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Other rail passes in Japan

While the JR Pass is the most popular pass among travellers in Japan, there are other passes which are sometimes more advantageous, especially if you are only visiting one region in Japan.

Japanese regional passes

Hokkaido

JR Hokkaido pass by japan experience
JR Hokkaido Rail Pass

This pass entitles you to unlimited use of JR trains and most JR buses in the Hokkaido region over a period of 3 to 7 days.The 'flexible 4-day' pass is handy for people who want to stay in the same place for several days.

For more information and to buy this pass before you travel visit our webpage here.

JR Hokkaido Furii Pass

This pass entitles you to unlimited use of JR trains and most JR buses in the Hokkaido region over a period of 7 days.However, this pass cannot be used during the high season in Japan, i.e. during Golden Week in early May, Obon in mid-August and the end-of-year celebrations.

This pass can only be bought directly in Japan at a JR Hokkaido station.
More information on the official web page.

KANTO TOHOKU

JR Kanto and Tohoku pass by japan experience
JR East Pass

This pass entitles you to use JR East trains, which run from the east of Tokyo to the north of the main archipelago, Tohoku.
This pass also entitles you to travel in the Japanese Alps in Nagano and Matsumoto as well as the train to Narita airport.
This 'flexible 5-day pass' is handy for people who want to stay in the same place for several days.

For more information and to buy this pass before you travel visit our webpage here.

Kanto tokyo

JR Kanto Tokyo pass by japan experience
Odakyu Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass

A day pass between the Odakyu stations in Shinjuku, Machida or Fujisawa and Enoshima Kamakura on all types of train belonging to the Odakyu private company, including the famous limited express 'Romance Car'.

This pass can be purchased at the Odakyu station in Shinjuku and other Odakyu Sightseeing Service Centers
More information on the official web page.

Hakone / Izu / MT. Fuji

JR Hakone and Izu pass by japan experience
Hakone Free Pass

This 2 or 3 day pass covers the journey between the Odakyu stations in Shinjuku or Odawara and Hakone on all types of train belonging to the Odakyu private company as well as the various bus lines in the Hakone region, to enjoy the tourist sites.

This pass can be purchased at the Odakyu stations in Shinjuku or Odawara.
More information on the official web page.

Kansai

JR Kansai pass by japan experience
Kansai Area Pass and Wide Area Pass

This pass allows you to visit the Kansai region at your leisure. The Kansai Area Pass does not give you access to the limited express and Shinkansen trains. However, it includes journeys on the Haruka fast train connecting Kansai Airport to Osaka and Kyoto, along with unlimited access to the Osaka Loop Line underground line. The Kansai Wide Area Pass includes the Shinkansen trains between Shin-Osaka and Okayama

For more information and to buy this pass before you travel visit our webpage here.

Kansai Thru Pass

This pass is a good deal for travellers who want moderate train use within the Kyoto region. It is valid on the entire non-JR railway network as well as on the region's non-JR buses and underground trains. What's more, it entitles you to discounts on admission fees to many of the regions temples and museums.Perhaps the greatest advantage of this pass is the freedom it offers throughout the region: no need to buy a ticket every time you change between the bus, underground and train, one is enough.

This pass can be purchased directly in Japan at the main tourist offices in Kansai.
More information on the official web page.

Kintetsu Rail Pass Wide

This pass entitles you to unlimited travel between Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Ise and Nagoya on the lines of the Kintetsu private company including to and from Kansai Airport.

This pass can be purchased directly in Japan at the tourist office at Kansai airport.
More information on the official web page.

WEST honshu

JR West Honshu pass by Japan Experience
Sanyo Area Pass

This pass entitles you to use all JR, Shinkansen lines, including the  Nozomi, between Osaka to the south of Honshu, and Hakata (Fukuoka) on the island of Shikoku.
It also includes journeys on the Haruka fast train connecting Kansai Airport to Osaka and Kyoto, as well as unlimited access to the Osaka Loop Line underground train line.

For more information and to buy this pass before you travel visit our webpage here.

kyushu

JR Kyushu Pass by japan experience
JR Kyushu Area Pass and Northern Kyushu Area Pass

These passes entitle you to travel on all Kyushu JR lines, including the Shinkansen and the Sonic, on the designated areas of Kyushu Island.The Northern Kyushu Area Pass does not allow you to travel down to the famous Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima.

For more information and to buy this pass before you travel visit our webpage here.

Shikoku

JR Shikoku pass by japan experience
All Shikoku Rail Pass

The JR Shikoku Pass gives access to JR and other trains in the region for 2, 3, 4, or 5 consecutive days. The lines included in the pass are : JR Shikoku, Tosa Kuroshio Railway, Asa Kaigan Railway, Kotoden, Iyotetsu, Tosaden. 

For more information and to buy this pass before you travel visit our webpage here.

Your Pass at the best price

National JR Pass From £ 195
JR Kansai Pass From £ 15
JR Kyushu Pass From £ 105
JR Shikoku Pass From £ 63
JR West Pass From £ 133
JR Hokkaido Pass From £ 116
JR Central Pass From £ 98
JR East Pass From £ 182

the best private companies in japan

Kintetsu Railways

Kintetsu railways: japan-rail-pass.co.uk
The biggest private company in Japan with nearly 600 km of lines and sometimes better quality of service than JR in southern Kansai.

Nankai Railwais

Nankai railways: japan-rail-pass.co.uk
Attractive and very varied trains, and above all the only company that takes you 'express' to the fabulous temples of Kôya-san from Osaka.

Odakyu Railways

Odakyu railways: japan-rail-pass.co.uk
The most popular private company among Tokyoites who want to discover Mount Fuji on trains with panoramic views and a futuristic design!

Meitetsu Railways

Meitetsu railways: japan-rail-pass.co.uk
The most popular private company among Tokyoites who want to discover Mount Fuji on trains with panoramic views and a futuristic design!

Hankyu Railways

Hankyu railways: japan-rail-pass.co.uk
The biggest private company in Osaka, who pioneered the concept of the 'depato' station-shopping centre and housing estates along the train line, in the early 20th century. Later imitated by all the other companies!

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