Get a Japan bus pass


The cheapest way to travel over Japan, for example to places like Kyoto, Tokyo or Osaka. Willer Express have a great network of budget buses, including overnight buses. Be sure to consider this pass before buying the usually recommended and more expensive Japan Rail Pass.

What does it cost?

All Routes MON to THU Pass: 3 Days 10000 yen, 5 Days 12500 yen, 7 Days 15,000 yen

All Routes ALL Day Pass (for use anytime of the week): 3 Days 12500 yen, 5 Days
15000 yen

When can I use it?

Anytime apart from December 23 to January 3 for general passes. Hiroshima pass is not useable in March.

Is it worth it?

The Willer Bus Pass is considerably cheaper than the Japan Rail Pass, especially if you travel on overnight buses to save on hotel/hostel costs.  It’s best if you are want to mainly check out the big cities or tourist destinations, as the bus routes only go to these kind of places.  The Japan Rail Pass or Seishun 18 pass offer a lot more flexibility and far more destinations, but if you combine the Willer Bus Pass with other passes and don’t stray too far from bus destinations, it’s a great deal.

What are the rules?

  • Can only be used on Willer Express buses.
  • For people with foreign passports only.
  • Maximum 3 buses a day (should not be a problem!).

Where can I buy it?

You can buy it online at Willer Express.  Click on the link at the top to change to English.

How do I use it?

Once you have the pass, you need to reserve the seats for each bus.  This can be done at the Willer Express website or at one of their bus terminals.  Once you have the reservations, just show the driver when you get on the bus along with the Tourist Visa stamp in your passport.

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Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict