Beyond its obvious natural beauty, world renowned cuisine, and rich cultural heritage, Japan is home to one of the most efficient rail and public transportation systems in the world, linking virtually all parts of the country. One of the greatest travel perks available to visitors to Japan is the Japan Rail Pass, a simple and affordable (relative to buying individual tickets) way to travel throughout the country. Here is a quick guide summarizing the pass: where to buy it, how to use it, and who is eligible.
DO I NEED A JAPAN RAIL PASS?
Many people initially find the Japan Rail Pass to be expensive, however, after perusing train routes and other travel methods throughout Japan, it is almost always the most economical option. Before making the decision to purchase a pass, map out all the places you definitely want to go. If you are staying in one city or simply going from Kyoto to Tokyo one-way once, you will not need a Japan Rail Pass.
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