase the rail passes or tickets that are sold exclusively to overseas tourists.
  • Depending on your trip plan, you may not need any rail passes at all. Cost the train tickets of your planning, and compare it to the price of a rail pass.

Rail passes and train tickets

The followings rail passes and train tickets are categorized by area. These are only available to overseas tourists visiting Japan.

Rail passes primarily offer unlimited rides on trains during the designated validity period.

The information is as of October 2017.

Wide Area

The rail passes and tickets in the following table cover broader areas of Japan.

Name Adult Price Validity Period
JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass JPY 26,000-27,000 Any 6 days in 14 days
JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) JPY 19,000-20,000 Any 5 days in 14 days
JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) JPY 17,000-18,000 Any 5 days in 14 days
Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass JPY 13,000-14,000 5 consecutive days
Kansai-Hokuriku Area Pass JPY 15,000-16,000 7 consecutive days
Setouchi Area Pass JPY 17,000-18,000 5 consecutive days
Sanyo-San’in Area Pass JPY 19,000-20,000 7 consecutive days
Sanyo-San‘in Northern Kyushu Pass JPY 22,000-23,000 7 consecutive days
Hokuriku Arch Pass JPY 24,000-25,000 7 consecutive days
JAPAN RAIL PASS JPY 29,110-90,000 7-21 consecutive days
About JAPAN RAIL PASS

JAPAN RAIL PASS is the only rail pass that covers all Japan. It is well-known to overseas tourists and convenient, but there are many other alternatives than expensive JAPAN RAIL PASS, especially if you go around within a particular area of Japan. Also keep in mind that JAPAN RAIL PASS is not useable on the fastest ‘Nozomi’ trains.

Hokkaido and Tohoku Area

The rail passes in the following table cover Hokkaido and Tohoku Area.

Name Adult Price Validity Period
Hokkaido Rail Pass JPY 16,500-24,000 3-5 consecutive days
or
any 4 days in 10 days
JR Tohoku-South Hokkaido Rail Pass
(from February 1, 2018)
JPY 19,000-20,000 Any 5 days in 14 days

Kanto Area (Tokyo Metropolitan Area)

The rail passes and train tickets in the following table cover Kanto Area. Kanto Area includes Tokyo Metropolitan Area.

Name Adult Price Validity Period
JR TOKYO Wide Pass JPY 10,000 3 consecutive days
NIKKO ALL AREA PASS JPY 4,150-4,520 4 consecutive days
NIKKO CITY AREA PASS JPY 2,670 2 consecutive days
THEME PARK & NIKKO CITY AREA PASS JPY 4,710-8,010 2 consecutive days
KAWAGOE DISCOUNT PASS JPY 700-950 1 day
Tokyo Subway Ticket JPY 800-1,500 24-72 hours
SEIBU RAIL PASS JPY 700 1 day

Central Japan Area

The rail passes and train tickets in the following table cover Central Japan Area. Central Japan Area includes Tokai, Hokuriku, and Koshin’etsu region. Mt.Fuji is within this area.

Name Adult Price Validity Period
Mt. Fuji-Shizuoka Area Tourist Pass Mini JPY 4,500 3 consecutive days
Hokuriku Area Pass JPY 5,000-5,500 4 consecutive days
Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass JPY 17,500 5 consecutive days
Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass JPY 14,000 5 consecutive days
Fuji Hakone Pass JPY 5,650-8,000 3 consecutive days
Izukyu-line One-day Pass & Two-day Pass JPY 1,200-2,000 1-2 consecutive days
Izuhakone Line 1-Day Pass JPY 1,000 1 day
Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket JPY 9,000 5 consecutive daysdays

Kansai Area

The rail passes and train tickets in the following table cover Kansai Area. Kansai Area includes major cities, like Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe.

Name Adult Price Validity Period
Kansai Area Pass JPY 2,200-6,300 1-4 consecutive days
Kansai WIDE Area Pass JPY 8,500-9,000 5 consecutive days
Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass JPY 11,000 5 consecutive days
KINTETSU RAIL PASS 1day, 2day JPY 1,500-2,500 1-2 consecutive days
KINTETSU RAIL PASS JPY 3,600-3,800 5 consecutive days
KINTETSU RAIL PASS plus JPY 4,800-5,000 5 consecutive days
NANKAI ALL LINE 2day Pass JPY 2,000 Any 2 days in 1 year
Rinku Premium Outlets Stopover Ticket JPY 1,710 1 day
Kyoto Sightseeing Pass JPY 500 1 day
Kyoto-Osaka Sightseeing Pass 1day or 2day JPY 700-1,000 1-2 consecutive days
Osaka Visitors’ Ticket JPY 550 1 day
Keihan + Osaka Subway Sightseeing Pass JPY 1,200 1 day
KANSAI THRU PASS JPY 4,000-5,200 2-3 consecutive days
HANKYU TOURIST PASS JPY 800-1,400 1-2 consecutive days
ROKKOSAN TOURIST PASS JPY 1,000 2 consecutive days
Osaka 1day pass unknown 1 day
KANSAI ONE PASS 
(Prepaid IC Card Type)
JPY 3,000

Chugoku and Shikoku Area

The rail passes in the following table cover Chugoku and Shikoku Area.

Name Adult Price Validity Period
San’in-Okayama Area Pass JPY 4,500-5,000 4 consecutive days
Hiroshima-Yamaguchi Area Pass JPY 11,000-12,000 5 consecutive days
Visit Hiroshima Tourist Pass JPY 1,000-6,000 3-5 consecutive days
ALL SHIKOKU Rail Pass JPY 7,400-10,500 2-5 consecutive days

Kyushu Area

The rail passes and tickets in the following table cover Kyushu Area.

name Adult Price Validity period
Southern Kyushu Area Pass JPY 7,000 3 consecutive days
Northern Kyushu Area Pass JPY 8,500-10,000 3-5 consecutive days
All Kyushu Area Pass JPY 15,000-18,000 3-5 consecutive days
FUKUOKA TOURIST CITY PASS JPY 820-1,340 1 day
MARUTTO FUKUOKA JPY 2,000 1 day

Bus passes and tickets

The followings are the bus passes and tickets that are only available to overseas tourists visiting Japan. The information is as of October 2017.

Name Adult Price Validity Period
JBL Pass JPY 20,000-28,000 7-14 consecutive days
Japan Bus Pass JPY 6,000-15,000 Any 3-7 days in 2 months
TOHOKU HIGHWAY BUS TICKET JPY 10,000-13,000 4-7 consecutive days
SHIKOKU HIGHWAYBUS 3-DAY-RIDER JPY 6,600 3 consecutive days
SHORYUDO Highway Bus Ticket JPY 7,000-14,000 3-5 consecutive days
Matsumoto–Takayama Line
Round Trip Discount Ticket

(for JR East Pass holders only)
JPY 4,500 7 consecutive days
Hiroshima-Matsue Line Discount Ticket JPY 500 1 day
Hiroshima-Yonago Line Discount Ticket JPY 1,950 1 day

Tickets for airport access

The followings table lists the train and bus tickets for airport access. These are only available to overseas tourists visiting Japan.

Many of these are discounted one-way or round-trip tickets from or to the airport.

The information is as of October 2017.

Name Adult Price Airport
N’EX TOKYO Round Trip Ticket JPY 4,000 Narita Airport
Skyliner Discount Ticket JPY 2,200-4,300 Narita Airport
Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket JPY 2,800-5,400 Narita Airport
KEISEI SKYLINER & TEITO TAXI JPY 5,000-10,900 Narita Airport
Welcome to Tokyo Limousine Bus
Return Voucher
JPY 4,500 Narita Airport
Limousine & Subway Pass JPY 1,800-6,000 Narita or Haneda Airport
KEIKYU Hanetoku Ticket JPY 620 Haneda Airport
WELCOME!Tokyo Subway Ticket JPY 1,200-2,100 Haneda Airport
Rapi:t Economy Ticket JPY 1,090 Kansai Airport
KANKU-WEBTOKU TICKET JPY 1,130-1,340 Kansai Airport
NAMBA Access Rapi:t Ticket JPY 2,120 Kansai Airport

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