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is a jrp worthwhile for my trip?

Is a JRP Worthwhile for my Trip?

Hi,

I've put much thought and research into this, but I'm now getting mixed messages and wondered if anybody could lend some advice.

My itinerary is a little messy, as I couldn't figure how to arrive in Kansai airport and depart from Narita (this is my first holiday alone - or even without parents!).

Basically:
Day 1: Arrive at Kansai and travel to hotel.
Day 2: Day in Kyoto (1)
Day 3: Day in Kyoto (2)
Day 4: Day in Kyoto (3)
Day 5: Check out of Kyoto - TRAVEL TO TOKYO
Day 6: Day in Tokyo (1)
Day 7: Day in Tokyo (2)
Day 8: Check out of Tokyo - TRAVEL TO KYOTO (I know >_<" )
Day 9: Fly Home.

I'm considering a trip to Nikko from Tokyo, and I've deliberately not planned so much for my time in Kyoto, so that I'm not rushing around - BUT I may venture out to surrounding areas whilst i'm there.

Could someone please confirm when I would need to activate a 7 day pass, and if it would even be cost effective, please? From my understanding (for example) if I were to activate my JRP at 23:00 on day## - that would count as a one of the 7 days, despite only having used it for an hour... in which case, am I right in thinking I'd best activate it on Day 2?

I hope this is clear. Any clarification and advise will be greatly appreciated, thank you!

crkaz
crkaz

Hi there,

Starting with the JR Pass, The 7 day JR Pass will help you make savings over purchasing normal train tickets. The pass itself is about the same price as a normal return ticket Tokyo - Kyoto using the Shinkansen. Any additional travel is basically what you would save. Such as to the Airport, local travel on the JR Network and a day trip to Nikko (one of my personal favorites places to visit). You could also make a day trip to Nara from Kyoto.

The JR Pass is indeed counted in days and the first day is counted as a full day no matter what time you start using it. So it makes sense to use it on the 2nd day if you arrive late.

Does that help?
Daniel

PS: Don't worry about traveling alone. I did so too in Japan just after graduating high-school and had the best time there!

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Daniel-san
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Hi Daniel,

Thank you very much for you help :) !

I'll get on to ordering my pass ASAP in that case. I think I will look into a trip to Nara too - it did catch my eye whilst I was doing my research!

Thank you again,

Zak

crkaz
crkaz

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