review

Daithi

Nickname Daithi
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, Kyoto, Osaka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review I would definitely recommend picking up a Japan Rail Pass before going to Japan. The obvious benefit is use of the bullet trains between the major cities but the JR network within the cities is very extensive as well, particularly in Tokyo with all major centres covered. Even in areas that the JR lines do not directly access the metro will cover this and it is quite cheap in comparison to London travel costs. The only time I needed to use a non JR service was to Asakusa/Tokyo Skytree.

The pass also allows you to be flexible and hop on/hop off as you please. The staff at the JR stations are all fully aware of the pass and I was never stopped and questioned about it. In fact, although it is recommended that you carry your passport with you at all times to show the staff, I was never asked to show it once.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

daithi
Kinkaku-Ji, Kyoto

 

Mehdi

Nickname Mehdi
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
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, Nara, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review It was a truly amazing experience. The Japanese people were welcoming and super nice! The food was delicious and the historical sites were incredible. No doubt I will be returning soon!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Mehdi
Kyoto

 

Swerve

Nickname Swerve
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Green
How long did you stay in Japan? 7 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? Kyoto and Tokyo
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Richmark

Nickname Richmark
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass Ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 2 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, Yokohama, Izuku-Shimoda, Kyoto and Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review Japan is simply one of the most exciting, vibrant and welcoming places I have ever visited. Being so clearly a visitor the welcome and service given whether at stations, hotels, shops, restaurants, etc was never less than warm and friendly, and always helpful. Whilst the rail system appears daunting at first, it is simplicity itself when you let yourself be guided and accept everything really does run to time and to the minute. Give yourself plenty of time in Tokyo. The city is immense and the different neighbourhoods are worth exploring away from main centres, and the food is excellent nearly everywhere you go.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Yorkshireman

Nickname Yorkshireman
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, Kobe, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nara
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review Fascinating country. Very warm in August. Everything in Tokyo is busy; the island of Miyajima near Hiroshima very beautiful, Historic Kyoto the highlight. Hope to return .....
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Peter

Nickname Peter
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 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima & Nara.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review Enjoyed all aspects of Japan. An amazing country with good food, lovely people and beautiful historical sites.

The Rail pass was simple to use, great value and encourages you to go beyond Tokyo. Tokyo has so much to offer you can easily spend a lot of time there and love every minute, but Japan has so much more to offer than just Tokyo.

By using the rail pass you save a considerable amount of money and time.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

rupert

Nickname rupert
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day ordinary
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, Kyoto, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Nikko (ok, that's not a city!)
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review If you're considering a holiday or trip to Japan and doing *any* travelling at all, the JR pass is essential imo.

Just one return trip via Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto costs more than a 7 day JR Pass!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

kenny

Nickname kenny
Which pass did you use? simca and the railpass for travelling to osaka
How long did you stay in Japan? 2 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 - Kawasaki,Shinjuku etc (all over Tokyo)
Osaka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review Make sure you have a basic understanding of the language like asking for where thing's are and if you're a vegetarian, this is especially important as the concept flew over a few of their heads. Knowing how to say that I was a vegetarian and I didn't eat meat or fish was a life saver. People are very friendly and its really clean (bins are hard to find). Food and pachinko are open at till late and karaoke is 24 hours in some places. Very safe, (open air vending machines) and the night life is great
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

kenny
mount fuji

 

Lori

Nickname Lori
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 12 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★   Average
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Osaka, Kochi
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review The Japan Rail Pass was very easy to use once we had validated it. Everyone at the stations were very friendly and helpful. the only problem we had was at the beginning where we had to validate the Rail Pass. The place where we had to validate the pass was not posted clearly and it took us a long while to find it.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

teddy

Nickname teddy
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass for 2 people
How long did you stay in Japan? 6 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? Kyoto, Tokyo, Kamakura, Yokohama
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review It is worth to buy JR Pass just to use railways in Tokyo and Kyoto as well as travel through Japan due to low cost and convinience.
Thyeonlu problem is that in some places you can not buy ticket for the next day.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Alf

Nickname Alf
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 2 weeks
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo
Kawaguchi-ko
Nagoya
Kyoto
Nara
Tachiyama
Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review I think that what made my trip so enjoyable was seeing some of the non traditional places. I really enjoyed Amami and Tsuruoka. The people were genuinely nice and helpful (one woman rushed across the road to give me an umbrella when it was pouring) It is those places rather than the big tourist places that I will remember.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Hughbass

Nickname MarkN
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 15 days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Kyoto, Hiroshima, Tokyo. Yokohama, Osaka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review I expected a lot from my visit to Japan, but I have to confess that both the country and it's people completely blew me away. The Japan Rail pass is a must, as rail is the best form of transport either inner city, or between cities. Traveling by Shinkansen was a phenomenal experience that I shall always cherish along with my many wonderful memories. Renting a phone was easy, and surprisingly inexpensive from www.rentafonejapan.com,where the phone is delivered to your hotel for collection, along with a pre-paid envelope to return the phone before you leave Japan.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Markle J

Nickname Markle J
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 2 weeks
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nara.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review This pass is superb! Not only did it effectively half the cost of trains, buses and some boats too, the Shinkansen were incredible and the courtesy on the services was fantastic. I hope to return to Japan and I will certainly be using another one of these!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

N

Nickname N
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 12 days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Nagano, Nagoya, kyoto, kamakura
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites
Your review -
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Ceren

Nickname Ceren
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 2 weeks
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Value ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★  Poor
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo and Kyoto
Which of these did you enjoy the most? D. Shopping
Your review The Japan rail pass is a really good idea - it's useful because you don't have to worry about queuing for tickets everyday and it saves you money which means you can enjoy your trips without having to budget and allows you more freedom to visit all the amazing places Japan has to offer.

The downside of the rail pass is that it can be a bit confusing trying to work out which lines you can or can't use it on - there's a lot of information to read through and try to remember, especially when words like Nozomi and Mizuho are unfamiliar and sound like other Japanese words to a foreigner.

Also, there's not enough places with early or late opening hours to process the pass - it's quite hard to find them and then when you do, there's usually a queue which can be stressful if there's a train you want to catch. It seems silly that you also have to fill in another form to process the pass and then every time you use it you have to find a station attendant to show it - it would be better if it was a swipe card or a ticket you could use in the machines.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

1326

Nickname 1326
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 19 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, Kumamoto, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review Never having been to Japan before I found everything to be amazing. Enjoyed every minute of my visit.

If you go and want to travel by shinkansen within a one, two or three week period a rail pass is a must. I travelled by shinkansen from Tokyo-Kumamoto(a long journey,around 7 hours and a change of trains)Kumamoto-Kyoto, Kyoto-Osaka, Osaka-Hiroshima, Hiroshima-Kumamoto, Kumamoto-Tokyo plus many journeys on the JR Metro in Tokyo. My pass cost around 45,000JPY. I took a train with someone who had taken a single journey from Kyoto-Kumamoto and a single journey from Kumamoto-Nagoya,that's all, and it cost around 38,000JPY so you can see the sense in buying a rail pass.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

1326
Akihabara

 

Marby

Nickname Marby
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 10 days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review Next time I go to Japan I will definitely consider a longer holiday, and a 14 day rail pass instead of a 7 day. Unfortunately does not work alongside Suica stations, so extremely confusing in the beginning, when you realise there are 3 train companies operating stations in Tokyo.

However, when you realise the rail pass will work on all JR trains and Shinkansen things become a lot easier to plan!

Worth visiting all parts of Japan, I really enjoyed Kyoto and Osaka. Had I more time on my trip I would have loved to be more spontaneous in my travelling and stopped at Nara, Okinawa and Kanazawa. With Japan rail pass, you have all the possibilities!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Farqs

Nickname Farqs
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 15 days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Matsumoto, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Okayama, Naoshima, Kurishiki, Hiroshima.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review Japan was excellent - food, people and sights are superb. And it is much easier to get around than we thought. Only question we would have was how easy it might be to use a car to visit the slightly more rural parts of Japan.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Seng

Nickname Seng
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 1 week
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review I had an absolutely excellent time in Japan and would definitely visit again. At first glance this train is expensive, but that is the nature of it. However, it is so clean, fast and efficient down to the minute. To top it off, the staff are incredibly polite.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Alisa

Nickname Alisa
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? two weeks
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Ito, Kyoto, Kobe, Kanazawa, Takayama
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review The freedom granted to travelers with the Japan Rail Pass significantly enhances the experience of a trip to Japan. Having made plans to see major cities like Kyoto and Tokyo, we also frequently made impromptu trips to smaller destinations, which we would not have thought of had we not had this pass. The booking is easy enough at the train stations, but it's not possible to book online unless you are a fluent Japanese speaker.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Richard

Nickname Richard
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Green Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 10 days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo and Kyoto. Also had a trip to Shimoda
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites
Your review This was my third trip. Japan is a great destination, as it has great food, interesting history and culture, and a vibrant modern life. I spent a little longer in Kyoto than in the past and enjoyed exploring the old part as well as the Silver Pavilion. I stayed in a nice comfortable and friendly Ryokan booked through the Japan centre. The rail pass is really good value, and easy to use. It allows you to travel up and down the country with ease, and I have found the JR staff really helpful. On previous occasions I have visited Hiroshima, Nara, and Nikko.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Richard
Gion District in Kyoto

 

Julie

Nickname Julie
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 2 weeks
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kyoto, Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review I think that what made my trip so enjoyable was seeing some of the non traditional places. I really enjoyed Amami and Tsuruoka. The people were genuinely nice and helpful (one woman rushed across the road to give me an umbrella when it was pouring) It is those places rather than the big tourist places that I will remember.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

M Riaz

Nickname M Riaz
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 10 days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Kyoto. Hakone. Tokyo
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review I had a wonderful time, the people, the places,the culture, the food... Japan is a mesmerising country which deserves to be experienced repeatedly.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Talkontar

Nickname Talkontar
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 10 days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Osaka, Okayama, Koyasan, Myajima, Matsue, Kyoto, Tokyo
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review This was my second trip to Japan and I'm already planning next one. JR Pass is a blessing for turists and a neccesity if you want to travel between different cities. People are all very friendly and helpful. Food is excelent and of course Tokyo is a heaven for Otaku like me :-)
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

kat

Nickname kat
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? two weeks
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Naoshima Island, Kanazawa
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review Great trip and the Japan Rail Pass made the travel very relaxed and enjoyable.

Thanks again to the japan travel centre for sending me via email all travel connections and times (including links for ferries to the islands!), so I just had to collect the pass in Tokyo and asking for all tickets for the trip in advance - that made the trip incredible easy and relaxed!!!

Great service!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Charlotte

Nickname Charlotte
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 2 weeks
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Toyama,
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review We did the alpine route and skiing in the japanese alps, both were fantastic
Love kyoto too
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

NL

Nickname NL
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Green Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 17 days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo; Nikko; Takayama; Nara; Osaka; Kyoto; Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review The Japan Rail Pass is the best way to travel through Japan. It is extremely easy to use, the quality of the trains is self-explanatory, and the service levels both on the train and in the station is exemplary.

The very best of Japanese hospitality and efficiency. (It is also worth "splurging" to buy the Green Pass.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Bex

Nickname Bex
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 10 days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites
Your review I spent a wonderful 10 days in Japan, mainly based in Tokyo and Kyoto, but with trips to the Hakone region, Hiroshima and Miyajima. The great food, shopping and modern architecture of Tokyo, contrasted nicely with the more traditional, historical and cultural experiences of Kyoto. The Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima was fascinating and sobering, and I highly recommend spending the night on the island of Miyajima, so that you can view the 'floating' torii of Itsukushima shrine at sunset, by night and at high tide. I also greatly enjoyed my day trip to the Hakone region, travelling by pirate ships, cable cars and ropeways, among other things; we were also lucky enough to get beautiful clear views of Mount Fuji.

Although I saw and did everything I wanted to, I would recommend taking 12 days to complete this itinerary in order to enjoy all of the experiences at a more leisurely pace. The JR Pass was good value and very convenient - not least because it saved having to queue up to buy tickets every time I wanted to travel, although I did also take advantage of the free seat reservations on longer journeys.

For a more detailed account of my travels, please see my blog: http://www.doubleskinnymacchiato.com/2014/05/japan-travel-guide-tips-tokyo-kyoto-hiroshima.html
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

bex
Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima.

 

I do not have one and do not want one

Nickname I do not have one and do not want one
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 10 days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo and Nagoya
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites
Your review I don't have a review
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Chris M

Nickname Chris M
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 20 days
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Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Kyoto
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites
Your review Excellent services and custom. Looked after most well.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes