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21 or 14 day pass

21 or 14 day pass

Hello and thanks for reading my post.

I am travelling to Japan in May 2015 for 3 weeks - my third trip. I am wondering if I can save money by getting just the 14 day JR Rail Pass. I am buying 3 passes for myself and 2 family members so any savings would be significant.

I arrive on May 2nd at Haneda Airport so I don't need the pass for the Narita Express. Then I will stay in Tokyo until May 9th when I will need the pass to travel and then I will travel back to Tokyo on May 22nd as planned on the 14th day of the pass. In between, I will be travelling to Kanazawa, Osaka, Nara, Himeji and Mt Koya so I will need to get the National Pass and not a regional one.

What I will miss is doing any day trips from Tokyo but all I had planned was Nikko and since it's Golden Week the first week I'm there the trains may be very crowded. Unless I've figured this out wrong, I think I can get away with a 14 day pass. What do you think? The cost difference is $325.American.

Any feedback or recommendations would be most appreciated.

Lilyaylmer
Lilyaylmer

Hi there,

That sounds perfectly sound. A JR Pass is best used when using it for travel between different regions in Japan. Local travel on the JR network is covered in Tokyo but travel is not very expansive. I would stick with a 14 day JR Pass and local tickets in Tokyo (unless you plan to ride the Yamanote line a 100 times within a week).

You can also visit Nikko using local trains and there are various discount packages available, so no need to drop it.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you Daniel-san, you are always so very helpful, much appreciated.

Lilyaylmer
Lilyaylmer

For a Nikko pass, try looking at:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2358_002.html

Toraneko
Toraneko

Thank you Toraneko, very helpful information. We will go to Nikko now.

Lilyaylmer
Lilyaylmer

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