Posted by: jrhorse | October 26, 2015

New regional rail pass unveiled for Kanto region

JR East will begin selling an upgraded version of the Kanto Area pass for foreigners next month called the Tokyo Wide Pass. The cost of the pass will be 10,000 yen (adults) for three consecutive days of travel, up from the 8,300 yen cost of the old Kanto Area pass.

Sales of the new Tokyo Wide pass will commence on November 19, and can be used with a start date of December 19 or later. The Kanto Area pass will no longer be sold after December 18.

The coverage area of the Tokyo Wide pass covers includes the entire coverage area of the former Kanto Area pass, with these additions:

– Joetsu Shinkansen and Joetsu Main Line to Echigo-Yuzawa, and to Gala Yuzawa during the winter season
– Rinkai Line (Tokyo Waterfront Railway) for its entire length

If you plan to go to the Yuzawa region to hit the ski slopes or sample different varieties of sake – the latter of which I did in 2013 – the new Tokyo Wide Pass is a good investment considering a round-trip reserved ticket costs over 13,000 yen. The pass will also cover other JR services like the former Kanto pass, including trips to Nikko, Lake Kawaguchi near Mount Fuji, and the Izu Peninsula.

Visit the JR East web site to learn more about the Tokyo Wide Pass.

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  1. Hi! I posted a comment on your facebook site, but thought to post it here too just in case lol

    I did some research online and when I couldn’t find an updated answer I thought of you. I was hoping to stick around Kyoto for a bit longer after my normal checkout time. I won’t be staying at a hotel, but through Airbnb, and the checkout time is 11 AM. My question is, can I leave my bags at Kyoto Station? We’ll have one piece of luggage with us. I would like to know just to make it easier for us when we leave (because we’ll be going to Kyoto station to get back up to Tokyo and our Airbnb place is a few blocks from it).

    Thank you!!

    • Forgot to hit “Notify me of new comments via email” box before I submitted it -_-;


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