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osaka-kyoto-tokyo

Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo

Hi there,

I'm planning a trip for 10 days flying into Kansai Osaka on 12/03, Flying out of Narita Tokyo 22/03.

We will visit Kyoto for a few days and probably do a day trip to Nara.

Would you recommend buying a 7 day pass?

Thanks

minstar
minstar

Hi there,

As a rule of thumb, a 7 day japan rail pass starts to become economical if you do at least 1 return trip between Tokyo and Kyoto. Travel between Kyoto, Nara and Osaka is done using local trains, and typically is not more than ¥400-800 each way. It is on the longer bullet trains between cities where the ticket costs can rapidly grow, and so it is in these itineraries that the rail pass starts to make sense.

As you'll be doing a single one way trip on the bullet between Kyoto and Tokyo, you will be better off buying individual tickets, unless you are planning on other day trips on the bullet from either Tokyo or Kyoto, such as short hops to Takayama or Nikko.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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