If you are exploring Japan by train, a tourist pass is the easiest and most cost effective way to travel. On July 15th 2016, Central and West Japan Railway Companies released new tourist passes.

Purchase of an “Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass” will allow tourists to travel to more areas across the Kii Peninsula from Nagoya or Osaka by JR, Japan Railway. The pass allows for unlimited rides covering destinations in the Kii Peninsula such as Kumano, Iseshima, Nara and Ninjya town, Iga Ueno.

It allows over five consecutive days of unlimited rides covering non-reserved seats on standard cars on all JR conventional lines. Some bus lines are also included with the travel pass. Reserved seats can be used up to four times on standard cars for limited express and rapid trains. Fees for adults are 11,000 yen and for children, 5,500 yen.

Newly released, the “Mt. Fuji-Shizuoka Area Tourist Pass Mini covers the Shizuoka area with a focus on Mt. Fuji as well as the Shoryudo region. The pass allows over three consecutive days of unlimited travel in non-reserved seats for standard cars on all JR conventional lines. Other public transportation convenient for travelling to Mt. Fuji such as buses and ferries at the five lakes are also included. Fees for adults are 4,500 yen and for children, 2,250 yen.

The travel passes can be purchased only by travellers who have a passport issued by a nation other than Japan and whose visa status in Japan is “short term stay.”

It is a smart and convenient way to travel. Plan your next trip with a travel pass, you can just sit back, and enjoy the stunning views as you explore the regions.
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