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jr buses & jrpass

JR buses & JRPass


I have read this in a travel tips website: "You can take JR bus from Tokyo To Kawaguchiko with your JR pass."

However, I can't find any confirmation of this anywhere in the JR bus page. Could you please help me confirm if this bus route is covered with the JR Pass?

Route in question

Thank you.


Hi there,

I'm afraid the JR Pass is not valid on this highway bus. The best option is to visit Kawaguchiko via Otsuki by rail and then use the Fujikyu train for the last hop.

The precise line on highway buses valid for use with a JR Pass:

  • Sapporo–Otaru (Kosoku Otaru daytime service),
  • Morioka–Hirosaki (Yodel daytime service),
  • Tokyo–Nagoya (Tomei Highway Bus daytime service, Dream Nagoya overnight service, Ladies’ Dream Nagoya overnight service, Dream Toyota overnight service),
  • Tokyo–Kyoto/Osaka (Dream overnight service, Ladies’ Dream overnight service),
  • Tokyo–Tsukuba Center (Tsukuba daytime service),
  • Nagoya–Kyoto/Osaka (Meishin Highway Bus daytime service),
  • Osaka–Tsuyama/Asuteer Kasai (Chugoku Highway Bus daytime service)

Hope this helps!

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Thank you very much for your lightning reply :) I think I will use your recommended option then.

Domo arigatou gozaimasu.


Dou itashimashite!

Have a great trip :)

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