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first time traveling - help

First Time Traveling - Help

Hello
I am traveling to japan for the first time, and hardly know anything about the country. I have booked a flight from Toronto, Canada, to arrive at Narita Int, Tokyo on Oct 1, 4:00 pm, and will depart back to Toronto from Narita on Oct 29, 11:10 am.

This is all good, however now i need to take the bullet train to Osaka. How does the bullet train work? Do i book it in advanced as a round trip like an airplane ticket? What are these 7, 14, and 21 Day Passes? Do i have to book it in advanced or can i just walk into the station the day of and purchase my ticket much like the GO Train in Toronto?

Please help me on my endeavours of Japan. :)

Warmly
Ben Mazor

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Hi Ben Mazor,

In general, taking a bullet train or any other train in Japan is simple. Just got to the station, get a seat reservation if you like at board the train. There are many seats available and most of the time it is fine to just show up and take a seat as you like. No need to reserve a ticket in advance. I've never purchased a train ticket in Toronto, so I could not tell you how it works there. However it all works well in Japan.

As for the JR Pass, you can purchase a 7, 14 or 21 day JR Pass that allows for unlimited train travel within this period. They offer very good value if you plan on exploring different regions in Japan.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank-you that was very helpful. One last question.
What am I expected to pay on a one time fare?
I'm going in with limited funds so the 7day pass may not be ideal for me.

Ben Mazor

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Fares depend on distance traveled. You can find ticket prices for train routes using www.hyperdia.com

A 7 day JR Pass is 29,110yen.

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