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7-day jr pass

7-day JR pass

Hi, my friend and I will be travelling in Japan from 1 to 11 July. We'll be arriving and departing via KIX. Here is our itinerary:
1 Jul: KIX to Nagoya
3 Jul: Nagoya to Kyoto (day trip to Nara on 4 Jul)
5 Jul: Kyoto to Tokyo
7 Jul: Tokyo to Osaka
11 Jul: Namba station to KIX

Please advise if we should get a 7-day pass to cover us from 1 to 7 July since we will be moving around a lot? If yes, then which pass should we get for Osaka? We may want to do a day trip to Kobe.

Or should our 7-day pass cover us from 5 to 11 July instead?

Also, how do we reserve our JR tickets? Can we reserve our tickets for all the required trips at the same time?



Hello there,

Yes the JR Pass will work very well for your itinerary. Just a normal return Tokyo - Osaka using the Shinkansen is almost the same price as a 7 day JR Pass. You'll make great savings with a 7 day JR Pass. Additionally all travel you plan to do between the above places is covered by the JR Pass.

You can make seat reservations once you've exchanged your JR Pass.

Here's how to make seat reservation.

You could consider the Osaka Unlimited Pass for Osaka. It offers very good value for sightseeing.

Hope this helps,



Thank you for the advice and recommendations. As we have a concert to go to at Nagoya on 2 Jul, we need to go to Nagoya first.

So is it still worth to use the pass from 5 to 11 Jul then?

Thanks again!


Hi again :)

In that case I would use it from day 2 - 8. This way you could cover both Nagoya, Tokyo and travel back to Osaka :)


Hi Daniel

Thanks for your advice.

I'll order my pass next week :)

And we should start using it on 1 Jul since we'll need to travel from KIX to Nagoya? Then we can use the Osaka unlimited pass from 8 to 11 Jul as it covers our trip to KIX yes?


Yes that would be the best.

The Osaka Unlimited pass does not cover the way back to Kansai Airport but traveling back is only around 1,200yen using the JR Rapid airport service.


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