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trip in japan in december

Trip in Japan in December

From 14/12 to 20/12: my friend and I planned to travel in Kansai Region: Kansai Airport to Kyoto, then Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Wagayama... is it better to use the regional Kansai Pass or JRPass.

Then from 20/12 to 22/12 in Nagoya

1 day 22/12 to 23/12 in onsen in fuji kawaguchiko

and finally from 23/12 to 26/12 in Kyoto

We wonder if we should start by byuing Kansai Thru Pass, then 1 week JRPass or should we buy 2 weeks JRPass?

What is our best options, price?
Arigato gozaimasu

rhianniki1981
rhianniki1981

Sorry last 3 days in tokyo, not in kyoto

rhianniki1981
rhianniki1981

Hi there!

Generally traveling around Kansai does not have to be expansive at all and a Kansai Pass does not always pay off. However with your plans to visit both Kobe and Wagayama, I think that a Kansai Pass could be helpful. You can even go down to Himeji if you wish.

After 3 days in Tokyo will you be going back to Kansai or fly back home? If you fly from Tokyo, I think that it would be better to just buy a train ticket for the Shinkansen between Kyoto - Tokyo because you would not travel enough for a JR Pass to pay off. If you do return to Kansai, than a 7 day JR Pass is a good option!

I hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you Daniel-san,

My friend and I will fly back to Singapore from Tokyo.
We only stay 2 weeks in Japan.
One of my Japanese friend told methat with the Kansai Pass, Ican only use local train, and they are quite long because they stop at every station. So she thinks it might be worth it to take 2 weeks JR Pass.
What do you think?
Thanks for the advice, well-appreciated!

rhianniki1981
rhianniki1981

Hi Again,

That is true but travel times within Kansai are all pretty close. For instance Kyoto - Osaka only takes 30 minutes by local train, the same is true for Osaka - Kobe. So I do think that it could be beneficial.

With your planned itinerary I don't think that a 14 day JR Pass would be economic but again you could look into using a 7 day JR Pass if you make a return Kansai - Tokyo!

Hope this helps too!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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