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Luke

Nickname Luke
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 12 Days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review The Japan Rail Pass is an absolute must for anybody wishing to travel across Japan, especially if you're intending to stop at multiple places. The Shinkansen trains are incredibly reliable and efficient.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

PJohnson

Nickname PJohnson
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day
How long did you stay in Japan? 10 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review The JR rail pass provided a very easy and cheap way to tour Japan. The bullet trains allow quick, comfortable travel between cities including phone charging points and WiFi. My only complaint is that the pass doesn't cover a lot of the subway systems or the faster trains.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Tamsie

Nickname Tamsie
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 1.5 weeks
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review Japan is an amazing country. The rail pass gives you the freedom to be able to experience and visit lots of different areas within a short timescale. If we were in any other country we would not have been able to do this as the public transport systems are not a patch on the Japanese Shinkansen line. The trains are great, very clean, fast at 380km/h, and cost effective. Would definitely recommend this as the main transportation choice for visitors. Plus always reserve a seat - it is free.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Dogsbodies

Nickname Dogsbodies
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 1 month
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Nara, Nagano, Utsunomiya
Which of these did you enjoy the most? E. Train Travel
Your review We had heard a lot about the legendary Shinkansen train service and it sounded rather complicated and difficult for pensioners like us, with only a few words of Japanese. Once we had transferred our voucher for the rail passes at Nagoya station the whole process of obtaining tickets for each trip and booking our seats turned out to be really straightforward. The railway staff speak English at the ticket offices and of course everything is very efficient indeed. The trains themselves are very spacious, big reclining seats, bags of room for any luggage and for really long legs. Good trolley service on all trains, spacious lavatories....naturally immacculate. We would say that the railway experience made our sight-seeing trip very pleasant and effortless. And don't be worried about using the train pass for short trips, eg around Tokyo, as that's straightforward too.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Graham

Nickname Graham
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 10 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Nara, Kyoto, Nikko
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

stuart

Nickname stuart
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 20 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? i was in Tokyo, yokohama, shizouka, osaka and kyoto
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Della

Nickname Della
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day
How long did you stay in Japan? 11 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Value ★ ★ ★  Average
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review Had a great time in a Japan and the 7-day pass was very useful. If you're going in the Shinkansen it will pay for itself. Recommended!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

John

Nickname John
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 10 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Osaka, Kyoto, Kinosaki, Tokyo & Shizuoka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review The Japan Rail Pass was a fantastic asset in our trip to Japan - suddenly the country is open to you with the most wonderful rail system in the world! Please send the rail operators in Japan to the UK - we could do with some help!

Japan is a wonderful country with some of the most charming and polite people you are ever likely to meet. The food is incredible, bonkers and delicious, the whole country is beautifully clean, the cities are friendly and vibrant and the countryside is a peaceful sanctuary away from the thronging cities!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Brian

Nickname Brian
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day Green x 2
How long did you stay in Japan? about a month
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo 3 days ; Yokahama 1 day ; Cruise around Japan 10 days ; Green card to go to :- Kyoto 3 days, Hiroshima 3 days ; Osaka 3 days then back to UK :
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review The entire Japanese experience was far above our expectations, which were already very high. Extremely clean, polite, fantastic food, train service & JR Card transfer excellent. Hotels very reasonably priced & very hig quality. Japanese tourist office in UK very helpful. Of course, tyour own staff very very helpful & we got the best price through you as well ! Overall quite an amazing experience.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Dave G

Nickname Dave G
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 9 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review The people were very friendly and helpful - very respectful.
The streets were kept well clean.
Streets were wide and there was plenty of space.
Transport was excellent - and very efficient - but very expensive!!
Excellent range of reasonable restaurants.
Great sights all over Japan!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

QuantumDotter

Nickname QuantumDotter
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 1 week
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review The JR Pass is an absolute must-have for anyone visiting the country! I loved the Shinkasen trains-so fast and so comfortable! And having the pass meant we could go wherever we wanted, at our own pace. It removed so much worry and hassle. And on top of that, the cost of the pass was equal to a return Tokyo-Kyoto journey, so we saved a TON of money. Do not come to Japan without the JP Pass!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

quantumdotter

 

Ljw

Nickname Ljw
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 17 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo chigasaki nagoya takayama kyoto fukuoka nagasaki
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review i have just returned from my 5th visit to japan. 4 holidays and 1research trip. My partner and i love japan and will keep going back. We use the jr rail pass every time and always rave about it on our return - its fabulous and japanese people are always jealous of it! Weve seen so much of japan thanks to the pass and will def use it again
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

stewie

Nickname stewie
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day Green Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 10 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Hiroshima, Nagoya, Kyoto, Tokyo, Narita
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

SvenNick

Nickname SvenNick
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 17 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Value ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Nagano, Obuse, Matsumoto, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Naoshima, Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review A fascinating country full of contrasts and warm people willing to communicate even when no common language was spoke. Delicious and intriguing food and a glorious transport network combined with some atmospheric accommodation made the trip. And I never knew that hard boiled eggs bought at a station kiosk could be quite so wonderful!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Azer

Nickname Azer
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day green car
How long did you stay in Japan? 10 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? tokyo, osaka, nara, kyoto, hiroshima, miyajima island
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review Japan Rail Pass is highly recommended. Shinkansen bullet trains are superb
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

alandsusan

Nickname alandsusan
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 16 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Value ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Nagoya, Kanazawa, Takayama, Magome, Tsumago
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review Japan Rail Pass is a very convenient way to travel around Japan getting to most tourist places quickly and easily. Because we had the pass we were able to visit more places and it encouraged us to do so. Staff in the JR offices were always helpful and mostly spoke excellent English. It would have been useful to know if it was possible to pay a supplement to use the Nozomi service as sometimes we had to wait and let several trains go by before a train came along that we could use JR pass. Other than that the service was excellent.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

joolesk

Nickname joolesk
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 17 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Takamatsu, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Shimonoseki, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review Using the JR pass is not only good value but also very convenient. It can be used to reserve seats at no extra cost so you have the reassurance of knowing you have a seat on the train at crowded times.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

joolesk
Okochi Sanso Arashiyama

 

Brotom

Nickname Brotom
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day ordinary pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 18 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kagoshima, Miyanoura, Osaka, Kyoto, Takayama, Nikko, Matsushima.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review The Japan Rail Pass made travelling around this great country a joy. It is easy to validate and use and the trains are fast, efficient, clean and comfortable. It also allows for a lot of flexibility and we were able to plan our trip as we went along. Would highly recommend.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

GillyT

Nickname GillyT
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 14 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Fuji, Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, Koya San, Tokyo
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review An amazing country, lovely people, so helpful and friendly. It was much easier to get around than I thought, the transport system is awesome and very clear for English speakers. I recommend staying in a temple inn in Koya San for an experience of Buddhist life going back centuries.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Stephers

Nickname Stephers
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day
How long did you stay in Japan? 14 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Koyasan, Hiroshima, Miyajima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review The Japan Rail pass was easy to use, it covered a vast expanse of Japan meaning we could see a lot in a short space of time. The trains were clean, roomy and very fast. We loved the travel. Once you got to grips with the names of the trains and the platforms, you're away. Very frequent. Loved it....
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

sutasu

Nickname sutasu
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 4 weeks
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★  Average
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Naoshima Island, Takayama, Kamikochi, Mt Fuji, Tokyo, Naha.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review Me and my girlfriend visited Japan for 4 weeks in September and had a fantastic time. The JR Pass proved to be an excellent way to be around - saving time and lots of money (it paid for itself in 2 days).
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Paul

Nickname Paul
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 12 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review JR pass made it so very easy to travel around Japan. In most cases, free rail, subway, buses and ferry on one pass. Staff very friendly and helpful.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

guttersnipe

Nickname guttersnipe
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinar
How long did you stay in Japan? 15 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Himeji, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, Nikko, Yokohama, Narita
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review The Japan Rail Pass was fantastic, it covered everything I needed for travel aside from subways (which I already knew about), and even allowed me onto the exress from Narita to Tokyo and the ferry to Miyajima Isaldn, which was one of my priorities for the trip. It also didn't take any longer to be checked by station staff than just beeping a ticket through. It proved great value for money (I dread to think how much I would have spent on rail travel otherwise, and that factor might have severely curtailed my wanderlust) and I would recommend this to anyone going to this wonderful country. Oh, and though I didn't really leave Honshu, it's very encouraging to know that the Pass covers the other major islands too.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Kyotogirl

Nickname Kyotogirl
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 15 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Matsumoto, Nagoya, Inari.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review This is the third time we have been to Japan and used Japan Travel Centre to get rail passes. We keep going back as we never seems to be able to see everything and just find more places to visit. The people are friendly and we take time to try and use Japanese language, not easy but is appreciated. We kept mindful of their customs as we did not want to offend, this is easy to do with the internet. Eating out is fun and tasty, we always ate in the local restaurants, best way to get value for money as well. It's not hard to get around Japan with your pass and if you go into a JR booking centre (not all station have one, cities mainly) they will book seats for you. The train service is amazing, never had a delay on any visit. The trains are clean and air conditioned with lots of space. Hotels are clean and well run, nothing is too much trouble. We do have favourites ones we go back to now. The weather can be extreme, this visit we planned thinking that it would average around 22c to 26c. They had a late summer and it averaged around 30c plus. The only day it rained was the day we headed back to the airport to come home. There is so much to see and do, it is a wonderful place to visit and we have fantastic memories and a couple of thousand photos. We are planning and saving for our next visit.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

kyotogirl
Matsumoto Castle

 

alondero

Nickname alondero
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 10 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Odawara, Kamakura
Which of these did you enjoy the most? E. Train Travel
Your review The JR Rail Pass was very simple to use and allowed us more freedom to explore many places in and around Tokyo. In 7 days, we used it to get from the airport into Shinjuku, travel to Kyoto, Yokohama, Hakone, Kamakura as well as around Tokyo. All of the trains have announcements in English, and most have signs in English too so it is very easy to find your way around. The only time we were stuck, someone helped us very quickly and not only showed us which train to catch but also where to change next.

Overall, I'd recommend the pass to anyone who wants to enjoy Tokyo.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

alondero
Tokyo SkyTree

 

Mrs LA

Nickname Mrs LA
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 12 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review We spend only 2 days in Kyoto, and it's not enough! Very very impressive place
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

SteveO

Nickname SteveO
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 7 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Narita Airport. Tokyo. Osaka. Omihachiman. Kyoto. Shiga
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review The rail pass made travel very easy. You can't use them to go through the auto barriers but that wasn't a problem as there was always an inspector. Reservations cost nothing. I just asked for one and it was provided. I travelled on local and Shinkansen trains. I would recommend the JTP to any person travelling around Japan
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

steveo
Tokyo Shinkansen Station

 

Mark

Nickname Mark
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 2 weeks
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Takayama
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review My experience with both the rail pass and the JR service was excellent. Trains were spotlessly clean, on time, comfortable, smooth, and a pleasure to use. Riding the iconic Shinkansen is a tourist 'must' in its own right. I'd highly recommend the JR Pass.

Just a couple of very minor recommendations. First, boarding our first Shinkansen service was a little tricky, but mainly due to the language barrier. The platforms were well signposted and easy to find, but we were initially confused about where to find the unreserved carriages. However, once we realised that they are listed on the platform screens, to the right of the train details (hint: the reserved carriages are usually the front five), it was very straightforward. Second, the passes themselves are a little too large and the cardboard gets easily damaged. A smaller laminated pass that could fit into a wallet would be better.

Overall, though, the JR Pass, the JR trains, and Japan were excellent. Domo arigato!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Bill

Nickname Bill
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 11 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Value ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Uchiko, Takamatsu, Okayama, Kyoto
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review I have loved Japan for 30 years now, since I went to live there for three years. Travelling around by train is an excellent, incredibly efficient, and relaxing way to see the country. My one criticism of the Japan Rail Pass is the restriction on the types of Shinkansen on which it is valid: now that more services are Nozomi and Mizuho, this restriction has become more of a disadvantage. Please review it!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Malay

Nickname Malay
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 12 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review Visiting Japan was a very exhilarating experience. The country has so much to offer - beautiful gardens and temples, great food, high standard of cleanliness, amazing technology, super fast trains, efficient urban transport system, courteous people, and no tipping when using taxis or eating out.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes