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.
Price:
7 days    29,650 yen
14 days    47,250 yen
21 days    60,450 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: 12,050 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    17,400 yen
5 days    23,480 yen
7 days    25,710 yen
Flexible 4 days    23,480 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    27,430 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    26,900 yen
Inside Japan    27,930 yen
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JR Tohoku South Hokkaido Rail Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on JR trains in the Tohoku Region and southern Hokkaido, 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    19,750 yen
Inside Japan    20,790 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    19,350 yen
Inside Japan    20,360 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: 10,180 yen
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Nikko Pass    click here for details
Type: Tobu offers two types of passes for Nikko. They consist of 1) a round trip to Nikko by Tobu train and 2) unlimited travel on selected transportation in the Nikko region.
Duration: 2 or 4 days
Conditions: Only available to holders of non-Japanese passports.
Price:
Nikko World Heritage Area Pass    2,040 yen
Nikko All Area Pass    4,600 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    1,520 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: 710 yen
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Hakone Kamakura Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on Odakyu trains and the Enoden, as well as Odakyu-affiliated trains, buses, cablecars, ropeways and boats in the Hakone area.
Duration: 3 days
Price: 7,000 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)    5,700 yen
3 days (from Shinjuku)    6,100 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    9,780 yen
From Odawara    7,180 yen
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Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Area Tourist Pass Mini    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on designated trains in Shizuoka Prefecture, as well as on selected bus and ferry lines, especially around Mount Fuji.
Duration: 3 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    4,570 yen
Inside Japan    5,080 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    24,440 yen
Inside Japan    25,460 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    17,310 yen
Inside Japan    18,330 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.
Price:
Outside Japan    14,260 yen
Inside Japan    15,280 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.
On sale from April to early November.
Price:
Outside Japan    17,830 yen
Inside Japan    18,850 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    5,090 yen
Inside Japan    5,600 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    15,270 yen
Inside Japan    16,290 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    2,620 yen
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Kansai

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

Kansai Thru Pass    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: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
2 days    4,300 yen
3 days    5,300 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    2,300 yen
2 days    4,600 yen
3 days    5,600 yen
4 days    6,600 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    9,200 yen
Inside Japan    10,200 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    3,700 yen
Plus    4,900 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.
Price:
Outside Japan    11,210 yen
Inside Japan    12,220 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)    2,900 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 shinkansen and limited express trains.
Duration: 7 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    19,400 yen
Inside Japan    20,400 yen
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JR Sanyo Sanin Northern Kyushu Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on JR trains in the Chugoku Region, northern Kyushu and parts of the Kansai Region, including shinkansen and limited express trains.
Duration: 7 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    22,400 yen
Inside Japan    23,420 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    13,700 yen
Inside Japan    14,700 yen
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JR Okayama Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on JR trains in Okayama, 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    13,700 yen
Inside Japan    14,700 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    11,200 yen
Inside Japan    12,200 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    4,580 yen
Inside Japan    5,600 yen
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JR Setouchi Area Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on designated JR trains and selected trams, buses and ferries in the region around the Seto Inland Sea.
Duration: 5 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
Outside Japan    17,310 yen
Inside Japan    18,330 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. The pass also covers selected ferries to Shodoshima Island and buses on Shodoshima.
Duration: 3, 4, 5 or 7 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
3 days    9,000 yen
4 days    10,000 yen
5 days    11,000 yen
7 days    12,000 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" and "Southern Kyushu" versions are limited to the respective parts of Kyushu.
Duration: 3 or 5 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan.
Price:
All Kyushu 3 days    15,280 yen
All Kyushu 5 days    18,330 yen
Northern Kyushu 3 days    8,660 yen
Northern Kyushu 5 days    10,190 yen
Southern Kyushu 3 days    7,500 yen
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