Is the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) Worth It?

11 Responses

  1. I would have no issues paying for the Bullet Train versus bus Kiyoko. The NEED for speed is one reason LOL. But saving time and really, enjoying a genuine experience would be the chief reasons why I’d go this route. Also because seeing the Bullet Train in action is my fave scene from the Wolverine movie hahaha….super review here.


  2. Kay says:

    I definitely could have used this post when I was planning my own trip! I NEED to go back and try out the bullet train!

  3. Margarita says:

    Wow! Thank you for such a comprehensive write up! Japan is at the top of my bucket list and I am a huge fan of train travel. It will come very handy for my trip planning.

  4. Carly says:

    Great information! I’m hoping to take my mom on a trip to Japan next year and we’ll definitely be hopping around by trains, so these price comparisons are really useful!

  5. Elena says:

    Since we are going to Japan in just a couple weeks, naturally, I am reading anything and everything I can find on the subject. Hence, good timing finding your article. Thank you very much for sharing. Too late for us, but still good to know. Also, I am compiling a list of resources about Japan and will put a link to your post there. Cheers!

  6. Annemarie says:

    I love how you are super honest about this. I fully agree the Railpass is worth it if you want to see as much as possible. A tip to Nikko is a must but you’re right, you don’t necessarily need a pass for that.

  7. Chandrima says:

    Love how comprehensive and informative this is! Japan is on my bucket list, so saved it for future 😊

  8. Nancie says:

    I chose Willer Express when I did a month in Japan a few years ago. Most of my travel was at night, so I had the added bonus of saving on accommodation. Also, the buses were comfortable and clean. Speed wasn’t a novelty since I was living in Korea with a high-speed train system. I would use Willer again.

    • Kiyoko says:

      I definitely think Willer was a good alternative, but if I’d been eligible for the JR Pass, I’d probably have gone with that. I don’t mind taking a night bus for a night (maybe two), but I don’t think I could do more than that. I just need a good night’s sleep in a comfy bed!

  9. This is so good to know for when I finally make it to Japan! Thank you! 🙂

  10. The Japan Rail Pass is a great and relaxing/reliable way to travel Japan, highly recommend it. And pick up a bento box 🤤

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