2018-05-28
Worths May 28, 2018

Is A JR Pass Worth It? Traveling in Japan

Do you have the intention to visit Japan as a tourist? Then your best bet would be to explore the country using the JR rail pass. In Japan, one of the most exciting experience as a tourist is to travel by train. The reasons are that the train network is extensive, the trains are comfortable and spacious, and they move on time. The Japanese Rail Pass is a bit pricey. However, buying a JR pass ahead of time will save you money.

This guide will provide all the necessary information you need regarding the Japanese train travel and also guide you to ensure a seamless travel experience. Also, this guide will also help you determine whether the Japan Rail Pass is truly worth buying.

Without further ado, let’s set the ball rolling;

 

WHAT IS A JAPAN RAIL PASS?

The JR rail pass is simply a ticket that enables you to enjoy unlimited travel as a foreigner that is on a tourist visa. The Japan rail pass is applicable on all Japanese rail national trains, but for a specific period. The validity of the passes varies between 7, 14, and 21 days. As a rider, you have the opportunity to choose between a green pass and a standard pass.

The Passes can only be bought outside the shores of Japan, you can place your order online, and the sellers will deliver it directly to your house.

 

Japan Shinkansen

 

COST OF THE JAPAN RAIL PASS

The following table shows the prices of the JR Rail Pass with the corresponding validity period.

Japan Rail Pass

Cost in Yen

Cost in USD

Cost per day in USD

7Day JR Rail Pass

¥29,110

$251

$36

14Day JR Rail Pass

¥46,390

$403

$29

21Day JR Rail Pass

¥59,350

$515

$25

 

PROS OF THE JR RAIL PASS

The following are the benefit of using the Japan Rail Pass;

•    You win money when travelling to several far destinations in Japan

•    There is no need wasting money on train tickets before boarding

•    Train trips are fun

•    You have the opportunity to see Mount Fuji from the train when going or coming from Tokyo

 

CONS OF THE JR RAIL PASS

Despite its numerous benefits, the JR rail pass has its drawbacks. The cons are;

•    The JR Rail Pass doesn't include metro or city buses (although it includes JR buses)

•    It is a little bit pricey

 

WHERE TO BUY A JAPAN RAIL PASS?

The simplest way to buy the JR rail pass is to place your order online at www.JRailPass.com.  However, some travel agents whose offices are located outside Japan also sell the passes. Once you place an order, an exchange order will be forwarded to you which you will exchange when you get to Japan.

 

IS THE JAPAN RAIL PASS WORTH IT?

In conclusion, whether or not the Japan Rail Pass is worth buying depends on the individual route. If you intend to travel at a fast pace to different location, then the JR rail pass would save you lots of money. To determine whether the pass is truly worth buying or not, then it is important for you to draft an itinerary to determining the cost to pay for tickets as you travel.

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