Japan Rail Pass Price Increase from October 2023

Japan Rail Pass Price Increase from October 2023

Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) prices will increase from October 2023, according to an announcement made by the JR Group on 14 April 2023. The cost for all Japan Rail Pass types, including Ordinary and Green for 7, 14, and 21 days, will increase to new rates which is quite a significant price increase. The exact date is to be confirmed.

Currently, the Nozomi on the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen and the Mizuho on the Sanyo/Kyushu Shinkansen cannot be used with the Japan Rail Pass (ie. the full price must be paid even if you have the Japan Rail Pass). However, a new additional special ticket will be offered before boarding, and you can use the Nozomi and Mizuho with the new Japan Rail Pass from October 2023 with this new additional special ticket.

Japan Rail Pass holders will also enjoy discounts at selected sightseeing spots to be announced.

Prices for the Japan Rail Pass will be unified at JR-designated stores, agencies and the dedicated website (JAPAN RAIL PASS Reservation).

After the price increase, the Japan Rail Pass may not be worth purchasing for a basic round trip between Tokyo and popular Tokaido Shinkansen stations such as Fukuoka, Kyoto, or Shin-Osaka, but many other regional rail passes remain available.

The official press release can be found here in Japanese.


Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) New Prices from October 2023

Seat Type Current cost New cost
Ordinary 7 days 29,650 yen 50,000 yen
14 days 47,250 yen 80,000 yen
21 days 60,450 yen 100,000 yen
Green Car 7 days 39,600 yen 70,000 yen
14 days 64,120 yen 111,000 yen
21 days 83,390 yen 140,000 yen

The Japan Rail Pass price increase only affects the whole-of-Japan Japan Rail Pass, and not other regional rail passes including by each JR group. Each JR group also has their own regional rail passes.

Assuming no price increases are further announced for other regional rail passes, these will gain popularity as they will all be significantly cheaper than the Japan Rail Pass come October 2023.

Perhaps tourists can reconsider other places in Japan instead of the typical Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka route in order to lower travel costs with regional rail passes. If insistent on the Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka route, you may also consider the Hokuriku Arch Pass with a bit of a detour via the Hokuriku Region, but this route can’t get you Instagrammable shots of Mount Fuji from the Shinkansen.


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