International Rail launches e-tickets for point-to-point tickets in Japan

International Rail launches e-tickets for point-to-point tickets in Japan
Edited by Travel Weekly

    International Rail has launched a new service that offers e-tickets for Japanese point-to-point rail tickets to the trade.

    With this new system, travellers can purchase and receive point-to-point Japan Rail e-tickets prior to their departure from Australia.

    International Rail owner and managing director, Jonathan Hume, said this marks a substantial leap forward in our industry as previously tickets in Japan needed to be sent to their clients’ accommodation.

    “This development is a game-changer for our business, our dedicated travel advisors, and their clients travelling to Japan,” Hume said.

    “It represents the first instance where travellers can enjoy the advantages of electronic tickets, complete with pre-reserved seating and effortless access to trains. Given Japan’s continued popularity as a travel destination, it’s essential for agents to secure seats in advance for their clients, and this solution empowers them to do just that.”

    Shinkansen (bullet train) in Japan

    To celebrate the launch, International Rail is offering a special promotion to agents. Book any Shinkansen (bullet train) service to or from Tokyo between 11 October and 1 December, 2023, and your clients will receive a complimentary 24-hour Tokyo Subway ticket.

    This offer is valid for travel through to the end of 2023, and is limited to one per person, per booking.

    Japan Rail Pass prices increased for the first time in over 10 years by more than 60 per cent on 01 October this year. Although they can still be good value for money if clients are planning long distance travel across multiple cities in Japan for a duration of time, for those with shorter itineraries covering less ground, point-to-point tickets will generally be more economical.

    International Rail has also introduced Tokyo and Osaka metro cards and airport rail transfers from Narita and Osaka, assisting in a seamless transition to their accommodation.

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