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a JR official website.
JR companies have nothing to with descriptions on this website.
: Your source(s) can be too old or not reliable enough. Please try to confirm the recent situations, based on sources where it is clear that someone is responsible for the accuracy of the descriptions. If you make just one long-distance trip you can already save money.
Whether you can save money or not with Japan Rail Pass
depends on the length of your actual traveling distance and period.
In some cases,
you can travel with JR regular tickets for more days at a lower cost.
Your total expense on your Japan Rail Pass includes
a handling fee paid to an agency
and also a transportation fee to get to (and back from) the sales office or a delivery fee. It's quite easy to use and it saves the hassle of constantly needing to buy tickets every time you use a train or any other form of public transport. You can also make seat reservations using your pass.
Your ticketless ride and your seat reservation are incompatible.
Every time you take a JR train with your seat reserved,
you need to hold a seat designation ticket (in addition to your Japan Rail Pass). This pass offers you unlimited access to all Japan Rail National trains, JR bus services, ferry services, and airport transfers.
In Japan, national trains no longer exist.
It was more than 30 years ago, in April 1987,
that Japanese National Railways [JNR] was privatized and divided into the JR companies,
mainly the six regional passenger railway companies and one nationwide freight railway company.
Japan Rail Pass is not valid on JR highway bus services.
JR local bus lines are within the validity.
Not plural but only one JR ferry service is covered by Japan Rail Pass,
which is operated by JR West Miyajima Ferry.
Some major airports cannot be accessed with Japan Rail Pass.
- JAPAN RAIL PASS website: About JAPAN RAIL PASS http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/about_jrp.html
- Japan Guide website: Japan Rail Pass https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361.htmlthe Suica card is offered by JR East and it services JR trains in the areas of Tokyo, Sendai, and Niigata. This includes transport by train, subway, monorail, and bus, but no bullet trains, long-distance trains or airport transfers.
Subway or monorail lines are not JR lines.
Suica cards can be used for JR and non-JR transportation modes
in several areas scattered across the country,
not only in the three validity areas of Suica
but also in some validity areas of other-brand IC cards.
Your session of train rides with your IC transportation card
has to be completed inside one validity area.
Suica and PASMO
form one combined validity area of JR and non-JR railways
in so-called Greater Tokyo,
so do ICOCA and PiTaPa
in so-called Greater Osaka.
The term "bullet train(s)" is almost never used by JR companies for passenger announcements.
"Shinkansen" is preferred,
which is a general term for JR super-express train services, trains, lines and their operation systems.