Comparing non-Japan Rail Pass transportation options
Lake Kawaguchi/Mt. Fuji, Nagano, Matsumoto, Kofu, Mt. Minobu, and other destinations

Travellers without a Japan Rail Pass are required to pay regular train fares when travelling throughout Japan. The table below compares the cost of traveling by JR and by highway bus to some of Japan’s popular destinations. Japan has an extensive network of highway buses, providing a convenient and comfortable means of transportation. We hope the following comparison will serve as a useful reference for your travels in Japan. All of the examples below depart from Tokyo.

Popular tourist destinations JR Highway bus
Lake Kawaguchi
•Fuji-Q Highland
•The Chureito Pagoda)
Limited Express Fuji Excursion
Shinjuku ⇒ Kawaguchiko
Approx. 2h / ¥4,130

All stops service
Shinjuku ⇒ Otsuki ⇒ Kawaguchiko
Approx. 3h / ¥2,510
Shinjuku ⇒ Kawaguchiko
Approx. 1h 45min / ¥2,200
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Shibuya ⇒ Kawaguchiko
Approx. 2h 30min / ¥2,100
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•Matsumoto Castle
•Kamikochi (Entrance of Japan Alps)
Limited Express Azusa
Shinjuku ⇒ Matsumoto
Approx. 2h 40min / ¥6,620
Shinjuku ⇒ Matsumoto
Approx. 3h 20min / ¥3,800
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•Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
•Zenkoji Temple
Tokyo ⇒ Nagano
Approx. 1h 50min / ¥8,340
Shinjuku ⇒ Nagano: Approx. 3h 40min
Ikebukuro ⇒ Nagano : Approx. 3h 30min
¥4,200 - ¥5,100
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•Shosenkyo Gorge
•Erinji Temple
•Saruhashi Bridge
Limited Express Kaiji or Azusa
Shinjuku ⇒ Kofu
Approx. 1h 40min / ¥3,890
Shinjuku ⇒ Kofu
Approx. 2h 10min / ¥2,500
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•Old townscape
Hokuriku Shinkansen
Tokyo ⇒ Toyama ⇒ Takayama
Approx. 4h 10min / ¥16,120

Tokaido Shinkansen
Tokyo ⇒ Nagoya ⇒ Takayama
Approx. 4h 30min / ¥15,190
Shinjuku ⇒ Takayama
Approx. 5h 30min / ¥6,500 - ¥7,000
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Mt. Minobu
•Kuonji Temple
Limited Express Azusa or Kaiji
+ Limited Express Fujikawa + local bus
Shinjuku ⇒ Kofu ⇒ Minobu ⇒ Mt. Minobu
Approx. 3h / ¥6,180

Shinkansen + Limited Express Fujikawa + local bus
Tokyo ⇒ Shizuoka ⇒ Minobu ⇒ Mt. Minobu
Approx. 3h 30min / ¥8,560
Shinjuku ⇒ Mt. Minobu
Approx. 3h 20min / ¥3,600
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•Kusatsu Onsen
Tokyo ⇒ Karuizawa
Hokuriku Shinkansen
Approx. 1h 20min / ¥5,820
Shibuya ⇒ Karuizawa
Approx. 3h 15min / 3,500
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•Kobe/Himeji area
Tokyo ⇒ Himeji
Shinkansen Nozomi
Approx. 3h / ¥16,370
Shinjuku/Shibuya ⇒ Himeji
Approx. 9h 30min (Night Bus) / From ¥8,400
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We think you can have a more fulfilling travel experience by using the recommended routes in the table above. By jumping aboard a bus departing from Tokyo, you will likely have the opportunity to discover some wonderful spots that are still relatively unknown. Travelling by bus also has its own charms and is worth trying at least once. Why not take this opportunity to discover something new and exciting?