Hotel discounts with the Japan Rail Pass

JR hotel

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).

Tokyo Station Hotel
The Tokyo Station Hotel is a luxury one, located very near the Imperial Palace

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.

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14 thoughts on “Hotel discounts with the Japan Rail Pass”
  1. Hi,
    I want to go to Imperial palace from Tokyo tower, is there a train I can use that is coveres by JR Pass?
    Thanks.

  2. Hi! We plan to stay at Hotel Mets Tabata, Kita-Ku, Tokyo in October. Can you please advise on the best means of reaching the hotel from Narita/ Haneda airport?
    Regards.
    Dhiraj

    1. Hi Dhiraj!

      Tokyo’s center can be reached from both airports with your Japan Rail Pass. From Narita Airport you can travel in the Narita Express, and from Haneda you can just take the Tokyo Monorail.

      Regarding the best way to reach your hotel, we recommend you to contact their staff directly – they are the ones who will give you the best advice 😉

      Happy travels!

  3. How do I get discounts on hotels with rail pass?
    Can I book the hotel in advance and get a discount by rail pass?

  4. Hello,

    We will be visiting Japan in July. Plan to stay in Tokyo for a few days then visit to Osaka and Kyōto, what is the best route to take from Tokyo to Osaka and from Osaka to Kyōto Via the JR line, do we need to take any local lines where we need to pay extras in between the JR route on our way there?

    Thank you in advance!

  5. We arrive in Tokyo Narita on the 7th April 2018, and looking to stay in Yokohama for two nights. We have our exchange vouchers for JR Pass Green Car. We have observed that one of your Hotels in Yokohama – Hotel New Grand is one of them. Would we be entitled to discount prices? and if so, how would we book this hotel, is there a Code to quote – would it be through this company.
    I look forward to your reply.

  6. Thanks for the mail.i have fixed journey.1 Haneda terminal one to Ham.matsuchu by monorail.then to ryogoku.This will be return journey. Means two ways.
    Next Tokyo to mountFuji both way by bullet train. What is the train route?
    Next Tokyo local sightseeing.
    Which will be economic jr 7days pass or individual tickets to purchase.total 5days.please give calculation of economic 7days jr pass = individual total cost. I am going to Tokyo for Medical meeting and tourism

    1. Hi Dr Jayanta kumar chakraborty!

      Please make sure you check the eligibility requirements before you make any decisions: the Tourist Visa is the only visa which allows you to obtain and use the Japan Rail Pass.

      Regarding your trip,
      – The Japan Rail Pass will fully cover your airport transfers to and from Haneda Airport. The Tokyo Monorail to Haneda Airport departs from Hamamatsucho Station, on the Yamanote line.
      – To get to Mount Fuji you have the Gotemba trail. You need to take JR Tokaido line for Kozu from Tokyo Station and, once at Kozu (Kanagawa), take the JR Gotemba Line for Numazu. Your final destination will be Gotemba Station.
      When in Tokyo, make sure to get the most out of your Japan Rail Pass since certain transportation within the city is included too.

      Have a nice trip!

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