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complete jr pass noob, please help!!

Complete JR Pass Noob, Please Help!!

Hi Everyone :)

Myself and my partner are travelling to Japan in February 2015 and will be staying for 2 weeks. We will be landing in Narita and have a hotel booked to stay in Akihabara. My question is:

I have been told my different people many different things, some people have told me to just get a Suica card and then top it up whilst I am there, and that I don't have to book any train tickets (I can just hop on and go). Others have told me to get a JR Rail Pass as this would be more beneficial and means I can travel on any JR line as many times as I like within our 2 week stay.

Whilst we are in Akihabara, we are planning to Visit Osaka for one of the weekends we are there, we know we need to get the Shinkansen to do this (as it's faster) we would also be looking to visit Ueno park, Shinjuku, Tokyo and possibly Tokyo Disney Land. I assume to make the best of the JR Rail Pass, we would have to plan to travel quite a few times on the train.

SO! Can someone please tell me, in their own opinion, which would would benefit us more?
The Suica card (which we can top up, as and when)
The JR Rail Pass - Providing that we use the train enough times.

Thanks Everyone!
Donna

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DonnaMarie87

Hi Donne,

Welcome to the forum! I can certainly help you with here.

The JR Pass is best used when travelling between different regions in Japan. In the above itinerary this would be travel between Tokyo - Osaka and I would advise the 7 day JR Pass here. The 7 day pass is about the same price as a normal return ticket Tokyo - Osaka on the Shinkansen, with the JR Pass you can 7 days of unlimited travel for the same price. You can for instance also use the JR Pass for local travel on the JR in Tokyo and Osaka but is also great for making day trips.

With the JR Pass you would have covered your travel for one week in Japan. You could get a Suica card for the other week. The Suica card is basically a prepaid travel card, which takes the need for buying tickets away.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi Daniel-san,

Great, this information has been really helpful, so thank you very much :)

I will speak with my partner and then make a decision on which week we want
to get a JR pass for and which week we should get the Suica card for.

Thanks very much!
Donna

DonnaMarie87
DonnaMarie87

Hi Donna!

Great! Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with in the meantime!
Daniel

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