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The JR Kanto area pass

On sale since December 2012, the JR Kanto Area Pass serves the whole Kanto area.
It is a new addition to the regional pass family (Kyushu, Kansai, or Hokkaido Pass) and is ideal for day trips around Tokyo.

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how much does it cost?

Until now, only tickets offered by private companies like the Hakone Free Pass (Odakyu) were available to complement the daily passes for trips around Tokyo.

The JR Kanto Area Pass is an improvement that will facilitate travel within Tokyo or to neighbouring cities.

Valid for 3 days within the Kanto region, this pass costs 8 300 yen for an adult, and 4 200 yen for children.

where to buy it?

Unlike the national Japan Rail Pass, the JR Kanto Area Pass is available for sale in Japan and to all foreign passport holders, no matter the duration of their stay. Therefore, even foreigners living in Japan are eligible for this pass.

This pass can be bought in the JR East travel service centers in Narita and Haneda airports, as well as in Tokyo station and in the View Plaza of Shinagawa, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Ueno and Yokohama. stations.

which trains can i take?

With this pass you can use all the JR lines, as well as many lines serving the most popular tourist destinations.
  • The Fuji Kyuko line to Mount Fuji 5 lakes area
  • The Izu Kyuko line to Mount Fuji 5 lakes area
  • The Joshin Dentetsu line on the Gunma peninsula
  • The Tokyo Monorail giving access to Haneda airport
  • The new Saitama Shuttle between Omiya and the Railway museum
However, please note that the JR Kanto area Pass is not valid fot the Tokaido Shinkansen and an extra fee must be paid to use the 'Hayabusa' on the Tohoku Shinkansen line.

is it worth getting?

The answer is yes, if you only stay in Tokyo and its surrounding area for a short time. The JR Kanto Pass will give you the opportunity to go for day trips around Tokyo at a lower cost. You can, for instance, go to: Yokohama, Kamakura, Nikko, Mito, Nasu, Kutatsu and Minakami (Onsen towns in the Gunma prefecture), Karuizawa (for its fresh air), to the Mount Fuji region (to Hakone or around the 5 lakes), or the Izu peninsula, etc.

Considering that a round-trip to Nikko by Shinkansen or to Kutatsu with an express train cost about 10 000 yen, this pass will pay for itself.

The Pass is of course valid for Tokyo JR lines as well as for the lines serving the airports (Narita Express and Haneda by Tokyo Monorail).

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