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should we get a 7 or 14 day pass?

Should we get a 7 or 14 day pass?

Hello,

We'll be visiting Japan for 17 days in late March/early April and we were hoping we could get some advice on whether a 7 day or 14 day pass would be of best value given our itinerary. Any suggestions or feedback is very appreciated.

Cheers

  1. Fly into Narita from Australia (evening)
  2. Tokyo
  3. Tokyo
  4. Day trip to Nikko?
  5. Tokyo
  6. Tokyo - Takayama (bus or rail)? - booking not confirmed
  7. Takayama - booking not confirmed
  8. Overnight stay in Onsen Ryokan - booking not confirmed
  9. Kanazawa
  10. Kanazawa
  11. Kanazawa - Nara or Osaka? - booking not confirmed
  12. Hiroshima/Miyajima
  13. Miyajima - Kyoto
  14. Kyoto
  15. Kyoto
  16. Kyoto - Mount Koya
  17. Mount Koya - Kansai International airport (evening)

Thank you!

knicoknico
knicoknico

Hi there!

Assuming you start your potential 14 day travel period on the 4th, your costs will look like:

  1. Tokyo > Nikko: ¥5,230 (121mins, 150km)
  2. Nikko > Tokyo: ¥5,230 (121mins, 150km)
  3. Tokyo > Takayama: ¥14,300 (273mins, 532km)
  4. Takayama > Kanazawa: ¥4,180 (161mins, 148km)
  5. Kanazawa > Osaka: ¥7,440 (154mins, 267km)
  6. Osaka > Hiroshima: ¥10,220 (109mins, 345km)
  7. Hiroshima > Kyoto: ¥10,590 (112mins, 380km)
  8. Kyoto > Nara: ¥690 (45mins, 41km)
  9. Nara > Kyoto: ¥690 (45mins, 41km)
  10. Kyoto > Osaka: ¥540 (28mins, 42km)
  11. Osaka > Kansai airport: ¥3,340 (57mins, 64km)

JR ticket cost: ¥62,450 for 11 legs

Based on your travel listed you'll make great savings with a 14 day pass so I can certainly recommend this option. Note that for Mt Koya the JR Pass will get you to Osaka where you'll want to use the (non-JR) Nankai railways up to Koyasan.

As far as suggestions go, I think the route to Takayama via Nagoya + WideView train is really scenic. I think out of Nara and Osaka on the 11th I'd plan on staying in Osaka and visiting Nara perhaps later while you are in Kyoto as a day trip. Nara doesn't have a huge amount of night life, and it's away from the main shinkansen lines that you'll need the next day to get down to Hiroshima.

As a final recommendation, don't forget to take advantage of either the Narita Express + SUICA deal or Keisei Skyliners + 2 day metro pass deals to get you into Tokyo from Narita with some free travel around Tokyo built in. You can buy these tickets on arrival at Narita.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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