Great news for travelers visiting Tokyo and its neighbors this winter! As a part of Japan's Big Welcome Campaign, Japan Railways East and other railroad companies will offer special passes for tourists from abroad.
Get one of these passes to enjoy great discounts as well as smooth and easy travel in and around Tokyo!!
The JR Kanto Area Pass is a discounted pass for unlimited rides in Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto area. Valid for three days, the pass is good for unlimited rides using reserved seats on ordinary cars on the Shinkansen bullet train, limited express and other trains. The JR Kanto Area Pass makes it easy to visit popular tourist destinations such as Mount Fuji, Izu and Karuizawa
Valid period of use: from Sunday, January 1, 2012 (on sale from Thursday, December 1, 2011)
Validity: Three consecutive days
Valid Train Routes*: JR East Lines, Tokyo Monorail, Izu Kyuko Line, Fuji Kyuko Line, Joshin Dentetsu Line, Saitama New Urban Transit Line (New Shuttle) – between Omiya and the Railway Museum
* The JR Kanto Area Pass is not valid on Tokaido Shinkansens and JR buses. Separate and/or additional fees are required for certain seat zones. Please be advised to visit here to see details before purchase.
Usage Area: as the diagram indicates
For suggested itineraries using JR Kanto Area Pass and more, please visit
JR East Japan Railway Company: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/kantoareapass/
If you would rather stick to Tokyo's metropolitan district, the Tokyo Transport Pass will be a better option for you. The pass is available only for tourists from abroad visiting Japan from December 2011 to January 2012. And it is as cheap as 2,500 yen for 2 days, and 3,000 yen for 3 days (both for adults).
The pass covers JR trains, Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway, Nippori-Toneri Liner, Toei Streetcar and Toei Bus within the free area. The ticket can be purchased at JR East Travel Service Centers at Narita & Haneda Airports.
Price: Adult 2,500 yen, Child 1,250 yen
Period of Sales: from December 1, 2011 to January 30, 2012
Price: Adult 3,000 yen, Child 1,500 yen
Period of Sales: from December 1, 2011 to January 29, 2012
For details, please visit Tokyo Transport Pass.
Also please visit Japan Big Welcome Campaign site to check more discount passes.