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Rail pass gets you almost any place in Japan.

One of the best buys for traverlers in Japan is a rail pass. For less than the $101 cost of a round-trip Tokyo-Kyoto ticket on the Shinkansen, you get seven days of unlimited travel on all Japan National Railways (JNR) trains, buses, and ferries.

To get a Japan Rail Pass, you must have a tourist visa and make the purchase outside Japan--saving you the confusion of buying tickets at rail stations later. Passes are sold at Japan Travel Bureau and Nippon Travel Agency offices in Honolulu, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. If you fly on Japan Airlines (JAL) to Japan, you can purchase a pass at their office. Or you may be able to get one through your travel agent.

You'll receive an exchange order, which you then trade in for a rail pass at the JNR Information and Ticket Office in Narita Airport's central terminal (open 7 A.M. to 11 P.M.). Orders can also be exchanged at JNR Travel Service Centers in 12 major cities (all open 10 to 6). These offices, closed Sundays and holidays, can help you make train reservations.

Choose from two classes, Green (equivalent to first class) or Ordinary. A 7-day pass for adults costs about $150 for Green, $95 for Ordinary; 14- and 21-day passes are also available. Children ages 6 through 11 pay half the adult rate; toddlers under 5 ride free. Prices were current at our press deadline in late March. (Note: the Shinkansen is the only train with a nonsmoking section.)

For more details, call or write the Japan Travel Bureau International: 2270 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu 96815, (808) 923-8744; 624 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90017, (213) 687-9881; or 360 Post St., San Francisco 94108, (415) 986-4764.
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