October 15 2019
The JR Tokyo Wide Pass – Three Days Of Trains And A Lot of Japan
Holidaymakers visiting Japan from overseas qualify for some excellent deals for seeing the country by train.
Japan’s train network is divided into 6 main regional JR (Japan Rail) companies, which operate the majority of the train services across the whole country.
All of these regional JR companies offer a tempting range of distinct travel passes, which are often a much more cost-effective alternative to either purchasing tickets on a journey-by-journey basis, or splashing out on the (also-fantastic-value) Japan Rail Pass.
Here, we focus on one of these travel passes – the JR TOKYO WIDE PASS.
Unlike most other JR regional passes, the JR Tokyo Wide Pass can be bought by anyone with a non-Japanese passport – whether they are resident in Japan, or on vacation here.
As well as being an excellent deal for tourists, this distinction provides a great opportunity for Japan’s foreign community to enjoy a 3-day sojourn away from Tokyo, or to take a joint trip with visiting family and friends.
The JR Tokyo Wide Pass is sold by JR East and is, in their own words, ‘a discounted pass for unlimited rides in Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto area. Valid for three days, the pass is good for unlimited rides using reserved seats on ordinary cars on Shinkansen, limited express and other trains in the valid use area. The JR Tokyo Wide Pass makes it easy to visit popular tourist destinations such as Mt. Fuji, Izu, Karuizawa and GALA Yuzawa.’
It can be bought for ¥10,000 from a number of major stations, and allows holders to reserve seats on Shinkansen services.
The JR Tokyo Wide Pass is also a particularly attractive deal for visitors coming to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.
Here are some of the destinations from Japan – 100 Hidden Towns that can be reached with the Tokyo Wide Pass:
Kusatsu (see more) (requires a separate bus ticket from Karuizawa Station or Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Station)
Shibukawa (see more) (requires a separate bus ticket from Shibukawa Station to Ikaho Onsen)
Miura (see more) (requires a separate bus ticket from Misakiguchi Station to Misaki Port)
Hakuba (see more) (requires a separate bus ticket from Nagano Station)
Komoro (see more) (via Sakudaira Station)
Nozawaonsen (see more) (requires a separate bus ticket from Iiyama Station)
Ogawa (see more) (requires a separate bus ticket from Nagano Station to Ogawa Shinden)
Shimosuwa (see more)
Tokamachi (see more) (requires a separate train ticket from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Tokamachi Station or Matsudai Station)
Katsushika (see more) (requires a separate train ticket for the Keisei Kanamachi Line to Shibamata Station)
NB Please check the details about the pass here, as a few journeys on JR trains within the region are not covered by the pass, while others require the use of trains on private, non-JR railways.
Don’t forget to visit the English-language webpages of all six JR companies to see the huge range of other deals that are available to holidaymakers visiting Japan: