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7 day or 14 day jr pass?

7 day or 14 day JR pass?

Hello guys,

I will be going to Japan for 11 days and 10 nights on 7th to 17th June this year.
Wondering whether I should buy the 7 day or 14 day JR pass.

Itinerary as follows:
Day 1: Arrive in Narita Airport--> Shinjuku
Day 2: Tokyo
Day 3: DisneySea
Day 4: Tokyo --> Hakone (1 night stay in Hakone-yumoto)
Day 5: Hakone --> Kyoto
Day 6: Kyoto
Day 7: Nara day trip from Kyoto
Day 8: Kyoto --> Osaka
Day 9: Osaka--> Universal Studios
Day 10: Osaka --> Tokyo (Shinjuku)
Day 11: Shinjuku --> Narita Airport

  1. I am not sure whether I should purchase the 7 day or 14 day JR pass.
    I know the JR pass includes NE'X from Narita to Shinjiku. However I have read that the JR pass will not be used much while I am in Tokyo for the first 3 days?

  2. Also I am not sure whether I should purchase the Hakone Express pass from Shinjuku to Hakone or should I just use the JR pass to travel to Odawara.

Any suggestions?



Hello there,

1.) I recommend using a 7 day JR Pass for Day 4 - Day 10. This would cover your long longer distance trips and give you good savings compared to buying normal tickets. Generally local travel does not cost a lot and it is fine to buy normal tickets for the other days that you'll spend in Tokyo.

2.) I would use the JR Pass to use the Shinkansen to Odawara. Its faster and free with the JR Pass.

Enjoy Japan!


Thank you Daniel! That's very helpful.
What transportation would you recommend me to take from Narita to Shinjuku on my 1st and last day?


Hi again,

I would use the JR Narita Express from Narita Airport and back, this is the fastest and most convenient way to/from Shinjuku.


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