The easy how-to video below will show you the ins and outs of how to purchase a Japan-Rail ticket. Remember to always carry cash; the automatic machines do not accept credit cards. It’s part of the Japanese culture to carry cash, and using plastic has never really caught on like in the U.S.
Before departing for the train station, you can check the price and the departure times at the following website:
Jorudan Norikae Annnai
It will provide you the cost and routes you need to take to get to your destination and will also tell you the distance.