Bank Holiday Opening Hours & Delivery notice for May 2019:
25May(Sat): 10am – 5pm
26May(Sun) & 27May (Mon): closed
28May(Tue): 09am – 6pm

Delivery & Collection for All Japan Rail Pass Orders:
* All Japan Rail Passes orders received after 24May 1pm will be dispatched on 28May, for JRPass collection will be ready after 2pm 28May.
* We will accommodate urgent orders during opening hours, for an extra fee.
Please come and order from our Holborn office.

review

Keeef

Nickname Keeef
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 13 days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★  Average
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Fukuoka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review I would recommend not visiting Tokyo as other cities such as Kyoto and Hiroshima have more to see and are less hassle to travel around. Japan Rail Pass in a great way to travel and see the country and good value as well. You must plan ahead (but only a day or two) to ensure you book a seat but this is not a problem as long as you are near a main train station.

Recommend you try the many varieties of Japanese restaurants and cafes - they can be good value if you avoid the tourist areas. it is worth learning at least a few words of Japanese to cover the pleasantries. There is very little English spoken outside of train stations and hotels so be prepared to use sign language and enjoy the experience. I spent time in cafes just watching the world go by in Japan - very interesting indeed, a very different culture.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

The length

Nickname The length
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? All over
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review Buy the rail pass. End of.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

David London

Nickname David London
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 3 weeks
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Nikko, Kamakura, Hakone, Sapporo, Hakodate, Otaru, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites
Your review The rail pass is an excellent product. The trains are fast and efficient.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Kelly

Nickname Kelly
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 21 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 4 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? Hamamatsu, Tokyo, Kamakura, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nara, Osaka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites
Your review I had a brilliant time in Japan, it was a perfect celebration for my birthday. I had the chance to meet old friends and meet new people. It's a good idea to plan a schedule before you go so you can plan routes and admission fees to tourist sites etc. so you can make the most of your stay!

The travel pass is excellent quality for money and will save you a lot of money if you plan on using the shinkansen more than once or twice.

Ladies travelling alone (especially those of fair complexion): always be on your guard, don't trust anyone no matter how friendly they may seem(aka common sense) and you will be fine.

Beautiful country. Efficient transport, clean place with polite people(mostly). If you don't visit Japan you're missing out on an amazing experience!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Arashiyama
Arashiyama

 

RogerT

Nickname RogerT
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 17 days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Magome, Tsumago, Kanazawa & Kamakura
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review This was my second visit to Japan in the last six months and was as enjoyable as my first visit. Japan is a fascinating country to explore. The cities are vibrant with wonderful restaurants, temples, shrines and museums. The people are very friendly and helpful, especially if you try to speak some Japanese. Ryokans and onsens are a unique experience not to be missed. The trains are fabulous being fast, smooth and always on-time.

Whilst enjoying all the places I visited, especially Tokyo and Kyoto, my stay in Kanazawa was an unexpected treat. It is a beautiful modern city with some exceptional places to visit including Kenroku-en Garden, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, D.T.Suzuki Museum, Myoryu-ji Temple, Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, Shima Geisha House and the Kutani Kosen Gama Kiln.

Whilst my younger son continues to live and work in Tokyo I will return to Japan as often as I am able. There is still much to see and do.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

rogert
From the tea house in Kenroku-en Garden, Kanazawa

 

Joao

Nickname Joao
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? Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Himeiji, Hakone, Nara
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review -
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Eva

Nickname Eva
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? Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kyoto, Tokyo, Onomichi.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review The people, food, nature, transport, history and in general the feeling of the city I stayed the longest, Hiroshima, was simply delightful. I am very lucky to have seen traditional Japanese houses, listen to the Koto, walk in Miyajima, see the beautiful Kintai bridge and walk down the mountain from the samurai castle. All these experiences are unique and special, but the most important thing is that I felt welcome from every single Japanese I met. Always polite and eager to help in anything they could. I look forward to coming back and having more time to meet lovely people and stay in the rich and vast nature of such a great country.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Clare

Nickname Clare
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 11 days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Value ★ ★ ★  Average
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Matsumoto, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review I love Japan and had a wonderful stay in May. The people are very friendly and helpful. I appreciated having so many signs and instructions in English at all major cities and transport hubs - it made getting around much easier that we thought.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

gem

Nickname gem
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 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review A top location with great people. One tip is checkout the last platform for the train you want to get and use this to help you navigate.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Mary

Nickname Mary
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 ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Koya san, Kumamoto
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review I used to live in Japan (for four years several years ago), so I am very familiar with the culture and language but thanks to the Japan Rail Pass, I was able to travel very quickly and easily around the country. The pass was very easy to use with most rail staff familiar with it so no problems were encountered throughout my stay.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

James H

Nickname James H
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Green 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 and Osaka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review Japan is an amazing place to visit, like no where else I have ever been. If you are spending a decent amount of time there then the rail pass is a great way to get around Japan. Japan Travel Centre was really helpful in getting the rail passes sorted out for us at short notice. The passes were ready in a matter of days when other places needed a week or more notice.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

DaveB

Nickname DaveB
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 11 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, Nara, Tokyo
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites
Your review Would recommend the JR pass; it was easy to obtain at Osaka airport and very easy to use across Japan.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

David

Nickname David
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? Tokyo, Hakone, kyoto
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review -
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Lalith

Nickname Lalith
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 9 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, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Hakone (Mount Fuji)
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review The Japan Rail pass was very easy to use and excellent value for money.

Staff members in Japan at the Rail Centres were very helpful in planning itineraries.

Miyajima Island during sakura (cherry blossom) season was a particular highlight. The oysters were excellent.

We enjoyed exploring Hakone and would recommend getting the Hakone 3 day pass as this is the best value for money.

Getting a daily bus pass in Kyoto with the relevant bus maps was also very useful.

We took the ferry from Shanghai in and out of Osaka (Su Zhou Hao) and this was also a really good way to see the Seto Inland Sea and was more interesting than flying in and out.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

lalith
Osaka Castle

 

Kev&Georgie

Nickname Kev&Georgie
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 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Niko, Kyoto, Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review Excellent idea and a wonerfull way to explore Japan. Just loved the trains and people ar so polite it's a breath if fresh air after London.
Think we got the two weeks just about right, 4 nights in Tokyo, 4 in Kyoto and 4 in Hiroshima as well as odd day trips.
Only possible improvement would be to add on a Tokyo metro pass to the JR pass
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Alex

Nickname Alex
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 21 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 60 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? Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya, Kawaguchiko, Kamakura, Tokyo, Niigata
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review The rail pass is an absolutely essential buy if you're interested in travelling while in Japan. Buying ordinary train tickets (especially the shinkansen) is incredibly expensive and even doing one moderately long trip (for example Nagoya-Tokyo and back) by shinkansen costs as much as the rail pass.This was my 4th time in Japan and I always buy a rail pass, at least the 7 days one.

The Japan travel centre is a great place to buy the pass, the always send the ticket with a courier and usually you can get it the next day.

If you're planning a trip to Japan, I would definitely recommend the rail pass, you will most likely end up regretting it if you don't!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Slimpton

Nickname Slimpton
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? Tokyo to Kyoto, then Kyoto to Kobe and back to Tokyo. Even used on the Narita Express on the way home
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review Been to Japan a lot of time for work but never for vacation. This time we were attending a good friends wedding in Kobe therefore I took my fiancée and it was her first time in Japan. Both of us love the place, people and food and will be back!!!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Sub101

Nickname Sub101
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Green 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 - Hakone/Mt Fuji - Takayama - Hiroshima/Miyajima - Kyoto/Nara
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review Incredible! Japan is an amazing holiday destination - the people are exceptionally hospitable and friendly and I can't wait to return!

The food is excellent (my wife is vegetarian and if you research a little in advance there are plenty of good choices too).

Culturally fantastic with so many breathtaking shrines/temples all with easy access/English friendly tourist centres dotted all over the country.

JR shinkansen and other trains - are remarkably efficient - easy to change train tickets (Tip: also allows you to use the Hiroshima-sightseeing bus for free and JR run ferry from Hiroshima port-Miyajima)

Tokyo - metropolis - good for shopping (tax refunds at point of sale in many dept/electrical stores-considerably cheaper than UK).
Hakone/Mt Fuji - wonderful ryokan experience at Gora Kadan (very expensive but private hot spring/beautiful scenery highly recommended)
Takayama - nice small town, great temples and countryside break from cities
Hiroshima/Miyajima - historically incredible and fantastic okonomiyaki everywhere (especially inside Asse Mall on 2nd floor inside train station!)
Kyoto - incredible temples/shrines around every corner; Favourites - Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama bamboo forest and Kiyomizu-dera temple!

If you are considering a trip to Japan - the Japan Travel Centre should be your first port of call - Jing and the rest of the staff are wonderfully helpful and accommodating offering exceptional service! Thank you!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Jochen

Nickname Jochen
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 16 day
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, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nara, Naoshima, IKaga Onsen,
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review One of my best vacations in a long time. Loved the people, the food, travel. A wonderful experience and would go any time again.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

AdamE

Nickname AdamE
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, Kyoto, Osaka, Kanazawa, Nagano
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites
Your review Japan is the most wonderful country. Beautiful, efficient, friendly- couldn't recommend it more highly. Hope to return soon!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

AdamE
Arashiyama

 

Adam

Nickname Adam
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
Osaka
Nara
Kyoto
Hiroshima
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Ukiha
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review I am biased! I love Japan. I spent a year here at Uni and while studying met my wife (English too) who was teaching English. After graduation I returned and we married. My daughter was born in Japan and this was her 16th birthday present - a return "home" to see what all the fuss is about and to meet old friends
It was awesome! We covered the while range from nighttime Tokyo, Harajuku, Nara's temples, the very moving Nagasaki and awe inspiring and "weird" Gunkanjima.

More important, maybe, we spent time in rural Ukiha with good friends and wonderful memories.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Jimmy fae Scotland

Nickname Jimmy fae Scotland
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 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Sapporo, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, along a lot of countryside.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review Using the rail pass was an excellent experience, coupled with the superb train service. It makes travelling around Japan incredibly easy. On one occasion, I travelled from Kyoto to Hiroshima, and onto Miyajima and return all in the same day. The distances you can travel in 1 day is amazing.

I thoroughly recommend the rail pass, excellent value both for money, and improving your travel around the country.

The Japan travel centre were very helpful, and I would gladly use them again.

Thanks
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Kyoto
Kyoto

 

Jens

Nickname Jens
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 5days
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, Osaka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review very convenient
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Art

Nickname Art
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? nine 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? Nagoya; Matsumoto; Nagano; Kusatsu Onsen; Karuizawa; Tokyo.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites
Your review The staff of Japan Travel Centre in London is very helpful, answering travel enquiries other than the purchase and use of the Japan Rail Pass. The Japan Rail Pass is absolutely very convenient and value for money. I will buy and use it again for my future travel in Japan.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Inside Tokyo Railway Station

 

Inside Tokyo Railway Station
Inside Tokyo Railway Station

 

Tom

Nickname Tom
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 9 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? Hakodate, Toyako, Sapporo, Furano, Biei, Otaru, etc.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review I'm a huge fan of the Japan Rail Pass - this year I combined a 7 day all-Japan pass with one domestic flight and a car rental to get around quite a bit of Hokkaido.

I've shared lots of details for anyone considering a similar trip here - scroll down to the Hokkaido section:

http://www.tomroyal.com/japan-on-a-budget/

The reason for buying a full Japan pass, rather than a JR Hokkaido one, was to use the Hokutosei sleeper train from Sapporo back to Ueno, Tokyo. This costs a bit extra, but it's an interesting way to get to or from Hokkaido - details here:

http://www.tomroyal.com/blog/2014/06/08/japan-on-a-budget-sapporo-to-ueno-on-the-hokutosei/

It was a great trip, and I'm hoping to head back again next year - probably with another rail pass.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Tom
Naka-Furano, Hokkaido

 

raj

Nickname raj
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,OSAKA, HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites
Your review I THINK JAPAN IS VERY ADVANCED COUNTRY, POLITE AND HELPFUL PEOPLE.VERY GOOD TRAIN SERVICE AND REASONABLE PRICE HOTELS IN JAPAN . TRAVELLING IN JAPAN IS EASY AS WELL. I WENT TO TEMPLES, OSAKA AQUARIUM, ATOMIC DOME HIROSHIMA. PEACE PARK NAGASAKI, TOKYO UENO ZOO AND MORE. MY BAGGAGE DID NOT COME WHEN I ARRIVED TO JAPAN . JAPAN AIRPORT STAFF HELPED ME TO GET DELIVERED TO KYOTO HOTEL IN 3 DAYS. HOLIDAY WAS GOOD. I THANK TO JAPAN TRAVEL CENTRE
THANK YOU
YOURS TRULY
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

raj
KYOTO

 

Andy

Nickname Andy
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 13 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? Chiba, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review Our japanese experience was amazing. Both of us in our mid fifties had never ventured out of Europe before, so this was a real adventure. We loved Japan.

The historical temples and castles were breathtaking.

The food both intriguing and delicious. I particularly enjoyed the street food and we both loved going to some off-the-beaten-track restaurants that our son, who lives in Chiba, took us to. One great food experience was on a forest walk between Shin Kamakura and the Daibutsu in Kamakura. We saw a small sign by the side of the path to a cafe, followed it and were rewarded by a fantastic cafe perched on the side of the hill.

We stayed a couple nights in a B&B near Lake Kawaguchiko. The owners were great. The food was exceptional and the scenery, including Mount Fuji, indescribably beautiful.

I spent some time learning the katakana alphabet as was amply rewarded by being able to read lots of signs. It certainly made it possible to find a hot cup of coffee on more than one occasion.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

andy
Mount Fuji from the shore of Lake Kawaguchiko.

 

Fridathecat

Nickname Fridathecat
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 2 weeks
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? Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review All cool!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Maros

Nickname Maros
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Pass
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? Gotenba, Tokyo, Mishima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review I have enjoyed everything in Japan. Whether it was the delicious food, wonderful people, beautiful temples and gardens. This country is definitely worth visiting and I will most definitely go there again :)
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

maros
Gotenba

 

Rachel

Nickname Rachel
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Green 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? Kytoto, Tokyo, Miyajima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review Japan is one of my favourite places to visit for all the reasons you list in 'Which did you enjoy the most'. The monuments are beautiful, the hotels and ryokans superb, the shopping outstanding. Everything is very easy and straightforward and people are polite and helpful. You get what you pay for and there are no hidden extras. You can pay $1000 for a night in a ryokan but it's a bargain for what you get for your money or you pay $150 and get a nice, clean room. You can have a great bowl of noodles for a few pounds and a Michelin starred meal for hundreds. I find knowing that everything will work and knowing that you can make four transport connections in a day without any trouble makes it a relaxing place to visit. One day I got on the wrong train and didn't have a valid ticket. I wasn't fined - the ticket inspector made sure he helped me find the right train instead.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes