Tokyo to Niigata by local train. This is the main conventional line connecting Kanto Region on the Pacific Ocean side and the Joetsu Region on the Sea of Japan side. The highlight is between Takasaki and Echigo-Yuzawa, which crosses the Echigo Mountains with long tunnels and loop lines. It is also a good idea to take a ferry from Niigata to Sado Island.
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Cheap Train Tickets & Rail Passes
Ordinary ticket (over 101 kilometers)
Good value. You can get off the train many times in one direction from the departure station to the arrival station. JR East Joetsu Shinkansen is available for an additional fee.
● Tokyo – Niigata: Fare ¥5720 (valid for 3 days – daily cost about ¥1906)
Seishun 18 Kippu
The most popular seasonal rail pass with Japanese tourists, the Seishun 18 Kippu is five flexible days of unlimited travel on local and rapid trains for ¥12,050. It can be shared up to five people. A supplement is payable on the reserved seat (ordinary class) and non-reserved Green Car.
Hokkaido & East Japan Pass
This seasonal rail pass allows unlimited travel on the JR Hokkaido lines and the JR East Japan lines. In addition to it allows unlimited travel on the Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line (Muikamachi – Saigata), the IGR Iwate Galaxy Railway (Morioka – Metoki) and the Aoimori Railway (Metoki – Aomori).