The Japan Rail Pass — also known as the JR Pass — is a convenient and reliable way for tourists to make the most of their trip in Japan by offering a way to travel the country both comfortably and quickly.
The pass offers unlimited train rides for the duration of either 1, 2, or 3 weeks, and those who prefer to travel in style can opt for the “Green Pass,” which allows them to travel in first class.
In April 2023, the JR Group announced a new price increase for the pass, which has not been well-received by visitors. This increase is almost 77% and will start on September 25th 2023.
The cost of regular fares and tickets on the JR network will also go up in October. Therefore, the price adjustment is not isolated, and the Japan Rail Pass is still the best deal for foreigners planning to visit Japan.
You can see the price changes below.
|Type of pass
|Regular – 7 days
|Regular – 14 days
|Regular – 21 days
|Green – 7 days
|Green – 14 days
|Green – 21 days
Children’s rates are 50% that of adult fares, meaning a 7-day regular pass will cost JPY25,000, while a 21-day Green pass will cost JPY70,000. Children’s rates are valid for those between the ages of 6 and 11.
The JR Pass is valid on all JR trains, as well as the Tokyo monorail, JR ferry, and some local buses including the JR tourist loop route in Hiroshima.
While this price increase is, in some views, extortionate, tourists will be able to benefit from discounted rates at other sightseeing attractions around the country.
However, the JR Pass does not include Nozomi or Mizuho trains.
If the price increase of the JR Pass is out of your budget, there are still other options for exploring Japan via public transport.
Depending on where you stay, you may consider the JR-West All Areas Pass, which is valid for 1 week and starts at JPY23,000.