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rail pass or standard ticket? 7 or 14 days?

Rail pass or standard Ticket? 7 or 14 Days?

I am travelling to Japan from Australia with a friend. I was just wondering what the most economical way to get around would be, whether to buy a rail pass or just purchase standard rail tickets, and if I buy rail passes, whether to get 7 day or 14 day ones.

Our itinerary is as follows:

Monday 18 Nov: Arrive Tokyo (staying in Tokyo for 8 nights)
Tuesday 26 Nov: Travel by train to Osaka (staying in Osaka for 5 nights)
Sunday 1 Dec: Travel by train to Kyoto (staying in Kyoto for 4 nights)
Thursday 5 Dec: Travel by train back to Tokyo (staying in Tokyo for 2 nights)
Saturday 7 Dec: Leave Tokyo to return to Australia

While staying in Tokyo we will mostly be using the Keio/Inokashira Line, Fukutoshin Line as well as the Odakyu Line.

Any help would be great appreciated.

Thanks.

pma865
pma865

After looking into prices of normal train tickets the approximate costs are:

Tokyo - Osaka = 14240 yen
Osaka - Kyoto = 620 yen
Kyoto - Tokyo = 13540 yen
Total = 28400 yen

14 day rail pass = 45100 yen

Therefore I am thinking it will be more economical just to purchase normal, separate train tickets rather than a rail pass..does this sound about right?

pma865
pma865

Hi There!

Your calculations are correct!
I would suggest a 7 day JR Pass if you make the return Tokyo - Kyoto/Osaka within 7 days, however since you have the luxury of more time, it is better to buy tickets as you travel. A 14 day JR Pass could of course pay of if you decide on some additional travel, for instance a visit to Hiroshima would quickly pay of!

I hope this helps!
Daniel

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