Many foreign tourists prepare this Japan Rail Pass once they decide to travel Japan, it is a special discount pass only for international temporary visitors. It must be purchased before you leave your country, it can not be purchases in Japan, only through online or a travel agent. There is a list where you can purchase JR Pass at the JR website :
If you stay in a few cites or stay more than 5 days in each cities, it is better to combine inner city pass / transit card AND individual Shinkansen tickets. You can save not only cost but time by taking the fastest Shinkansen called NOZOMI that JR Pass holders can not ride.
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We can recommend you to use a prepaid transit card such as PASMO or SUICA while you explore the city. These cards are very useful, you can use it at most of the transportations (trains (JR and the others), metros, buses, taxies, coin lockers, parking lots etc…) and shops (most of convenience stores and kiosks, vending machines etc…). And you can recharge it easily at stations and convenience stores.
You should deposit 500 JPY to have a card but you'll get refund when you return the card. Good to keep in mind to use up or cancel before going back home.
Also there are 1-day to 3-day open tickets from Metro, if you ride many times in a few days.
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Or, if you plan to explore many spots in Tokyo for one full day, "Tokyo 1-Day Ticket" may be the best solution.
It allows unlimited rides on local JR trains, subways, and buses within 23 ward area in Tokyo.
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If you are interested in this topic, please refer to our following article as well.
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Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who
Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines.
You can take any open seats in dedicated unreserved cars. The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.
For further information and photos, please visit official page at http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/ticket/types.html