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2020-2021 Japan Travel Guide 1

Many tourist areas and railways in Japan are offering discounts to long-term visa holders to combat the lack of visitors. If you have a long-term visa, you've probably come across offers only available to short-term stays. We have rounded up the deals on waiting for you, so come and plan your trip with the Go To Campaign!
(For an easier read, we'll be introducing companies first and then making a regional summary at the end.)

Japan Kinki Railway

If you want to visit Aichi, Mie, Nara, Osaka, or Kyoto, don't miss the 3-day pass offered by Kintetsu!

Kintetsu 3-Day Free Pass for all Kintetsu lines.

The offer is valid for unlimited rides on all Kintetsu lines for three days upon purchase of the pass. Additionally, you can enjoy up to half-price discounts at selected facilities such as Shima Spain Village, Harukas 300 Observatory, and ABENO HARUKAS Museum.
Price: ¥3,000 for adults and ¥1,500 for children.
Sale Period: November 4, 2020 - February 26, 2021
Period of Use: November 5, 2020, to March 1, 2021, within three days from the date of boarding.
How to buy: Buy at station counters or ticket machines for all local and limited express trains. Purchases are also available at the Kinki Nippon Tourist Group store.
1. Purchasable from one month to the day before travel, but not on the day of travel. Please be sure to purchase it in advance.
2. If you need to take the limited express, you will need to purchase a limited-express ticket separately.
Official website information

JR East Japan

JR East is also offering a mind-blowing discount! Early bird specials for everyone, as well as a 3-day unlimited pass for those who want to take an in-depth tour of the Tokyo area.


Plan to save money on H3: Early Bird Special

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If you register as an Eki-net member and make your reservation online 20 days before the day of travel, you will be able to purchase tickets for a limited number of trains and routes at special rates. Currently, there are special fares on the Tohoku Yamagata Akita Hokkaido Shinkansen, Joetsu Hokuriku Shinkansen, JR East Limited Express (conventional lines), and JR Hokkaido Limited Express (conventional lines).
Price: Discounts vary depending on the number of trips. There will also be a limited period for up to 50% off discounted fares! For details, please visit the website.
Specified dates: August 20, 2020, to March 31, 2021.
Availability from 10:00 a.m. one month before the date of departure to 1:40 a.m. 20 days before.
How to buy: Register on the NEEKNET website to purchase a pass.
Note: the discount is limited to a set number of rides, specific seats, and riding zones, so please make sure to check beforehand.
Official website information

First choice for an in-depth tour of Kanto, Tohoku, and Nagano: 3-day JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020

If you want to visit Tokyo, Tohoku, and Nagano, this is the one to buy! The pass is valid on many routes in the Tokyo area and is valid for unlimited rides for three days. All non-Japanese passport holders are eligible to purchase this year's travel pass. First come, first served!


Benefits: Passengers with non-Japanese passports can purchase the JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020. The pass allows for unlimited rides on specified routes within three days of its expiration date. Included lines are the JR East Aomori Railway Line, IGR Iwate Ginga Railway Line, Sanriku Railway Line, Echigo-Toru Railway Line (between Myoko Kogen and Naoetsu area), and Shinano Railway Line.
Price: ¥12,000, for adults and children over 12 years old.
    ¥6,000, for children 6 to 11 years old.
Period of Use: October 16, 2020, to February 28, 2021
Sale Period: October 16, 2020, to February 26, 2021
How to buy: Present your passport at the designated point of sale to purchase your pass and specify your desired start date within one month from the date of purchase.
Note: You must use the pass within one month of the date of purchase.
(1) An additional fee is required if you use it to ride in the Green or Premium Car.
(2) Student and youth discounts do not apply to the pass.
(3) The number of tickets issued per day is limited to 10,000.
Official website information

JR East Japan

JR West also offers a range of exciting deals, from early-bird discounts on the Hokuriku Shinkansen to passes for different areas. It's perfect for any trip you want to take.

Early Bird Special Shinkansen Price: e-Ticket Early Special 14

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Up to 30% off the early-bird price if you purchase a ticket for a specific route on the Hokuriku Shinkansen, Kagayaki, or Hakutaka lines from one month to fourteen days before your departure date.
Price: The price of the discount varies depending on the zone of travel. Please refer to the information page of the website for details.
Period of Use: July 20, 2020 - March 17, 2021
Sale Period: August 20, 2020, to March 31, 2021 (Wed.)
How to buy: Register on the J-WEST NETWORK and log-on to make a purchase.
Please note that the number of tickets available for special fares is limited. Be sure you grab yours in time!
Official website information

The best choice for a short trip: Open Pass

Benefits: When you use Go To regional coupon, you can also purchase a Open Pass. With this pass, you can take two consecutive days of unlimited rides on regular trains, including express and new express, in limited areas (Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Shiga, Keihanshin, Keihanna, Wakayama, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tottori, and Shimane).
Price: ¥1,500, ¥2,000, ¥3,500, ¥4,000 for adults and half price for children, depending on the area.
Period of Use: October 1, 2020, to February 1, 2021, valid for two consecutive days.
Sale Period: October 1, 2020, to January 31, 2021
Available at selected stations and nearby travel shops.
1. This pass is only available for purchase the day before or on the day of travel and must be used in conjunction with a Go-To regional coupon.
2. The pass is for limited express trains in the Yamaguchi and Tottori/Shimane areas and on regular trains such as the Rapid and Shinkansen in other areas.
Official website information

The Door to Anywhere: A open ticket to travel anywhere.


As part of the Doraemon Movie publicity, JR West, JR Kyushu, and JR Shikoku are offering a Doraemon Door to Anywhere Ticket, and it allows you to enjoy unlimited trips on all JR lines!


The JR EAST PASS is available in two versions. The first type is available in the JR West area. If you purchase the pass, you can ride all Shinkansen, limited express, and regular trains in the JR West area for two days as many times as you like (up to six rides on reserved seats).

The second type covers a larger area and is available in the JR West, JR Kyushu, and JR Shikoku areas. After purchasing the pass, you can take unlimited rides on the Shinkansen, limited express, and regular trains, in the previously mentioned areas, for three days (up to six rides on reserved seats).

JR Nishinihon 2-Day Open Ticket
The ticket is available on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays or on November 2 for ¥12,000 or ¥15,000 on a weekday. Children cost ¥2,000.

JR West Japan-Kyushu-Shikoku 3-Day Open Ticket
The ticket is available on Fridays and Saturdays, November 1 and 22, and costs ¥18,000.
On weekdays, the price is ¥20,000.
Children's tickets are priced at ¥3,000 regardless of weekdays or holidays.

Period of Use: October 1, 2020, to December 25, 2020 (Friday)
Sale Period: September 18, 2020, to December 17, 2020 (Thursday)
One month before the departure date - 11:30 p.m., seven days before the departure date
How to purchase: JR West reservation site e5489, JR Kyushu Network Reservation site and JR West, Kyushu and Shikoku. They are not available at the JR ticket booth.
(Friendly Tip)
You need two travelers for this pass. So grab a friend and go on a journey!
2. You can't change the ticket once it is issued. So choose your start date, ticket type, and designated train accordingly.
The Go-To discount is not applicable when purchasing from the JR West Reservation website e5489 or the JR Kyushu Line Train Reservation website.
Official website information

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