If you're planning to explore Japan using its efficient rail system, consider a JR East Pass. Starting at $165 per person, the pass includes train travel to destinations such as Tokyo, Nagano and Mount Fuji, and is good for either consecutive or flexible use. The consecutive pass can be used for either five or 10 travel days in a row, while the flexible pass is good for three travel days over a 10-day period or four travel days over a one-month period. Children ages 6 - 11 pay half the adult fare, and youth travelers ages 12 - 25 enjoy discounts up to 20 percent.
Travel Dates: The special three-day pass must be used between April 1 and June 30, 2013. Other dates are available for other types of passes.
Advance Purchase Requirements: The JR East Pass can be issued up to one month prior to the first day of the use of the pass.
Minimum/Maximum Stay: Flexible pass is valid for four days of travel within a one-month period. Consecutive passes are valid for five or 10 travel days in a row.
Blackout Dates: May apply.
Additional Fees: May apply.
Further Restrictions: The JR East Pass is only available to non-Japanese passport holders, under the entry status of "Temporary Visitor." Offer is subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn at any time without notice. Other restrictions may apply.