Japan Rail
There is simply no better way to get around Japan than on the world-famous Shinkansen, or ‘bullet’ trains, which whizz you effortlessly from the southern tip of Kyushu to the northern tip of Honshu at speeds of up to 300km/h. Not just fast, these wonderful trains are super-efficient, almost silent and depart so punctually you could set your watch to the exact second!

The good news is that if you purchase a Japan Rail Pass, which is specifically designed for travellers and can only be bought prior to arriving in Japan, the trains are much less expensive than you think. In fact, you can buy a 7-day ‘ordinary’ pass for about the same price as one return ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto. In addition to the Shinkansen, the Japan Rail Pass also includes the regular trains, plus affiliated buses and ferries. They’re available for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days of travel, in either 1st (‘green’) or 2nd (‘ordinary’) Class.
Valid on all trains operated by Japan Railways, including the Shinkansen ‘bullet’ trains, JR Limited Express, JR Express, local trains in city/rural areas plus affiliated bus and ferry connections, for unlimited travel across the whole of Japan.

Travel Validity 2nd Class (‘Ordinary’)
Price from
1st Class (‘Green’)
Price from 
7 consecutive days R4,010 R5,355
14 consecutive days  R6,390 R8,675
21 consecutive days  R8,175 R11,175

Terms & Conditions
Japan Rail passes are only available to foreign travellers visiting Japan from abroad for sightseeing purposes, travelling under the status of ‘temporary visitor’. The voucher must be exchanged in Japan for the pass within 3 months of the issue date. At present, the pass does not include travel on the Nozomi-type Shinkansen ‘bullet’ trains on the Tokaido and Sanyo lines, nor the ‘Mizuho’ type trains, nor on the super-deluxe ‘Gran Class’ on the Hayabusa train which also runs on the Shinkansen lines.

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