What are the trains and other transportation methods compatible with the JR Pass (maps)?

Most of the national Japan Railways (JR) train network is included in the JR Pass.

Japan Railways operates the largest transportation network in Japan:

  • It is the only company to operate Shinkansen (high speed trains) between big cities;
  • In the cities (like Tokyo or Osaka), its network is important and serves most of the main places of interest. 

In Tokyo for example, the circular Yamanote Line serves the main touristic areas (more than 30 stations) and is completely free with the JR Pass.

The ferry boat to Miyajima is also included in the JR Pass.

As for buses and coaches, only local buses are included, not the express buses or night buses.

Lastly, the fastest Shinkansen trains (Nozomi / Mizuho) are not included, but they are only a minority among the Japanese high speed trains choice.

Below is the Shinkansen network map in Japan, provided by our partner Kanpai (click on the picture to enlarge):

Shinkansen network map in Japan

And the complete JR Trains network in Japan (click on the picture to enlarge):

JR Trains network in Japan

The regional JR Passes can be used only in specific areas (see the related pages), but the accessible transportation methods are the same as for the countrywide Japan Rail Pass.

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