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jr pass or not?

JR Pass or not?

I'm planning a two week trip to Japan with three friends in May 2014. Our tentative itineary is Osaka - day trip to Koyasan - Osaka - Kyoto - Nara - Takayama - Tenri - Osaka.
Does JR Rail these destinations or would it be more economical to use local trains? Thanks for your help.


Hi Sue,

The difference is small but right now I think that it would be better to buy normal tickets as you travel. The most expensive part is Nara - Takayama (¥ 10,610) and Takayama - Tenri (¥ 10,820). The 7 Day JR Pass is ¥ 28,300 meaning that you are not there yet, even with the local travel to Kyoto/Osaka. However if you decide to add more to your plan, then the JR Pass may quickly become worth it.

I hope this helps!


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