Guide to Japanese Regular Train Tickets

Japan is considered one of the countries which has the most efficient transport system. They are always on time.

There are several railway tickets to Japan:

  • Regular Train Tickets – one way pass
  • IC Cards – rechargeable stored value cards
  • Rail Passes – unlimited usage of trains in a designated area
  • City Passes – unlimited city travel on subways, trams, trains and buses on one day

Since we rented a car for our first three days in Japan, we opt to just buy regular train tickets every time we ride one.  Regular tickets are one way pass from point A to point B.

Here’s how:

  1. Look for a railway machine.
  2. Choose English or whatever your language is.
  3. Select your destination. There’s a map over the machine so you can refer to it.
  4. Click the number of person/tickets you want to buy.
  5. See for the total bill and insert your coin/bill.

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6. Get your ticket.

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7. Look for the station.

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8.Insert your ticket and don’t forget to get it right away once you enter. This is something we never knew! I haven’t gotten my ticket upon entering so we have to report it to the information counter. You need your ticket back as you will be using it once you exit from the station.

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9. Go to the platform and ride your train.

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10. Once you exit, insert your ticket and never mind getting it back. Tadaa! That’s it!

However, if you plan to take public transportation during your stay in Japan, I would recommend you to take Japan Rail Pass instead.  Should we know about this, we could have bought this as this is cheaper and more convenient. But we all learned from our mistakes, right? Haha.

Japan Rail Pass    click here for details
Type: Unlimited travel on almost all JR trains nationwide, including bullet trains, limited express trains, local trains, some JR buses and the JR ferry to Miyajima.
Duration: 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days
Conditions: Not available to residents of Japan. Must be purchased outside of Japan.
Price:
7 days    29,110 yen
14 days    46,390 yen
21 days    59,350 yen

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