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nozomi validity with jr pass

Nozomi validity with JR Pass

Am I able to also use the Nozomi 700 from Tokyo to Kyoto with the Japan Rail Pass?


Hi there,

The Japan Rail Pass is valid on all Hikari and Kodama services between Tokyo and Kyoto. You will not be able to use the rail pass on Nozomi services. In practice, Hikari services only take slightly longer as they stop at a few more stations and reach the same top speeds. Most Hikari services also run the N700 train if you are interested in a specific type of vehicle.

You can select all non-Nozomi services in the trip planner by deselecting the option for "NOZOMI" under the "search detail" link. For more information on using hyperdia for Japan Rail Pass holders, please see our video tutorial here.

Hope this helps!

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