Let’s enjoy travels in the Kanto area with the discounted JR TOKYO Wide Pass!

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The East Japan Railway Company, which has been offering discounted train passes for visitors to Japan, has launched the new discounted JR TOKYO Wide Pass in November.

This JR TOKYO Wide Pass is an improved and even more convenient version of the currently available JR Kanto Area Pass, which offers unlimited rides using reserved seats on ordinary cars on Shinkansen, limited express and other trains during three days. Offering reasonably priced access to standard tourist destinations such as Mt. Fuji, Karuizawa and Nikko, the pass has been very popular from the start. The coverage area of the pass has been enlarged by adding Echigo-Yuzawa Station, the nearest station to Echigo Yuzawa Onsen, and GALA Yuzawa Station, which offers a direct connection to the GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort.

For GALA Yuzawa, which can now be accessed at a cheaper price, the recommended season starts exactly now. Offering not only opportunities for skiing and snowboarding, but also a snow park where beginners can have fun and a snow play corner, it is a place where both kids and adults can enjoy themselves alike. Snowboard and boots rental is available, too, so it’s no problem if you come empty- handed. By the way, the regular one-way fare for a reserved seat in the ordinary car of the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to GALA Yuzawa Station costs ¥7,090 per adult. A return ticket costs ¥14,180. For the JR TOKYO Wide Pass, you only pay ¥10,000 and, what’s more, it gives you three days of unlimited travel within the valid area. This pass is a great bargain!

【GALA Yuzawa】

Address:1039-2 Aza Kayabira, Oaza Yuzawa, Yuzawamachi, Minami Uonuma-gun, Niigata
Access:Fastest connection from Tokyo Station to GALA Yuzawa Station by Joetsu Shinkansen: 1 hour 15 minutes
Opening of the ski facilities this season:From December 19, 2015
*may change depending on snow conditions.

The pass can also be used for access of the hot spring towns of Kusatsu, Izu and Kinugawa, which are particularly attractive during winter.

【Kusatsu Hot Spring】

Address:Kusatsu, Kusatsumachi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma
Access:From Tokyo Station to Karuizawa Station approx. 1 hour 20 minutes by Shinkansen. Change to a bus at Karuizawa Station (other connections possible)

Let’s enjoy discounted travels in the Kanto area with the JR TOKYO Wide Pass!

■JR TOKYO Wide Pass

Prices:Adults (aged 12 and over) ¥10,000, Children (aged 6 to 11) ¥5,000
Validity Period:Three consecutive days
Where to Purchase:JR EAST Travel Service Centers (Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station, Narita Airport Terminal 2・3 Station, Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport International Terminal Station, Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station) / Stations (Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station, Narita Airport Terminal 2・3 Station) / Travel Service Centers(View Plaza) (Shinagawa Station, Shibuya Station, Ikebukuro Station (West Exit), Ueno Station, Yokohama Station, Mito Station)
Purchase and Use Restrictions:The pass is available for purchase and use only by holders of non-Japanese passports. (Passport verification is required when purchasing.)
Sales period: From November 19, 2015 throughout the year
Period of Use:From December 19, 2015 throughout the year