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19 days travel from osaka to fukuoka

19 days travel from Osaka to Fukuoka

Hi!

We are arriving Kansai Airport, Osaka in April and would like your advise on which JR pass to purchase base on the itinerary below:

Day 1 and 2: Osaka
Day 3: Kyoto /Kobe
Day 4 to 7: Kyoto
Day 8 to 9: Takayama
Day 10 to11: Nara
Day 12 to 13: Hiroshima/Mijayama
Day 14 to 17: Fukuoka
Day 18 to 19: Osaka

This is our 1st time visiting southern Japan and would appreciate your advise on type of JR passes to buy and if there can be applied to travel to all theses destination. Would like to know the travelling time to each destination and their train time table.

Thank you.

Vivian

vivian
vivian

Hi Vivian,

I think I'd aim for a 14 day rail pass for use from starting on the 5th. For a 14 day rail pass to be economical, you need to spend over ¥45,100 on individual JR tickets. Lets take a look at the ticket costs for the itinerary you list from the 8th:

  1. Kyoto > Takayama: ¥9680, (193mins, 314km)
  2. Takayama > Nara: ¥10310, (266mins, 356km)
  3. Nara > Hiroshima: ¥10790, (167mins, 393km)
  4. Hiroshima > Hakata: ¥8700, (138mins, 280km)
  5. Hakata > Osaka: ¥15160, (184mins, 626km)
  6. Osaka > Kansai airport: ¥3140, (57mins, 64km)

TOTAL: ¥57780 for 6 legs

This means you'd make a total saving of ¥12,680 with the 14 day pass - highly recommended!

You can look up train timetables and costs for all of your legs at the Hyperdia travel planning website and learn how to use Hyperdia for Japan Rail Pass holders through our video blog.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Thank you Mari for your quick reply. Is Hakata the same place as Fukuoka as used in your planning? Is the train fare from Osaka to Kansai airport 3140 yen and about 1, 300+?

We are travelling on a tight budget and wonders if it would be more economical to buy Kansai Through Pass for two days at 3800 yen to use from Osaka to Kyoto and Kobe.

Would it be cheaper to buy two 7day JR Pass then one 14 day pass?

vivian
vivian

Hi vivian,

Is Hakata the same place as Fukuoka as used in your planning?

Yes - for JR, Hakata is the same as Fukuoka and is the main Bullet Train terminal for Fukuoka (Hakata is the old name for half of the current Fukuoka city).

Is the train fare from Osaka to Kansai airport 3140 yen and about 1, 300+?

The train from Kansai Airport to Osaka is ¥1,160 each way.

We are travelling on a tight budget and wonders if it would be more economical to buy Kansai Through Pass for two days at 3800 yen to use from Osaka to Kyoto and Kobe.

Yes, I think the Through pass will be good value considering the amount of travel you intend to make. It should cover transport from the airport into, and travel into and around Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. Highly recommended. You can find more information on the Surutto Kansai pass online.

Would it be cheaper to buy two 7day JR Pass then one 14 day pass?

I don't think so. In your case, your long distance travel starts from the 8th all the way up to your date of departure towards the end of your trip, so you will use the JR pass pretty much in a contiguous block. Also on a per-day basis the 14 day rail pass is cheaper than the 7 day rail pass so 2x7 days will always cost more than 1x14 day pass:

7 day rail pass: ¥4042/day
14 day rail pass: ¥3221/day

You would be better off with a single 14 day I think.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Thank you.

You have been most helpful.

vivian
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