questions & answers: itinerary check



Hi please check whether the JR pass is the
Most appropriate And whether I could use it each time

day 1 July 5

Travel tokyo to Tsuragushimo

Day 3 Tokyo

day 4 shizioka

Day 6 Nagoya

Day 8 Kyoto

Day 10 Matsumoto

Day 13 Matsumoto to Tokyo

I would be staying a few days in these cities leaving Japan July 19 from Tokyo

Which train pass would be cheapest

Thank you


Hi there!

For such a trip you'll be looking at a 14 day rail pass which costs ¥45,100. To know if it will make most sense to you, lets take a look at the equivalent costs if you were to buy the tickets outright:

  1. Tokyo > Shizuoka: ¥6180, (63mins, 180km)
  2. Shizuoka > Nagoya: ¥6180, (58mins, 185km)
  3. Nagoya > Kyoto: ¥5440, (37mins, 147km)
  4. Kyoto > Matsumoto: ¥9680, (187mins, 335km)
  5. Matsumoto > Tokyo: ¥9850, (142mins, 285km)

TOTAL: ¥37330 for 5 legs

As you can see, individual tickets may be ¥7770 more economical in your case. However, if you included travel to and from the airport (~¥5000), and take into account that all further JR travel will be free, including all the JR lines in Tokyo (here's map of JR lines in Tokyo for reference) and day trips to Nara, Osaka, Himeji and Hiroshima from Kyoto, then you may find that a 14 day Rail Pass is worthwhile.

Please note that for Tsurugashima you'll need to use non-JR lines (for a small fee). Here is a sample itinerary for you of this trip.

You can look up precise train timetables and costs at the Hyperdia travel planning website and learn how to use Hyperdia through our video blog.

Hope this helps!


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