questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

tokyo- kyoto-osaka

Tokyo- Kyoto-Osaka

My friends and I will be spending 8 days in Japan. I would like to have some clarification re: JR pass.

1) Does the JR Pass covers the way from Narita airport to Tokyo? Or do we need to purchase a different pass.
2) Can we use the JR pass with the Tokyo subway system? I see that there are some subway stops in Tokyo that it seems like we will need to pay extra (on top of the JR pass), is that correct?
3) Can we use the JR pass for the Tokaido Shinkashen line?
4) When we arrive in Kyoto and Osaka, can we use the JR pass for the subway or will we need to purchase another type of subway pass?

Thanks for your help~ Gladly appreciate it!


Hi there,

Going straight into your your answers:

1.) Yes the JR Pass covers the way from Narita Airport - Tokyo. You can ride the Narita Express completely for free and in style into the heart of Tokyo.

2.) The Subway system is run by a different company and does not accept the JR Pass. You can however ride all local JR lines in Tokyo which covers all major wards and stations.

3.) Yes all Shinkansen lines, including the Tokaido Shinkansen are covered! No worries here!

4.) The same applies in Osaka (and Kyoto) as in Tokyo, the subway lines are not covered by the JR Pass but again you can ride the local JR lines including the Osaka loop line that makes a loop trough Osaka and visits all the important place. Here is a map so you can get a feel of what is covered.

I hope this helps,

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Thank you very much for your help Daniel~


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