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using jr pass on nozomi

Using JR Pass on NOZOMI

We will be travelling to Japan late June and we would like to go from Tokyo to Osaka on a Nozomi. We will stay 7days and mostly spend our time in Tokyo.

Is it advisable to buy a 7 day pass?
Does the 7 day pass work on the Nozomi?
Does the 7 day pass work on normal Metro lines?
Which train should we take to go from downtown Tokyo to Yokohama baseball stadium?

Thank you,

bora
bora

Hi there,

The JR Pass unfortunately can't be used on the Nozomi, with the JR Pass you can use the Hikari and Kodama trains instead. These trains travel the exact same route as the Nozomi but make a couple more stops on the way. Even so, there is only a slight different in travel time. For the full route Tokyo - Osaka this is around 20 minutes.

You can't use they JR Pass on metro lines as these are part of different companies, however you can use local JR lines to travel to most places in Tokyo, Osaka and Yokoyama. For instance the Yokohama baseball stadium is easily reached from the JR Kannai Station. You can travel there by taking a train to Yokohama station and transfer there to the
JR Keihin-Tohoku/Negishi Line Local, it is only 5 minutes by train from Yokohama station.

I hope this helps,
Daniel
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Daniel-san
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How can I buy Nozomi tickets? My kids would like to ride the fastest train.

Also where can I buy metro tickets?

bora
bora

You can buy Nozomi tickets (like any other tickets) at any manned JR counter at any JR station.

Metro tickets can be bought from any ticket machine at any metro station. Here's a short Youtube movie showing the process.

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Daniel-san
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Final Questions

Is there a way to buy Nozomi tickets online?

I will stay most of my time within Tokyo, So what type of train tickets do you advice?

Thank you

bora
bora

Is there a way to buy Nozomi tickets online?

Yes and no, you can buy tickets online via [this website] but it is only available in Japanese.
I would recommend buying the tickets at Narita Airport if you wish to make a reservation in advance.
Don't worry about trains selling out though, as this rarely happens and trains depart very frequently.

For Tokyo, I would recommend buying an all day metro pass.

The Suica + Ne'x package is really great for train to and from Narita Airport and comes with a handy prepaid card, which you can use to travel around in Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

Let me know if you have any other question :)

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Daniel-san
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Thank you Daniel-san

Signed: Bora-san

bora
bora

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