questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

night trains

night trains

can I use JR-PASS for night trains?
What kind of transport can I use at night time ?
From what time starting "night time" and when start to go the "regular time traines"


Hi there!

You can use the JR Pass on certain night trains or "sleeper" trains, however they only travel to certain destinations for free:

  1. Sunrise Seto/Izumo (Tokyo > Osaka route)
  2. Akebono (Tokyo > Aomori)
  3. Hamanasu (Aomori > Sapporo)

Please note that these trains tend to depart in the evening around 8-10pm. Bullet trains work from 6:30-8pm as a general rule, with normal commuter trains working from 5:30-11pm.

I hope this helps!

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