questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

3 weeks in japan

3 weeks in Japan

Traveling to Japan for 3 weeks at the end of march.
Was wondering if I should get a Japan rain pass? And if yes, should I get a 2 week or 3 week JR pass?

Here is our itinerary: we will be spending on average 2 to 5 days in each city

Kyoto, from Kyoto doing day trips to Nara, koya and ise and maybe kinosaki
Kanazawa and a day trip to shirakawa
Takayama for spring festival



Hi there!

Here are your broad costs (Excl. a visit to Ise as I wasn't sure exactly where you were thinking of going)

  1. Tokyo > Nagoya: ¥10,580 (126mins, 366km)
  2. Nagoya > Kyoto: ¥5,440 (37mins, 147km)
  3. Kyoto > Nara: ¥690 (45mins, 41km)
  4. Nara > Kyoto: ¥690 (45mins, 41km)
  5. Kyoto > Kinosakionsen: ¥4,710 (146mins, 158km)
  6. Kinosakionsen > Kyoto: ¥4,710 (146mins, 158km)
  7. Kyoto > Kanazawa: ¥6,510 (126mins, 224km)
  8. Kanazawa > Takayama: ¥4,180 (161mins, 148km)
  9. Takayama > Tokyo: ¥14,300 (273mins, 532km)

JR ticket cost: ¥51,810 for 9 legs

As you can see you'll make good savings with a 14 day pass so I can certainly recommend this option. Unless you think you'll do more travel I think I recommend the 14 day pass coupled with some 1 or 2 day unlimited metro passes while you are in Tokyo.

Hope this helps!


Hi Mari!
Thanks for the quick response!

We made some changes to our itinerary and would value your opinion. What's your opinion on doing a day trip to mount koya from kyoto? Should we still do a 14 days or a 21 days jr pass? If we get the 14 day pass, should we just activate the pass on the 3rd of April?

Here is our revised itinerary:
March 29 - arrive narita. Hotel near tokyo station
March 29 to April 2 - tokyo. Day trip to Mount Fuji
April 3 - 11- kyoto. day trips to Nara, mount koya and kinosaki
April 12- 14- kanazawa. Day trip to shirakawa
April 14- 16- takayama
April 16-18- tokyo. Hotel near tokyo station
April 18 depart from narita



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