Re: [76attendees] Question About the Train Fare

Akira Kato <kato@wide.ad.jp> Sat, 10 October 2009 01:56 UTC

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With JR Rail Pass, you can't board Nozomi trains as somebody else
posted already -- there is no program such as "pay XXX JPY to board a
Nozomi train", unfortunately. So you need to use Hikari trains. The
travel time between Tokyo/Shinagawa and Hiroshima is about 50min
longer and you need to change in Shin-Osaka (there is no Hikari train
directly connecting Tokyo/Shinagawa and Hiroshima). Hikari trains
depart twice an hour while Nozomi trains depart three times an hour in
regular hours.

The last Nozomi train to Hiroshma departs from Tokyo station (Not
Narita Airport) at 19:50 while you need to take 18:33 Hikari train
(need to change at Shin-Osaka) if you use JR Rail Pass.

So I recommend to consider to purchase a JR Rail Pass only
- if your itinerary is flexible (one night stay in Tokyo is possible
  for example)
or
- if you are traveling Japan before or after IETF meeting.

See http://www.japanrailpass.net/ for detail.

-- Akira Kato, WIDE Project