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tokyo-kyoto-hiroshima

Tokyo-Kyoto-Hiroshima

In early April, my parents will be visiting Japan for a bit under two weeks. I am interested in using the JR Rail pass and want to make sure I have the details right for their travel. Our itinerary is as follows:

Day1 Narita Airport to Kichijoji. Cost 3,000 for Limousine bus.
Day 2 Local Tokyo.
Day3 Tokyo to Kyoto. Cost 13,420 for SHINKANSEN HIKARI.
Day 4 Stay Kyoto
Day 5 StayKyoto
Day 6 Stay Kyoto
Day 7 Kyoto to Hiroshima. Cost 10,790 for SHINKANSEN HIKARI.
Day 8 Stay Hiroshima.
Day 9 Hiroshima to Miyajima (Round Trip). Cost 1,140 for JR and Ferry.
Day 9 Hiroshima to Tokyo. Cost 18,050 for SHINKANSEN SAKURA & SHINKANSEN HIKARI
Day 10 Local Tokyo
Day 11 Local Tokyo
Day 12 Kichijoji to Narita. Cost 3,000 for Limousine bus.

I have a few questions.

1) Am I identifying the best options for travel between Tokyo-Kyoto-Hiroshima? I used the Hyperdia link and took off the Nozumi bullet train. I will be traveling with my parents, but I am not eligible for the Pass, so I need to find the most reasonably priced options for myself as well.

2) Does the JR pass cover the rail trip and the ferry to Miyajima?

3) Does the JR pass cover local rail transport between a station like Kichijoji and Shinjuku for instance?

4) It seems like the best option for my parents would be a 7 day pass that covers the trip from Tokyo to Kyoto to Hiroshima and back to Tokyo. I don't know if a 14 day pass would be worth the extra money since we plan to stay local in Tokyo on the days before and after the Kyoto/Hiroshima trip. What do you think?

lhumenycky
lhumenycky

Hi there,

Here are some answers that should help you work out the best course:

1) Am I identifying the best options for travel between Tokyo-Kyoto-Hiroshima?

Yes. I did the same search as you and had roughly the same results (Kyoto - Hiroshima on my search was ¥10,990 vs your ¥10,790, but this could just be the time of day I selected).

2) Does the JR pass cover the rail trip and the ferry to Miyajima?

Yes. The JR Pass covers the rail trip to Miyajumaguchi and the ferry to Miyajima.

3) Does the JR pass cover local rail transport between a station like Kichijoji and Shinjuku for instance?

Yes, provided you use JR lines (such as the Sobu Chuo, Chuo Ome, and Yamanote lines in Tokyo). Here's a sample itinerary from Kichijoji to Shinkuju suitable for Japan Rail Pass holders.

4) It seems like the best option for my parents would be a 7 day pass that covers the trip from Tokyo to Kyoto to Hiroshima and back to Tokyo. I don't know if a 14 day pass would be worth the extra money since we plan to stay local in Tokyo on the days before and after the Kyoto/Hiroshima trip. What do you think?

Yes, for this itinerary a 7 day JR Pass from day 3 to day 9 makes 100% sense. There's no reason to buy a longer rail pass as you are unlikely to make up the difference travelling around Tokyo.

Hope this helps!

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