questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

where can i use the japan rail pass?

Where can I use the Japan Rail Pass?


I am slightly confused on where I can use this pass - does it cover all the train lines in Japan? Can it be used on the Tokyo Metro and Kyoto Metro etc? Or is it just the Japan Rail Pass Map that it can be used on?

Thank you for your assistance,



Hi there!

The JR Pass covers the full JR Network nationwide. This includes the Shinkansen, local JR networks in cities such as Osaka and Tokyo in addition to local JR busses and the Miyajima ferry.

Here's the exact list of what is covered in addition we have a great interactive map which you can use to plan your travel and get a feel for all lines covered.

Hope this helps!


Unfortunately no metro, so when I have the pass I ride mostly JR and take advantage of it as much as possible.


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