How to Avoid the Pitfalls of the JAPAN RAIL PASS

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of the JAPAN RAIL PASS

Those who travel to Japan from overseas can benefit from the purchase of a JAPAN RAIL PASS.
However, the myriad of JAPAN RAIL PASS options means that some people are paying more than they need to.
In order to maximize value for money, travelers need to consider the region that they will be spending time in and the length of stay before purchasing their JAPAN RAIL PASS.

Take holiday duration into account

JR offers two nationwide passes that allow the holder to use JR services across all of Japan.
Your choice of pass for these two depends on the length of your stay – 7, 14, or 21 days.
If your travel includes Tokyo and Osaka and you’re in Japan for more than 10 or 11 days, your best option is the 14-day Pass.
The problem though is that once you begin using it, your 14 days will being counting down – something to keep in mind when planning to get to the airport for your return flight.
Fortunately, JR provides other options.


If you’re in Japan for just 5 to 10 days and you’re staying in the east, the JR EAST PASS is best for you.
You have two options depending on your destination.
One is for Tohoku area, while the other is for Nagano and Niigata area.
JR EAST provides a little more flexibility as travelers can use the pass on any 5 days within the span of 14 days.
The major task with your 5-day pass is figuring out which days will be the most expensive travel days on your trip.
Once you’ve done that, you know which days to pull out the pass and which days to manually pay for your train.



There is also a host of JR-WEST passes that are convenient for travelers arriving in Osaka.
The pick of them being the 7-day Kansai - Hokuriku Area Pass.
It’s only 15,000 yen, and with it, you can take in the sights of Kyoto and Osaka, plus historic Kanazawa to the north.
The pass allows users to travel as far west as quaint Kurashiki.
Though if you don’t want to travel that far, you can stop at Himeji to visit the city’s famed castle.
Again the customer should put some thought into the date of the activation of his/her JR Pass.


Final Tips

To sum up, carefully plan the location and length of your stay before making a JR Pass purchase.
Activating the pass on a day that allows for your convenient return to the airport is a must, as well as considering the regions you will be visiting.
With these various options for the JAPAN RAIL PASS, your trip will not just be easier on the pocket, but also more convenient since you won’t have to buy individual tickets for every train ride you take.
Here’s to enjoying Japan while saving money!