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

    1. 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.

    2. Hi Atel!

      In this article you should have already found all the details regarding the itinerary you mention, together with its stations.

      The Japan Rail Pass covers all these trips, however if you are not travelling any more it might not be the most convenient ticket for you. We recommend you to check Hyperdia for the exact price of the train rides: it will greatly help in assessing which the most convenient ticket will be.

      Happy travels!

  1. 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

    1. 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

  2. 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?

  3. 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

    1. 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

  4. 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.

    1. 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

  5. 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?

    1. 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:

    2. The Yamanote Circular line
    3. The Chuo-Sobu line
    4. The Chuo line Rapid
    5. The Keihin Tohoku line
    6. The Keiyo line
    7. 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

  6. 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!

    1. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

    1. 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

  9. 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

    1. 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

  10. 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

    1. 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

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

      Happy travels,
      The JRailPass team

  11. 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

    1. 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!

  12. 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!

    1. 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!

  13. 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

    1. 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!

  14. 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

    1. 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!

  15. 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

    1. 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

  16. 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.

    1. 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

  17. 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

    1. 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!

  18. 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

    1. 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!

  19. 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?

    1. 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!

  20. 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 ?

    1. 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!

  21. 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?

    1. 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!

  22. 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

    1. 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!

  23. 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!

    1. 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!

  24. 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.

    1. 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!

  25. 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

    1. 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!

  26. 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 ?

    1. 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!

  27. 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

    1. 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!

  28. 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

    1. 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!

  29. 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.

    1. 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!

  30. 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

    1. 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!

  31. 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!

    1. 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!

  32. 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

    1. 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!

  33. 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?

    1. 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!

  34. 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

    1. 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!

  35. 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.

    1. 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!

  36. 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

    1. 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!

  37. 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!

    1. 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!

  38. 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) ???

    1. 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!

  39. 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!!

    1. 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!

  40. 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!

    1. 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!

  41. 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

    1. 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!

  42. 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

    1. 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!

  43. 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

    1. 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!

  44. Hello,

    I am planning to visit Tokyo first, which I will be landing at Haneda Airport.
    Then, I plan to travel to Osaka ( 3 days) – Kyoto ( 3 days) – Tokyo ( 4 days).
    The return airport will be Narita Aiport.
    The trip is around 10 days.

    Could you advise whether a 7 day JR pass is sufficient for above mentioned ?

    thank you

    1. Hi Jess,

      Yes! The 7-day Japan Rail Pass is the perfect fit considering your travel plan. It covers the transfer from Haneda airport with the Tokyo monorail. However, your Japan Rail Pass will not cover the last three days of your trip (it will only cover one of your airport transfers but not the return one). We suggest you buy a 3-day JR ticket at any JR station and then a single Narita Express ticket. This way your entire trip will be covered! Enjoy Japan and don’t forget to share your photos with us.

  45. Hi,

    I am going to be arriving by plane in Osaka on the 30th of Sept, then on the 4th going to Kyoto and then travelling to Tokyo on the 7th and flying home from Tokyo on the 14th. A lot of my trip will be spent at theme parks (Universal and DisneySea and DisneyLand) but I will be exploring the cities for the remaining time. Would a JR Pass be economical or not and would a 7 day be better or a 14?

    1. Hi Matt!

      All your mentioned trips are fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass:

      – From Kansai Airport you can easily move to Osaka in the Haruka Express.
      – It is very easy to move between Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo using your Japan Rail Pass as you have already read in this article.
      – Also you can reach Japan’s most important amusement parks with your pass; Universal Studios Japan, Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland among them.

      Happy travels!

  46. hi I will be travelling to Osaka , Kyoto and Tokyo 4 nights each can I use the bullet train and underground metro for all cities.

    thanks

  47. Hi,

    I need help calculating my japan trips please, if we don’t have the JR pass how much we need to pay for them:

    Tokyo to Osaka
    Osaka to Kyoto
    Kyoto to Mishima then bus to Kawaguchiko
    kawaguchiko to Mishma by bus then Tokyo

    Which station to use? and how to get the exact time table for trains in English

    1. Hi Taibah!

      You can find all information regarding stations, times and costs at Hyperdia – he number 1 Japanese online transportation planning tool. It will enable you to precisely plan your trip in Japan from station to station with punctuality to the second.

      Have a nice trip

  48. Anyone can help.. JR pass which to buy?

    We plan to visit Japan 14 days
    Land at Tokyo Haneda take JR pass to Osaka
    Spend 2-3 night there then to Kyoto 2 -3night – Mt Fuji 2 night and back to Tokyo – Disneyland etc..

    Not sure if this will work well.. can someone help and suggest .. I read the JR pass and got confused. How to use and when can use to… thanks

    1. Hi bbsin!

      The Japan Rail Pass can be used unlimitedly in the included transportation during its scope of validity, which can either be 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days. To assess which type of Japan Rail Pass is the most adequate for your trip we recommend you to draw all the itinerary and check which would individual costs be at Hyperdia – the number 1 Japanese online transportation planning tool. Please note all the mentioned trips can be made with the Japan Rail Pass at no additional cost:

      – From Haneda Airport you can easily reach Osaka through the Haruka Express.
      – While in Osaka you can make extensive use of the Osaka Loop Line to move within the city.
      While in Kyoto you will be able to use some JR lines too.
      – You will also be able to reach Mount Fuji from Tokyo through the Gotemba route.
      – To get to Tokyo Disneyland from Tokyo, use your JR Pass to travel from Tokyo Station to Maihama Station, on the JR Keiyo line. Travel time is 20 minutes and the park is a mere five-minute walk from the station.

      And last but not least, from this article you already know how easy it is to move between Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto with the Japan Rail Pass.

      Very happy travels!

  49. Hi,
    I need advice for what kind of pass to buy.
    Also if possible please let me know the best routes & Line to take for each travelling.
    For which routes we need to make advance booking & also the frequency of each train & est traveling time.

    Arrival @ Narita Airport
    Day 1-3 – @ Tokyo (Staying @ Shibuya)
    Day 4 From Tokyo to Hakone For Mount Fuji. Stay over at Hakone area
    Day 5 From Hakone going to GOTEMBA PREMIUM OUTLETS. After that going over to Osaka to stay over
    Day 6 & 7 Osaka
    Day 8 Kyoto
    Day 9 Osaka –> Airport

    Thank you..

    1. Hi Agnes!

      To reserve your seat, please go to any Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi), located in all Japanese train stations. Once there you will be able to reserve seats in advance for all your trip. Also you can make seat reservations online for certain trains at the JR East Train Reservation Service.

      As for your itinerary, please find below some comments on your schedule:

      – When you arrive at Narita, you will be able to reach central Tokyo at no additional cost in the Narita Express.
      – While in Tokyo, and specially given you are staying at Shibuya, you can move at no additional cost using the Yamanote Line.
      – You can get to Mount Fuji in 2h from Tokyo following the Gotemba route: take JR Tokaido line for Kozu from Tokyo Station, using your JR Pass; once at Kozu (Kanagawa), take the JR Gotemba Line for Numazu; get off at Gotemba Station.
      – To go to Osaka you can take the Tokaido Shinkansen from Odawara Station to Shin-Osaka Station.
      – Once in Osaka, you will be entitled to travel on the Osaka Loop Line at no additional cost.
      – In this article you have already read about how easy it is to move between Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka 🙂
      – To get to Kansai Airport from Osaka you can take the Haruka Express, fully covered by your Japan Rail Pass.

      Should you want to plan your trip in Japan from station to station with punctuality to the second, we strongly recommend you to check Hyperdia – the number 1 Japanese online transportation planning tool (website and mobile app).

      Have a nice trip!

  50. Hi, I am heading to Narita airport. From Narita airport to Osaka-Kyoto and back to tokyo,
    Can JR ordinary or green pass bring me to the city?
    Which means bullet train and normal train?
    Thanks

  51. Hi

    I will be travelling to Japan with my husband in the month of November, 2017. We are planning to get a 7day JR pass. Will this pass cover the travel to the sight seeing places in Kyoto and Osaka?

    Please suggest.

  52. hi, i have morning flight at 9am at narita, is that possible to take JR line from tokyo? or other station? what time JR train to Narita operate? where i can see the schedule for the train?

    thank you for the reply.
    Regards,
    Siska

    1. Hi Siska!

      First Narita Express leaves Tokyo at 7 am and gets to Narita Airport at 7:56 am. If you want to check the most updated timetables you might want to check Hyperdia – the number 1 Japanese online transportation planning tool (website and mobile app).

      Have a nice trip!

  53. Hello – we are arriving in Osaka on 9/4 and plan on going to Kyoto right away to spend a couple days there. From Kyoto, we will be taking the train to Tokyo where we will stay 4 days and then fly out of Tokyo. I see that we can use the Japan Rail Pass from Osaka to Kyoto on the Haruka express train, but can it be used for –
    a) Travel from Kyoto to Tokyo on the bullet train
    b) travel locally in Tokyo

    Appreciate your help.

    1. Hi Neha!

      As you can read in this article, the Japan Rail Pass can be used to travel from Kyoto to Tokyo on the bullet train. You should take the Shinkansen Hikari train from Kyoto Station and arrive at either Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station in central Tokyo.

      As for the local transport in Tokyo, you will be entitled to use all JR lines, among which the Yamanote Line might be the most useful. Please note that city’s metro is not included in the pass.

      Happy travels!

  54. Hello, In December 2017, we are going to Japan for 7 days. We will arrive at Osaka Airport, then either Kyoto first then Osaka or vice versa. Then either Hakone or Atami for 1 day, finally Tokyo and leave from NARITA Airport.
    1) Which JR pass should we get?
    2) Is it easier to go Osaka first or Kyoto? The hotel we are planning to stay in Osaka is in Nanko-Kita, Suminoe-Ku, and the one we are planning to stay in Kyoto is in Central Kyoto.
    3) Can we take JR to Tokyo from either Hakone or Atami?
    Thank you in advance for your reply!

    1. Hi Violetta!

      You can either start your itinerary from either Kyoto or Osaka, both are well connected between them and also to Kansai Airport. Once you land in Osaka Airport you can travel to either Osaka or Kyoto in the Haruka Express. The trip to Osaka will take around 1 hour and to Kyoto 1 hour and 15 minutes approximately. Travel between both cities is very easy, as well as going from any of them to Tokyo as you have already read in this article. To go from Tokyo to Narita Airport you can take the Narita Express in central Tokyo, included in your Japan Rail Pass too.

      You can also travel between Tokyo and Hakone at almost no additional cost if you hold a Japan Rail Pass: take the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station (covered by the Japan Rail Pass) and get off at Odawara station. Then take the Hakone Tozan train for Hakone-Yumoto (not covered by JR) and get off at Hakone-Itabashi.

      Have a nice trip!

  55. Hello!

    My family and I are heading to Japan in December to cross the new year.

    Our 10 day trip is looking like this: Tokyo >> Osaka >> Kyoto.

    May I know if there is a 10 day pass? Will the JR Rail pass cover all transport between locations and to/fro the airports?

    Additionally, will there be trains through the night of 31 Dec, and will this pass cover those trains?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Cherylyn!

      A Japan Rail Pass can only be valid for either 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days, there is no possibility of having a 10-day Japan Rail Pass. JR Pass cannot be extended by 1,2, or more days. It is available for 7,14, and 21-days, non-extendable and non-transferable.

      As you have read in this article, the Japan Rail Pass fully covers trips between Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. It also covers transfers from Narita Airport (through Narita Express), Haneda Airport (through Tokyo Monorail) and from Kansai Airport (through Haruka Express).

      Enjoy your trip!

  56. Hi,

    I will be going to Tokyo this December and below is my route:

    Narita Airport- Tokyo
    Toyko – Osaka
    Osaka- Kyoto
    Kyoto – Nara
    Nara – Osaka
    Osaka – Kansai Airport
    Is it worth the 7-day JR Pass or should I just buy individual tickets?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Bernice!

      If you want the exact calculation we recommend you to check Hyperdia – the number 1 Japanese online transportation planning tool. If you introduce all trips of your route you will get the exact cost they would have and you will be able to easily compare it to Japan Rail Pass’ cost.

      Have an amazing trip!

  57. Thank you very much for your response.
    We are planning to go from Kansai Airport to 1)Kyoto, 2)Osaka, 3) Atami, 4) Tokyo and fly home from Narita Airport. Total is 7 days.
    Which 7-day JR pass should we purchase? Thanks.

    1. Hi Violetta!

      Actually there is only one choice that can be made when purchasing a 7-day Japan Rail Pass: if you wnat the standard or the first class. Buying the Green Pass is ideal for the busy months in Japan. In particular, if you are travelling in the summertime between June and September. This is due to the endless colorful festivals and national celebrations, which attract many Japanese as well as tourists from all over the world.

      Have an amazing time!

  58. Hello!

    Thank you for the reply above!

    Can i just check on my 2nd questions regarding the operating hours of the train during the New Years’ eve and New Years’ Day?

    Thanks for the great help!

    1. Hi Cherylyn!

      For the exact operation hours of trains please check Hyperdia – the number 1 Japanese online transportation planning tool. It offers detailed timetables, platform information, trip duration and exact distance, which will help you greatly in organizing your trips in Japan.

      Have a nice trip!

  59. Hi , This is my first time in Japan. I will be there for 7days. Intend to travel fm Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka. does the 7 days rail pass cover the airport to city transfer and rides within the 3 cities ?

    1. Hi Jen!

      Yes, the Japan Rail Pass will cover your airport transfers from Narita Airport (through the Narita Express), from Haneda (through Tokyo Monorail) and from Kansai (through Haruka Express). Also as you have already read in this article it fully covers the rides between Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

      Have an amazing trip!

  60. Hi there,
    Our family will be travelling to Japan as per schedule:
    19 October arrive Haneda international airport 5 in the morning. Take bullet train to Kyoto.
    Stay in Kyoto for 5 days to all see Osaka, Nara, Kobe and Nagoya.
    24 October travel to Tolyo and stay for 7 nights. Please give me suggestions how to use JR Pass so we don’t waste more money on transport. Which Jr pass should i get? Thank you.

    Aileen

    1. Hi Aileen!

      The Japan Rail Pass will fully cover your trip. However we would recommend to purchase a 7-day pass covering the biggest trips which seem to happen during the first days and while you are at Tokyo you might prefer to purchase an IC Card that fully covers transportation inside the city.

      – When you land in Haneda you would be entitled to take the Haruka Express at no additional cost to Kyoto.
      – Osaka and Kyoto are very well connected as you have already read in this article.
      – From Kyoto you will be able to easily reach Nara by taking the Miyakoji Rapid Train, on the JR Nara line to JR Nara Station.
      – To travel from Kyoto to Kobe you may take the direct Hikari Shinkansen from Kyoto Station to Shin-Kobe Station.
      – To go from Kyoto to Nagoya begin your journey from Kyoto at Kyoto Station. Take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen lines – using your JR Pass for passage on the Hikari or Kodama trains – to Nagoya Station.

      The option of getting a longer validity Japan Rail Pass is also available and would give you the extra comfort of not have to stand on a queue to get tickets and reserve places each time you want to take a train. If you decided to do so, you would have also included in you pass the Narita Express (Tokyo center to Narita Airport) and five different Tokyo railway lines (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).

      Have a nice trip!

  61. Hi, we will be making a similar trip to Narita/Kyoto/Haneda in 3 weeks’ time. Our flight lands in Narita at 3:20pm on Sunday, do we have enough time to get to a hotel in the Gion area in Kyoto by end of the day?

    That’s not a problem according to Hyperdia, but will there be any Hikari tickets when we are there?

    To be sure to get to Kyoto, should I consider flying to KIX instead since I cannot reserve the Shinkansen Hikari tickets until I convert my JR voucher to JP pass at Narita?

    We will have large luggages , should we make the N’EX/Sinkansen transfer at Tokyo or Shinagawa station? I understand that Shinagawa station is easier to get around but trains at Tokyo station have more spaces for luggages since that is the starting terminal.

    Thank you
    KY

    1. Hi KY Ho!

      We recommend you to check Hyperdia for the exact timing of the trains. It will enable you to precisely plan your trip in Japan from station to station with punctuality to the second.

      If you travel to Kansai Airport instead of Narita Airport you will have a shorter trip to Kyoto since you can take the Haruka Express. The one-way trip takes around one hour and fifteen minutes and is free with the Japan Rail Pass. These train contain luggage racks.

      Please note that on regular Shinkansen trains travellers are allowed luggage on board for no additional cost. However, there is a limitation of two pieces of luggage, both of which should have a maximum weight of 60kg and a total of 250 cm in height, length and width. There is also a delivery service option.

      Very happy travels!

  62. Hi!

    I’m also planning a trip to Japan and I’m really questioning if I should buy the Japan Rail Pass.

    Here’s what I have in mind:
    – I’ll arrive at Narita airport and travel to Tokyo afterwards, where I’ll be spending a day and a half (2 nights). I plan on visiting the most relevant sightseeing places during that time (shibuya, asakusa, ginza, shinjuku, etc).
    – Afterwards, I plan on travelling to Kyoto probably using the bullet train.
    – I’ll be spending 4 days in Kyoto and I also wnat to visit the main turistic places there, probably using the local train lines. I’m also thinking about the possibility of doing a day trip to Nara during one of those 4 days.
    – Finally, I’ll travel to Osaka by train since my return flight will leave from Osaka’s International airport.

    I’m questioning about wether or not I should buy the JR pass because I worry that some local train lines (mainly in kyoto) will only work with private lines. Also, I’m only planning on using the bullet train once.

    I can’t make up my mind about wether or not I should buy a JR pass and, if so, which one would benefit me the most.

    Can you please help me?

    Thank you very much,
    Miguel

    1. Hi Miguel!

      The Japan Rail Pass will help you in most of the trips you have planned; however as you state within cities you might need to use IC cards. However we recommend you to check at Hyperdia what will be the cost resulting from making individually the trips that the Japan Rail Pass covers: some trips are expensive and it might pay off even when not being entitled to use city lines.

      – When you land at Narita Airport you will be able to easily reach Tokyo center with the Narita Express at no additional cost.
      – While in Tokyo you can use the following lines at no additional cost when travelling with the Japan Rail Pass: 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.
      – In this article you have already discovered how easy (and fast!) is getting to Kyoto and Osaka with the Japan Rail Pass.
      – To get from Kyoto to Nara, begin at Kyoto Station. Take the Miyakoji Rapid Train, on the JR Nara line to JR Nara Station. The rapid trains run twice per hour, and the 45-minute trip is covered by your JR Pass.
      – When you need to head back to Kansai Airport your transportation will also be included: the Haruka Express, a limited express, airport rail link train service.

      Have an amazing trip!

  63. Hi,

    My family will be arriving at Osaka (KIX) on 13 November,
    going to Kyoto on 16 November and finally arriving in Tokyo on 20 November.
    We will fly out from Tokyo (HND) on 25th.
    What pass would you recommend?

    1. Hi Chris!

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

      – Transportation from Kansai airport to Osaka in the Haruka Express.
      – Trips between Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, as you have already discovered in this article.
      – Airport transfer from Tokyo city to Haneda Airport in the Tokyo Monorail.

      Have a nice vacation!

  64. Hi, I’m planning a 6 day trip to Tokyo and Kyoto for summer in 2018. Can I re-confirm that with the 7 day JR Pass, I can take the Narita Express from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station and to + from Tokyo & Kyoto (via Hikari) on for free within the 7 days? We (4 people) will be landing Narita at about 9pm. Would it be too late to reserve Narita Express upon our arrival?

  65. Hi,

    Will be landed in Kansai airport on 10th Oct (morning) and leaving on 17th(night), will spent 1st 3 days in Kyoto and the rest of the days will be staying in Osaka area, plan to go day trip Nara, Kobe and Miyajima.
    1. what JR card would you suggest? Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass (5days) or Sanyo-San’in Area Pass (7days)
    2. Can either one of this card use within the kyoto region?
    3. Will it be cheaper if i buy bus pass in kyoto and Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass (5days) ?
    4. Can either one of this card use to/ from airport?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi JK!

      The Japan Rail Pass will cover all the mentioned trips.

      Haruka Express train, which will take you from Kansai Airport straight to Kyoto. The one-way trip takes around one hour and fifteen minutes and is free with the Japan Rail Pass. Yo can used to get from and to the airport at the beggining and at the end of your trip.
      – From this article you have already learned how easy it is to travel from Kyoto to Osaka 😉
      – To go from Osaka to Nara begin your trip at the JR Osaka Station. Take the Yamatoji Rapid Train to JR Nara Station.
      – To travel from Kyoto to Kobe you may take the direct Hikari Shinkansen from Kyoto Station to Shin-Kobe Station. One Hikari train departs each hour, and the trip lasts approximately 30 minutes.
      – To get to Miyajima you will first need to reach Hiroshima. To do it from Osaka, take the Sanyo Shinkansen line in Shin-Osaka Station. From central Hiroshima, take a tram to the Miyajimaguchi ferry port. The good news is thatou can use your Japan Rail Pass to access the JR ferry for free. The ferry ride takes only about ten minutes.

      Since unlimited trips are included, you might take those trains as many times as you want, as well as being entitled to take JR lines within the city (for example, the Osaka Loop line).

      Very happy travels!

  66. Hi, 4 of us will be landed in Tokyo HND on 10/12/2017 ~ 9pm and go around Tokyo for few days, then will travel to Osaka/Kyoto on 14/12/2017 and then return to Tokyo NRT on 17/12/2017 for a 3pm flight to TPE, just wonder the 7 days pass cover all these ? or I should start use the JR pass on 11/12/2017 instead, also , what is the different between the ordinary and green pass? is ordinary pass will cover all these travel?

    Thanks
    Ricky

    1. Hi Ricky!

      The Japan Rail Pass validity period is calculated in days, not in hours. Therefore, if you have purchased a 7-day pass and your activation date (when you first use the pass) is the 10th of December, the exact expiration time will be midnight on December 16. In that case a 7-day pass would not cover your whole stay in the country.

      The Green Pass stands for a First class ticket, which allows you to access the most comfortable and spacious seating areas on all Shinkansen bullet trains and certain fast lines. Buying the Green Pass is ideal for the busy months in Japan. In particular, if you are travelling in the summertime between June and September. This is because these compartments tend to be less crowded and it is easier to reserve your seat.

      Have an amazing vacation!

    1. Hello Ham,

      We are glad to confirm you that the Japan Rail Pass cover these three places you would like to visit. Also, if you are looking for some other destinations in Japan, please have a look at our travel guide blog, where you can find the best dstinations for your trip.

      Have a great journey!

  67. Hello,
    Thank you for the great read- I am going to Japan for 14 days Osaka- Kyoto-Tokyo and some stops in-between … I am wondering what is best bang for my buck. The 14 day is quite pricey, so should I look into region passes? If so how do those work if I want to get from Kyoto to Tokyo. Thank you 🙂
    – Darah

    1. Hi Darah,

      There’s no dispute that the Shinkansen (bullet train €77.74– €106.49 one-way) is still the fastest and smoothest way to get from Tokyo to Kyoto, and if you’re going to get the JR Rail Pass then it’s a no-brainer.
      Otherwise, the Seishun 18 ticket ( local train €17.89 one-way) is the cheapest way, but will take a toll on your time. If you want to go for the middle ground—not wasting too much time but not paying too much, you’re better off taking an overnight bus to Kyoto (at least €22.64 one-way). Taking a plane (at least €50.57 one-way, including airport fees and transfer costs) can still be expensive and time-consuming due to airport transfers, but if you snag a good deal during promo season, go for it!

      You can compare prices on Hyperdia, and then decide what is the best option for you.

      Hope it helps

      Regards

  68. Hello JRailPass,

    I am planning a Trip to Japan in April 1- 9. We will be flying into Haneda Airport and arriving to Disney Sea Resort. Day 3 we are leaving the Disney sea resort to travel to Osaka or Nara Park. We have a 7 DAY JR Pass. What is the best way to travel to Osaka or Nara Deer Park from Tokyo Disney Sea?

    1. Hi Cristy,

      From Disney Sea Resort to Osaka: At Maihama, the Disneyland station, take the JR Keiyo Line to Tokyo Station. There, change to JR Tokaido Shinakansen to Shin-Osaka. From Shin-Osaka, it depends on where you stay in the large area of Osaka City.
      From Disney Sea Resort to Nara Park: At Maihama, the Disneyland station, take the JR Keiyo Line to Tokyo Station. There, you need to walk for 10 minutes to change to the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen line. After 4 stops, you will be at kyoto station. Walk for two minutes to take the Kintetsu-Limited Express until Kintetsu-Nara Station. From there to Nara Park you have 18 minutes walking.

      For more information about traveling from Tokyo to Osaka, check our trains and transportation guide. Also, have a look at Nara with the JR Pass to get the best experience of your Japan trip.

      Hope it helps.

      Kind regards

  69. Hello JR rail,

    We are taking a trip to Japan in November and trying to decide whether to purchase the 7 day rail pass.

    Our route is:
    Tokyo- Hakone- Kyoto – Tokyo

    Would it be cheaper to do this route with the rail pass? I can’t see anywhere whether we can get from Hakone to Kyoto with the pass.

    Thanks so much

    1. Hello Charlotte,

      According with your plan, you will need to take at least, two shinkansen bullet trains, so the Japan rail Pass would be a very good deal
      Anyways, you can compare prices on Hyperdia, and then decide what is the best option for you.

      Hope it helps 🙂

  70. Hello!

    My partner and I are travelling from Australia to Japan.

    We land in Narita, spend 5 nights in Tokyo, then three in kyoto (the first being in kurama), then three in Osaka before departing to fly to Seoul.

    We are also hoping to do a day trip to Hiroshima on one of the days while we are staying in Kyoto.

    A j-rail pass seems like the best value (especially given the hiroshima trip) but not necessarily a full 14 day one to cover the whole amount given we are staying in the cities for a significant time.

    Is it better value to get the 14 day pass due to the travel inside the cities, or would it be better having a 7 day rail pass that covers the major shinkansen trips (tokyo to kyoto, hiroshima, kyoto to osaka) and just use smaller cards either side of this?

    Thanks!

    1. Hello Morgan,

      Both options can be suitable for your itinerary. So you can check on Hyperdia, compare prices and decide wich Japan Rail Pass is a better deal for you. But remember that 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.

      Hope you have a wonderful stay in Japan!

  71. Hello!

    I am debating if I should get the 7 day JR pass, I used the hyperdia and it showed that it’s better to buy the tickets individually. But I heard that we can use the JR pass inside the cities. I am just debating if it is worth it to use the 7 day JR pass and just pay 4700 yen more.

    The route is
    Day 1-5: Tokyo
    Day 6: activate the 7 daysJR pass to go to day trip Hakone
    Day 7: Tokyo to Kyoto
    Day 8: Kyoto to Nara for day trip
    Day 9 & 10: Kyoto
    Day 11: Kyoto to Osaka
    Day 12: Osaka to Kobe for day trip/ JR pass expires
    Day 13 &14: Osaka
    Day 15: Osaka to Tokyo

    1. Hello Joanne,

      The Japan Rail Pass covers all JR Group limited express trains, express trains, rapid and local ones. Shinkansen bullet trains are also covered, except of NOZOMI and MIZUHO.
      Furthermore, the JR Pass can be used on the Tokyo Monorail, the Yamanote line (Tokyo Metro); the Aoimori Railway between Aomori and Hachinohe; the JR Ishikawa Railway between Kanazawa and Tsubata; the Ainokaze Toyama Railway beween Toyama and Takaoka; Narita Express from Narita Airport to Tokyo.
      Before making any decision you can check all the advantages of using Japan Rail Pass and later you can go for whichever is the best option for you.

      Hope this helps.

      Have a nice trip 🙂

      Regards

  72. Which JR pass should i use since my route is Kyoto – Nagoya – Shiragawa – Takayama – Osaka? Plan to buy the 7 day pass, kindly advise me…

    Thanks.

    1. Hello Ching,

      Hope you are well 🙂

      How long will you be there? It seems like you have planned a 10 day trip. For that time, the 7 day Japan Rail Pass may be the best deal for you. Including a single ticket at the beginning or at the end or your journey.

      If you have any other question, please let us know 🙂

      Regards

  73. Hi, great article!

    I am going to Kyoto for one week (16th of october to 23rd), and have some questions for that matter:

    1. Can I use the same JR pass from – and to the airport (from Kansai KIX the 16th october – from Kyoto station to KIX Kansai the 23rd)?

    2. I would like to take a one-day trip to Tokyo – if I have a JR pass, can I also visit the other cities nearby with the same pass?

    3. If I only plan a one-day trip to Tokyo, and stay in Kyoto the rest of the time – is it necessary with a JR pass?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Neda!

      Answering your questions:

      1. Yes – you can use the pass unlimitedly in the transportation that is included in the pass. To get to and from Kansai Airport to Kyoto Station you can take the Haruka Express.
      2. Sure! You can travel as much as you can in the transportation included in the Japan Rail Pass, which covers trips practically over the whole country.
      3. To assess which option is more cost effective for your trip we recommend you to check which would be the individual cost of the trip using Hyperdia and to compare it to the Japan Rail Pass cost. As easy as pie!

      We hope you enjoy your trip!

  74. Hi,

    Planning to go to Tokyo in Nov. Going to be in Tokyo for 6.5 days and then going to Osaka for 5 days (w/ 1 of those 5 days going to Kyoto). Since it’s not the whole 14 days, I was wondering what would be the most efficient way to purchase the JR pass. If anyone has any helpful hints, thank you!!!

    1. Hi Fred!

      The Japan Rail Pass will fully cober your airport transfers, trips between Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto as you have already read in this article, and most of your trips through the country. The most adequate ticket for you will depend on your itinerary, please keep in mind the Japan Rail Pass will be more cost effective the more you travel. If you are planning to make many trips it might be cheaper to travel on the Japan Rail Pass even if you are not in the country during the whole validity of the pass. We recommend you to check the individual ticket cost of all your trips in Hyperdia and to compare it to the full Japan Rail Pass cost.

      Enjoy your trip!

  75. Hi
    I planned to visit Tokyo – Liyama – Kyoto – Osaka
    Does JR Pass cover this route? And what would be the train line and station?
    How long is every travel?
    Please advise.
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Avinia!

      You can travel all straight from Tokyo to Iiyama in the Hokuriku Shinkansen. The Kagayaki and Hakutaka are the bullet trains that run from Tokyo to Kanazawa: you will just have to take the train at Tokyo Station and to drop off at Iiyama. It should take you around 108 min. When you want to travel from Iiyama to Kyoto you will have to transfer trains. One of the fastest ways of making this trip would be taking the same Hakutaka train from Iiyama to Kanazawa and once there take the Limited Express Thunderbird train to Kyoto. From this article you do already know how to get from Kyoto to Osaka 🙂 All os these trips are fully included in your Japan Rail Pass.

      We always recommend you to check the best itineraries at Hyperdia to make sure you are taking the most our of your trip. Hyperdia is the number 1 Japanese online transportation planning tool (website and mobile app), which enables you to precisely plan your trip in Japan from station to station with punctuality to the second.

      Very happy travels!

  76. Hi
    I need your kindly advise :
    I am planning to visit Osaka – Hiroshima – Kyoto – Tokyo with that specific route order, does JR Pass cover this routes?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Teguh!

      Yes sure – the Japan Rail Pass covers your specific route! Find details below:

      – Should your flight arrive to Kansai Airport, you would be entitled to travel in the Haruka Express, which will take you straight to Osaka.
      – To get to Hiroshima, from Osaka city center take the JR Haruka Express to Shin-Osaka Station and then transfer to the Sanyo Shinkansen line (westbound, Hikari trains).
      – To arrive to Kyoto from Hirshima you will need to take the Sanyo Shinkansen to Shin-Osaka Station and, from there, you can take the Hikari bullet train to Kyoto Station.
      – Trip from Kyoto to Tokyo is already described in this article 🙂

      Besides these trips, you will also be entitled to travel in the Osaka Loop Line and in some Tokyo metropolitan lines (such as Yamanote Line), as well as getting back from Tokyo to the airport (either Haneda and Narita airports have direct connections included in the Japan Rail Pass).

      Happy travels!

  77. Hi Lovely Staff from Jrail Pass,

    I am planning a 10 days trip for a one-way (Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka) trip. JR will be my main transport .

    Tokyo: Reaching Narita Airport in morning of 30th March 2018
    Kyoto: Reaching Kyoto in afternoon of 3rd April 2018 (by shinkansen)
    Osaka: Reaching Osaka in the afternoon of 6th April 2018 (by shinkansen)
    Kansai Airport: Reaching Kansai Airport in the morning of 8th April 2018

    What is the best JR pass for me?

    Appreciate your advise.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi SOH JIA SHENG!

      The Japan Rail Pass will cover the full itinerary you mention, as well as many day trips from all these cities. We really encourage you to surf our blog to get the best recommendations on what to see while in Japan!

      – To get from Narita Airport to central Tokyo you can take the Narita Express, included in the Japan Rail Pass.
      – From this article you have already learned how to move between Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto in the bullet trains using your Japan Rail Pass.
      – While in Tokyo, the JR Pass affords access to five different railway lines: 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.
      – Something similar happens in Osaka, where you are entitled access to the Osaka Loop Line.
      – From Osaka you can easily reach Kansai Airport through the Haruka Express.

      Very happy travels!

  78. Hi,
    For my holiday next month, I plan to having trip Tokyo – Osaka, Osaka – Kyoto, Kyoto – Tokyo (within 3 days). What kind of JR Pass is suitable for me? Please advise which one is affordable price. I will go with my wife and 5 year old child.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Vaji!

      The Japan Rail Pass would for sure cover all trips you are looking forward to do. However we recommend you to check the individual cost of the trips at Hyperdia to assess if it is the most cost saving option for you. Remember the Japan Rail Pass allows you to travel through the whole country so should you want to make any day trip from there check the cost of it too!

      Very happy travels!

  79. Hi,

    We are planning to travel to Japan in January 2018 for 4 days. If we will buy the 7 day JR pass for $251/person, will that cover our day trip to Kyoto and Osaka? and also to go around Tokyo? Please advise.

    Thank you,

    Hanna

    1. Hi Hanna!

      As you can read in this article you are commenting, the Japan Rail Pass fully covers the trips Tokyo-Kyoto, Tokyo-Osaka and Kyoto-Osaka.

      Regarding transportation within Tokyo, the Japan Rail Pass affords access to five different city railway lines and also the Tokaido Shinkansen makes stops at Shinagawa, Ueno, and Tokyo Stations. City lines included in the pass are:

      – The Yamanote Line, Tokyo’s most prominent rail line.
      – The Keihin-Tohoku Line.
      – The Rapid Chuo Line.
      – The local Chuo-Sobu line.
      – Other metropolitan lines that circulate on the outskirts of the city such as the JR Keiyo, Musashi, Nambu and Yokohama lines.

      Happy travels!

  80. Hi there Team!

    From reading the articles online here and also a LOT of peoples comments I thought I would ask mine to get some clarification…and some advice too!

    I plan on being in Japan beginning of May 2018. Most of the places I will be visiting will be in the “Tokyo” region. I do plan on visiting Kyoto and Nara when I get the chance. I’m hoping to stay for about 2 weeks (to get the best first experience I can!). Would it be worthwhile to get the JR pass for these 2 weeks since as it’s said, can use all the trains?
    A few of my itinerary/plans is/are as follows:
    Tokyo – Ghibli museum (as it closes may 15), sensoji temple, akihabara, shibuya crossing & around tokyo
    Kyoto – kinkakuji, fushimi inari shrine, gion district, kiyomizu-dera temple
    Nara – todaiji temple

    I will be staying in the Funabori area as the pricing to stay away from the major cities is less expensive. I know as well that the subway systems are quite convenient as well so I’m wondering if that would be better suited for what I have planned? I’ll be travelling by myself so I’m a little nervous and want to make sure I have all the correct information before buying the ticket here 🙂

    Any information will be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks so much!
    CM

    1. Hi Cailin!

      The most economical pass will always depend on your itinerary and that is why we always recommend you to check which is the cost of the individual trips at Hyperdia and compare it to the price of the nation-wide pass. Please keep in mind the Japan Rail Pass would cover:

      – Airport transfers to central Tokyo, either if you are landing at Narita Airport (through Narita Express) or at Haneda Airport (through Tokyo Monorail).
      – Transportation between Tokyo and Kyoto by taking the Shinkansen Hikari train from either Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station in central Tokyo, and arrive at Kyoto Station.
      – Transportation to Nara from either Tokyo or Kyoto.
      – Some lines within Tokyo.

      Very happy travels!

  81. Hello 🙂 Would like some advice. Me and my family of 5 will be travelling to Japan for 8 days. Our itinerary will start from OSAKA -> KYOTO->Mt FUJI-> TOKYO. All of it only covers one way trip. Will the JR 7 days pass be worthy? I’ve read online that some have mentioned that JR pass will only pay off if is a round trip. It will be more worthy to get separate tickets if is one way. Thank you.

    1. Hi Zyu!

      The most economical pass will always depend on your itinerary and that is why we always recommend you to check which is the cost of the individual trips at Hyperdia and compare it to the price of the nation-wide pass. Please note the Japan Rail Pass would cover your whole trip:

      – When landing at Kansai Airport, full transfer to Osaka in the Haruka Express.
      – Trip from Osaka to Kyoto as you have already learned in this article 🙂
      – Kyoto to Mount Fuji: just take the Tokaido Shinkansen (Kodama and some Hikari trains) from Kyoto Station or Shin-Osaka station (covered by the Japan Rail Pass) and get off at Odawara station. Then take the Hakone Tozan train for Hakone-Yumoto Station (not covered by JR) and get off at Hakone-Itabashi Station.
      – To get from Mount Fuji to Tokyo take the JR Gotemba Line at Gotemba Station and travel until Kozu (Kanagawa). Once there take the JR Tokaido Line to Tokyo Station.
      – Airport transfers from central Tokyo, either if you are departing from Narita Airport (through Narita Express) or from Haneda Airport (through Tokyo Monorail).

      Please also keep in mind the Japan Rail Pass will provide additional comfort by not needing to queue each time you aim to purchase a single ticket.

      We hope you have an amazing trip!

    1. Hi Titien!

      Yes – travelling to Sapporo by train is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass!

      From Tokyo Station, take the JR Tohoku / Hokkaido Shinkansen to Shin-Hakodate Station. This is the halfway mark of the nearly eight-hour journey. From Shin-Hakodate Station, you will take the Hokuto limited express or Super Hokuto trains to Sapporo Station.

      Since it is a long trip, you may want to consider a stopover in nearby Hokuto, as there are a number of temples, shrines, and other places of interest in the area, including a mountainous campground.

      We hope you have an amazing trip!

  82. hai,

    can i know for itenery below :

    Kasai – Osaka
    Osaka – Kobe – Osaka
    Osaka – Nara – Osaka
    Osaka – Kyoto
    Kyoto – Tokyo

    Please advise which one is affordable price.

    1. Hi Safiza!

      The Japan Rail Pass will fully cover the mentioned itinerary:

      – To travel from the Kansai Airport to the city of Osaka, board the Limited Express Haruka at the Kansai Airport Station using your Japan Rail Pass. Take the Haruka to Shin-Osaka Station, a journey of about one hour. At Shin-Osaka, transfer to a local train to Osaka 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.
      – To go to Nara from Osaka begin your trip at the JR Osaka Station. Take the Yamatoji Rapid Train to JR Nara Station. These trains run once per hour; the trip lasts around 45 minutes and is covered by the JR Pass.
      – As you have already read in this article, travelling between Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka is as easy as pie – and fully included in the Japan Rail Pass!

      We hope you have an amazing trip!

  83. Hi there

    I am spending 10 days in Japan, going from Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka-Tokyo.
    Will i need a national rail pass or can I get one that only includes these areas?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Laura!

      The Japan Rail Pass will fully cover the mentioned itineraries as well as others that will for sure be useful: airport transfers (for example, you are entitled to travel on the Narita Express from Narita Airport to central Tokyo) and transportation inside the city (for example, the Yamanote line in Tokyo or the Osaka Loop line are fully included).

      The pass costs about the same as rail fare between Osaka and Tokyo (round ticket) so it should pay off for your concrete trip.

      We hope you have an awesome trip!

  84. Hello, i will be traveling in Japan from 30th of December to 14th of January (flying in and flying out of Haneda Airport). We are planning to stay in Tokyo for 1st 2 nights and then travel to Osaka and stay there 4 full days (probably do two side trips),then move to Kyoto( 3 full days) and Takayama (2 full days) and back to Tokyo.
    My questions are:
    Should we activate our 14 day pass by taking train from airport on the 30th, or should we do it on 31st when we take train to Kamakura for NYE clebration?
    From which station train to Osaka from Tokyo leaves?
    What is the best way to get to Takayama?
    How can be sure routes we take on JR trains are covered by JR pass.
    Can you get discount for hotels/attractionswith JR pass?
    Thank you in advance .

    1. Hi Bernadetta!

      – The activation date of your Japan Rail Pass will fully depend on your itinerary. Please note that you will be asked to select the activation date of your pass. This can be up to 30 days following the exchange date.
      – Regarding the station where to take the train from Tokyo to Osaka, all the details are specified in this article you are reading 😉
      Takayama is easy to access using your Japan Rail Pass. If traveling from Tokyo to Takayama, first take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen to Nagoya. From there, take the JR Hida Limited Express to Takayama. If traveling from Kyoto or Osaka to Takayama, from Shin-Osaka Station or Kyoto Station, take the Hikari or Kodama trains on the Tokaido Line to Nagoya, then take the Hida Limited Express from Nagoya to Takayama.
      – To be sure that you take transportation included in the Japan Rail Pass please verify them at Hyperdia using the right filters, as explain here.
      – Holders of the Japan Rail Pass can take advantage of discounted prices with the JR Hotel Group.

      We hope you have a nice stay in Japan!

  85. Hi,

    Would like to ask for suggestions and itinerary,
    If my family and I would like to travel from Tokyo 3nights > Osaka 2nights > Kyoto 1night > Tokyo 2nights.
    JR Pass 7days is sufficient? We have total of 5 adults and 2 children (5 and 9 yrs).

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Vivian!

      The Japan Rail Pass would cover your whole trip, however to assess if it is more adequate to get a 7-day pass or a 14-day one we recommend you to check which are the individual prices of each trip in Hyperdia and compare it to the nation wide pass price. It will also be of great help if you want to check for which days of your trip (beggining or end) would be more adequate a 7-day one!

      The Japan Rail Pass would cover your full trip as follows:

      – Transport between Narita Airport and Tokyo city center would be fully cover since you would be entitled to take the Narita Express unlimitedly.
      – Transportation in Tokyo’s JR lines: 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.
      – Tokyo to Osaka by taking either the Hikari bullet train or Kodama from Tokyo or Shinagawa stations in central Tokyo.
      – Transportation in the Osaka Loop Line.
      – Osaka to Kyoto taking the Hikari train on the Tokaido Shinkansen line.
      – Kyoto to Tokyo in the Shinkansen Hikari from Kyoto Station to either Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station in central Tokyo.

      Happy travels!

  86. Hi, my family and I will be travelling to japan on January 2018. Just want to check what type of pass should we get for a cost effective way of travelling around japan.

    Details of trip:

    Arrive at Narita Airport, follow by going to Tokyo and stay for 4 nights with 1 day of Mount Fuji visiting.

    Then will be doing a One-Way trip to Kyoto and spend 2 nights in Kyoto.

    Last day will be departing Kyoto to Osaka Kansai Airport to fly back to Singapore.

    Please advise is it better to purchase a JR pass or any other pass that is more suitable for this travel pattern. Will greatly appreciate any help given. Thanks.

    1. Hi Jarrel!

      The Japan Rail Pass will fully cover your trip:

      – When landing at Narita Airport, you will be able to easily reach central Tokyo through the Narita Express.
      – When in Tokyo, the JR Pass will afford access to five different Tokyo railway lines: 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.
      – Day trip to Mount Fuji will be easily doable through the Gotemba trail (please check carefuly since last part of the trip is not included in the Japan Rail Pass).
      – Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto with the Japan Rail Pass is easy, as described in this article.
      – The Limited Express Haruka is the only direct train service from Kansai Airport to Kyoto station – and it is free with the Japan Rail Pass!

      We hope you enjoy your stay in Japan!

  87. Hi, Our itinerary is covering Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo. We will be spending 2 nights in Osaka, 5 nights in Kyoto and we plan to take a 1way bullet train going to Tokyo for 5days. May I know what do you suggest of the kind of pass we need to take?

    Thank you so much.

    Kae

    1. Hi Kae!

      The Japan Rail Pass will fully cover the mentioned itinerary, as well as many day trips from Tokyo, from Kyoto and from Osaka.
      Besides transportation between Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, which you can already read in this article, the mentioned trips would be covered in the following way:

      – It will cover your transfers from main airports to city centers (either Narita Express to central Tokyo or Haruka Express from Kansai Airport to Kyoto and Osaka).
      – When in Osaka, you will be entitled to fully use the Osaka Loop Line.
      – When in Tokyo, the JR Pass affords access to five different Tokyo railway lines: 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.

      We hope you have an awesome trip!

    1. Hi Melyabani!

      As you can read in this article, 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.

      Have a nice trip!

  88. Hi

    I m traveling to Tokyo in dec with family n with two kids age 3 and 9.
    Is it worth to get 7 days JR pass to travel from Narita Airport to Osaka then back to Tokyo?
    I will staying at Osaka for 2 nights.
    And with 2 kids And few luggages , which should I change at Tokyo Station or Shinagawa station Is better?

    1. Hi Shellen!

      To assess if the Japan Rail Pass is the most cost effective ticket for your trip we recommend you to check at Hyperdia which would be the cost of the individual ticket. When you have this detail you will be able to compare this price to the nation-wide pass price.

      Please keep in mind that the Japan Rail Pass will fully cover your described trip as well as many other day trips from main cities:
      – When you land at Narita Airport you will be entitled to travel on the Narita Express to central Toyko. From Tokyo you will be able to easily reach Osaka, as described in this article, as well as travelling back to Tokyo.
      – In Osaka you will be entitled to make full use of the Osaka Loop Line.

      We hope you have an awesome time!

  89. Hi

    I am traveling to Tokyo in dec with my kids 3 and 9 years.

    I wan check if I wan to travel to Osaka from Tokyo Narita Airport, which station will easier for me to transfer, Tokyo Station to Shinagawa Station?
    As I will having a few baggages too.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Shellen!

      You might prefer to transfer at Shinagawa Station, specially if you come from the Narita Express: platforms are close and station is smaller, which makes it easier to navigate. Tokyo Station is easy too since you can just follow English signs but you do need to go up elevators/escalators.

      Have an awesome trip!

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