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Travel tips

Apps for JR Pass

Mobile Apps to make the most of your Japan Rail Pass

Whether you are a new or frequent traveller in Japan, here are some of the most essential apps to help you make the most of your Japan Rail Pass.

Lost Property

Help! Lost Property

Losing things on the train is never fun. Luckily Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, and JR has many lost and found offices to try.

Stowing Luggage

Stowing luggage on the Bullet Train

Once you’ve activated your Japan Rail Pass and boarded your first Shinkansen Bullet Train, you’ll need somewhere to stow your luggage. More info...

Riding the bus

How to use the city bus

Your Japan Rail Pass not only covers travel on the Bullet Train, but on JR buses too. Find out how to use the bus system with or without a pass here.

Reserving Seats

Reserving seats & boarding the Bullet Train

Usually you'll find plenty of empty seats on the Bullet Train, but if you're looking into reserving seats here's what you need to know.

PASMO or Suica?

Benefits of prepaid travelcards

Around the big cities a prepaid travelcard could help you save money on your travel (and make things a whole lot simpler!) Here are your choices...

Station Bento

The best readymeal you'll ever eat

The amazing station bento, or 'ekiben', is the stuff of travellers dreams, don't you dare ride a train without buying one!

Tokyo Metro

Navigating the Tokyo Metro

Now that's a busy map! Actually, understanding the Tokyo Metro map is easier than you'd expect, we tell you how to decipher it here...

Baggage Blues

Utilising station lockers

With an itinerary fit to burst, what should you do with your luggage if you’re hopping from place to place? Station lockers may be your answer...

Mt. Fuji

Itinerary tip: Mt. Fuji

For many, seeing the snow-capped peak of Japan's no.1 volcano, Mt. Fuji, will be at the top of your list of things to do.

Online timetable

Plan with the Hyperdia online timetable

Discover how to use the Hyperdia online timetable to calculate train timetables and understand if a Japan Rail Pass is the best choice for you.

Reserving Seats

Reserving seats & boarding the Bullet Train

Usually you'll find plenty of empty seats on the Bullet Train, but if you're looking into reserving seats here's what you need to know.

Narita express

JR Pass on the Narita Express?

Landing at Narita you can activate your Japan Rail Pass and hop on the N'EX to Tokyo immediately and for free! Click here for more info.

Apps for JR Pass

Mobile Apps to make the most of your Japan Rail Pass

Whether you are a new or frequent traveller in Japan, here are some of the most essential apps to help you make the most of your Japan Rail Pass.

PASMO or Suica?

Benefits of prepaid travelcards

Around the big cities a prepaid travelcard could help you save money on your travel (and make things a whole lot simpler!) Here are your choices...

14 day itinerary

14 sample itnerary: Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kyushu and Osaka.

Example itinerary for the 14 day JR Pass. From Tokyo going all the way down to Kyushu, visiting Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kyushu, Himeji and Osaka.

Baggage Blues

Utilising station lockers

With an itinerary fit to burst, what should you do with your luggage if you’re hopping from place to place? Station lockers may be your answer...

Narita Airport

Activating the JR Pass at Narita Airport

Here's how to activate the JR Pass at Narita Airport. Find out where to go, what to bring and opening hours for the JR Desk.

Green Car

What to expect from a Green Car Pass

Find out what the difference is between Standard and Green Car travel, during peak season you may wish to invest to ensure travelling in comfort.

Start in Kyoto

Activating the JR Pass at Kyoto Station

Kyoto station is the gateway to Kyoto and the rest of the Kansai area. Activating your JR Pass here can be confusing so here is a handy guide.

Sakura+JRPass

Use the Japan Rail Pass on JR Sakura

From 12th March 2011, the Japan Rail Pass is valid on the new Sakura Shinkansen, whisking you from Osaka-Kagoshima in just over 4 hours!

Hayabusa+JRPass

Use Japan Rail Pass on Hayabusa

From March 2011, the Japan Rail Pass can be used on the new JR East Hayabusa service which takes you from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori in just over 3 hours!

Consecutive Use

Can I use my JR Pass with breaks between days?

Recently you've asked us about taking breaks between days once your JR Pass is activated, click here to see what the JR Pass rules are...

Child Passes

Japan Rail Passes for children

We've contacted Japan Rail and found out useful information that'll come in handy if you're planning on travelling around Japan with young children.

Buying tickets

Buying non-JR rail tickets

In addition to the JR network, Japan has lots of smaller privately owned lines where you will need to purchase tickets, find out how here.

Sleeper Trains

Use your JR Pass on Sleeper Trains

Recently we received an email asking about Japan Rail Pass validity on Sleeper Trains, and the opportunities for pre-booking. We tell you more here...

Exchange Period

Exchange Order validity period

Why do I purchase an Exchange Order and not a 'Japan Rail Pass', and how long do I have to validate it?

Eligibility

Do you pass the eligibility test?

Who is eligible for a Japan Rail Pass? Are you a tourist, entertainer, student or apprentice? We have all the info you need right here.

Dating troubles?

Japanese dates on the JR Pass

Read this if you don't want to feel a wave of panic every time you read your Japan Rail Pass expiry date!

Narita express

JR Pass on the Narita Express?

Landing at Narita you can activate your Japan Rail Pass and hop on the N'EX to Tokyo immediately and for free! Click here for more info.

Riding the bus

How to use the city bus

Your Japan Rail Pass not only covers travel on the Bullet Train, but on JR buses too. Find out how to use the bus system with or without a pass here.

Stay connected

Pocket Wifi in Japan

We tried Pocket Wifi in Japan, here's what you need to know about getting your Pocket WiFi while travelling around Japan.

Start in Nagoya

Activating the JR Pass at Nagoya Station

Nagoya is one of the busiest stations in Japan, let us be your guide to activating the JR Pass at Nagoya station.

Start in Osaka

Activating the JR Pass at Osaka Station

Here is how to activate the JRPass in Osaka. Find out where the exchange office is and what the opening hours are.

Start@Shin-Osaka

Activating the JR Pass at Shin-Osaka Station

Learn how to activate the Japan Rail Pass at Shin-Osaka station, the office location and what to bring to start your Japan Rail adventure.

Narita Airport

Activating the JR Pass at Narita Airport

Here's how to activate the JR Pass at Narita Airport. Find out where to go, what to bring and opening hours for the JR Desk.

7 day itinerary

7 day sample itinerary: Tokyo - Kyoto - Nara

Combining both modern and traditional Japan, this 7 day itinerary is perfect for first time travellers who want to get a taste of Japan.

14 day itinerary

14 sample itnerary: Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kyushu and Osaka.

Example itinerary for the 14 day JR Pass. From Tokyo going all the way down to Kyushu, visiting Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kyushu, Himeji and Osaka.

Culture&Craft

Traditional Japan

Culture, craft and tradition, in this itinerary we visit some of the best experiences Japan has to offer. Visiting Kanazawa, Takayama, Kyoto, Nara and Nikko.

Shirakami

Resort Shirakami train

The resort Shirakami train is one of the most beautiful train rides in Japan along the scenic coastline of northern Tohoku.

Apps for JRPass

The best Apps for traveling in Japan with your JR Pass

Fit right in with the Japanese and be busy with your smartphone on the train! We’ve made a selection of the best apps - so you may do just that!

JRPASS validity

Which lines does the JRPASS cover?

Are you confused about which lines your Japan Rail Pass covers? Here are simple rules to check your destinations are covered by Japan rail pass!

The North

Tohoku and Hokkaido with the JRPass

Explore north of Tokyo using the Japan Rail Pass. Visiting the best places in Tohoku, Hokkaido and northern Japan have to offer.

Streetview

Using Google maps to get a sneek peek of Japan

Explore Japan from your own desk using Google Maps. We have collected some of the most amazing spots to see from the comforts of your own home.

Night Trains

Night Trains using the JR Pass: the Sunrise express and Hamanasu trains.

Learn about night trains using the Japan Rail Pass. These days only one night train remains in regular service in Japan, the Sunrise express.

Shikoku

Visit Shikoku with the JR Pass

We have selected the best places in Shikoku to visit with the Japan Rail Pass. Learn what to do, see and eat all around the beautiful island of Shikoku.

Family trip

Family trip with the Japan Rail Pass: Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

From time to time people ask us: what are the best places to visit in Japan are for a family with kids. Get our recommended 14-day itinerary here.

Onsen Visit

Visit Kinosaki Onsen with the Japan Rail Pass

Kinosaki Onsen is a small and beautiful town centred around hot springs or in Japanese: Onsen! Learn what to do and where to stay.

FIFA World Cup

Visiting the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup with the JR Pass.

Learn how to access the stadiums for the FIFA Club World Cup with the Japan Rail Pass. Here’s all you need to know!

Hokkaido

JR Pass and the Hokkaido Shinkansen

As of March 26th 2016, Hokkaido will be connected to mainland Japan by Shinkansen. Learn all about the Hokkaido Shinkansen and the Japan Rail Pass validity.

Railway Museum

Visit the Kyoto Railway museum

Explore over 140 years of railway history from steam trains to the latest technology regarding high speed Maglev trains.

Pocket WiFi

Unlimited data with our Pocket WiFi in Japan

Unlimited internet access and high speed data with our Pocket WiFi in Japan. Easy pick-up and return at the airport.

Guide to railpasses in Japan

Expert Guide to Regional Japan Rail Passes

One of the questions we get asked most is: Which Japan Rail Pass should I get? A regional pass or a nationwide JR Pass?

5 Do's & dont's

5 Do’s and Don’t using the Japan Rail Pass.

Visiting Japan for the first time? The rail system can seem doubting at first. Here are 5 mistakes you can avoid by simply reading the article.

RWC2019

Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan

Here's what you need to know about visiting the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. Learn about the venues, how to get around and more.

Visit Onomichi

Onomichi - a good place to daydream

Onomichi is a sleepy harbour town located on the mountain range along the Seto Inland Sea. A place often overlooked and a real hidden gem.

Hello Kitty Shinkansen

Ride the super cute Hello Kitty Shinkansen!

Ride the Hello Kitty Shinkansen with your Japan Rail Pass. Find all details in the post, timetable and tips included.

Visit Koyasan

Itinerary tip: Koya-san

Find true Zen among the hidden temple town located at the top of Mount Koya. Find out what to do at Koya-san and how to get there with the JR Pass.

Anime all over Japan

Why Japan Is the Ultimate Destination for Cosplay & Anime Enthusiasts

Are you as much an Anime fan as us? We explore the best spots for manga, anime and cosplay culture all around Japan.

Haruka - Express

Haruka Express train and JR Pass - The easy connection from Kansai Airport to Kyoto and Osaka

Ride the Haruka Express with the Japan Rail Pass for Free. The best way to get from Kansai Airport to Kyoto, Osaka and back.

Narita Airport to Tokyo

Getting from Narita Airport into Tokyo, with and without the Japan Rail Pass.

How to travel between Narita Airport (NRT) and anywhere in Tokyo. Find out the best transport, schedule and ticket prices.

X-mas and New Year in Japan

Traveling in Japan around the Holiday period - What you Need to Know

Traveling around Japan during Christmas and or New Year? Japan is amazing during the holiday period but it can be really busy! Here’s what to expect.

Travel economically in Japan

Budgeting for Your Japan Trip so Your Money Goes Further

Japan is known to be expensive - nothing is further from the truth with a bit of good planning. Here are our tips to travel Japan on a budget.

Instagram

Join JR Pass on Instagram

Come follow up on Instagram for the best tips and places to visit around Japan, or share your Japan travel pictures with us.

Meet locals with Huber

Exploring Japan with Huber and the JR Pass

With Huber, you can meet local Guides from all across Japan. It is the best way to connect with locals and experience Japan as it is meant to be.

All about the Kansai Area Pass

The Kansai Area Pass explained

Explore the Kansai region with a JR Kansai Area Pass. Visit: Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Himeji and more.

Black Friday

Japan Rail Pass Black Friday sale

Black Friday is here and we're offering FREE shipping this Black Friday to many countries. See how you qualify right here.

Travel for free in Japan

10 Amazing Things You Can Do for Free in Japan

Japan is known as a pricey destination. Let us show you how to save money on your Japan visit with 10 amazing things to do for free in Japan.

Winter Illuminations

Winter Illuminations in Japan That You Can’t Miss

Winter in Japan is something special, all across the country, there are illuminations and light-ups.

Hiking in Japan

A Quick Guide to Hiking in Japan

Japan offers a wide range of hiking options, here's our guide exploring the hiking options that Japan has to offer.

Events to visit in 2019

7 Events to visit in Japan in 2019 with the Japan Rail Pass

Our favorite events to visit in Japan during 2019! Including the Sapporo Snow Festival, Fuji Rock, Sanja Matsuri, Awa Odori, Sumo Grand Tournament and more!

JRPASS validity

Which lines does NOT the JRPASS cover?

The JRPASS covers only Japan railway (JR) transports. Non JR lines such as subways, Tokyo metro and other company lines.

Hello Kitty Haruka

Hello Kitty Haruka Express

The Hello Kitty Haruka Express will ferry visitors to Japan between Kyoto, Osaka and Kansai Airport (KIX).

Lost or forgot

What to do if you have forgotten or lost your Japan Rail Pass

It will be very unfortunate if you are unable to use your Japan Rail Pass as you have forgotten it at home or can’t locate your JRPass in Japan.

What to pack for Japan?

Our top 12 things to pack when traveling around Japan.

Packing for your first trip to Japan can feel like an overwhelming task, maybe even a bit scary. We're here to help with our top 12 things to pack.

Local Guides

Meet Yuusuke Inokai - One of our local guides

Today we meet one of our local Tokyo guides, as we continue our adventure with Huber Guides. Find out what it is like to become a guide.

Huber Review

Huber Trip with the German Experienced Backpacker

The guest for this interview is Thomas, a German backpacker. He travels the world with only one backpack and has visited Japan many times already.

Hidden gems

The less frequented Cities of Japan You’ll definitely Want to Visit

Japan isn’t a destination where it’s hard to find places to go. Everyone knows of the country’s biggest cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka after all.

Koyo

Top 5 Autumn Foliage Viewing Spots by JR Pass

Autumn, brings a similarly awe-inspiring beauty to the landscape of Japan with bewitching shades of red, orange, yellow and every shade in between.

Get a free powerbank

Pocket WiFi - Summer Promotion

Get a free powerbank rental with your Pocket WiFi in Japan. This offer is eligible for orders placed between July 1st - August 14th 2019.

EkiNet Reservation

Using Ekinet to make online seat reservations with the Japan Rail Pass.

Learn how to make online reservations with the JR Pass and reserve your seats online for the Japan Rail Pass.

Visit Shimoda

Shimoda visitor guide

Visit Shimoda using the JR Pass. This beautiful port town and close-by alluring beaches, make for the ultimate getaway from busy metropolitan life.

Visit Nokogiri-yama

Nokogiri-Yama: A fantastic day trip from Tokyo to visit the Big Buddha.

Looking to get away from the city life of Tokyo? Visit Nokogiri-yama to find your inner calm near the Big Buddha, and beautiful hiking.

Tokaido Shinkansen

What is the Tokaido Shinkansen

Learn about the Tokaido Shinkansen, the JR Pass validity, route details, train services and everything else you need to know.

The Tohoku Shinkansen

What is the Tohoku Shinkansen

The Tohoku Shinkansen (東北), gets its name from the Tohoku region and covers the entire route between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori.

Naoshima

Naoshima Art Island and how to get there with the JR Pass

Naoshima (直島) island is dedicated to modern art, together with its sandy beaches and stunning panoramic views, it makes for a unique visit.

Don't get bored

10 Ways to Entertain Yourself when traveling on the train in Japan

You'll likely spend several hours on the train when exploring Japan. Here are 10 tips to entertain yourself when travelling on the train in Japan.

Tickets to Olympics

How to Buy Tokyo 2020 Olympics Tickets

Here’s our guide on how to buy your Tokyo Olympics tickets to the Olympic games, opening ceremony and surrounding activities.

Olympic Torch Relay

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch Relay brings the spirit of the games to corners of the country far beyond the main city of the games.

Japan on Film

Japan on Film

If you’re a film lover and you’re planning a trip to the beautiful, unforgettable and unique country of Japan, there is a huge amount to see and do.

2020 Olympics Mascots

Get to Know the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Mascots

Ever since the first Olympic Games mascot was created for the Grenoble Winter Olympics in 1968, mascots have become a popular element of the games.

Shinkansen | Japanese Bullet and Maglev Trains

JRPass Shinkansen | Japanese Bullet and Maglev Trains

The Japanese word for “bullet train,” shinkansen can be directly translated as “new trunk line.” Japan’s creation of the shinkansen bullet train allows people to travel at speeds of up to 320km/h.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Torch relay arrival

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: the Torch relay will arrive by special plane to Japan

The Tokyo 2020 Torch will arrive by special plane from Greece with a special relay ceremony to officially start the Olympic games.

Is the JR Pass worth it?

Is the Japan Rail Pass worth it?

One of the questions we get most on the JR Pass forum: Is the JR Pass worth it? Today we find out, with 5 usage scenario's for the Japan Rail Pass.

5 day Hokkaido Rail itinerary

5-day Hokkaido Rail Itinerary (Hokkaido Rail Pass / JR Pass)

Hokkaidō (北海道) is Japan’s northernmost island, best known for its unspoiled nature and breathtaking scenery. The landscape of Hokkaido is everchanging by the season.

Hakone Japan: The Ultimate Guide

The Guide to Hakone Japan: Visiting With the Japan Rail Pass

Hakone can be a peaceful getaway from busy Tokyo, and offers a wide variety of activities for every traveler. This guide will help tourists find the best sites, ryokans, and onsens to visit.

Japan in March

Top 10 Things To Do in Japan in March

From Anime to Sumo, gorgeously mild weather to spectacular Spring festivals, March might just be the best month to visit the beautiful country of Japan.

Ikebukuro

The Japan Rail visitor guide to Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro (池袋) is a commercial and entertainment district in Tokyo, located on the north-west corner of the Yamanote line.

When Activate the JR Pass

When should I activate the Japan Rail Pass?

One of the questions we get asked the post is: When should I activate my JR Pass? Today we dive into this question and explain what to keep in mind.

Sapporo station

Sapporo station: how to activate the JR Pass

Learn how to activate the Japan Rail Pass at Sapporo station, where to go, opening hours and where to reserve tickets.

Tokyo station

Activating the JR Pass at Tokyo station

Learn where to activate the JR Pass at Tokyo there, opening hours, how to book tickets, seat reservations and more travel tips.

Hakata station

Activating the JR Pass at Hakata Station.

Learn how to activate the Japan Rail Pass, Kyushu Rail passes, reserve tickets and book seats at Hakata station.

Tokyo Monorail

Riding the Tokyo Monorail with the Japan Rail Pass

The Tokyo Monorail is included in the Japan Rail Pass. Find out how to ride the Tokyo Monorail, station information and timetable details.

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