questions & answers: itinerary check

tokyo > nagoya > kyoto > hiroshima > osaka > tokyo

Tokyo > Nagoya > Kyoto > Hiroshima > Osaka > Tokyo

Hi there,

I am coming to Japan next month and would like some help working out whether I should get a 14 day JR Pass.

This is my itinary.

10-Aug Tokyo
11-Aug Tokyo
12-Aug Tokyo
13-Aug Tokyo
14-Aug Nagoya
15-Aug Nagoya
16-Aug Kyoto
17-Aug Kyoto
18-Aug Hiroshima
19-Aug Hiroshima
20-Aug Osaka
21-Aug Osaka
22-Aug Osaka
23-Aug Tokyo
24-Aug Tokyo
25-Aug Tokyo

We are looking at traveling by train in the mornings (EG travel from Tokyo to Nagoya on 14 August in the morning)
We would also like to know how freely we can use the JR PASS on the rail systems in each of the Cities.

Thanks for your help.

Paul

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PaulJ

Hi Paul,

A 14 day pass is ¥45,100, so your JR legs will have to cost more than this for a rail pass to be worthwhile. Lets take a look at your costs:

  1. Tokyo > Nagoya: ¥10580, (126mins, 366km)
  2. Nagoya > Kyoto: ¥5440, (37mins, 147km)
  3. Kyoto > Hiroshima: ¥10790, (112mins, 380km)
  4. Hiroshima > Osaka: ¥10520, (109mins, 345km)
  5. Osaka > Tokyo: ¥13750, (194mins, 556km)
    TOTAL: ¥51080 for 5 legs

As you can see you'll make a base saving of ¥5980 with a 14 day JR Pass with the added bonus that all further JR travel (eg return to Nikko) is free.

When you are in Tokyo & Osaka you can get good use out of the JR Pass as both cities have a good internal JR network (map of JR lines in Tokyo). However Nagoya, Kyoto & Hiroshima don't have great internal JR and all will need you to use non-JR forms of transport at some point. It does depend on how much travel you want to do in these areas but I recommend you either purchase standard tickets/prepaid cards or a municipal pass.

Hope this helps!

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