Is the Japan Rail Pass right for you?

  • Published on : 01/10/2023
  • by : Joshua
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Offering a medley of benefits, such as convenience, flexibility, and wide-ranging access, the Japan Rail Pass is a popular choice for visitors to Japan. However, prior to departing for the country, many will-be travelers contemplate on whether or not the Japan Rail Pass is worth it for them during their travels.




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  • Tokyo > Kanazawa ¥14,380
  • Kanazawa > Kyoto (via Thunderbird Train) ¥6,380
  • Kyoto > Nara (Roundtrip)  ¥2,220
  • Kyoto > Himeji (Roundtrip)  ¥9,840
  • Kyoto > Hiroshima ¥11,830
  • Hiroshima > Osaka ¥10,950
  • Osaka > Tokyo ¥14,400


Total Cost without Pass: ¥70,000+

Golden Route Itinerary

Golden Route Itinerary to travel with the Japan Rail Pass

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One of the most important benefits of traveling with the Japan Rail Pass is the ability to board trains sans reservations and without any major concern for making it in time for specific train departures. Just simply pick a Shinkansen bullet train with non-reserved cars (which a majority have), use your Japan Rail Pass to enter the ticket gates, and get on! 

This is ideal for travelers who don’t want to take the excess time to make reservations or commit to a specific time slot for their departure, as it's easy to get caught up in adventures when traveling through Japan all day! You never know when you might take the time to relax a bit more at a cafe, pay a visit to more spots to shop around, or if you stumble upon a limited pop-up event for your favorite anime, artist, or brand.

Non-reserved ordinary car seats inside the Shinkansen

Non-reserved ordinary car seats inside the Shinkansen


For travel groups and families where every member has an easy-to-use JR Pass, the time and chances for reservation mistakes are reduced since it allows users to get on and off as they please. 

This flexibility also lets individual members of groups operate more independently. Different people want to go and do different things? Well, with a Japan Rail Pass, you can freely use the transit system to go where you please and rendezvous with others later on, even in different cities due to the unlimited Shinkansen bullet train access. 

Moreover, for families, there exists a Japan Rail Pass available at a discounted rate for children aged 6 to 11 years old, allowing the whole family to travel with ease and at more affordable prices. 

Les passagers font la queue pour entrer dans le shinkansen

Passengers line up to enter the shinkansen


  • Included : Economic and simple, Unlimited travel
  • Included : Economic and simple, Unlimited travel
  • Included : Economic and simple, Unlimited travel

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