review

Lyn

Nickname Lyn
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day
How long did you stay in Japan? Over 3 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? what an amazing country, so welcoming and very clean. wherever we went everyone was so friendly and very helpful. We travelled round on our rail pass with such ease and felt very safe.

we started inTokyo then on to Hiroshima, Himeji, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Matsumoto, Yokohama then back to Tokyo a fantastic trip. We also visited Hakone to experience the Onsen and hot springs topped off with a visit to Mount Fuji. Japan has never been on our extensive list of places to visit, thankfully we now have. thoroughly recommend Japan and the rail pass. It is so difficult to say what the highlight of the trip was as everything exceeded our expectations.. We enjoyed every minute of our trip.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review As above everything was truly amazing and our memories will last for years. the railway system is something else, very clean, safe and extremely punctual, you arrive on the platform 2 seconds late and you see the last carriage go by!! Hopefully we will go back to see more of this superb country.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Cherry Blossom

Nickname Cherry Blossom
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, Hakone, Nagano and Matsumoto
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review We had a great time in Japan - did a lot of planning beforehand in terms of checking train and journey times so as not to waste time once we were there. Seat reservation offices were easy to find, and reservation was simple. Although Japan has a reputation for being expensive, snack foods from convenience stores for picnic lunches cost no more than in UK. Most of the 7 eleven stores now have ATMs that accept foreign debit cards, so getting cash out was much easier than on previous visits.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Benkei

Nickname Benkei
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day
How long did you stay in Japan? 3 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? Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Yufuin, Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review The Japan Rail Pass is a great way of exploring different places in this large country, and offers great value for its price. Recommended!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Ayesha

Nickname Ayesha
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Green
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, Nara
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review Excellent experience with the rail pass and a great cultural and dining holiday!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Shiv

Nickname Shiv
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 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review Absolutely loved Japan - would highly recommend (but make sure you bring a Japanese phrase book with you, it's very helpful to know and use the language).
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Tracy

Nickname Tracy
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 21 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 25 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, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Nara, Nagano, Utsunomiya
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review This was our second trip to Japan, and we enjoyed it enormously. There were so many highlights, it is difficult to choose, but a few were enjoying being amongst the crowd for a baseball game at Tokyo Dome, which fulfilled a lifetime dream of mine, being included in the hanami festival at Fukushima where the "master of ceremonies" insisted my husband put on his special cherry blossom hat, (sorry, can't provide the photo of this just now as we are currently in Nice and the photos are downloaded on our computer in England), having the courage, under persuasion from Osakan friends, to try blowfish there, seeing monkeys in Yakushima, the bubbling sulphur at Mt. Aso and the dophins off-shore from Amakusa, superb meals, especially in Yakushima anbd Amakusa and learning about the history of western Japan during our visits to some of the fabulous museums, especially in Kagoshima -- but most of all, the friendliness and helpfulness of so many people who were delighted to help us try out our stumbling attempts to communicate with them in Japanese.

And what a delight to be able to change our plans at the last moment and just hop on the train with our passes in pursuit of hanami after our hotel in Tokyo called all around for us to find out where the cherry blossoms were just coming into bloom.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Bruno

Nickname Bruno
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day Ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 3 weeks
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★  Average
Value ★ ★ ★  Average
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Miyajima, Matsumoto
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review I travelled a lot, but I calculated the cost of all the rail travel I did and it was the same as the rail pass itself - i.e. I didnt actually save any money.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

gemmab

Nickname gemmab
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass Green Car
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? Tokyo, Nara and Kyoto.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review The JR pass was amazing, the trains in Japan are easy to use, on time and quiet! Using the Green Pass was really useful for us as the conductor let us move our suitcases to another seat, so they were not in front of us. I really like that you are given a hand towel also in case you eat.

Japan was just beautiful, coming from London where people are so rushed and rude at times, everyone is so friendly in Japan and no one walks into you!

The architecture was amazing, we saw so may shrines, visited the cherry trees viewing in Shinjuku Park, we went to Kareoke and Cat Cafes. It was just so wonderful. We will definitely be going back soon.

Thank you for making our adventures easy!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

gemmab
Shinjuku Station

 

Leel

Nickname Leel
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, Takayama
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Sharronade

Nickname Sharronade
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 14 nights
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? Kamakura, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

sharronade
In kamakura

 

MJ

Nickname MJ
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Green
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, Osaka and Kamakura
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review This was my third time to Japan and for me it was the best time. The Rail Pass was extremely useful and it is a must when visiting Japan. There is no place on Earth like Nihon: the culture, the food, the customer service and of course the exquisite landscapes. I could not recommend it more especially Kyoto for me it is heaven on earth.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Cole

Nickname Cole
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day
How long did you stay in Japan? A week
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nera and a coup,e of small towns
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review Really excellent and good value way to see Japan. The train service (and other forms of public transportation) really live up to their reputation.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

don

Nickname don
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day green
How long did you stay in Japan? 14 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, Aomori, Hirosaki, Akita, Mizusawa, Yokohama
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review Japan can be expensive, not least the Shinkansen, but the JR Pass allows you to do as much travelling as you want for overall a reasonable fare
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

EWDC

Nickname EWDC
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 ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kanazawa, Naoshima, Kyoto
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review Japan is amazing. Every place I went to I wanted to stay longer, only to feel the same for each new destination. The culture, both past and present is fascinating. A feast for the eyes and stomach. I enjoyed being disorientated in a way that you rarely get in modern life. Despite the obvious language challenges (I was learning Japanese as I went... which did not amount to a great deal), everyone was extremely gracious, helpful and enthusiastic.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Ha Hehi

Nickname Ha Hehi
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 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? Tokyo, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review Japan is an amazing place. Incredible sites to visit, tasty food, very prett girls, nice people, good transport, very clean. Great shopping. I would love to swap London for Tokyo by I don't speak Japanese :( I love Japan
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

chissylou

Nickname chissylou
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, Yokohama, Nagano, Sendai, Koryama, Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima, Omiya, Shimizu, Kamakura, Narita (on previous trips with the Japan Rail Pass we have gone to Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Kobe, Himeji, Nikko, Sapporo, Nagoya)
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review The Japan Rail Pass allows you to be more adventurous with your travels. It is your ticket to anywhere in Japan and encourages you to jump on a bullet train to a mystery destination and see what is there. In my experience, Japan always has something waiting to surprise you, so it is worth exploring.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

chissylou
Kanda (at the Kanda Matsuri)

 

Richard

Nickname Richard
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 21 day Green
How long did you stay in Japan? Four weeks
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Inuyama, Kyoto, Wakayama, Tokyo, Shimoda.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review The pass enabled me to travel extensively and with minimum fuss. Especially on the major routes rial travel in Japan is surprisingly easy as the announcements are mostly made in English as well as Japanese and rail staff can usually speak enough English to help as well. By booking a seat in advance one alos reeceioves a separate seat for each l;eg of teh jpourney with precise times of arrival as well as departure shown on teh ticket so taht any cahnges of train are very easy to make.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

JD

Nickname JD
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 21days
How long did you stay in Japan? 24 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, Nara, Kobe, awaji island, hiroshima, miyajima, kokura, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Beppu, Kumamoto, Kagoshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review Used the Japan rail pass a few times, great value for money.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

jd

 

Julia

Nickname Julia
Which pass did you use? JR West Rail Pass (Sanyo)
How long did you stay in Japan? 12 nights
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? Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review I would highly recommend the Rail Pass. It is excellent value and made our excursions much easier. The Japanese Rail Service is fantastic - from the cleanliness to the pictures on the platform to show you where the door opens. Travelling by Bullet Train is an amazing experience. I cannot wait to return to Japan - I am very fortunate that my son has married a Japanese lady and now lives there.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

julia
Miyajima

 

antonio

Nickname antonio
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day green
How long did you stay in Japan? 11 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? Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Nara, Nagano, Utsunomiya
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review it would be best if the Japan rail Pass could be in the format of an eletronic pass, instead of an old fashioned paper booklet
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

eV2000

Nickname eV2000
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day
How long did you stay in Japan? 15 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? Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka
Which of these did you enjoy the most? F. Other
Your review Japan is incredible. The 14 day rail pass worked out at the same price as buying tickets individually, however the ease of bilking a seat made the cost well worthwhile .
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Rob

Nickname Rob
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 day
How long did you stay in Japan? 8 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? Nagoya, Kyoto, Hamamatsu
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review I was revisiting a Japanese friend from a visit there 20 years ago. Because the main purpose of the trip was to spend time with them and family, I only travelled quite short distances. The striking thing was that, even then, the Japan Rail Pass probably cost less than individual fares - and of course it was hugely more convenient to have it than to buy individual tickets, be aware of restrictions (eg on carriages to occupy), etc.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

rob

 

Oksana

Nickname Oksana
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day Ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? two 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? Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Koyasan, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Nagoya, Kamakura, Yokohama, Tokyo
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review I enjoyed most watching people in their daily lives.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

oksana

 

Dodger

Nickname Dodger
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 21 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 25 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, Fukushima, Osaka, Amanohashidate, Kagoshima, Yakushima Island, Kumamoto, Hondo (Amakusa), Aso, Nagasaki
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

binc

Nickname binc
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? Fukuoka, Beppu, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Tokyo
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review By sharing your experiences, it would help other travellers to best enjoy their Japan holiday and to improve the quality of our products and services. Thank you!
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

binc

 

Andy

Nickname Andy
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 days Ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 19 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, Fujikawaguchiko, Matsumoto, Takayama City, and Kyoto.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review This was my second trip to Japan. This time we travelled a lot more which worked out really well. Travelling was excellent for meeting people and seeing quite different places.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

Triathlete

Nickname Triathlete
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day ordinary
How long did you stay in Japan? 13 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? Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? E. Train Travel
Your review Excellent service at both the London and Tokyo end. Very helpful JR office at Narita Airport, where I swapped my voucher for the rail pass, booked my seat on the Narita Express and reserved seats on the Shinkansen "bullet" trains to Nagoya. The lady was also able to advise on the best route to navigate the Tokyo subway and JR lines to my hotel. Travel was effortless and extremely comfortable in ordinary class, with plenty of leg room. Thoroughly recommended.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Nick

Nickname Nick
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day
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, Takayama, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Hakone
Which of these did you enjoy the most? A. Japanese food
Your review The JR pass was great value; you can travel around much of Tokyo on the JR lines without paying for a subway ticket. As we'd paid in advance for all the travel we just jumped on loads of trains, which (combined with the awesome bento boxes) were a massive highlight of the trip
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

Taj

Nickname Taj
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 day JR pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 14 nights Tokyo
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, Hakone, Koyasan, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes

 

taj

 

Kaz & Dave

Nickname Kaz & Dave
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 7 Day Green
How long did you stay in Japan? 20 days
Please rate the Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★  Very Good
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Tokyo, Kyoto, Okayama, Hiroshima, Takamatsu, Kurashiki, Onomichi, Miyajima.
Also visited Okinawa by plane.
Which of these did you enjoy the most? B. Historical sites (e.g. Temples, Shrines)
Your review We visit Japan every few years, but this is the first time we have used the Japan Rail Pass. It was easy to buy the voucher in the UK, and exchanging it for the rail pass took only a few minutes at Shinagawa station. Fortunately, I had taken our marriage certificate for my Japanese wife to use as id. Her current Japanese passport has not been updated with her residence stamp, though she always carries her old passport which does bear the stamp, but the station staff were uncertain about using this as id, so we went for the marriage option.

At a cost of little more than the return fare from Tokyo to Kyoto, the Japan Rail Pass is excellent value for money. As we were carrying suitcases, it was well worth paying the 1/3 extra for Green Car seats as the Green cars were almost empty! Pity we couldn't use the faster Nozomi though they all seemed very crowded compared with the slower Hikari and Kodama. We also used the Narita Express, which has more space for luggage.

We pre-booked our hotels and got good rates by directly phoning the hotels from the UK, cheaper including breakfast than using websites such as Trivago and Booking.com. Surprisingly, most hotels took our booking without even asking for a credit card number! We can thoroughly recommend breakfast in Japanese hotels - it sets you up for the day ahead and is very healthy.

We'll certainly use the Japan Rail Pass next time we visit and include Kyushu and/or Hokkaido.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes