For our third trip to Japan we used the ANA tourist airpass instead of the JR rail pass (although we did buy the JR Kansai wide pass for our Osaka, Kobe, Himenji, Takamatsu sector). This can be booked online from the UK and it is sold in UK sterling for the equvalent of JPY10,000 per sector. We required Tokyo Haneda - Sapporo New Chitoise, New Chitoise to Osaka Kobe, Osaka kansai to Ishigaki and Ishigaki to Tokyo Haneda. We couldn't make the booking work, so I phoned ANA and the agent explained it was becuase the frst sector was not available on that fare type. When we dropped it from the booking the itinerary worked (see my JAL review for our workaround - we used avios on the first sector). The cost for our 3 sectors was JPY 30,000 (£222 equiv at around JPY150 to £1). The fare is non-refundable, and as we discovered you shouldn't leave this too late (we booked early July for mid September) or eligible tickets may be sold out. I had read that check in on a tourist air pass can be difficult. You must check-in at the airport and some agents are unfamiliar with the passes. We arrived early in case, and it was just as well - there was no problem with the reservation but the queues - first to check-in and then again at the separate bag drop were horrendous. I don't kow if this was common - but the agents were having to retrieve passengers from the long line-up whose flights were closing. Anyway once checked in our ANA / Air DO code share flight ran smoothly, athough there was another hiccup when the gate changed and we found ourselves sitting at an empty gate wondering why. So when travelling by air in Japan keep an eye on the screens! The flight itself was punctual, efficient and uneventful - which is exactly what you want from air travel. The tourist air pass is very highly recommended to travel some big distances when you've exhausted the obvious options on the rail pass and what to do the Okinawa islands - we did Hokaido all the way to Ishigaki via Osaka and back to Tokyo. It costs around the same as the JR rail pass - but unlike the rail pass you must plan early.