questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

tokyo (3 day)

Tokyo (3 day)

Hi, we will be in Tokyo for 3 days, itinerary as follows, please kindly assist to advice which rail pass should I get (we are staying in Shibuya)

Day 1
Shibuya to Omotesando
Omotesando to Jiyugaoka
Jiyugaoka to Kappabashi (Tawaramachi)
Tawaramachi to Shibuya

Day 2
Shibuya to Karuizawa
Karuizawa to Ginza
Ginza to Shibuya

Day 3
Shibuya to Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland to Nippori
Nippori to Shibuya

** will appreciate if you are able to advise if shops at Nippori are open on sundays and also we are thinking of going to Karuizawa on 2 Nov in hope of being able to catch the autumn leaves. Please kindly advise if there is a nearer place to catch them.

Thank you very much.


Hi there!

I think that the JR Kanto Pass makes for a great deal here, especially since you can use it for the return Shibuya - Karuizawa, which alone would cost more otherwise. You can also use it for your other local travel in Tokyo, so you don't have to worry about other tickets.

As for Autumn leaves, I would recommend reading this guide which has a great list with the best spots to visit.

Have a great trip!

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Dear Daniel san,

Thank you very much for the advice. It really help a great deal, I was almost going crazy over trying to figure out which pass to use. Thanks :)

By the way, may I also know how the seat reservation works, is it for only certain train services? Am I able to reserve seats for my trip to Karuizawa ?

Thank you


Hi Mandy,

You can reserve seats on Shinkansen and limited express trains, local train services such as those in Tokyo do not require seat reservations as you just hop on and off them.

You can read more about seat reservations in our blog post.

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Dear Daniel san,

Thank you so much for your advice.

Bst regards


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