My affection for Japan’s railway system has grown over the last couple of years. Aside from being punctual, affordable, and generally the best-way-to-travel around cities like Tokyo, the JR Group railways (and its predecessor – JNR) have an amazing history when it comes to innovation in train travel.
One of the questions I see asked most often on the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Forum message boards is whether or not Japan Rail Group’s Japan Rail Pass is good value for money. It’s a great question which you’ll often get a subjective answer to.
There are so many variables and personal preferences/biases which can determine whether or not the pass is right for someone.
In this guide, I’ll share my experience and offer suggestions to those looking to ride the rails in Japan.