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The JR Tokyo Wide Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by non-Japanese passport holders, providing unlimited travel on JR trains (including shinkansen and limited express trains) and selected non-JR trains in the Kanto Region on three consecutive days. The pass was formerly known as JR Kanto Area Pass.

JR Tokyo Wide Pass (as of December 19, 2015)
Adult
10,000 yen
Child (6-11 years)
5,000 yen

Validity

  1. Unlimited use of local, rapid, express, limited express and shinkansen trains operated by JR East in the Kanto Region as well as parts of Nagano, Niigata, Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures.
  2. Unlimited use of the following non-JR trains (local, rapid, express and limited express):
  3. The pass is not valid on the Tokaido Shinkansen (which is not operated by JR East). A supplement fee has to be paid on Hayabusa and Komachi trains along the Tohoku Shinkansen and when riding the observation car of limited express trains by Fujikyu Railway. There are also a small number of JR trains, which partially run on the tracks of different railway companies which are not fully covered by the pass (except those on tracks of the Izukyu and Fujikyu Railways).
  4. Seat reservations can be made for free.
  5. The pass is valid on three consecutive calendar days (midnight to midnight).
  6. Only holders of a non-Japanese passport can use the JR Tokyo Wide Pass, including foreign residents of Japan.
  7. During the ski season, pass holders can profit from discounted offers for lift tickets, ski rental and onsen admission at the Gala Yuzawa resort.

Points of Sale

The JR Tokyo Wide Pass is sold at Narita Airport, Haneda Airport and Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Ueno and Yokohama and Mito Stations.

Assessment

The JR Tokyo Wide Pass can be a good value, and is particularly useful for travelers who plan to make multiple side trips from Tokyo to popular destinations outside the city such as Nikko, the Fuji Five Lakes, the Izu Peninsula, Karuizawa or the onsen towns of Gunma Prefecture. Below are the approximate round trip fares for popular side trips, illustrating that the pass can pay off relatively easily:

To Nikko 3,000 yen (by Tobu Railways), 10,000 yen (by shinkansen)
To the Fuji Five Lakes    3,500 yen (by bus), 7,000 yen (by limited express train)
To Shimoda 12,000 yen (by limited express train)
To Kusatsu Onsen 10,000 yen (by limited express train)
To Karuizawa 10,000 yen (by shinkansen)
To Kamakura 2,000 yen

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Page last updated: December 19, 2015