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7 or 14 day pass?

7 or 14 day pass?

i'm torn whether to get the 7 or 14 day pass - i realise i am spending alot of time in tokyo but i will be seeing friends. in tokyo i will be staying with a friend who lives on the keio line (not JR) so the pass can't be used there, but i can use it for travelling around elsewhere in tokyo. i could condense my trips outside of tokyo into 7 days but i feel it would be a bit too rushed for someone who wants a holiday - what would you suggest? i was leaning towards getting a 14 day pass and activating it on day 1 (which would cover the NEX, right?)

tues oct 7 - tokyo (arrive 9am)
wed oct 8 - tokyo
thurs oct 9 - tokyo
fri oct 10 - tokyo
sat oct 11 - tokyo
sun oct 12 - kyoto
mon oct 13 - kyoto
tues oct 14 - kyoto
wed oct 15 - hiroshima
thurs oct 16 - hiroshima (inc miyajima)
fri oct 17 - osaka
sat oct 18 - osaka (inc nara)
sun oct 19 - osaka
mon oct 20 - tokyo
tues oct 21 - tokyo
wed oct 22 - tokyo
thurs oct 23 - nakone
fri oct 24 - kamakura
sat oct 25 - tokyo
sun oct 26 - tokyo
mon oct 27 - tokyo
tues oct 28 - tokyo
wed oct 29 - tokyo
thurs oct 30 - tokyo (leave 11am)


Hello there!

From reading the above itinerary I also am inclined to lean to the 14 day JR Pass. This for two reasons, the first being that you would have to shorten your stay in Kyoto/Osaka in order to return to Tokyo for the 7 day JR Pass to be really efficient. The 2nd reason why I would advise a 14 day JR Pass is because it just gives you a lot more flexibility. You can take any train for 14 days and it would be easy to make a day trip from Tokyo or visit an other nice place. Either a 7 day or 14 day JR Pass would help you make good savings, which is always nice to know.

If you do go for the 14 day JR Pass, then I would suggest making a day trip from Tokyo - Nikko as well. This way you really make the most of your JRPass.

Also good to know may be that the JR Pass does also cover the Narita Express (NEX).

Enjoy Japan!


thanks for that daniel - would you recommend activating the pass on the day i arrive, or wait until i go to osaka?


Hi Again!

The difference will be small, so either at the beginning or later on is fine. I think that you would make the best savings if you activate it when you travel to Kyoto, so you can include Hakone and Kamakura as well.

Also, Narita Airport can be busy and it can take some time to activate your JR Pass, doing so later on would be faster.


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