JR East Travel Service Center
- April 7, 2014
-- Tokyo Station shines brightly with its new Japan Rail (JR) East Travel Service Center
, open 7:30am – 10:30 pm everyday. Here, you can ask anything you want about Japan Railways trains. You will even find the service center convenient for holding and delivering luggage and for money exchange! The center's foreign-card-
friendly ATMs are open from 7:30 am to 10 pm.Travel Assistance
You can purchase a JR East travel pass (available only to foreigners) and convert your “All Japan” rail pass voucher or “exchange order” (purchased only outside Japan) into the actual 7, 14, or 21-day rail pass. The Japan Rail passes are a big savings and very convenient, but note, because Japan's sales tax increased from 5% to 8% on April 1, 2014, the rail pass price went up on April 1st
as well. An “ordinary”:
seven-day pass was 28,300 yen, but increased to 29,110 yen ($288.20), 14-day pass was 45,100 yen, but increased to 46,390 yen ($459.30), and a 21-day pass was 57,700 yen, but increased to 59,350 yen ($587.60).
The JR East Travel Service Center
) also provides information on Japan rail tour packages (including train, sightseeing, and hotel) and helps in planning independent itineraries, such as a spring cherry blossom viewing itinerary in Northeast Japan or a 1 ½ hour, 4 km, on-your-own hiking excursion with views of Mt. Fuji. The former tells you the best dates for maximum blossoms per area, and the latter is available from April 11-May 31. The Fuji region hike departs from Fuji Kyuko Station, where you can also get additional hiking information, a free English-map, and get a free gift. Register online at: https://qooker.jp/Q/en/hikingfuji201404/main/New: Free Wifi at Select JR East Train Stations and at the JR East Travel Service Centers
Finally, there is free Wifi
at the JR East Service Centers at Tokyo Station, Narita and Haneda Airports, and now also at major JR train stations in and around Tokyo: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pdf/free_wifi_02_e.pdf
. This includes the following stations on the JR Yamanote Loop line in Tokyo: Shinjuku, Yoyogi, Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinagawa, Tamachi, Hamamatsucho, Tokyo, Kanda, Akihabara, Okachimachi, and Ueno. It also includes Maihama Station on the JR Keiyo Line in Chiba, and Yokohama Station. When at these stations near the WiFi hotspot, as indicated by the "JR East Free WiFi logo", the signal indication will appear on your device, enter your name and email address on the entry page and select the Wifi service option. Each login is good for three hours; then you must re-register for another three hours of use. For assistance, visit the JR East Service centers at either the airports or Tokyo Station.