Transportation in Japan

If you thought that using transport in Japan was simple and that you had enough notions about the Japanese culture to move in the city, you are about to change your idea. First of all, you should know that besides single tickets, you can purchase different cards depending on your needs.


SUICA, PASMO e ICOCA (Osaka) The easiest way to travel in big cities like Tokyo is to take public transportation, which connect every parts of the city. Buy a ticket every time you take a train is not very convenient and it is much better to use prepaid card such as SUICA or PASMO, paying every trip touching the card to the reader. Doing this you can save a lot of time. You can buy them at every station using a ticket machine or directly at the airport. Their cost is 500 Yen and you can have your money back once returned. There is no difference between the cards, it’s not just that the ICOCA card can be bought only in the Osaka area. Just keep in mind, all of this cards are not valid on the shinkansen.


If you have a tourist visa and you decide to travel around Japan a great idea would be to buy a Japan Rail Pass (JRP). This pass allows you to use all transportation of the Japan Rail (JR) without limitations. Buying a JRP not only you can save a lot on your budget but you don’t have to worry about train ticket too.

There are three types: 7 days – 215 euro, 14 days – 343 euro, 21 days – 439 euro

Get a Japan Rail Pass is very convenient if you have decided to travel around Japan. You will be able to use one of the fastest railway line in the world except for the Nozomi and Mizuho trains. When you arrive in Japan you need to exchange your voucher at a JR office to activate your JR pass. Once active the pass can no longer be changed, so be very careful we the dates.

With a Japan Rail Pass you travel around the country and visit the most beautiful area of Japan:

  • From Narita airport in Tokyo to the Kansai airport in Kyoto and Osaka and viceversa
  • The Yamanote line in Tokyo allows you to reach the most important area of the city (Shinjuku, Shibuya, Tokyo, Akihabara ecc.)
  • From Tokyo to Nikko, Kamakura, Matsumoto
  • Mount Fuji
  • In two hours and a half you can be in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital
  • From Kyoto to Nara, Uji, Himeji
  • Hiroshima, Miyajima


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