Rail Passes

A large variety of rail passes exists in Japan, providing unlimited travel in a certain area, or a round trip to plus unlimited travel in a given region. Below is a list of some of the best:

Nationwide

Japan Rail Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on almost all JR trains nationwide, including bullet trains, limited express trains, local trains, some JR buses and the JR ferry to Miyajima.
Duration: 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan. Must be purchased outside of Japan.
Price:
7 days    29,110 yen
14 days    46,390 yen
21 days    59,350 yen
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JR Seishun 18 Kippu    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on local and rapid (kaisoku) JR trains nationwide.
Duration: Any 5 days within the period of validity.
Conditions: Only available seasonally. Can be shared by several people.
Price: 11,850 yen
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Hokkaido

JR Hokkaido Rail Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on all trains, including limited express trains and most buses, operated by JR Hokkaido and JR Hokkaido Bus.
Duration: 3, 5 or 7 consecutive days or 4 flexible days within a 10-day period
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
3 days    16,500 yen
5 days    22,000 yen
7 days    24,000 yen
Flexible 4 days    22,000 yen
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JR Hokkaido Free Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on all trains, including limited express trains and most buses, operated by JR Hokkaido and JR Hokkaido Bus.
Duration: 7 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available during peak travel seasons.
Price:
7 days    26,230 yen
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Kanto / Tohoku

JR East South Hokkaido Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on trains operated by JR East and JR Hokkaido in the Kanto Region, the Tohoku Region and southern Hokkaido, including shinkansen, limited express trains and local trains.
Duration: 6 flexible days within a 14 day period
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    26,000 yen
Inside Japan    27,000 yen
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JR East Tohoku Area Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on trains operated by JR East in the Kanto and Tohoku regions, including shinkansen, limited express trains and local trains.
Duration: 5 flexible days within a 14 day period
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    19,000 yen
Inside Japan    20,000 yen
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Kanto

JR Tokyo Wide Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on JR trains and selected non-JR lines in the Kanto Region.
Duration: 3 consecutive calendar days
Conditions: Only available to holders of non-Japanese passports.
Price: 10,000 yen
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Tobu Nikko Free Pass    click here for details
Type: Tobu offers several types of free passes for Nikko. All consist of 1) a round trip to Nikko by Tobu train and 2) unlimited travel on Tobu buses and trains in the Nikko region.
Duration: 2 or 4 days
Conditions: Only available to holders of non-Japanese passports.
Price:
2 Day Nikko Pass    2,670 yen
All Nikko Pass    4,520 yen
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Odakyu Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass    click here for details
Type: 1) Round trip to Fujisawa by Odakyu Railways and 2) unlimited travel on the Enoden train between Fujisawa and Kamakura and the Odakyu Line between Fujisawa and Enoshima.
Duration: 1 day
Price:
From Shinjuku    1,470 yen
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Kamakura Enoshima Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on the Enoden trains, the Shonan Monorail and the JR trains between Kamakura, Ofuna and Fujisawa.
Duration: 1 day
Price: 700 yen
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Hakone / Izu / Mt.Fuji

Hakone Free Pass    click here for details
Type: 1) Round trip to Hakone by the Odakyu Line and 2) unlimited use of most trains, cablecars, ropeways, boats and buses in the Hakone area.
Duration: 2 or 3 days
Price:
2 days (from Shinjuku)    5,140 yen
3 days (from Shinjuku)    5,640 yen
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Fuji Hakone Pass    click here for details
Type: 1) Round trip to the Mount Fuji region by Odakyu Railways and Fujikyu/Keio highway bus and 2) unlimited use of designated trains, cablecars, ropeways, boats and buses in Hakone and the Fuji Five Lakes region.
Duration: 3 days
Conditions: Only available to holders of non-Japanese passports.
Price:
From Shinjuku    8,000 yen
From Odawara    5,650 yen
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Ito Free Pass    click here for details
Type: A round trip to the Izu Peninsula by Odakyu and JR and unlimited use of local buses in the Ito area.
Duration: 2 days
Price:
Ito Free Pass (from Shinjuku)    4,400 yen
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Chubu

Hokuriku Arch Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on designated JR trains between Tokyo and Osaka via the Hokuriku Shinkansen.
Duration: 7 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    24,000 yen
Inside Japan    25,000 yen
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JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on trains operated by JR East in the Kanto Region and the Koshinetsu Region (Yamanashi, Nagano and Niigata Prefectures), including shinkansen, limited express trains and local trains.
Duration: 5 flexible days within a 14 day period
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    17,000 yen
Inside Japan    18,000 yen
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Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited use of JR trains between Nagoya, Takayama and Toyama and between Osaka, Kanazawa and Toyama. Unlimited use of buses between Takayama and Kanazawa and between Takaoka and Shirakawago.
Duration: 5 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan. Must be purchased outside of Japan.
Price: 13,500 yen
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Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass    click here for details
Type: A great pass to visit the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route from Nagoya.
Duration: 5 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan. Must be purchased outside of Japan.
On sale from April 1 to November 9, 2016.
Price: 17,500 yen
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JR Hokuriku Area Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited use of JR trains in the Hokuriku Region around Kanazawa.
Duration: 4 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    5,000 yen
Inside Japan    5,500 yen
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JR Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited use of JR trains in the Kansai and Hokuriku Regions and Okayama.
Duration: 7 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    15,000 yen
Inside Japan    16,000 yen
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JR Aozora Free Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited usage of local and rapid JR trains around Nagoya on a Saturday, Sunday or national holiday.
Duration: 1 day (Saturday, Sunday or national holiday)
Price:
Aozora Free Pass    2,570 yen
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Kansai

See also our separate page about passes for the Kansai Region.

Kansai Thru Pass / Surutto Kansai Ticket    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on non-JR trains, subways and buses in the Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe).
Duration: 2 or 3 days
Conditions: Foreign visitors can purchase this ticket anywhere, while residents of Japan can purchase it only outside of the Kansai region, except during certain periods in spring, summer and autumn, when it can also be purchased inside the Kansai Region.
Price:
2 days    4,000 yen
3 days    5,200 yen
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JR Kansai Area Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on local and rapid (kaisoku) JR trains in the region around Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Himeji.
Duration: 1, 2, 3 or 4 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
1 day    2,200 yen
2 days    4,300 yen
3 days    5,300 yen
4 days    6,300 yen
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JR Kansai Wide Area Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on local, rapid, limited express JR trains in the Kansai Region and the Sanyo Shinkansen between Osaka and Okayama.
Duration: 5 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    8,500 yen
Inside Japan    9,000 yen
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Kintetsu Rail Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on trains on the Kintetsu railway network (except limited express trains). The "Plus" version additionally includes selected buses.
Duration: 5 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Regular    3,800 yen
Plus    5,000 yen
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Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited use of JR trains between Nagoya, Ise, the Kumano Region, Osaka and Nara and unlimited use of selected buses in the Kumano area.
Duration: 5 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan. Must be purchased outside of Japan.
Price: 11,000 yen
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Koyasan World Heritage Ticket    click here for details
Type: 1) Round trip to Koyasan by Nankai train and cablecar and 2) unlimited usage of Nankai buses on Koyasan.
Duration: 2 days
Price:
From Namba (Osaka)    2,860 yen
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Chugoku

JR Sanyo Sanin Area Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on JR trains in the Chugoku Region and parts of the Kansai Region, including non-reserved seats on shinkansen and limited express trains.
Duration: 7 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    19,000 yen
Inside Japan    20,000 yen
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JR Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on JR trains in the Kansai Region and along the Sanyo Coast as far as Hiroshima, including non-reserved seats on shinkansen and limited express trains.
Duration: 5 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    13,000 yen
Inside Japan    14,000 yen
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JR Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on JR trains in Hiroshima and Yamaguchi Prefectures, including non-reserved seats on shinkansen and limited express trains.
Duration: 5 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    11,000 yen
Inside Japan    12,000 yen
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JR Sanin Okayama Area Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on JR trains in the Sanin Region and between Okayama and the Sanin Region.
Duration: 4 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    4,500 yen
Inside Japan    5,000 yen
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Shikoku

All Shikoku Rail Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on all trains in Shikoku, including local and express trains by JR and private railway companies.
Duration: 2, 3, 4 or 5 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
2 days    7,400 yen
3 days    8,500 yen
4 days    9,400 yen
5 days    10,000 yen
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JR Shikoku Free Kippu    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on the JR trains in Shikoku, including limited express trains.
Duration: 3 consecutive days
Price:
3 days    16,140 yen
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Kyushu

Kyushu Rail Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on the trains in Kyushu, which are operated by JR Kyushu, including the Kyushu Shinkansen and limited express trains, but excluding the Sanyo Shinkansen. The Northern Kyushu version is limited to northern Kyushu.
Duration: 3 or 5 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
All Kyushu 3 days    15,000 yen
All Kyushu 5 days    18,000 yen
Northern Kyushu 3 days    8,500 yen
Northern Kyushu 5 days    10,000 yen
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