JR Rail Passes
Save money on domestic travel with regional JR passes around the country
Japan Railways' vast train network and helpful staff make exploring the country easy. Many travelers choose the nationwide Japan Rail Pass, but this is not the most economical choice for many travelers. If you're planning on exploring one particular area, consider JR's regional passes to get the most bang for your buck.
Japan Rail Pass
The Japan Rail Pass includes unlimited use of the entire nationwide JR network (with some minor exceptions). Although this all-encompassing pass is the right choice for many, consider some of the regional alternatives below for more of a bargain.
Regional Rail Passes
Hokkaido Rail Pass
Hokkaido Rail Pass holders can ride all JR Hokkaido trains (excluding Hokkaido Shinkansen) within a set time period. If you are planning to head up to Japan's great white north, find out all the details here: JR Hokkaido Railway Company : Hokkaido Rail Pass details
JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass
Valid for unlimited rides on trains in the East Japan and Hokkaido area during the designated period. Take a look at the official page for all you need to know: JR East : JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass details
JR East Pass (Tohoku Area)
If you are traveling up to the wonderland of the northern Tohoku region, make use of the JR East Pass covering the vast Tohoko area. Click here to find out more: JR East : JR East Pass (Tohoku Area) Pass details
JR East Pass (Niigata, Nagano Area)
Similarly, if you are planning on exploring the Nagano and Niigata area, get hold of a JR East Pass for this region to travel farther at less expense. All the details are here: JR East : JR East Pass (Niigata, Nagano Area) Pass details
JR Tokyo Wide Pass
If you plan to stay city-centric during your time in Japan, the Tokyo Wide Pass is the one for you. During promotional periods, it is possible to travel farther afield on this pass, so keep an eye on the website for all the details: JR East : JR Tokyo Wide Pass details
Hokuriku Arch Pass
Travel between Tokyo and Osaka via Fukui , Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures on the Hokuriku Arch Pass. Take a look at all the details about how to make the most of your travel on this new Golden Route: JR East / West : Hokuriku Arch Pass details
Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass
The Alpine Route stretches through the mountainous regions of Toyama , Gifu and Nagano prefectures. The Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass offers you unlimited rides on conventional JR lines running between Nagoya , Gero, Takayama and Toyama; between Nagoya, Kiso Fukushima, Matsumoto and Shinano Omachi; and on all transportation means of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route . Take a look at the official site for more details: JR Central / JR West : Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass detai
JR-West Rail Pass (Intercity / Regional, Western Japan)
JR West offers a number of passes too, so if you are traveling to Kyoto and Osaka , further west to Toyama and Kanazawa , or down to Okayama and Hiroshima , there will be a pass to match your travel destinations. Take a look at the website for more details on routes and fares - JR West : JR-West Rail Pass (Intercity / Regional, Western Japan) details
All Shikoku Rail Pass
The All Shikoku Rail Pass offers you unlimited rides on all six railways on the island of Shikoku. For information on prices, routes and how to purchase, check here: Shikoku Railway Company : All Shikoku Rail Pass details
JR-Kyushu Rail Pass (Intercity / Regional, Kyushu area)
If you are going to be Kyushu-based during your stay, it is worth looking at the travel pass options for Japan's southern island. All of the information is here: Kyushu Railway Company : JR-Kyushu Rail Pass (Intercity / Regional, Kyushu area) details
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