Local buses covered by the Japan Rail Pass
The JR Pass includes the services of local buses, spread throughout Japan, allowing access the JR local bus lines operated by JR Hokkaido, JR Tohoku, JR Kanto, JR Tokai, JR Shikoku, JR Kyushu, Nishinihon JR Bus and Chugoku JR Bus. These buses are easily recognizable by the JR logo on the front of the bus. The fast highway buses are not part of this list.
Advantages of the JR Buses - Wider and softer lazy-boy style seats.
- 40° seat reclining angle.
- Multi-angle footrest.
- Larger legroom.
- Large luggage space.
- Seats with individual radios
- Snacks offered on the Kyushu lines.
While the Japan Rail Pass serves all the main routes for tourists, many people still prefer to discover the secrets of Japan, buried deep into the heart of the country. More often than not, small towns and villages are only accessible by local buses, running as punctually as all the transportation in Japan. However, the payment process of the local bus tickets differs from most standardized methods, which is why we provide a brief description of the process below.