Can I use all trains and subways in Japan with the JR Pass?

Asked by Justin Velgus · 4 years ago

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Answered by Andrew Shuttleworth · 4 years ago

No. There are a large number of private subway and train companies in Tokyo and other cities. In the countryside you will have less of an issue, but in central Tokyo you will only be able to use a small number of lines. Having said that, you can get to most of the major spots in Tokyo using JR, it just may take a little longer than using the subway. Even if you do decide to use the subway occasionally, it's only usually 170 yen (less than US$1.50) for a trip so it's not going to add up to a lot. The JR Pass is certainly good value if you are using the bullet train to travel between the major cities in Japan. If you are just staying in Tokyo you don't need it. Here's a map of the lines you can use:

Answered by Olga Kaneda · 4 years ago

Actually subway is more often 200 yen, plus if you have to change the trains, the sum may add up unexpectedly.

As Andrew said and as they say on, 

The Japan Rail Pass (also commonly called JR Pass) is a very cost effective rail pass for long distance train travel in Japan. 

Answered by Victoria Vlisides · 4 years ago

You can only use the JR lines, and only SOME of the slower shinkansens. It is quite worth, it though, if you are a tourist and will be doing a lot of traveling by train. Not so much worth it if you are just staying in Tokyo.

Answered by Lucas Jones · 2 years ago

In Tokyo, you can also use the JR Yamanote loop line. In Osaka, it's a little more complex since there are more operators involved, but there is also a handy loop line that you can ride with the pass.

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