Short-term foreign visitors to Japan have had the opportunity to enjoy the Japan Rail Pass for many years now. Even though the JR Pass offers great value for money, many tourists still may not know one important detail about accommodation possibilities, included in the Japan Rail Pass.
Holders of the Japan Rail Pass are entitled to discounted prices for all Japan Railways Group trains, including the Shinkansen bullet trains, Narita Express (N’EX from Tokyo’s Narita Airport to the city center), the loop metro lines in Tokyo and Kyoto as well as bus and ferry transport services. What is more, visitors can also take advantage of discounted prices with the JR Hotel Group.
Founded in 1987, JR Hotel Group is the largest joint business venture in Japan. With 65 hotels located near major train stations and spread all around the country, the Japan Rail Pass discount opportunities make for the best value for money vacation plan in Japan. The hotels are situated in many great locations such as major Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka train stations.
Some of the most popular JR hotels amongst JR Pass holders are:
- Tokyo Station Hotel
- Hotel Mets Shibuya
- Hotel Granvia Kyoto
- Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
- Hotel Granvia Osaka
- Hotel Metropolitan Edmont
- Hotel Metropolitan Morioka
All of these plus 58 hotels more form part of the Japan Rail discounted hotels. If you present your Japan Rail Pass at the reception upon arrival, you may also enjoy some special services (depending on the hotel).
The JR hotels advantages
Japan Rail hotels offer a wide selection of great locations for travelers with various tastes or preferences. Most hotels are conveniently located near your selected points of interest, at the perfect restaurants and shopping areas or in close proximity to your departure/arrival train station. Whatever is your preferred hotel location type, the Japan Rail hotels just might have what you are looking for at a special discounted rate.
Price-wise, there is a wide selection of luxury, upscale or best value for money hotels. However, depending on the season and currency exchange, prices may vary. Make sure to ask about the discounted prices once you arrive at the hotel. You will need to present your valid Japan Rail Pass when checking in.