“JAPAN RAIL PASS” price will be raised by 88% – All JR lines Unlimited rides for tourists

The “JAPAN RAIL PASS”, which is offered to tourists by the six JR Group companies (JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku and JR Kyushu) and allows you to travel around Japan by train, will be expanded in terms of product content and raised in price.

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Six JR companies will revise timetables – Higher speed limit makes Shinkansen faster

JR East E7 series operated on the Joetsu/Hokuriku Shinkansen (PhotoNetwork/Photo AC)

The six JR Group passenger railway companies will revise their timetables on March 18, 2023 (Sat), speeding up and increasing the number of trains on the Shinkansen, opening new stations on conventional lines, and improving transportation through the progress of double-tracking.

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Your smartphone will be JR East tickets – Another ticketless service different from Suica

As a new means of boarding without using a ticket, JR East will gradually expand the ride service using “QR code” to all lines from the Tohoku area from the late 2024.

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Japan finally relaxed COVID-19 border measures – No testing, but vaccination required

In order to resume international traffic of people, the Japanese government has relaxed border measures related to COVID-19 and started operation from Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

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Earthquake-damaged Tohoku Shinkansen resumed – takes extra time due to slow driving

On April 14, 2022 (Thu), JR East will resume operation of all sections of the Tohoku Shinkansen, which had been suspended between Fukushima and Sendai due to the impact of the earthquake.

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Tohoku Shinkansen will resume in full on April 14 – Recovering well from the earthquake

JR East announced that it plans to resume operation of the Tohoku Shinkansen, which is partially closed due to the earthquake that occurred off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, from April 14, 2022 (Thu).

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Tohoku Shinkansen reaches Fukushima on April 2 – Recovering from heavy earthquake

JR East will resume operation of the Tohoku Shinkansen, which has been disrupted between Koriyama and Ichinoseki due to the impact of the earthquake, from the section where restoration has been completed.

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Unlimited rides on trains in Akita Prefecture, winter “Akita Holiday Pass”

Station building "Topico" and the bus terminal on Akita Station west gate

JR East Akita Branch Office will release a specially planned ticket “Akita Holiday Pass” (あきたホリデーパス) that allows unlimited rides on railways in Akita Prefecture at a reasonable price. You can get on and off the local trains (including rapid service) of the JR line, the Akita Nairiku Jukan Railway Akita-nairiku Line, and the Yuri Kogen Railway Chokai-sanroku Line in the valid area for one day. If you purchase a limited express ticket, express ticket, or reservation seat ticket additionaly, you can also ride limited express trains (including the Akita Shinkansen), express trains (“Moriyoshi” on Akita-nairiku Line), and rapid service “Resort Shirakami” and so on. The price is 2,440 yen for…

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Ogata Station on Akita-nairiku Line has renamed to ‘Jōmon-ogata’

Ogata Station on Akita-nairiku Line has renamed to 'Jōmon-ogata'

The station name of Ogata Station (Akita) on Akita Nairiku Jūkan Railway Akita-nairiku Line has been changed to ‘Jōmon-ogata (縄文小ケ田) Station’ on March 14, 2020. The rename has been done with the aim of increasing its name recognition as the Jomon period archeological sites, including ‘Isedotai Site’ located near the station, will be recommended as World Heritage sites.

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