Discounted travel tickets that aren't the JR Pass for Tokyo and surrounding Kanto Areas
One of the biggest expenses you will encounter during your stay in Japan is transportation. Many websites will tell you to get the famous JR pass that will allow you unlimited travel on the JR trains for a set fee. But what if you are unable to get the JR pass in time for your trip?
Don't worry, this article has you covered.
JR passes are not the only discounted travel tickets you can get in Japan. There are actually many different day passes for both tourists and expats alike. Finding these discounted travel tickets in Japan might be a bit trickier than just going to a travel agency, but here's a few sources that you can make use of.
Tokyo Subway Ticket for Tourists
The subway of Tokyo is run by two major subway companies - Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway. It can be very confusing when you have to pay for different tickets to get on each of them. However, there is a day pass that allows you to ride on both. It is called the Tokyo Subway Ticket and it can be used for unlimited rides on both the Toei Subway and Tokyo Metro.
24 hours: 800 yen for adults, 400 yen for children
48 hours: 1200 yen for adults, 600 yen for children
72 hours: 1500 yen for adults, 750 yen for children
Where to find it: Haneda International Terminal Tourist Information Center, Narita Airport, various hotels and Big Camera locations around Tokyo
Tokyo Combination Ticket
This ticket enables use of all Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines, as well as JR lines, Toei buses, and the Nippori Toneri Liner (as long as you are in a ward of Tokyo). It's one of the most convenient tickets for those traveling to different locations in Tokyo.
Price: 1,590 yen for adults, 800 yen for children
Where to find it: Automatic ticket vending machines at the stations
JR Tokyo Wide Pass
This is a good pass to purchase if you are planning to stay just in the Kanto area of Japan. It is valid for three days and you can use it for the shinkansen, limited express and other trains around Kanto. It allows you to visit Mt. Fuji, Izu, Karuizawa, and GALA Yuzawa.
Price: 10,000 yen for adults, 5,000 yen for children
Where to find it: Major train stations, Narita Airport and Haneda Airport. Visit the website for more information.
Hokuriku Arch Pass
The Hokuriku Arch Pass allows unlimited travel on JR trains in the Hokuriku Region (which consists of Nagano, Toyama, Kanazawa, and Fukui), including the shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka. You can use this pass for a full seven days, making it a better deal than the JR Pass if you are just planning to move between Osaka and Tokyo.
24,000 yen for adults, 12,000 yen for children if purchased outside of Japan
25,000 yen for adults, 12,500 yen for children if purchased in Japan
Where to find it: Can be purchased online or through a travel agent. Visit their website for a list of places where it can be purchased in Japan.
This pass allows unlimited rides on the JR, Enoshima Electric Railway and the Shonan Monorail within the Kamakura and Enoshima area. It is valid for one day only, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful old capital of Japan at your leisure.
Price: 700 yen for adults, 350 yen for children
Where to find it: JR Ticket Office or Travel Service Center at Ofuna, Fujisawa, Kamakura or Kita-Kamakura Station
Yokohama Minatomirai Pass
This day pass allows you to ride the JR East trains on the Negishi Line between Yokohama and Shin-Sugita Stations, as well as the Yokohama Minatomirai Line. It's a great ticket to purchase if you're just going to Yokohama for a day to enjoy the sights.
Price: 520 yen for adults, 260 yen for children
Where to find it: JR Ticket Office or Travel Service Center at Yokohama Station