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to pass or not to pass

To pass or not to pass


My partner and I are travelling to Japan for the first time, and would like some feedback to decide whether we should buy a pass or not.

Our itinerary is below.

We are thinking of the following:

Buying some kind of West Japan pass for the first few days, and then buying single tickets.


Activate a 7 day rail pass on the 15 of October, to cover for our longer distance trip from Koyasan to Tokyo via Hakone.

Thanks a lot for your help!

12 October - Kyoto -
13 October - Kyoto -
14 October - Kyoto -
15 October - Kyoto - day trip to Nara
16 October - Mt Koya -
17 October - Mt Koya -
18 October - Hakone -
19 October - Hakone -
20 October - Tokyo -
21 October - Tokyo - Nikko
22 October - Tokyo
23 October - Tokyo
24 October - Tokyo - Fly home


...that's the question!

Also Good day,

I would advise buying normal tickets for Kyoto/Koya as travel around this area is low price.

For travel to Hakone, stick to normal tickets as it is just one way. In Tokyo you could consider the JR Kanto pass as it included travel to Nikko as well in addition to Narita Airport. This could help you make small savings over normal tickets.

Enjoy Japan!


Hi Daniel,

Thanks a lot for your response! :)



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