questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

7 days between tokyo & hokkaido

7 days between Tokyo & Hokkaido

Hello,

I am planning to go with my husband to Japan around the end of March and beginning of April for 7 days (or slightly more days if the budget allows)

Would the JR pass be useful within the city? Like traveling around the metro lines/public transport in Tokyo/Hokkaido ?

And is it worth getting a JR pass for 7 days for only these two areas? Would it be better to take the train from Tokyo to Hokkaido or fly?

Thanks in advance!

monoh
monoh

Hi there,

If you plan on using the train between Tokyo and Sapporo (for Hokkaido) the JR-Pass becomes a really good option as one way costs ¥ 23,670 and the 7Day JR-Pass is ¥ 28,300 so if you made a return you could save at least ¥ 19,040.
A possible downside however is that the train trip to from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 539 minutes (or 9 hours minus one minute).
See Route 1 for reference. An option is to take the Shinkansen to Aomori and then take the night train Hamanasu from there to Sapporo. A normal seat is covered by the JR-Pass and you can save on accommodation costs.

How does this hold up to flying?
This is hard to say, flights are obviously faster and low ticket prices may be available but frankly it is hard how much it will costs until you start looking at ticket prices. The nice thing about the JR-Pass is that it is one amount and then you are all covered, making for easy budgeting.

The JR-Pass is really great if you plan on traveling longer distances in Japan but it is not very economic for just local travel, so if you are flying to Hokkaido you will be better of buying tickets locally.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you so much Daniel-san for all your helpful information!!

If I can just trouble you with one more small inquiry, is there a metro/public transport pass for Tokyo/Hokkaido apart from the JR pass, for daily in-city metro usage?

Thank you again!

Muna

monoh
monoh

Hi Muna,

Yes there are several tickets available for local travel.
See this website for a list.
My personal favorite is the 710 Yen all day metro pass in Tokyo. For Sapporo this website has a good overview of available tickets.

Enjoy Japan!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hey Daniel!

Thank you so much for the helpful reply!!

And so sorry for my late resonse!

Thank you again, I really appraciate it!

Best Regards,

Muna

monoh
monoh

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