questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

local train in osaka

Local train in Osaka


Thank you for your previous reply. I have a few more questions:

  1. During my trip in OSAKA, I noted they have a lot of local subway /train lines. Can I use the JR pass for this subway line ie. Midosuji line and also the Sen-Nichimae line, Kintetsu-Nara line. OR do I have to use the line with "JR" sign on it?

  2. Can I reserve seats for the shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka? is there any fee for reservation of the 'general' seats (Not the green carriage)? and where do I do the reservation for these seats?

Thank you


Hi there,

1.) The JR Pass is not valid on the Tokyo Metro or Osaka subway, you can however use local JR lines. Such as the Osaka loop line.

2.) Seat reservations are free with the JR Pass. Reservations can be made at any station. Just show your JR Pass and tell the staff where you wish to go.

Hope this helps,

Expert button 2

Order your Japan Rail Pass Online

Starting from $255.00 for 7 days of unlimited Japan Rail travel

Please note: We are only able to handle order related enquiries via our online direct support. Commercial advertising is prohibited as per our website terms