Travel with regional JR Passes

Himeji castle

The national JR Pass can be a great money saving tool when used correctly, but for those visitors on a tight budget, it can seem really expensive. If you want to see a bit of Japan outside major cities without spending too much, then a regional JR Pass may be the way to go. These can get you away from the big cities to some really interesting places such as Himeji castle, pictured above. Continue reading “Travel with regional JR Passes”

Travelling from the airport

Itami airport

When you arrive in Japan, perhaps a bit tired and jet-lagged from a long flight, you’ll want to get to your accommodation without too much difficulty or delay. There are several transport options available from most airports and opinions are often given as to the “best” way. As a general rule, the best way is to follow the advice given by your accommodation. Look on their website for a button or menu item called Access, which will lead to details of trains and buses. Continue reading “Travelling from the airport”

Should I get a JR Pass? Three ways to decide

Trains can be a very convenient form of transport. Find out if the JR Pass works for you.

This is a common question from first-time visitors wanting to travel by train, as the JR Pass costs a significant amount. The national JR pass comes in three durations:

  • 7 day, costing 29,110 yen for an ordinary pass or 38,880 for a Green (first class) pass
  • 14 day, costing 46,390 yen for an ordinary pass or 62,950 yen for a Green pass
  • 21 day, costing 59,350 yen for an ordinary pass or 81,870 yen for a Green pass.

If you are doing several long-distance journeys by JR train, there may be a national or regional JR pass that would be good value. Which option is right for you depends on your itinerary, and here’s three ways to work out the best option for your circumstances. Continue reading “Should I get a JR Pass? Three ways to decide”