Right up there with airline tickets and a Japan visa, buying a Japan Rail Pass was a very important item for my trip to Japan to even be possible. I spent many hours figuring out how the pass works how to get it and calculated the benefits. I spent about 60,000 yen on my 21 day railpass and a rough calculation showed me that without it I would have spent over 250,000 yen on train rides during my time in Japan last year. Not a bad return at all. I had to get a rail pass as I didn’t want to be stuck in Tokyo and wanted to see as much of Japan as I could as cheaply as I could. Thanks to the rail pass I was able to travel to Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Shinagawa, Yokohama and many other places. Check out my details post about the Japan rail Pass which explains why you should buy one when visiting Japan. Also be sure to read about how I nearly lost my mind when I misplaced by Japan Rail Pass - True Story: Lost and Found in Japan – Buddha Edition.