Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka with the JR Pass

Shinkansen bullet train

Japan is one of the most culturally rich and diverse countries of our century. When going through the streets, hills and castles of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, you will be taken through time, history and places of breathtaking views and mesmerizing moments.

In this article, you will find how to get from Tokyo to Kyoto, Tokyo to Osaka and Kyoto to Osaka (frequent train trips among travelers) with the bullet train and using just your Japan Rail Pass.

Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka by bullet train

Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka are connected with by the Tokaido Shinkansen line, included with the Japan Rail Pass. This line is the most heavily

This line is the most heavily travelled high-speed rail route in the world, with has a length of 515 km (320 miles), and offers the fastest and smoothest way for travelling between Tokyo station, and Shin-Osaka or Kyoto stations.

Tokaido Shinkansen line map
Map of the Tokaido Shinkansen line

How to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto

Hikari Shinknsen Bullet train
Photo by Dough Bowman @Flickr – Hikari Shinkansen Bullet train

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto with the Japan Rail Pass is easy. You should take the Shinkansen Hikari train from either Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station in central Tokyo, and arrive at Kyoto Station.

Three trains run on the Tokaido Shinkansen line: Nozomi, Hikari, and Kodama. Take note that Nozomi trains are not part of the National JR Group. Therefore, are not included in the Japan Rail Pass.

However, the alternative to the Nozomi trains are Hikari and Kodama. Both are high-speed bullet trains. However, Kodama makes trips between the smaller towns. It runs with an operating speed of 258 km/h (175 mph). Hikari trains run between the major cities of Japan with a speed of 320 km/h (199 mph), making fewer stops.

For some great suggestions and recommendations on which places to visit and what to do in Kyoto, check out our Japan in 14 days (day 4-6) blog post.

Timetables and fares

A standard Tokyo to Kyoto trip with the JR Pass takes close to 1 hour and 40 minutes, taking the Hikari Shinkansen. Unlike Hikari, all Kodama trains need close to 4 hours to reach Kyoto from Tokyo. This is so since they stop at all stations before reaching their final destination.

The standard one-way fare would be 13,080 yen for non-reserved seats and 13,500 yen for reserved on both Hikari and Kodama trains. However, Japan Rail Pass holders can reserve a seat and take any of the two trains for free.

If you are confused by the difference between the different Shinkansen lines or you wish to learn more about how to find your platform or take any train, read our how to use Japanese trains article.

How to travel from Tokyo to Osaka

Osaka Dotonbori
Osaka at night –  Dotonbori area

To get from Tokyo to Osaka, you will need to take very same trains. Either the Hikari bullet train or Kodama from Tokyo or Shinagawa stations in central Tokyo. Both run on the Tokaido Shinkansen line, connecting the two cities.

Timetable and fares

The Shinkansen Hikari train leaves approximately every 30min from Tokyo and arrives at Shin-Osaka station after 2:30min. To get to central Osaka station, change to any of the local JR Tokaido-Sanyo trains. As there are direct JR connections between the two stations, all Japan Rail Pass holders will be able to make those trips free of charge.

For some interesting ideas on what to do in Osaka, read our Japan in 21 days (week 2) article.

Osaka to Kyoto and back

demachi-masugata-mall-kyoto
Photo by Toomore Chiang @Flickr – Demachi Masugata shopping street in Kyoto

Travelling between Kyoto and Osaka  is now easier than ever. Just take the already well-known Hikari train on the Tokaido Shinkansen line. You will get between Kyoto Station and Shin-Osaka Station in less than 30 minutes, traveling at a speed of 320km/h (199 mph).

Furthermore, Japan Rail Pass holders can get to Osaka station from Kansai International Airport by taking the Haruka airport express for free. For general information, the standard price for a one-way ticket is approximately 2330 yen. It takes less than an hour to reach Osaka station from Kansai Airport.

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90 thoughts on “Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka with the JR Pass”

  1. Hello,
    Planning to visit tokyo and Kyoto for 3 days each, does it make sense to get the 7 day JR pass?

    Thanks,
    Emily

  2. Hello, Emily.
    Yes, the 7-day Japan Rail Pass is perfect for your trips to Tokyo and Kyoto since you can use the circular city metro lines of the two cities.
    Here is a handy example of what to see and how to travel around Tokyo in 3 days, using your Japan Rail Pass.

  3. Hi,
    I had purchase a 7 days JR pass. I plan to travel from Osaka to Kawazu. Kawazu to Tokyo, Tokyo to Takayama, and Takayama back to Osaka. Pls advise which sector is not covered by the JP Pass and how much more I had to top-up to make the trip.

    Thank you,
    Lai Aun

  4. Hi,
    I’m planning to japan for a week. Tokyo – Kyoto – Osaka. Can the JR pass use for airport transfer from Narita to Tokyo city and Osaka city to Kansai airport?

  5. Hello Lim,

    To travel from Osaka to Kawazu you will need to top up once at the Izu Kyuko Line (total price of ¥1,370) when traveling from Osaka to Kawazu.
    From Kawazu to Tokyo you will need to pay the same price of ¥1,370 for the trip from Kawazu to ITO station, which will be your connection between Atami and Tokyo station.
    The Limited Express Wide View Hida train connecting Nagoya to Takayama is covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
    So the total top-up that you will need to make on this trip will be of ¥2,740.

    For more detailed information on the Japanese transportation, take a look at our Hyperdia page.

    Have a great experience in Japan,
    The JRailPass Team

  6. Hi,
    Can the JR pass cover all these:
    Roundtrip Tokyo to Mt. Fuji
    Tokyo to Kyoto
    Osaka to Himeiji/ferry to Miyajima
    Osaka to Tokyo

  7. Hi. I plan to travel from Kyoto to Nara then Osaka on March 26. Can you tell me which trains to take using my JR Pass to get to Nara from Kyoto and then from Nara to Osaka? Thank you.

  8. Hello Jas,
    Yes, your Japan Rail Pass will cover the specified trips.
    Take a look at our Hyperdia page, to learn more about how to better organize your timetable while in Japan.

    All the best,
    The JRailPass team

  9. Dear Theresa,
    You can take any JR trains and well as bullet trains to travel between Nara, Osaka, and Kyoto.
    Please note that the only trains that are not part of the Japanese National Railways are the Nozomi and Mizuho bullet trains.

    Kind regards,
    The JRailPass Team

  10. Hello,

    I am planning to visit Tokyo first, which I will be landing at Haneda Airport. Then, I plan to travel west to Kansai area. The trip is around 10 days. Could you please advise me on whether a 7 day JR pass is sufficient for the following estimated schedule:

    Around 4/5 days in Tokyo which includes:
    i. Travelling around Tokyo
    ii. Tokyo to Gala Yuzawa round trip
    iii. Tokyo to Mount Fuji round trip

    Around 4/5 days in Kansai area which includes:
    i. Travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto
    ii. Kyoto to Osaka
    iii. Osaka to Kobe round trip
    iv. Osaka to Nara round trip

    Seeing that Kansai area can be settled with Kyoto bus pass (pretty convenient) or ICOCA card, which option should I go for, the JR rail pass or JR east pass?

  11. Dear Chew,
    Considering you are going to travel around Tokyo and the nearby cities, a 7-day Japan Rail Pass pass makes perfect sense for your trip.
    Take note that while in Tokyo, you will have all of the following included in your JR Pass:

  12. The Yamanote Circular line
  13. The Chuo-Sobu line
  14. The Chuo line Rapid
  15. The Keihin Tohoku line
  16. The Keiyo line
  17. These lines will take you all over Tokyo, including a number of great locations such as:Tokyo Disneyland, Yamashita park, Akaihabara and more.

    Very happy travels!
    Kind regards,
    The JRailPass team

  18. Hi team

    I hope you are well! I will be travelling for 1 week in Japan between: Osaka-Nara-Kyoto-Hakone-Tokyo. What would be Thebes’s best JR pass to purchase? Thank you so much in advance!

  19. Hello,

    Im planning to travel from osaka-kyoto-tokyo (roud trip as my flight arrives and depart from osaka kansai airport). does this 7-day rail pass covers this? and how if it’s more than 7 days? also, does this pass cover train rides around osaka/tokyo?

    Thanks so much!

    Regards,
    Attiya

  20. Hello Margarida,
    For a week in Japan, the best option for you will be the 7-day Japan Rail Pass.
    Keep in mind that the Narita Express enters in the JR Pass, and will take you from Narita Airport to central Tokyo.
    If you are arriving at Osaka, the JR Pass will take you from Kansai Airport to the city of Osaka, via the Haruka express.

    Have an amazing trip,
    The JRailPass team

  21. Greetings team,
    My family and I are planning to travel japan for about 12 days time. We would land at Tokyo and was planning to go to stay in Tokyo for 5 nights, Tohoku for 2 nights and Osaka for 3 nights. What would be the best pass to purchase and how long does it take to reach Tohoku?

    Sincerly, Cassandra

  22. Hi Team.
    I schedule to ETA Haneda airport on 27/12 pm and planning to travel straight to Osaka and stay for 4 nights
    to go Universal Studio and Kyoto.
    Coming back to Tokyo on 31/12 and will be staying in Tokyo for 3 days 2 nights before flying home.
    In Tokyo we intend to go Mt Fuji, fish markets and some of the famous places.
    Can you advise whether is it worthy for us to get 7days JR pass ?
    Will this pass cover all the train rides as mentioned above included from Haneda airport to Shinjuku station?
    Your kind advise is very much appreciated as this is our first time going to Japan.

    Thanks and Rgds
    JJ

  23. Hi Team,

    I m planning totrip to Tokyo – Osaka – Kyoto – Osaka – Tokyo for 8days 7 nights.
    Is the 7days JR pass cover above mentioned places ?

    In Tokyo , do the jr pass also cover Haneda airport to Tokyo central and to Mount Fuji ?
    As this is our first trip to Japan so your kind advise is very much appreciated.

    Thanks
    Joyce

  24. Dear Cassandra,
    According to the plans you have made, the perfect pass for you will be the 7-day JR Pass since:
    1. It fully covers the Narita Express you will need to take from Narita Airport to Tokyo
    2. The JR Pass covers the central Tokyo Yamanote metro line
    3. You can reach Tohoku, Osaka and the nearby towns and cities easily with the JR Pass at no extra cost

    Regarding the departure times and trip scheduling, take a look at our Hyperdia page.

    Kind regards,
    The JRailPass team

  25. Hello Joyce,

    Yes, according to your plans, the JR Pass will fully cover the round trips from Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto-Osaka-Tokyo.
    Furthermore, you can activate your Japan Rail Pass straight from Haneda Airport.

    Once activated, take the Tokyo Monorail to Hamamatsucho Station, Tokyo.
    From there, you can take the Yamanote metro line, which will take you to central Tokyo.
    All of these trips are fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

    Here is a recommended reading for your trip to Mount Fuji with the JR Pass.

    Hope this helps.
    Have an amazing adventure in Japan,
    The JRailPass team

  26. Hello Joyce,

    Here is how your trip will look with the Japan Rail Pass:
    1. Arrival at Haneda Airport
    2. Activating your JR Pass straight at the airport
    3. Taking the Tokyo Monorail from Haneda Airport to Hamamatsucho Station, Tokyo
    4. At Hamamatsucho, take the JR Yamanote line to Tokyo station (a total of just 2 metro stops)
    5. At Tokyo Station, take the Shinkansen that best fits your schedule and arrive at Shin-Osaka Station in around 180 minutes
    6. Return to Tokyo from Osaka
    7. Ride the Tokyo Monorail and central JR Yamanote line to see Tokyo
    8. Visit Mount Fuji with your JR Pass
    9. Take the Narita Express to reach Narita Airport

    Summing up the cost of each of those trips, they come up to approximately 30, 000 Yen, about 6,000 Yen more than the cost of a single 7-day JRail Pass.
    Apart from this, you will surely appreciate the convenience of not having to wait in any lines before boarding a train, nor buy any extra tickets.

    Have a great trip,
    The JRailPass team

  27. Hello Yeow,
    Yes, the Japan Rail Pass fully covers the trains from Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka.

    Happy travels,
    The JRailPass team

  28. Hi,
    We are a family arriving on July 5 at Tokyo Narita. Leaving on July 14 morning from Tokyo Narita.
    I would like to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and nearby places if time permits.
    I am thinking of going directly to Kyoto after landing in Narita on July 5 (NEX – Shinkansen).
    July 5 night – July 9 afternoon – Spend time in Kyoto, Nara
    July 9 evening – July 14 morning – Spend time in Tokyo
    Considering that I will stay a total of 10 days including arrival and departure days, should I buy a 7-day pass or a 14-day pass?
    Thanks,
    James

  29. Hi!

    I’d like to ask whether it’s possible to travel to Fukuoka (Karatsu) from Osaka using JR Pass or no. I’m planning to go Osaka > Karatsu (Fukuoka) > Tokyo. I was told that I’d be able to use Shinkansen Sakura from Shin-Osaka to Hakata and then use the normal trains to get to Karatsu. But I want to be sure again before purchasing my JR pass. I’d really appreciate it if you can give me an insight on which shinkansen I’d be able to use to go to Hakata from Osaka, and then to Tokyo from Hakata. Thank you!

  30. Hi there,
    I am planning a trip to Kyoto and Osaka in early June for about 8 days – 2 nights in Kyoto and 5 nights in Osaka.

    After reading and researching for awhile, it seems for my itinerary, Japan Rail Pass may not be suitable.

    Draft itinerary as per below for now:
    To take the Haruka Express frm Kansai Int Airport to Kyoto

    To take shinkasen frm Kyoto stn to Shin-Osaka stn to return to Osaka

    Am I right to say Icoca pass will be a better pass for my itinerary?

    Thank you
    Rachel

  31. Hi Olivia!

    For your route, you should take the Sanyo Shinkansen (from Fukuoaka to Shin-Osaka station), and then the Tokaido Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo.

    Please check our shinkansen page for routes information, and Hyperdia for timetables.

    Have a nice trip!

  32. Hi JR CSR!
    I am planning to fly to Tokyo on June 30th arriving at 23:00 .
    1- Is there a late night Shinkansen Hikari train going to Kyoto or I have to wait until next morning?
    2- If I have to wait until July 1st what is the time of the fist Shinkansen Hikari train going to Kyoto and how long does it take?
    3- On July 4th I want to take the Shinkansen Hikari train from Kyoto to Osaka .
    4- On July 8th I want to take the Shinkansen Hikari train from Osaka to Tokyo .
    I want to know if all this stops will be cover with the 7 day Pass.
    Thank You.
    Regards.
    Victor

  33. Dear James,

    As per your detailed comment, we can tell Narita-Tokyo one way (1,000-3,000 yen), Tokyo-Kyoto roundtrip (26,000-27,000 yen) and Tokyo-Nara roundtrip (27,400-28,400 yen) already pays off both 7 and 14-day Japan Rail Pass. If you do wish to visit further spots nearby Tokyo and to ride the Narita Express back to the airport, as well as using the Japan Rail Pass to move within Tokyo with the Yamanote line, you may want to book the 14-day pass.

    If you want to better assess expense and savings of each option we would recommend you to check Hyperdia, the number 1 Japanese online transportation planning tool that will give you exact cost and timetable for all trasportation in Japan. In our Hyperdia dedicated page you will find a complete guide on how to use this useful tool.

    Enjoy your trip!

  34. Hi Rachel,

    If you only wish to make the described trips the Japan Rail Pass may not be the bets option for you. However if you do wish to make day trips fom Kyoto or from Osaka you may want to check it better since all the trips in your itinerary so far are covered by the pass. Also please take into account that the Osaka city Loop line is included in the Japan Rail Pass.

    If you want to assess costs and savings of holding a Japan Rail Pass we recommend you to check all the itineraries and costs at Hyperdia – the number 1 Japanese online transportation planning tool.

    Have a nice trip!

  35. Hi Victor,

    All the mentioned trips are covered by the Japan Rail Pass as explain in this article. You will only need to make sure to fit your travel in the validity scope of the purchased pass (7, 14 or 21 consecutive days). Regarding the trains’ timetable, we recommend you to check them for the exact day you wish to travel at Hyperdia – the number 1 Japanese online transportation planning tool.

    Enjoy your trip!

  36. Hi,

    We plan to trip with come in Tokyo then kyoto and from osaka then flight back to Jakarta.
    we will stay totally 12 days in japan.
    Please advice which ticket JR P should take and where to buy in jakarta.
    Is it possible to buy 1 way JRP in tokyo like in narita airport when we arrive?.
    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Tris Laju

  37. Hello Tris,
    Which Japan Rail Pass to select would depend on how many days to you plan to stay in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.
    In case you are planning to remain 2-3 days in Tokyo, then travel to Kyoto and Osaka – a 7-day JR Pass, which should be activated when leaving Tokyo, seems like the solution to your question.

    If, however, you wish to start traveling immediately and also make day trips to the nearby towns and attractions, a 14-day Japan Rail Pass will be perfect for you, since you will be able to visit any destination of your choice, and will also be able to transfer from either Tokyo Narita Airport or Osaka Kansai Airport.

    The Passes can be purchased at Narita Airport, however, the cost of the ticket is approximately 20% higher than its online price.
    Please note that there is no 1 way Japan Rail Pass.
    Once purchased, all passes are valid for all the trips you wish to make, within the 7, 14 or 21 validity period.

    Kind regards,
    The JRailPass team

  38. Hello,

    I will be in Japan for one month, can you please inform me of the best pass to get with the itinerary that I have? Also if there are any places on my itinerary that the JR pass does not cover can you tell me what they are?
    Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    Tokyo to Kyoto
    Kyoto to Osaka
    Osaka to Mount Koyasan
    Mount Koyasan to Okayama
    Okayama to Kurashiki
    Kurashiki to kanazawa (via Kyoto I think?)
    Kanazawa to Takayama (day trip there and back)
    Kanazawa to Nagano
    Nagano to Yamanouchi (Shibu onsen area)
    Nagano to Yokohama
    Yokohama to Kamakura
    Kamakura to Shin -Fuji Station
    Shin -Fuji Station to Tokyo
    Tokyo to Nikko
    Nikko to Tokyo

    Thank you very much for any info you may have, I have tried to find the best rail ticket but I am having a hard time finding a pass that will cover these areas, for my stay. I think I will need to get more than one pass since I will be staying longer than 21 days. Any help would be great.

  39. Hello, Annie!
    Based on the itinerary provided above, the best option for you would be the 21-day Japan Rail Pass.
    It covers over 90% of the trips described by you. Most are fully covered, however, some journeys, such as the one from Osaka to Mount Koyasan is only partially covered.
    Please note that the Japan Rail Pass is the only discounted ticket that covers all of the Japanese islands.

    Regarding the length of your stay – as there is no option of extending or pausing the pass, you can combine a 7-day JR Pass with a 21-day one.

    Happy travels!
    The JRailPass team

  40. Hi!
    My family is planning to visit Japan for 9 days. We arrive at Tokyo Narita and go directly to Osaka. So our entire trip would be summarized into TOKYO>OSAKA>KYOTO>NARA (if possible)>TOKYO. Just wanted to inquire if the JRPASS covers that and whether you have any suggestions since it’s our 1st time in Japan.

    Thanks much!
    Yanna

  41. Hi i am going to osaka from tokyo. I already bought my jr pass . Can you teach me where to start my trip .. what stations do i need to go coming from gotanda . Using my jr pass thanks

  42. Hi Yanna!

    Yes – the Japan Rail Pass covers all the trips you mention. Besides Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka, which are detailed in this blogpost, you might take the JR Nara Line from Kyoto Station for less than an hour journey to Nara. Please refer to our Japan in 7 days: Travel itinerary to find more details on how to travel between these cities and what to see in each of them.

    Have a nice vacation!

  43. Hi Katherine,

    Gotanda is one of the stations of the west side of the Yamanote line, included in the Japan Rail Pass. To get from Tokyo to Kyoto with the Japan Rail Pass you should take the Shinkansen Hikari train from either Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station in central Tokyo, both included in the Yamanote line, and arrive at Kyoto Station.

    Happy travels!

  44. Hi, I am planning to visit Japan in June for 12 days and I will be coming into Haneda airport. My schedules are as follow:
    Days 1-4: Visit Tokyo and nearby cities including Mt. Fuji, Shibuya, Kamakura
    Days 5-7: Visit Kyoto
    Days 8-11: Osaka/Nara
    Day 12: Back to Tokyo going home
    I was thinking to purchase a 7-day JR Pass (and activate it around day 6 so I can use it until the last day there) and get other means of transportation while in Tokyo, or would it make more sense to get a 14-day Pass?

  45. Hi Thanny,

    It will depend on the amount of day trips and the transportation inside Tokyo you will be needing. Please be aware that you can get around some parts of Tokyo with the Japan Rail Pass (refer to our article Getting around Tokyo with the JR Pass: Metro, trains and more for details) so depending on the day trips from Tokyo you are willing to make the 14-day pass could be useful.

    If you want to assess if it pays off we recommend you to check Hyperdia, a tool that will give you all details on trains and its costs.

    Have a nice trip!

  46. Hello,

    I am planning to visit Tokyo first, which i will be landing at Haneda Airport. The trip are around 6 days. Could you please advise me on whether a 7 day JR Pass is sufficient for the following estimated schedule:
    Around 2 – 3 days in Tokyo which includes:
    i. Transport for Haneda to Shibuya
    ii. Travelling around Tokyo (Akihabara, Harajuku)
    iii. Travelling to Tsukiji Fish Market

    Around 2 – 3 days in Osaka – Kyoto Area and Nara are if it possible which includes:
    i. Travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto
    ii. Kyoto to Osaka
    iii. Osaka to Nara round trip
    iv. Travelling from Kyoto

    Seeing that schedules, which option should i go for Osaka – Kyoto Area also for travelling around Tokyo, the JR Rail Pass or JR east Pass ?

  47. Wow this JR rail pass sound like the way to go. My husband and I are going to Okinawa to see our first grandchild. He will be born in July. After our visit we decided that we will fly to on Aug 11th and land in Tokyo, JP (HND) at 4:35pm we then fly out of Tokyo, JP (HND) on Aug 17th at 4:25pm. We want to see Tokyo (Akihabara is a must), Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe (to have Kobe beef) and Mt Fuji or hot springs. Do you think this is possible. Do you have an itinerary or train scheduled to help me plan. Do you suggest booking a hotel in one place and taking the train each day or booking hotel in Tokyo and Osaka?

  48. Hi Wendy!

    Our blog is plenty of guides and recommendations – we will try to provide the best ones by answering your comment but make sure to check all posts since all of them are plenty of good information and tips!

    For your stay in Tokyo you can check our 3-day Tokyo itinerary – although it doesn’t specifically include a visit to Akihabara, you can easily access it with your Japan Rail Pass as it is on the JR Yamanote line, which is included. Akihabara is famous for it numerous electronic shops in the famous “Electric city”, definately a must for all the devoted fans of the technologically advanced Japanese culture, who will jump for joy once they discover the variety of gadgets this district has to offer.

    As you have learned from this article, travelling through Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka is very easy with your Japan Rail Pass. Besides those trips, we recommend you to visit Kobe as a day trip while you are staying in Kyoto since it will take you less than an hour to get there with the Sanyo Shinkansen.

    Mount Fuji is easily reachable from Tokyo and we would recommend you to visit as a day trip too. Gotemba trail one one of the most popular routes among visitors, as travel time by train should be a little over 2 hours from Tokyo:
    – From Tokyo Station, take the JR Tokaido line for Kozu (Thanagawa)
    – Once there, take the JR Gotemba Line for Numazu
    – Your final destination will be Gotemba Station

    And last but not least, if you are considering visiting hot springs you should check our Onsens article: you will find best spots, recommendatios and more detailed information of these Japanese hot springs.

    Enjoy your stay in Japan!

  49. I am so happy to find this site!! I am planning to go to Japan and thinking to buy JR pass!
    i want to travel to Kyoto but my flight will be in Tokyo- Narita, is there any train that go to Narita from Kyoto?

    Thank you for your reply!
    Siska

  50. Hi Siska Yohana,

    Sure there is! You will just need to transfer trains once since there is not a direct line covering that destinations. Your best choice would be taking a Hikari bullet train in Kyoto and travel all the way to either Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station, which would take you around 2 hours and 40 minutes. Once there you will be able to easily ride the Narita Express to Narita Airport, please make sure to get off the train at the correct station since Narita Airport has two stations: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2&3. And best of all – all this jouney is covered by your Japan Rail Pass!

    Have a great trip!

  51. Hi Nabila AL!

    With the Japan Rail Pass you will be able to cover your whole described trip.

    – When landing in Haneda you will be able to take the Tokyo Monorail, included in the Japan Rail Pass, that will get you straight to Hamamatsucho Station, on the Yamanote line. Travel time is 13 minutes.
    – For transportation within Tokyo please refer to our Getting around Tokyo article, which describes in detail what transportation included in the Japan Rail Pass can be used in the city. As you will see, the JR Yamanote line will greatly help you in moving through the city, specially when you visit Akihabara and Harajuku.
    – Trips between Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka are fully included in your Japan Rail Pass as you have already seen in this article.
    – In Osaka, you have fully access with your pass to the Osaka Loop Line.
    – From Osaka you can easily reach Nara only using your Japan Rail Pass. From Osaka Station, the biggest train station in Osaka City. From Osaka Station, you can easily access Nara through the JR Yamatoji Line.

    Have an amazing trip!

  52. Hi, I will be travelling to Japan for 14 days, arriving in Tokyo-Narita airport for the first day. My itinerary will be as follows. Do you suggest i take the 14 days JR Rail Pass? What is the best pass for my itinerary and is there any places on my itinerary that the JR pass does not cover can you tell me what they are?

    13 Nov: Tokyo to Osaka (staying in Osaka for 5 nights)
    15 Nov : Osaka to Universal Studio Japan
    16 Nov: Osaka to Kobe
    17 Nov: Osaka to Nara
    18 Nov: Osaka to Kyoto
    20 Nov: Kyoto to Nagoya
    21 Nov: Nagoya to Hakone
    22 Nov: Hakone to Tokyo
    26 Nov: Depart Tokyo ):

    Thanks so much in advanced!

  53. Hi Jean,

    All the trips you mention are covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Please note that airport transfers are included too 🙂

    – To get from Tokyo to Osaka, you will need to take either the Hikari bullet train or Kodama from Tokyo or Shinagawa stations in central Tokyo. Both run on the Tokaido Shinkansen line, connecting the two cities. The days you are staying in Osaka you can also use your Japan Rail Pass – the Osaka Loop Line is fully included.
    – To get tohe Universal Studios Japan from Osaka Station, take the Osaka loop line to Universal City Station. From Nishikujo Station, you can also take the JR Sakurajima line (also called Yumesaki line). The park is a five-minute walk from the station.
    – You have two options when traveling from Osaka to Kobe using the JR Pass. You may take the Sanyo Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station to Shin-Kobe Station. This trip lasts approximately 15 minutes. Alternatively, you may take a JR Special Rapid Train from Osaka Station to the Kobe Sannomiya Station, with a trip duration of around 20 minutes.
    – Regarding your trip to Nara, from Tennoji Station, you can easily access it. The JR Yamatoji Line from the downtown Namba Station, located at the city’s center, near the Dotonbori area, will take you to Nara terminates. Tennoji Station is located on the south side of the Osaka Loop.
    – Travelling between Kyoto and Osaka is now easier than ever. Just take the already well-known Hikari train on the Tokaido Shinkansen line. You will get between Kyoto Station and Shin-Osaka Station in less than 30 minutes.
    – The Japan Rail Pass also fully covers the trip to Nagoya. If travelling from Kyoto you will have to take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen. Tokaido Shinkansen is Japan’s busiest line and most popular one, as it connects the three biggest metropolitan areas of the country: Tokyo to Yokohama; Osaka to Kyoto; Nagoya.
    – Getting from Hakone to Tokyo will take you about an hour and a half. Take the local Hakonetozan Line in the Hakone Yumoto station, and once you step off in Odawara take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen to Tokyo Station.

    Have an amazing trip!

  54. Hi Team,

    We are planing to stay in Japan between 20th Nov-1st Dec (Both landed and departed from Kansai Airport). We will be going to the followings places:
    Kansai to Kyoto on 20th night
    21th-23th for Kyoto and Nara
    24th to 27th Kyoto to Shinjuku, Tokyo
    28th to 1st Dec -Tokyo to Osaka (stay in Namba)
    We will leave from Namba to Kansai airport on 1st Dec for departure.
    As we are staying less than 14 days, we just wonder should we purchase 7 days pass with few trips pay separately or 14 days pass? Which one is more economic?
    Your help would be appreciated.

  55. Hi

    I am planning to go from Tokyo to Kyoto/Nara this Dec. WE will fly to Tokyo and plan to take bullet train to Kyoto to stay there
    for 3 days then back to Tokyo for another 4 days.

    Can I purchase the Bullet train ticket in advance? When I touch down at Narita Airport in the morning, I will want to take
    the bullet train straight to Kyoto. How long is the journey and the price for the bullet train?

    Thanks. Kuan

  56. Hi Sammy!

    All the trips you mention are covered by the Japan Rail Pass:

    Haruka Express, which will take you straight to Kyoto Station in around one hour and fifteen minutes.
    – To get from Kyoto to Nara, begin at Kyoto Station. Take the Miyakoji Rapid Train, on the JR Nara line to JR Nara Station.
    – To go Kyoto-Tokyo, you should take the Shinkansen Hikari train from Kyoto Station to either Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station.
    The Japan Rail Pass includes transportation within Tokyo. Specifically you can reah Shinjuku Station by taking the Yamanote line, which is included.
    – To get from Tokyo to Osaka, you will need to take either the Hikari bullet train or Kodama from Tokyo or Shinagawa stations in central Tokyo.
    – Within Osaka you will be able to move at no additional cost with the Osaka Loop line, which will drive you straight to Namba.

    To assess what option is more economic (7 or 14 day pass) we recommend you to check Hyperdia, which will give you the exact fares for each trip. That way you will exactly assess the cost of travelling with individual tickets and will be able to easily compare to the Japan Rail Pass cost.

    Have a nice trip!

  57. Hi Kuan!

    All the mentioned trips are included with your Japan Rail Pass.

    When you land in Narita Airport you should take the Narita Express, that will take you straight to central Tokyo. This will take you around 1 hour and 15 minutes.You can either stop at Tokyo Station or at Shinagawa and take the Shinkansen Hikari train straight to Kyoto Station, which will take you close to 1 hour and 40 minutes.

    Enjoy your trip!

  58. Hi, I am planning to visit Japan this October. I am going to visit Tokyo-Kyoto- Osaka.
    My question is : To travel from Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka by JP Pass, is there the direct bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto ? that mean we don’t need to transfer to another station or transfer to another train in the middle of the journey ? I mean we just take JP Pass from Tokyo station and go directly to Kyoto right ?

  59. Hello, I am going to Tokyo to Osaka next month.

    May I know is there a straight line from Tokyo to Osaka ? do we need to transfer to another station/line between the two destination.
    I am just afraid… just in case I am unable to read the subway map and it will take us a long time and money to move from Tokyo to Osaka.

    Thank you . Alex

  60. Hi Alex!

    To get from Tokyo to Osaka, you will need to take either the Hikari bullet train or Kodama from Tokyo or Shinagawa stations in central Tokyo. Both run on the Tokaido Shinkansen line, connecting the two cities. You will get to Shin-Osaka station in approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes without having to transfer to any other line.

    Have a nice trip!

  61. Hi Kitty!

    To get from Tokyo to Kyoto with the Japan Rail Pass you should take the Shinkansen Hikari train from either Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station in central Tokyo, and arrive at Kyoto Station. This bullet train is direct.

    Happy travels!

  62. Hi there!
    My partner and I are planning a 12 day trip to Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo-Osaka. Im wondering what pass I should get. Is there a good place near Kyoto to visit Sea of Japan that’s included on a certain pass? I’ve seen kansai region passes and 7 day passes and 14 day passes. We aren’t going to venture beyond those cities more than a few day trips but will be walking and bussing around inside the cities most days.
    My plans are the following:
    -Kix airport to Osaka, stay two nights.
    -Osaka to Kyoto by nozumi, which I know isn’t covered by jr pass, stay three nights.
    -Possible day trip to Sea of Japan side while in Kyoto.?
    -Kyoto to Tokyo, stay 4 nights.
    -Possible day trip to beach if nice weather.
    -Tokyo to Osaka, stay two nights.
    -Osaka to Kix airport.
    If you could help me decide, I’d very much appreciate it. There are so many options and not sure if it’s worth the money.
    Thanks,
    Noelle

  63. Hi JR,
    I am planing to buy 3, 7 days Japan Rail Pass.
    It is available for walk into the office for purchasing? Or I have to book online?
    I’m from Malaysia, the free shipping is not included in my country.

    Please advice. Thanks.

  64. Hi Noelle!

    Kyoto is not really close to the sea but if you do wish to have a bath we recommend you to go to Biwa Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Japan. It can be accesed easily from Kyoto in a 1-hour trip, you just need to take the Shinkansen (included in your Japan Rail Pass) in Kyoto Station and travel all straight to Omimaiko.

    Please note all the trips you plan to make are included in the Japan Rail Pass – except, of course, for Nozomi trains. However you will always be able to take a Hikari Shinkansen covering the very same itinerary.

    Have a nice trip!

  65. Hi Cheah!

    It is cheaper to purchase it online, however there are some points of sale in Japan too.
    You might purchase your Japan Rail Pass there upon arrival, however please note price will be higher.

    Have a nice trip!

  66. Hi,

    I want to travel between Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. I was just wondering if i should get the National Japan Rail Pass or if there is a regional pass that covers all 3 destinations.

    Thanks

  67. Hi

    I’m intending to go to Japan for 10 days with my itinerary as follows:

    Day 1-3 Tokyo
    Day 4 head to hakone
    Day 6 return to Tokyo
    Day 7 head to Kyoto
    Day 9 Nara day trip from Kyoto
    Day 11 Osaka day trip from Kyoto
    Day 13 return to Tokyo

    Can you let me know whether a 7 day JR would make sense economically or a 14 day pass? Also national pass vs regional?

    Thanks!

  68. Hi Jenn!

    The Japan Rail Pass will allow you to make unlimited trips between these 3 cities. However if you want to take most of it we recommend you to check daytrips you can make from them and that are fully included in the pass. We strongly encourage you to wander around our blog – it is full of tips about the country and cities to visit!

    Happy travels!

  69. Hi My Le,

    The Japan Rail Pass would fully cover all of the described trips, as well as all airport transfers you might need and certain transportation within main cities. If you want to strictly check if the pass would pay off in your case we recommend you to check the cost of each individual ticket at Hyperdia and compare the cost of all the trips to the one of the Japan Rail Pass. Just a tip: it is always easier to travel with an already paid ticket you just need to show than to queue everytime to purchase one 😉

    Happy travels!

  70. Hi ,

    I plan to stay in Tokyo for 6 nights, then Kyoto for 4 nights and then Osaka for 3 nights. So I was wondering which JR pass would be better to buy?

    Thanks,
    Eisha

  71. Hi Eisha!

    Japan Rail Pass can cover either 7, 14 or 21 days of your trip and it can grant you access to either Standard or Green (1st class) seats. When deciding please note the pass will cover airport transfers, transportation within Tokyo, transportation within Kyoto, transportation within Osaka and of course trips from one city to the others.

    Have a nice vacation!

  72. Our plan is to travel by train from Kyoto to Tokyo, (single fare)
    from Tokyo to Yokohama (return fare)
    and from Tokyo to Kyoto (return fare)
    Will it be economical for us to get a 7 day JR pass?

  73. Hi Rachel!

    The Japan Rail Pass will cover all of the mentioned trips (transportation between Tokyo and Kyoto and from Tokyo to Yokohama through the JR Tokaido Line from Tokyo Station to Yokohama Station) as well as many others you might want to take too such as airport transfers and transportation inside the main cities. For example when in Tokyo you are entitled to take the Yamanote line.

    Have a nice trip!

  74. Hi Team,

    I will be travelling to Tokyo in July for 9 days. Landed at Haneda Airport, back from Kansai Airport.
    I have purchased a 7days Japan Rail Pass. Will be staying at Tokyo for 4 nights. Where would you suggest to go using the JR pass for the rest of the days.

    Thank you

  75. Hello,

    I am planning 2 weeks trip to Japan.
    A week in Tokyo and visiting nearby places then travelling to Kansai region and travelling for a week there.
    Please suggest shall I buy 14 days JR to travel in and around Tokyo and Kansai region or separate for both (JR and Kanai thru pass) . Also is JR enough or shall I also buy suica card to move in and around Tokyo.

    Also does 7 or 14 day card include multiple trips in and around Tokyo and Kansai region or limited?

    Please suggest.
    Thank you.

  76. Hi Twe!

    If you are staying in Tokyo there are many daytrips you can make from there using your Japan Rail Pass, see below our recommendations among which you can visit:

    – You can visit Mount Fuji and the Hakone area, specially given that you are travelling during the climbing season.
    Kamakura, just an hour away from Tokyo, is one of the most preferred options when it comes to visiting historical monuments, temples, and shrines.
    – Another great option would be a day trip to Nikko, the home of the powerful Tokugawa Ieyasu, the leader to whom James Clavell’s great novel Shogun is dedicated and the one person who united all of Japan in times of war, conflict, and constant invasion.
    – Last but not least, you can consider visiting Yokohama, one of the most emblematic cities in the recent history of Japan. Getting to Yokohama will take you less than half an hour – take the JR Tokaido Line Rapid Acty for Odawara from Tokyo Station and get off at Yokohama Station.

    Very happy travels!

  77. Hi Aditi!

    The assess if the Japan Rail Pass would be the best option for your vacation you need to know all the trips you would like to make. The pass is usually more cost effective when you travel around the country and hence while you stay at Tokyo it will be more adequate if you are planning multiple day trips than if you stay in the city for the whole week. Please keep in mind that while in Tokyo you can also use some JR lines such as Yamanote one, however depending on what you are planning to visit you might need to purchase an additional SUICA card.

    The Japan Rail Pass includes limitless trips in the transportation it includes and during its scope of validity, which makes your trip easier by not needing to purchase individual tickets for each trip.

    Have an amazing trip!

  78. Hi,
    We are planning a trip to Japan in Nov. 2017. Our schedule is as follows :
    Reach Osaka on 26/11 at night .
    27/11 – Osaka castle, umeda sky tower, nipponbashi den den, Dotonburi.
    28/11 – universal studio
    29/11 – toyama mall
    30/11 – toyama glass making
    1/12 – shirakawa go
    2/12 – Tokyo,Akihabara, who buys
    3/12 – Tokyo tower, diver city, Tokyo plaza, Tokyo dome
    4/12 – Mt.Fuji, tokyo sky tree
    5/12 – Kyoto, shopping
    6/12 – Kyoto romantic train, gion, kinkakuji
    7/12 – Osaka, nara park, Osaka shopping
    8/12 – make music box, Shinsekai market, tsutenkaku tower
    9/12 rinku premium outlet
    10/12 airplane back to singapore

    Which rail pass should we Buy? We are a family of 4, with 2 teenagers aged 14 and 16.

    Thank you and regards.
    Jy

  79. Hi JRP,

    I’m heading to Japan from 28 Oct till 11 November. It will be one way trip from Osaka to Kyoto to Tokyo. I will be landing at Osaka Airport and depart at Haneda airport.
    My question is that is it worth to get a 7 days or 14 days JR pass since i’m not doing any round trip.
    My itinerary of consists few places such as Nara, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studio in Osaka. Also, will travel some major places such as Shinjuku and Ginza. However, i wont travel to other prefacture.

    Thankss for you advise!

  80. Hi Joyce!

    The type of Japan Rail Pass that better fits your needs will depend on the amount of days you need it for.
    Transportation you could use for all your trips included in the pass would be:

    – When you land at Kansai airport, you can reach Osaka city through the Haruka Express.
    – While in Osaka, you can make use of your Japan Rail Pass to travel in the Osaka Loop line: Osaka Castle and gardens are just 5 minutes away by foot from the JR Morinomiya Station, the Osaka Station (reachable with the pass) is in the same general location as the Umeda Station, the JR Namba station will be your best stop if you can to visit the famous Dotonbori area…
    – The pass will also take you to the Universal Studios (Osaka): From Osaka Station, take the Osaka loop line to Universal City Station. From Nishikujo Station, you can also take the JR Sakurajima line.
    – To go to Toyama, you may take the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Toyama.
    – You will be able to move to Tokyo from Osaka very easily and at no additional cost.
    – Once in Tokyo, you can use many local lines, among which you have the JR Yamanote one.
    – To reach Mount Fuji, take JR Tokaido line for Kozu from Tokyo Station. Once at Kozu (Kanagawa), take the JR Gotemba Line for Numazu and then get off at Gotemba station.
    – Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto with the Japan Rail Pass is easy. You should take the Shinkansen Hikari train from either Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station in central Tokyo, and arrive at Kyoto Station.
    While in Kyoto, you will also be able to move with your pass using certain lines.
    – To go to Nara, begin your travels from Osaka at the JR Osaka Station. Take the Yamatoji Rapid Train to JR Nara Station.

    And, last but not least, in the comfort of not having to queue each time you need to buy a ticket – specially nice when you travel with teenagers.

    We wish you very happy travels!

  81. hi

    I’m planning go to japan and plan to visit tokyo, mount fuji, kyoto, osaka
    total trip maybe 8 to 10 days, and will go around some places in each area mention,
    is it best to buy JR Pass for 14 days or do u have option for 10 days?? and also is the JR Pass can cover all my trip (mean that JR Pass can be use all around japan) ???

  82. Hi there!

    I’m looking to plan my trip to Japan (Tokyo-Osaka-back to Tokyo) for about 12 days.
    It’s for 2 people, and we’re looking to spend roughly 4 days in Osaka and the rest of it back in Tokyo.
    We also intend to leave for Osaka almost right away after arriving at Narita airport, and if that’s the case, we will be able to take the train straight from the airport to Osaka right?

    Can you advise which is the best and most cost-efficient rail pass for our plans?

    Thank you!!

  83. Hi Chee!

    The Japan Rail Pass covers all the mentioned trips including airport transfers but remember the validity period of the Japan Rail Pass is either 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days. The exact expiration time is either the 7th, 14th or the 21st night at midnight. Therefore, you won’t have the option of splitting the validity period of their passes. For that reason, if you want to travel with a Japan Rail Pass you will need to count how many consecutive days you will be using it or plan your trip accordingly.

    Please note that once activated, the date on the passes can no longer be changed.

    Have a nice trip!

  84. Hi putu!

    A Japan Rail Pass can be valid for either 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days, unfortunately at the time being there are no other validity period options. It can be used all around Japan and it covers:

    1. All JR Group limited express trains, express trains, rapid and local ones. Shinkansen bullet trains are also covered, except of NOZOMI and MIZUHO.
    2. All local JR bus lines.
    3. JR-West Miyajima ferry services.

    Very happy travels!

  85. Hi Desiree Leong!

    If you wish to travel from Narita Airport straight to Osaka you will first need to take the Narita Express to central Tokyo and once there take either the Hikari bullet train or Kodama from Tokyo or Shinagawa stations to Shin-Osaka. To get to central Osaka station, change to any of the local JR Tokaido-Sanyo trains also included in the Japan Rail Pass.

    Have an amazing vacation!

  86. Hello,

    I will be in Japan for two weeks. I plan to stay in Tokyo for the first, and then travel to Kyoto and Osaka.
    How can I get from Tokyo to Kyoto, to Osaka, and then back to Tokyo?

    Thank you for replying to everyone very thoroughly!

  87. Hi
    Planning to travel to Tokyo on 1st of September, then travel to Osaka for few days with day trips from Osaka to Kyoto.
    I’m after a pass that we can use for travelling between cities ( Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto) and inner suburbs in each city( traveling in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto). which pass works for us the best without any extra charge. i mean i’m not sure if there is a pass that can be used everywhere or not.
    I’ll wait for reply.
    Thanks

  88. Hi Catherine,

    This article you are reading has all the details you enquire, please make sure to go through it. Basically Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka are connected with by the Tokaido Shinkansen line, included with the Japan Rail Pass.

    Enjoy your trip!

  89. Hi Penny!

    The Japan Rail Pass will allow you to travel between these cities at no additional charge, however it doesn’t include all thw inner lines in each city. However the pass will allow you to take advantage of some inner lines:

    – The JR Pass affords access to five different Tokyo railway lines: the Yamanote line, the most prominent rail line in Tokyo; the Keihin-Tohoku line, which runs parallel to the eastern side of the Yamanote; the Rapid Chuo line, which intersects the Yamanote line; the local Chuo-Sobu line that also crosses the Yamanote; and other metropolitan lines that circulate on the outskirts of the city such as the JR Keiyo, Musashi, Nambu and Yokohama lines.
    – The Osaka Loop line, which “loops,” or circles, through downtown Osaka.
    Local Kyoto JR lines include the Sagano Line and the Nara Line.

    Happy travels!

  90. Hi There

    i am planning to get 7day pass for JR

    would these spots be covered?
    • start Tokyo –
    • Hakone – Mount Fuji
    Hiroshima
    • Miyajima –
    • Okayama or Naoshima (Aka Art Island)
    • Kyoto –
    • Osaka – end

  91. Hi nur!

    Sure – the Japan Rail Pass will cover all your trips!

    – Depending on the airport you land, you will be entitled to take a transfer to Japan’s main cities (Narita Express if you land at Narita Airport, Tokyo Monorail if you land at Haneda Airport and Haruka Express if you land at Kansai Airport).
    – To get from Tokyo to Hakone take the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station (covered by the Japan Rail Pass), get off at Odawara station, then take the Hakone Tozan train for Hakone-Yumoto (not covered by JR) and get off at Hakone-Itabashi. This is your final destination.
    Hiroshima can be easily reached from Japan’s main cities using your Japan Rail Pass.
    – To get to Miyajima island from central Hiroshima, take a tram to the Miyajimaguchi ferry port using your Japan Rail Pass to access the JR ferry for free. The ferry ride takes only about ten minutes.
    – From Tokyo, take the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen to get to Okayama. If you want to go to Naoshima island, then take the JR Uno Line to Uno Station. Walk across the street to the ferry terminal, and you will reach the island by ferry.
    – Kyoto and Osaka are easily reachable as you have read in this article.

    Very happy travels!

  92. Hi there, hoping you can help us with this question,
    1- would a JP RAIL PASS COVER THESE LOCATIONS?- if so which one we should buy?
    August 27 – TOKYO
    August 28 – HAKONE
    August 29 – MATSUMOTO
    Matsumoto Castle
    August 30 – KYOTO
    September 1 – OSAKA

    2- what kind of transportation needed to reach to MOUNT FUJI?

    3- IF JP rail pass doesnt reach these destinations(if any- what can we do to make this itineary happen? which trains/lines?)
    THANK YOU SO MUCH
    CHEERS FROM CANADA-
    JESS

  93. Hi JESS!

    Yes – the Japan Rail Pass will greatly cover the described trip!

    – Please check at which airport you are landing since the Japan Rail Pass grants access to the transportation from the main airports to the most important cities in Japan.
    – While in Tokyo, you will be entitled to take some local lines such as the Yamanote Line, the Keihin-Tohoku Line, the Rapid Chuo Line, the local Chuo-Sobu line and other metropolitan lines that circulate on the outskirts of the city such as the JR Keiyo, Musashi, Nambu and Yokohama lines.
    – To get from Tokyo to Hakone take the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station (covered by the Japan Rail Pass) and get off at Odawara station. From there take the Hakone Tozan train for Hakone-Yumoto (not covered by JR) and get off at Hakone-Itabashi.
    – Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka are easily connected as you have read in this article.
    – To get to Mount Fuji from Tokyo, take JR Tokaido line for Kozu from Tokyo Station, using your JR Pass. Once at Kozu (Kanagawa), take the JR Gotemba Line for Numazu and get off at Gotemba Station. Once at Gotemba station, take a bus to Subashiri 5th station, the gateway to climbing Mount Fuji. The bus operated by Fujikyu to reach the Gotemba climbing route. Please note that Fujikyu is not part of the Japan Rail Group, which means the Japan Rail Pass does not cover buses ran by this company.

    Very happy travels!

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