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Should I buy the JR Pass and travel by train in Japan?

Japan Rail Pass and Suica Card (Metro Travel)
Japan Rail Pass and Suica Card (Metro Travel)

When it comes to choosing a single country to explore, Japan holds a mystique and allure all to its own. The nation's cities alone hold a futuristic sense of wonder, the innovative technological prowess of the country on show at every turn, seemingly light years ahead of anything that the rest of the developed world has to offer - and there's no better way to see it all on a futuristic bullet train with your JR Pass.

Away from that cutting edge feel to Japan, you'll also find a country that revels in its ancient history. Tranquil temples, placid lakes and traditional villages are found scattered across the Land of the Rising Sun. To soak in the full Japanese experience, there's really only one way to do it - by rail. Thankfully, Rail Guru has got all of your Japan train travel needs covered. We offer no less than seven passes to those that want to take in the full glory of this most unique of nations.

Which JR Pass should I go for?

Temple in Tokyo -Sensoji ji, Asakusa, Japan
Temple in Tokyo -Sensoji ji, Asakusa, Japan

If you have your heart set on discovering the hi-tech cities of Japan, as well as venturing further afield and visiting the historic castles and tiny, charming villages that are dotted across the country's near 7,000 islands, then the JR Rail Pass itself is the one for you.

That's because it's, quite simply, the Pass that has it all. With this wonder in your back pocket, you can leap aboard practically any train across Japan's comprehensive network, including its legendary Shinkansens - the 'bullet' trains that can whisk you around at speeds of up to 320 km/h.

Because you may not be able to spend as much time as you'd like in Japan (and you'll want to stay forever!) Rail Guru has three separate timeframes for you to choose from before you head off - seven, 14, or 21 days. With this in mind, you can choose a JR Pass of a duration that best suits your needs.

Regional varieties

If you're only looking to explore one particular region of Japan, don't worry, as the Rail Guru hasn't forgotten about you! We have a broad range of other JR Rail Passes crafted for this very reason. Want to discover the resplendent island of Hokkaido? No problem - take a look at our JR Hokkaido Pass! Kyushu more your thing? Go for the JR Kyushu Rail Pass!

Where will your JR Rail Pass take you?

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