The JR East weekend pass lets you travel to Nagano, Niigata, Shizuoka and more for just ¥8,800

It looks like Tokyo will finally be added to Japan’s domestic Go to Travel campaign in October. This means Tokyoites will be able to use those deep discounts the rest of the country has been enjoying. 

If you can’t wait until October, JR East has you covered with the extremely good value unlimited Weekend Pass. For ¥8,800 (¥2,600 for children), you get unlimited rides on JR East lines on a consecutive Saturday and Sunday.

The JR East trains covered include local lines and even shinkansen. However, there’s a surcharge for the latter and the Tokaido shinkansen, which connects Tokyo to Kyoto and Shin-Osaka, is unfortunately excluded from the promotion.

A map of the JR East lines in the Kanto, Yamanashi, Nagano, Niigata, Yamagata, Fukushima and Miyagi regions that are included in this promotion can be found on the official website. In addition to the JR East lines, here’s the list of other lines covered by the weekend pass: 

Fukushima: all Fukushima transportation lines, all Abukuma Express lines, Aizu Tetsudo line (between Nishi-Wakamatsu to Aizu-Tajima stations)

Ibaraki: all Hitachinaka Kaihin Tetsudo Minato lines, all Kashimarinkai Tetsudo lines

Nagano: all Kamiochi lines, all Nagano Electric Railway lines, all Shinano Railway lines, all Ueda Dentetsu lines

Niigata: all Hokuetsu Express lines, Echigo Tokimeki Railway (between Myokogen and Naoetsu stations)

Shizuoka: all local Izukyuko lines (including rapid trains)

Miyagi: all Abukuma Express lines

Yamagata: all Yamagata Tetsudo lines

Yamanashi: all Fujikyuko lines

You can buy the pass a month prior until the day before departure at JR ticket offices, travel service centres (View Plaza), JR East Travel Service Centers or ticket machines at designated stations. The promotion is valid for any weekend (except the New Year from Dec 28 to Jan 6) until the weekend of March 28 2021, meaning the last day to purchase the pass will be Friday March 26. Passholders will also be eligible for discounts on selected car rentals at the stations covered by the promotion. 

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