Japan Rail (JR) Pass Calculator

Welcome to the best Japan Rail Pass Calculator online. This calculator contains All the passes including regional passes, non-JR passes, and allows you to compare prices with Express Buses. Just choose travels you wish to make and hit "Calculate" to see which passes offer you good deals. Also, the Advanced Mode will automatically calculate pass combinations for you! You can check these prices manually at Hyperdia.com

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 About this Japan Rail Pass calculator

This calculator is meant to help you find which JR Group passes are worth it in your trip, including regional passes from JR-East, JR-West and JR-Kyushu passes. It also provides information on non JR lines for your convenience.

In simple mode, the calculator just adds up values and compare prices. On advanced mode, you must add your correct itinerary, so the calculator can check any combination of passes that would generate the maximum savings for your trip!

Looking for suggestions on what to do on each city, or which day-trip to check out? Check out Japan Attraction Suggestions page. You can also get an estimate of the budget for a Japan Travel in our Budget calculator.

Reddit articles for feedback and presentation: JR Pass Calculator 3.0 (March 2017), JR pass Calculator 2.0 (oct 2016), JR pass Calculator released (May 2016), JR pass Calculator BETA (Apr 2016)


 Quick F.A.Q.

 On the calculator

Q 1. What is the difference between "Simple Mode" and "Advanced Mode"?
The simple mode just asks you your trips, and will show which passes would be worthy for the parts they cover (it does not calculate the possibility of using multiple passes nor checks if the pass duration is enough for the required days); The advanced mode asks your Itinerary, with days and day-trip configuration, and automatically fills in the required trips and calculates the best Pass configuration!
Q 2. A city I am visiting is not listed on the calculator, why is that?
When choosing trips on the calculator, make sure there is a direct line. If there isn't, you migth need to make the trip in steps. This is done to keep an emphasis on how and when you switch trains. If the city is not listed at all, it might be indeed not in the database. We strive to keep the biggest number of cities covered, but there are indeed some cities that are less traveled mising from the database. If you think it is worth adding, drop us a comment (mail at footer of page)
Q 3. Why some trips have yellow or red background? (works on PC only)
Yellow background means the trip is partially covered by the JR Group (for instance, part of the trip switches train to a particular company, or sometimes even the same physical train leaves the JR Group lease part of the trip), Red means it is not covered at all
Q 4. Why you need the season of the travels?
All express and super-express (shinkansen) lines have a predictable season surcharge that officialy goes up as far as ¥300 on high-season. It is not a big change but it allows you to get a pricing closer to what you will observe in your trip instead of today. The box auto-selects the current season.
Q 5. Are the prices in this calculator up-to-date? How can I confirm? How I find other routes or do it manually?
All prices for rails are provided by Hyperdia.com and updated as often every semester. Prices tend to vary according to season and day of the weak so allow a +-2% margin of error, but overall even with this margin it is a excelent estimate for all year. You can either confirm the prices, or look for other routes, at that site. Please take note of this important detail on how to read the correct pricing in Hyperdia. Airtravel uses a low-season average but can vary a lot, check prices for your specific date

 On Non-JR routes and exceptions

Q 6. What about the Alpine Route?
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is registered on the calculator despite not being covered by any JR-pass. The option is the promotional One-way ticket. Just choose one end (Toyama or Nagoya) to see it. NOTE that the Alpine route price is a lot cheaper if you choose your route when you start (example, go to Murodo and back, or all the way), instead of paying each step of the way: its is extremelly more costly and they will try to persuade you not to do it, the reason being so that they can have control on how many people are on queue for each step and know if people get lost.
Q 7. What about the N'EX Tokyo Round Trip?
The Round-trip promotional ticket is available. The price listed is half since the full price will be registered when you add the to/from trips. Remember: you need to use the return trip within 14 days of using the first. Choose Narita Airport or Tokyo to see the option
Q 8. How are Air travel prices calculated?
Airtravel prices are extremelly volatile and can change from a bargain to a steal from one day to the other, making impossible for this calculator to even remotely try to properly estimate prices, the estimates offered are year-round averages and are probably very different from what you will find. If you want to check domestic Airtravel prices, try on specialized sites for the exact dates you want. You will probably need Airtravel for extreme journeys like Hokkaido to Tokyo, Kyushu to Tokyo or accessing Okinawa.

 On JR Group, Trains and passes

Q 9. The train lines and passes are kind of expensive, can I go cheaper?
Absolutelly. First, you can choose non express/shinkansen lines, which are considerably cheaper (albeit slower). If that doesn't reduce your cost enough, you can try using night busses (check "include Bus lines", which will also add the Willer Express Bus pass in the comparisson), which not only are cheap, but can save you a night stay! Note, however, that a night bus ride can be tiring. It is all a question of cost and benefit. To check that, build your itinerary only with the Fast JR lines, then rebuild it using busses. The price difference will be astonishing, but keep in mind it will be slow and tiring to use only busses.
Q 10. Can I use the JR Passes for local metro/trail?
You can use for all JR lines anywhere in the country (except Nozomi and Mizuho expresses). Note, however, that JR operates mostly the inter-city network, and its presence in intra-city metro/rail is limited, often totally absent in smaller towns. Cities with notable lines operating under JR include Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, though while present, do not offer lines to every point in the respective cities. You can visit a lot of Tokyo or Osaka using only JR lines, but if you don't use other private rail lines you would miss a lot. Also, do not expect to get your value back in metro lines, for instance, you would need to ride the Yamanote Loop Line some 110 times to pay for the 7-day JR pass
Q 11. What is the JR-Pass GREEN and is it worth it?
The JR-Pass GREEN is the equivalent of a good "business class" in airplanes. However, the normal cars are great already. Green cars offer slightly bigger chairs, all chairs have their own power outlet and tray table (most Shinkansen offer that anyway), there is a better finnish to the car, and some lines offer/include a snack. The cost/benefit to tourists is not so good.
Q 12. How do I purchase a JR-Pass?
Look for a travel agency or site that seels it and purchase your exchange order (it will arrive by mail). Once in Japan, look for a JR Office (present on airports and big train stations) and switch the exchange order for the real Pass. You will need to specify the validity dates only when switching the pass in Japan. You can also buy the pass in Japan as of 2017 but it is around 10% more expensive.
Q 13. How do I purchase one of the regional JR passes? (JR-west, JR-east, JR-kyushu)
You can buy these online, by travel agency or in a ticket office, and then pay and pick the pass at an "pick up station". Check the correspondent sites for details on how to purchase them
Q 14. Does these JR-passes cover all trains?
No, only those lines operated by Japan Rail (JR Group). These are mostly the inter-city lines and some intra-city (metro) lines. While you can navigate most of Tokyo or Osaka using only JR metro lines, there are places you are better off using another private company. Check your itinerary and see if you will be using too many private rails, if you do, consider purchasing an ICOCA/SUICA card (in a train station in Japan). These do not offer economy, but are handy since you don't need to purchase tickets every trip, and some are accepted in 7-11 stores. Note there are some rare private lines the JR passes cover (like Tokyo Monorail to Haneda) while some JR express lines are not covered (Nozomi and Mizuho)
Q 15. What is the official JR-Pass site? There are so many!
http://www.japanrailpass.net/ is the official site, which does not sells the pass.All other sites are from sellers of the JR-Pass voucher and offer different services and pricings, but are not officially linked to the JR Group
Q 16. I heard you can now buy the JR-Pass in Japan, is that true?
Starting at 2017, yes - however the price comes at a steep 10% extra. It's best to purchase the pass before your travel to get a good deal.

 Important Notes

Warning: When checking prices on Hyperdia, be aware of where the correct price are: click for a sample explanation;
∎ Check out our City Suggestions to give you ideas of what to visit on each city!
∎ Please keep in mind that in "Simple Mode", if multiple passes are considered worthy, it means you should purchase only it, not combinations - purchase only one of the passes shown as worthy. To check combination of passes, use the advanced mode;
∎ Price comparision is done on top of the alternative that you get from the passes, which usually is reserved seats. Please consider that you can get cheaper prices by riding non-reserved and/or non-direct lines;
∎ Prices are listed from Hyperdia and some might be slightly off due to season and day of the week, but hardly anything meaninful (+-3%). You can also check this JR Pass Fare Calculator from jrpass.com (not official site) for the JR-Pass only;
∎ Local metro JR lines are automatically estimated on both simple and advanced mode;
For simplicity sake, Shin-Osaka, Shin-Hakodate, Shin-Aomori and Shin-Kobe are not listed. Instead, the value for commuting from these Shinkansen stations to the main city station are included in the trip;
∎ For lines with shinkansen and non-shinkansen options, the non-shinkansen option might include non-JR routes;
∎ All passes prices are from the official sites in Japanese (JR-Pass, JR-East, JR-West, JR-Kyushu). Resellers usually add a surcharge, or market fluctuations might make it cheaper in your exchange, so check your reseller for the actual price;
∎ There are also other passes, which are pre-paid cards so you don't need to buy each single ticket. They don't offer discounts, but rather convenience, with some being valid for JR lines and others not. Some examples are Pasmo, Suica, Pitapa or Icoca.
∎ Air travel price should be double checked to high variation on price even day to day, check on specialized air travel sites for prices on the exact dates you wish.

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