Japan Rail Pass
Honshu with a Japan Rail Pass
Discover the sights and traditions for Nagano with this handy destination guide.Learn more
Discover the sights and traditions for Takayama with this handy destination guid...Learn more
Discover the sights and traditions for Kanazawa with this handy destination guid...Learn more
Discover the sights and traditions for Kyoto with this handy destination guide.Learn more
Hiroshima and Miyajima, Japan
Hiroshima, rebuilt after World War II, and stunning Miyajima island, are among t...Learn more
Highlights of Honshu - Sample Itinerary
Explore Japan’s main island of Honshu by rail, visiting many of the country’s major cities and cultural sites, from Tokyo to Osaka. With wonderful memories made along the way!
Day 1 Tokyo
Day 2 Tokyo – Nikko – Tokyo
Day 3 Tokyo – Kamakura – Tokyo
Day 4 Tokyo – Hakone
Day 5 Hakone – Nagano
Day 6 Nagano – Takayama
Day 7 Takayama
Day 8 Takayama – Kanazawa
Day 9 Kanazawa – Kyoto
Day 9 Kyoto
Day 10 Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto
Day 11 Kyoto – Hiroshima
Day 12 Hiroshima – Miyajima – Hiroshima
Day 13 Hiroshima – Osaka
Day 14 Depart
Hokkaido with a Japan Rail Pass
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Hokkaido Trail - Sample Itinerary
Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido is vast, but many of the main cities can effectively be explored by train. This round trip from Sapporo, visits the fascinating towns of Asahikawa, Abashiri and Kushiro.
Day 1 Hakodate – Sapporo
Day 2 Sapporo
Day 3 Sapporo – Asahikawa
Day 4 Asahikawa
Day 5 Asahikawa – Abashiri
Day 6 Abashiri
Day 7 Abashiri – Kushiro
Day 8 Kushiro
Day 9 Kushiro – Sapporo
Day 10 Depart
Kyushu Explored - Sample Itinerary
Kyushu is Japan’s third largest island, it is located southwest of the main island of Honshu and has a superb network of Limited Express trains allowing for exploration of most of the main cities on the island.
Day 1 Fukuoka
Day 2 Fukuoka
Day 3 Fukuoka – Nagasaki
Day 4 Nagasaki
Day 5 Nagasaki – Kumamoto
Day 6 Kumamoto
Day 7 Kumamoto – Kagoshima
Day 8 Kagoshima
Day 9 Kagoshima – Oita
Day 10 Oita
Day 11 Oita – Fukuoka
Day 12 Depart
Ordinary Car and Green Car
Ordinary Car relates to the regular seats found on all Shinkansen trains. Although the size and foot space varies between trains, the seats are comfortable with a decent amount of foot space.
Green Car has reserved seat only and tends to be quieter with larger seats that can recline 40°. footrest, wider aisle, more space between the seats, bigger table (with power point plus light) , integrated radio set, travel magazine and space for your luggage. Green Car seats are usually set in rows of 2 x 2 and you will need to make seat reservations for each trip you take. This can usually be done just before you board, except during crowded periods like cherry blossom season and the August Obon travel season, as well as around New Year’s.
Booking and Obtaining your JR Pass
The cost of your JR Pass will be included in your tour price and shown under “Price Includes”. We will send you an Exchange Order along with your travel documents. You will take this and your passport to a Japan Rail Pass Exchange office in Japan to receive your JR Pass. It is important to remember that only those who receive the entry status “temporary visitor” stamped in their passports are eligible to obtain the Japan Rail Pass.
The validity period of a Japan Rail Pass is the consecutive 7, 14, or 21 days beginning on the date the Pass is first used. You must exchange your Exchange Order within 3 months from the date it was issued to obtain your Japan Rail Pass. At that time, you have to specify the date that you want to start using the Pass. It can be any date within one month from the date the PASS is received. Once the Pass has a starting date entered on it, the date cannot be changed.
Can I Make a Seat Reservation?
Once you have exchanged your JR Pass in Japan it is possible to make a seat reservation. There is no charge for this. To make a reservation, apply at any Travel Service Centre (View Plaza) or a reservation office (Midori-no- madoguchi) at a JR station. There, show your PASS, and obtain your reserved-seat ticket before boarding.
There is no restriction on taking luggage on board the Shinkansen (Bullet train). If you only have one suitcase you shouldn’t have too much of a problem. If it’s not much bigger than aircraft “hand-luggage” size, it should fit on the storage rack above the seats. If you can get a seat at the end of the carriage, there is a little space behind the last row of seats where a suitcase will fit. If you have a reserved seat, it’s quite possible that the carriage won’t be too full, and you can fit your suitcase on a spare seat next to you or nearby. If you travel in Green car (First class), there should be space between you and the seat in front for your suitcase to stand on the floor.
The JR Pass offers endless possibilities for travelling around Japan in any season and there are also various regional passes available. Below are some sample itineraries for making the most of your travel experiences with a JR Pass