Fantastic Mount Fuji and where to view it
Name the most famous landmark in Japan, and many people would think of Mount Fuji (富士山 Fuji-san). At 3,776m, it is the highest, and also most famous, mountain in the country. Mount Fuji is a cultural icon of Japan, and is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Needless to say, it has attracted millions of people from all over the world to climb it during the summer, or to simply gaze at the majestic view of the uniquely shaped mountain.
Four iconic woodblock prints of "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji". (Image credit: MaaYu / MEIBIS+)
Mount Fuji holds a very special meaning for people in Japan. It is one of the most culturally and religiously significant icons in the country, and is deeply embedded and influential in Japanese art and mythology. One of the most prominent examples of this is the "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji" (富嶽三十六景 Fugaku Sanjūrokkei), a timeless collection of ukiyo-e (浮世絵) woodblock prints created by artist Hokusai Katsushika (葛飾北斎) in early 19th century. Hokusai was said to be so enamoured by the mountain that he created the collection, which has proven to be a timeless classic.
Nihonbashi's present-day namesake bridge. (Image credit: photoAC)
Historically, Mount Fuji could be seen from Nihonbashi (日本橋), the commercial epicentre of Edo (江戸 former Tokyo). The mountain was visible from the district’s namesake bridge in the past, and the iconic view was captured in one of Hokusai’s "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji" prints. But unfortunately, as high-rise buildings were built in Nihonbashi and other districts in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area over time, the view of Mount Fuji can no longer been seen and became a remnant of a distant past.
Mount Fuji straddles between prefectures Yamanashi (山梨県) and Shizuoka (静岡県), and on clear days, it can be seen in the far distance from many places. To see it from afar is a special feeling that’s hard to describe in words not just for the Japanese people, but also for visitors from all over the world.
When it comes to the best viewpoints of Mount Fuji, most people would think that Lake Kawaguchiko (河口湖) and Lake Yamanakako (山中湖) are the best places. However, there are other kinds of viewpoints of Mount Fuji that are more special, such as those on the summit of other mountains. Imagine climbing your way up to the top and being rewarded with not just a wonderful view of Mount Fuji, but one from a high elevation.
The different viewpoints of Mount Fuji. (Image credit: Google Maps)
In this article, I will introduce special places in Japan where you can view Mount Fuji. Some viewpoints are located on the top of mountains that are accessible and relatively easy to climb and, depending on the weather and time of the year, these viewpoints can even offer a different perspective of the mountain that you never thought possible.
Without further ado, let’s discover the different vantage points where we can enjoy gazing at the iconic Mount Fuji!
Mountain & elevated viewpoints
For the first part of our adventure, we will explore viewpoints at locations with high altitudes. Some of the viewpoints are on the summit of other mountains surrounding Mount Fuji, which provide an excellent vantage points. To see Japan’s highest mountain from an elevated viewpoint is an amazing feeling, more so when some make you feel like the climb up the mountain is totally worth it.
① Mitsutogeyama (三ッ峠山)
Mount Fuji, as seen from atop Mitsutogeyama. (Image credit: photoAC)
Mount Fuji is an instant favourite when it comes to mountain climbing in Yamanashi Prefecture (山梨県) during the summer. But do you know that there are several other mountains available in the prefecture that’s just as good when it comes to the mountain-climbing experience? Mitsutogeyama is one of the lesser-known ones, but it has perhaps one of the best views of Mount Fuji from high up the summit.
Mitsutogeyama is collectively made up of three peaks: Mount Kaiun (開運山) with an altitude of 1,785m; Mount Osutaka (御巣鷹山) with an altitude of 1,775m; and Mount Kinashi (木無山) with an altitude of 1,732m. They have long been known as sacred peaks since the Nara Period (710–794), and in more recent times have become a favourite among mountain-climbing enthusiasts. The summit promises an amazing panoramic view of Mount Fuji in the distance on a clear day, so the climb proves to be a rewarding experience. Plus, it’s accessible from Lake Kawaguchiko so adventurous people visiting the area can consider making a climb for that unique view of Mount Fuji from another peak.
Access: From Fujikyu Kawaguchiko Station (河口湖駅 Kawaguchiko-eki), take a 25-minute Fujikyu (富士急) bus ride and get at Mitsutoge-yamaguchi (三つ峠登山口) bus stop, where the hiking trail begins. The climb up Mitsutogeyama takes around 3 hours 30 minutes. The hiking season is from April to November, and hiking is recommended on weekends and public holidays.
② Mount Ishiwari (石割山)
Mount Fuji, from atop Mount Ishiwari. (Image credit: photoAC)
Want another perspective of Mount Fuji from another mountain in Yamanashi? Try the peak of Mount Ishiwari, which offers a great view of the mountain. Mount Ishiwari is located just north of Lake Yamanakako, which is one of the Fuji Five Lakes (富士五湖), and has an elevation of 1,413m.
The mountain’s unique name means "rock-splitting" because there exists a large rock behind a shrine at the summit that was split into two. The crack in the rock is narrow, and according to the local lore, people who can pass through the crack three times will yield good luck.
Access: From Fujikyu Fujisan Station (富士山駅 Fujisan-eki), take a 35-minute Fujikyu local bus ride bound for Lake Yamanakako, and get off at Hirano (平野) bus stop. The hiking trail starts from the Mount Ishiwari Hiking Course (石割山ハイクコース入口), and the climb up Mount Ishiwari takes around 2 hours.
③ Mount Kintoki (金時山)
The summit of Mount Kintoki, with Mount Fuji in the distance. (Image credit: photoAC)
When it comes to hot spring resorts, Hakone (箱根) is one of the most popular in Japan. The town’s abundant hot springs are thanks to its mountainous and volcanic terrain, where the town have direct access to natural hot spring water. But another reason why Hakone is also immensely popular is because of its amazing views of Mount Fuji.
One of the spots where visitors can have a great view of the mountain is from the top of Mount Kintoki. It’s highly popular among mountain-climbing enthusiasts in the summer and makes for a great activity for visitors who are also in town to enjoy the local hot springs. And this might interest you to know: according to Japanese folklore, Mount Kintoki is the birthplace of Kintarō (金太郎 Golden Boy), a child with superhuman strength that has become a cultural figure in modern times.
Access: From Hakone Tozan Railway Hakone-Yumoto Station (箱根湯本駅 Hakone-Yumoto-eki), take a 35-minute Hakone Tozan (箱根登山) bus ride bound for Togenkyo (桃源郷) and get off at Sengoku (仙石) bus stop, or the bus bound for Gotenba (御殿場) and get off at Kintoki-Tozanguchi (金時登山口). The hiking trail starts from any of the two bus stops, and takes around 1 hour 30 minutes.
④ Mishima Skywalk (三島スカイウォーク)
View of Mount Fuji from Mishima Skywalk. (Image credit: photoAC)
Fancy a not-so-usual kind of viewpoint for Mount Fuji? What about one from a bridge high up in the sky? In the city of Mishima (三島市) in Shizuoka Prefecture, there is a pedestrian suspension bridge that stretches across the sky, named Mishima Skywalk. With a length of 400m, it is also Japan’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, and here visitors will stand to witness a magnificent view of Mount Fuji and the surrounding Suruga Bay.
The best times to catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji from here are in the morning and evening, especially around sunrise and sunset when the sun is rising and setting against the backdrop of the mountain. Although summer is the most popular time to visit because of all the outdoor activities available in the area, Mishima Skywalk is open all year around. In fact, the mountain can be seen even during autumn and winter, between October and February, if the weather is kind to you.
Mishima Skywalk (三島スカイウォーク)
Address: 313 Sasahara Shinden, Mishima, Shizuoka 411-0012, Japan
Nearest station: JR Mishima Station (三島駅)
Operating hours: 9am–5pm, open all year round (hours may be subjected to weather conditions)
Admission fees: ¥1,100 per adult / ¥500 per junior to high school students / ¥200 per elementary school students
Access: From JR Mishima Station (JR三島駅 Mishima-eki), take the Tokai Orange Shuttle Bus and get off at Mishima Skywalk bus stop. The skywalk is in front of the bus stop.
Next, we look at viewpoints where Mount Fuji is in the background of a water body. The mountain-water landscape makes for a picturesque view that looks like a painting, and these places will offer visitors that special experience.
⑤ Enoshima (江ノ島)
Mount Fuji, as seen from Enoshima. (Image credit: photoAC)
We move off the mainland and to the small offshore island of Enoshima. The island is popular among people from Tokyo and Yokohama because of its close proximity with the cities, and many come here time and time again for its iconic sandy beaches. But on top of that, visitors can stand to see Mount Fuji in the distance on a clear day.
A ukiyo-e painting of Enoshima and Mount Fuji by Hokusai. (Image credit: MaaYu / MEIBIS+)
What’s also prominent about the Mount Fuji view from Enoshima is that, together with the view from Nihonbashi during the Edo Period, it’s also chosen as one of Hokusai’s "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji". Isn’t it fascinating to visit a place that was handpicked as an inspiration to a classical artwork!
Access: Take the JR Ueno-Tokyo Line (JR上野東京ライン) to JR Fujisawa Station (JR藤沢駅 Fujisawa-eki), and then transfer to the Enoshima Electric Railway (江ノ島電鉄 Enoshima dentetsu) to head for Enoshima Station (江ノ島駅). The island is a 10–15-minute walk from the station. Alternative train stations for Enoshima are Odakyu Railways Katase-Enoshima Station (片瀬江ノ島駅 Katase-Enoshima-eki) and Shonan Monorail Shōnan-Enoshima Station (湘南江の島駅, Shōnan-Enoshima-eki), where visitors can take a 10–15-minute walk from each station to reach the island.
⑥ Miura Peninsula (三浦半島)
Mount Fuji from the Miura Peninsula. (Image credit: photoAC)
In the prefecture of Kanagawa (神奈川県) located far south of Yokohama (横浜) lies the Miura Peninsula. The peninsula is famous for its white sandy beaches and thus is a popular draw for people living in nearby cities such as Yokohama and Tokyo, and here there are also viewpoints of Mount Fuji.
Visitors can witness Mount Fuji in the far distance from the western coasts of the Miura Peninsula, especially on days with favourable weather. The western coasts are lined with many beaches and parks, but one popular location is Tateishi Park (立石公園 Tateishi-kōen) in the city of Yokosuka (横須賀市), where the landscape is filled with jagged rocks and crashing waves from Sagami Bay. The combination of the rocks, waves, and Mount Fuji makes for an amazing natural scenery, so this is one spot you don’t want to miss.
Access: From JR Zushi Station (JR逗子駅 Zushi-eki), take a 30-minute Keikyu (京急) bus ride and get off at Tateishi (立石) bus stop. The park is right next to the bus stop.
⑦ Tateyama (館山)
Aerial view of Tateyama. (Image credit: Tateyama City)
Not to be confused with the famous Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Tateyama is a city located in the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula (房総半島), which is on the southern part of Chiba Prefecture (千葉県). Furthermore, the city is on the western side of the peninsula, in the direction of Mount Fuji.
Mount Fuji from Shiroyama Park. (Image credit: Tateyama City)
Tateyama is famous for its beaches, and one beach in Tateyama that offers an unexpectedly scenic view of Mount Fuji is Hojo Beach (北条海水浴場 Hōjō kaisuiyoku-ba). If you want a more panoramic view of the mountain together with the surrounding city, head up to Shiroyama Park (城山公園 Shiroyama-kōen) and enjoy a breathtaking view on a clear day.
"Diamond Fuji". (Image credit: Tateyama City)
Here's something for visitors seeking a mesmerising sight in Tateyama. From mid to late-May, and mid to late-July, a phenomenon called "Diamond Fuji" (ダイアモンド富士) occurs when the sun sets directly above Mount Fuji, resembling a shining diamond from afar. This can be seen from Hojo Beach and Shiroyama Park, but only at specific timings and with the right weather conditions.
Access: From JR Tateyama Station (JR館山駅 Tateyama-eki), take a 3-minute walk to reach Hojo Beach. For Shiroyama Park, it’s a 30-minute walk or a 10-minute taxi ride from the station.
⑧ Suruga Bay Ferry (駿河湾フェリー)
Mount Fuji from Suruga Bay. (Image credit: Yoshitaka / PIXTA)
So far, we’ve explored viewpoints located on land such as mountain summits, parks, and beaches. But what if you can view Mount Fuji right from Suruga Bay (駿河湾)? That’s right; there is a way for visitors to witness the mountain from the sea.
From Shimizu Port (清水港), visitors can hop on a ferry that traverses the Suruga Bay to various locations such as Toi (土肥) in the Izu Peninsula. During the ferry trip, visitors can cross their fingers and hope for good weather so that they can view the majestic Mount Fuji in the distance and make their ferry ride an unforgettable one.
Access: From JR Shimizu Station (JR清水駅 Shimizu-eki), take a 15–20-minute walk to Shimizu Port for the ferry.
⑨ Miho no Matsubara (三保の松原)
Miho no Matsubara, with Mount Fuji in the background. (Image credit: photoAC)
In the Miho Peninsula (三保半島) in Shizuoka Prefecture lies a scenic 7-km coastline named Miho no Matsubara, which features Mount Fuji view in the distance. What makes this coastline special, apart from the mountain view, can be found in its name: "Matsubara" means pine grove, and the coastline is lined with 54,000 pine trees.
The juxtaposition of the blue waters of the Suruga Bay, the white crashing ocean waves, the green pine trees, and the majestic view of Mount Fuji makes Miho no Matsubara particularly picturesque. It has inspired ukiyo-e master Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川広重) to reproduce the scenery in one of his timeless art pieces, and was also listed as a National Place of Scenic Beauty of Japan in 1922. Furthermore, the pine groves along the coastline were designated as a World Heritage Site in 2013 as part of the Fujisan Cultural Site.
Access: From JR Shimizu Station, take a 25-minute Shizutetsu (静鉄) local bus ride and get off at Miho-no-Matsubara Iriguchi (三保の松原入口) bus stop. Miho no Matsubara is a 20-minute walk from the bus stop.
⑩ Nihondaira (日本平)
Mount Fuji from Nihondaira. (Image credit: photoAC)
Shizuoka is well known as a prefecture with some of the best views of Mount Fuji, and Nihondaira is one of those spots to thank for Shizuoka’s reputation. It’s a hill area with an elevation of 307m, which enables it to offer a panoramic view of the mountain together with the Shimizu Port, the Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島), and even the Japanese Southern Alps.
This magnificent view is even regarded by many as one of the best viewpoints of Mount Fuji, and it is highly recommended for visitors to come here during different seasons, be it during spring when the surroundings would be filled with cherry blossoms, or autumn when fiery red foliage will colour the area.
Access: From JR Shizuoka Station, take the Shizuoka Nihondaira Line (静岡日本平ライン) bus and alight at Nihondaira-Sekihi-mae (日本平石門前) bus stop. Nihondaira is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.
It may come as no surprise to many people that Mount Fuji can also be seen right from the heart of the capital city of Japan, Tokyo (東京). Although the city is filled with high-rise buildings which would make it hard to see the mountain, there is one special place where visitors can go high up into the sky and get a clear view of Mount Fuji in the distance.
⑪ TOKYO SKYTREE (東京スカイツリー)
Mount Fuji in the far distance, from Tokyo Skytree’s observation deck. (Image credit: photoAC)
TOKYO SKYTREE is a broadcasting and observation tower in Asakusa, and at a height of 634m, it is the tallest structure in Japan. This tower features two observation decks—TEMBO DECK at an altitude of 350m, and TEMBO GALLERIA at 450m—and both offer a breathtaking view of Tokyo’s city skyline. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that visitors can also see Mount Fuji in the distance.
TOKYO SKYTREE towers over all other buildings in the city, so with its sheer height and relative distance from Mount Fuji, it provides a good vantage point for viewing the iconic mountain. But of course, the only factor to take note is the weather: Mount Fuji is often shrouded in clouds, and weather can impede in visibility. So the next time you’re making your way up the tower, hope that the weather is in your favour.
TOKYO SKYTREE (東京スカイツリー)
Address: 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045
Nearest station: Tokyo Skytree Station (とうきょうスカイツリー駅) / Oshiage Station (押上駅)
Opening hours: 10:00–20:00 (last entry at 19:00, subject to change on New Year’s holidays)
Weekdays: ¥3,100 per adult (combo ticket for TEMBO DECK and TEMBO GALLERIA)
Weekends / holidays: ¥3,400 per adult (combo ticket for TEMBO DECK and TEMBO GALLERIA)
Given its sheer size and presence, Mount Fuji can be seen from remote places as well. The following viewpoints are geographically located far away from Mount Fuji, but when the weather is favourable, these places offer an unexpectedly scenic view of the iconic mountain which may surprise many visitors.
⑫ Mount Nyukasa (入笠山)
Mount Fuji, as seen from Mount Nyukasa. (Image credit: Fujimi Panorama Resort)
We move over to the mountainous prefecture of Nagano (長野県), where Mount Nyukasa is located. The mountain’s surrounding areas are especially known for their floral diversity and are immensely popular among tourists during the summer. In particular, Fujimi Panorama Resort is where people will visit to witness an amazing plethora of flowers such as lilies-of-the-valley, geraniums, and bellflowers.
At Fujimi Panorama Resort, there is the Yatsugatake Observatory where visitors can see the town of Fujimi (富士見町) below and the magnificent Yatsugatake Mountains in the far distance. But it is here where they can actually see Mount Fuji in the opposite direction of the Yatsugatake Mountains. The mountain is notorious for being hidden by clouds so it’s not always visible. Nevertheless, it’s worth coming here just to have a glimpse of the elusive mountain in the distance. After all, isn’t it a given when the town itself is named Fujimi, whose name literally means that the mountain can be seen from here!
Gondola for Fujimi Panorama Resort
Address: 6666-703 Fujimi, Fujimi-machi, Suwa-gun, Nagano 399-0211
Nearest station: JR Fujimi Station (富士見駅)
8:30am–4pm (last descent at 4:30pm, April–September)
8:30am–3:30pm (last descent at 4pm, October onwards)
¥1,700 per adult / ¥800 per child (round trip, complimentary flower booklet for round ticket buyers)
- Service begins from 8am onwards for 22 May–20 June and 17 July–15 August
- Ticket sales begin 15 minutes before operation
- Operating hours may change depending on the weather conditions
Access: From JR Fujimi Station (JR富士見駅 Fujimi-eki), take the complimentary shuttle bus to Fujimi Panorama Resort. The train journey from Shinjuku to Fujimi takes around 2 hours. Take note that the shuttle bus to Fujimi Panorama Resort makes only one round trip per day, and departs from the station at 10am, and the resort at 3pm.
⑬ Mount Daibosatsu (大菩薩嶺)
Mount Fuji, seen from atop Mount Daibosatsu. (Image credit: photoAC)
Located on the Yamanashi side of Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park (秩父多摩甲斐国立公園), which stretches across Yamanashi, Saitama (埼玉), Nagano and Tokyo, is Mount Daibosatsu. The mountain is one of the "100 Famous Japanese Mountains" (日本百名山 Nihon Hyaku-meizan), a book composed by mountaineer Fukada Kyuya (深田久弥) in 1964, and at an elevation of 2,057m, it is one of the highest viewpoints for Mount Fuji.
Mount Daibosatsu is famous not just for the view of Mount Fuji, but also because of the amazing surrounding foliage during autumn, so it’s quite popular among mountain-climbing fans. Plus, the mountain is quite accessible for people based in Tokyo and the climb up the mountain is easy enough that even beginners can manage.
Access: From JR Kai-Yamato Station (JR甲斐大和駅 Kai-Yamato-eki), take a 40-minute Eiwa Kotsu (栄和交通) bus ride and get off Kamihikawa-Toge Yamaguchi (上日川峠登山口) bus stop, where the hiking trail begins. The climb up Mount Daibosatsu from here takes around 2 hours 20 minutes. Alternatively, from JR Enzan Station (JR塩山駅 Enzan-eki), take a 30-minute Yamanashi Kotsu (山梨交通) bus ride and get off at Daibosatsumine-iriguchi (大菩薩嶺入口) bus stop, where the hiking trail begins. The climb up Mount Daibosatsu from here takes around 4 hours 20 minutes.
⑭ Mount Takabocchi (高ボッチ山)
Mount Fuji, as seen from atop Mount Takabocchi. (Image credit: photoAC)
Mount Takabocchi is located in the Takabocchi Highlands (高ボッチ高原 Takabocchi-kōgen), a plateau located between cities Okaya (岡谷) and Shiojiri (塩尻) in Nagano Prefecture. With an altitude of 1,665m, the mountain / plateau provides an amazing view of Okaya’s city skyline below, and is a favourite among couples for its romantic ambience.
Visitors at the plateau will stand to see the majestic Mount Fuji in the far distance on a clear day. In fact, other peaks that can be seen from here are Mount Kita (北岳), Mount Okuhotaka (奥穂高岳), and Mount Aino (間ノ岳). Together with Mount Fuji, they make up the four highest mountains in Japan.
Access: From JR Shiojiri Station (JR塩尻駅 Shiojiri-eki), take the Midoriko-Higashiyama Line Municipal Loop Bus and get off at Higashiyama-Reiun (東山霊園) bus stop, where the hiking trail begins.
⑮ Lake Suwa (諏訪湖)
Mount Fuji in the background of Lake Suwa. (Image credit: 下諏訪観光協会)
Lake Suwa is the largest lake in Nagano Prefecture and is also located in the centre of Japan. There are three towns around this lake—Kamisuwa (上諏訪), Shimosuwa (下諏訪), and Okaya—which feature tranquil hot springs, a wide variety of local sake, and old-town charms. And guess what? Lake Suwa is also said to be an inspiration to the climactic scene in "Your Name" (君の名は Kimi no Na wa), Shinkai Makoto’s blockbuster animated film.
On a limited section of the lake, and at a right angle, visitors can see Mount Fuji in the far distance. The view of the mountain in the background of a placid lake and faraway mountains make for a particularly picturesque view that has garnered many people for centuries. In fact, this view alone has inspired many ukiyo-e painters to incorporate this into their works.
Access: From JR Shimo-Suwa Station (JR下諏訪駅 Shimo-Suwa-eki), take a 6-minute taxi ride to the lake.
⑯ Mount Tsukuba (筑波山)
Mount Tsukuba in the summer. (Image credit: photoAC)
In the rural region of Tsukuba (つくば市 Tsukuba-shi) lies Mount Tsukuba, a mountain that is by far the farthest one away from Mount Fuji compared to other viewpoints above. The mountain is known for its double peaks: Nyotai-san (女体山 female body) with an altitude of 877m, and Nantai-san (男体山 male body) with an altitude of 871m.
Mount Fuji, as seen from the summit. (Image credit: photoAC)
People would climb the mountain normally to capture a view of the surrounding plains of Kanto from the summit. When the weather is ideal, they can even see the Tokyo city skyline, Lake Kasumigaura (霞ヶ浦), the second largest lake in Japan; and even Mount Fuji in the far distance. Visitors can choose to hike up the mountain or enjoy taking take a cable car or ropeway up to Mount Tsukuba shrine (つくば山神社 Tsukuba-jinja) on the mountaintop.
Gondola for Mount Tsukuba
Address: 1 Tsukuba, Tsukuba-City, Ibaraki
Nearest station: Tsukuba Station (つくば駅)
Operating hours: 9am–5pm (hours are subjected to weather conditions)
¥1,070 per adult / ¥540 per child (cable car, round trip)
¥1,120 per adult / ¥560 per child (ropeway, round trip)
Access: From Metropolitan Intercity Railway Tsukuba Station (つくば駅 Tsukuba-eki), take the shuttle bus bound for Tsutsujigaoka Station (つつじヶ丘駅 Tsutsujigaoka-eki), the starting point for the ascent up Mount Tsukuba.
Mount Fuji remains to be the most famous mountain in Japan, and a landmark with symbolic meaning for the locals. Many visitors from all over the world continue to flock to Japan to witness this mountain, and there are plenty of viewpoints they can explore that will grant a different angle and ambience. When you’re in Japan the next time, seek out the various viewpoints of Japan mentioned in this article and a whole lot of others, and fall in love with one of Japan’s most famous cultural icons.
(Insider trip: if you’re hunting for viewpoints of Mount Fuji that are in Tokyo, Nagano, and its neighbouring areas, do check out JR East’s rail passes!)
JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area)
The JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) and where you can use it. (Image credit: JR East)
The JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) is an affordable pass that offers unlimited rail travel on JR East lines (including bullet trains) in the valid area for 5 consecutive days. At only ¥18,000, you can save a lot of money if you travel extensively by trains in Tokyo, Nagano and many other places within the designated areas. You can also make seat reservations for bullet trains, some limited express trains and Joyful Trains online for free, up to 1 month in advance, here.
It can also be used for automatic ticket gates, and foreign passport holders living in Japan are also eligible to use this pass.
JR TOKYO Wide Pass
The JR TOKYO Wide Pass, and where you can use it. (Image credit: JR East)
The JR TOKYO Wide Pass is an affordable pass offering unlimited rail travel on JR East lines (including bullet trains) in the valid area for 3 consecutive days. At ¥10,180, you can use it to travel within Tokyo, the neighbouring regions, and many other places within the designated areas. You can also make seat reservations online for free, up to 1 month in advance, here. If you like to know more about the pass, you can have a look here.
Header image credit: (clockwise from top left) Tateyama City, photoAC, Yoshitaka / PIXTA