Rail Passes We Used In Japan

We visited Kyushu during the school holiday, taking advantage of Air Asia X's cheap promotional fare to the island. Taking in mind of the school holiday season, the RM700 fare (return) was very reasonable for us.
For this trip, we decided to purchase the 5-days Northern Kyushu Rail Pass at 10,000 yen and visited Kumamoto, Yufuin, Oita, Beppu, Aso, Nagasaki, Kurume and Fukuoka (yup, in that order).
To travel around the city area of Kumamoto and Nagasaki, we also bought the 1-day tram pass in each city which enabled us to ride the excellent tram service around the two cities.

Depending on our needs during our travel, we'd purchase rail or tram passes or just the normal 1-day train passes for our use.
We bought this Nankai All Line 2-day pass (2,000 yen) when we visited Osaka in 2017 which we used to travel from Kansai Airport to Wakayama and then to Koyasan the next day.
When we visited Japan in March this year for my Nagoya Women's Marathon, we bought the 5-days Kintetsu Rail Pass (3,600 yen) which we used to travel around Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Ise-Shima and Nagoya.

Yup, we visited all the areas the pass covered.
When we visited Hokkaido last year, we bought the 5-days Hokkaido Rail Pass (22,000 yen) and we used it to travel from New Chitose Airport to Hakodate then to Sapporo, Otaru, Furano, Asahikawa and lastly to Abashiri for my Okhotsk-Abashiri Marathon before returning to Sapporo on the last day.
In Hakodate we also bought the 1-day tram pass to visit the town.
When we visited Nikko in 2017, we bought the 4-days Nikko All Area pass (4,150 yen during winter) and it also covered the Nikko bus service in Nikko.
In 2015, when I joined Tango Ultramarathon, we bought the 5-days JR-Wet Rail Pass Kansai Wide Area Pass (9,000+ yen depending on where you buy it) and used it to travel around Osaka, Kyoto, Toyooka and Kinosaki Onsen.
For the areas where we used railway other than the JR line, we bought the Kyoto Tango Rail Pass. It was half price for foreigners when we bought it so it cost us only 900 yen at that time.

We used it to visit Amanohashidate and also Amino city for my race kit collection.

Oh, many many years ago, we also bought the 7-days JR Pass and used it to travel the length and breadth of Japan; from Kyushu all the way up north to Hokkaido. It was rather fun but nowadays, whenever we visit Japan, we tend to focus to just a certain area instead of rushing all around Japan during our trip.
And whenever we visit Japan, we are never without our more-than-10-year-old SUICA card. This is pretty handy for not only ticket purchases (for trips not covered by any passes) but also for purchases too.

There were also times when we relied on bus services to get around town, such as when we traveled from Nagoya to Tokyo and used Willer Express midnight bus service. Taking the bus is a rather cheap option to travel between cities and with a midnight bus, we also saved up on hotel rooms.


  1. Your are really very savvy on Japan travel. If wanna go Japan must ajak you along lah heh..heh.. Anyway, I'd like to wish you and your family Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri!

    1. Hahaha

      And thank you for the wish.
      Enjoy the holiday too!

  2. Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri to you and family.

    I am amazed that you always know how to save from all these travel passes in Japan. We did take advantage sometimes but missed out many of yours.
    Our next destination to Shikoku is in my plans now.

    1. After we had a place in mind, we usually would look at the railway operators of the area before searching for a suitable pass.

      Occasionally, it was the train master who would highlight the passes to us. This usually happen at stations in the countryside where the locals are friendlier and less busy with huge tourist traffic. 😊


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