Japan has one of the world’s most extensive and efficient railway networks, with clean and comfortable trains, I’m serious! Japan was the first country that I found to have stunning green velvet seats impeccable cleaned and the outside of the trains are polished!!!
So, before I left to Japan I wondered if I should you get a Japan Rail Pass (JR Rail Pass)? Would it be worth it? Will it save me money?
I was choked when i saw the price but after crunching my number I realise that The JR Pass would save me a lot of money. Put it this way, If you just make one round trip between Tokyo and Kyoto on the shinkansen (bullet train) and use the pass to travel between Narita and Tokyo, you’ve already saved money with the pass.
How much does a Japan Rail Pass Cost?
JR 7-day Pass
◦ Cost: ¥29,110 (~$419) for a 7-day pass.
◦ Benefit: Works nationwide, potentially ideal for limited, fast-paced travel.
◦ Downfalls: Only works on JR lines – does not work on local transit or non-JR trains. Some destinations not reached by JR. Must be bought before arrival in Japan.
◦ Must be used consecutive days? Yes – must use back-to-back within the 7 days of purchase for 7-day pass, 14 days for 14-day pass, etc.
◦ Where to buy: Online at https://www.govoyagin.com
Will a JR Pass Save You Money?
Note that the cost of a normal one-way shinkansen (bullet train) ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto is Y13,520 and the roundtrip fare is Y27,040. An ordinary one-week pass is Y28,300. A one-way trip on the JR N’EX (Narita Express from Narita International Airport into Tokyo) costs Y2940. Thus, if you use the pass to travel from Narita to Tokyo, then on to Kyoto and back, you’ve already saved money. You can also use the pass to get from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto.
What Are The Advantages of Buying a JR Pass?
For me saving money is the money is the main reason to buy a JR Pass, but the advantages don’t stop there. The pass is very easy to use: it’s valid on all JR lines and covers the shinkansen (bullet train). With the pass, you don’t have to worry about buying tickets and fishing for change in your pocket each time you take a trip: you just show the pass at the turnstiles and you board the next available train.
Where To Buy The JR Pass
The most important thing to remember is that you must purchase the pass outside Japan and also that you can only use a JR Pass with a tourist visa.
There are numerous official agents that can sell you a Japan Rail Pass online. I bought mine through voyagin.com the service was impeccable. I just filled in all the info they needed online and the passes arrived at my door step, with booklet of all the info I needed, maps and even a touristt guide book to Japan. I totally recommend going with them.