Whether you plan to visit Europe, Japan, the United States or another country offering rail passes it takes some serious time and effort to determine whether or not it is practical and economical to purchase individual train tickets for every journey opposed to an official pass.
Rail Passes for Frequent Travel
Based on our experience, rail passes tend to be the preferred choice if you plan to travel a lot during your visit within a specific country such as Japan, or a specific region such as the Eurozone. For instance, if you plan on visiting Japan (like we did recently) for 2 weeks then purchasing individual train tickets can be an okay idea if you plan to see just one or two places. However, with such an array of places to see most tourists tend to want to see various sites within cities, between cities and anywhere in-between.