Life in Japan Tip – Deals on Japan Train Travel (Tokyo Rail Pass)

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Summer is right around the corner!  And with it, many great opportunities to travel and see Japan.

However – we know that budgeting is important when traveling Japan.  If you aren’t careful, the cost racks up quickly!  What’s more, if you have a family – that’s even more money.

Which is why we encourage you to utilize deals to save on travel in Japan!  So in this article, we feature some great travel deal opportunities.

In this blog, we introduce you to a rail pass that you can use to get some great savings on train travel in Japan.  More specifically, this is a travel pass for the Tokyo area.

Please note that this pass is not available to Japanese citizens. They are only eligible for foreign passport holders.

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Japan Train Travel Deal – JR Tokyo Wide Pass

JR Tokyo Wide Pass.

As the name implies, this is a JR rail pass for the Tokyo area.

This pass is especially a great option for a 3 day weekend or holiday period – or any time block where you want to take day trips across Tokyo!  There are so many places to explore in Toyko – which is why this pass is great for covering a lot of ground with a minimal amount of money!

This pass extends to the areas and rails indicated in the image below.

JR east pass map

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Even better – you can purchase this pass directly online, so you don’t have to wait in line at the JR ticket stand!*

Please note: Only the adult’s pass is available for purchase online through WAmazing.  To purchase children’s passes, please to go to the ticket counter.

jr east rail pass kiosk

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After purchasing online, pick your rail passes up from the JR East Travel Service Center in the Ueno JR Station.  These are pick-up machine kiosks where you can receive your rail passes.  Please bring your passport with you for pickup!  (Japanese passports are not allowed)

Valid period: 3 days

Price: JPY ¥10,180 (12+)

Purchase your rail passes online from WAmazing here!  Or alternatively – go pick them up from the ticket stand in person.

How to Apply for the Tokyo Wide Pass:

  1. Apply via
  2. Receive the pass (it will be delivered to your mailing address you provide)
  3. Use the pass!
  4. Share pictures of your trip! (Use the hashtag #jrwestrailpass on social media!)

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