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8 days in japan

8 Days in Japan

Hi,
We are very excited to visit Japan near the end of January and only have 8 days. We are two adults and two children, 8 & 5 years old. I am wondering if it is worth it to buy a rail pass for the short time we are there.
We would like to go to
Tsukuba
See the Snow Monkeys
Kyoto
and Tokyo Disney

Unfortunately I think that is all we will have time for. Any advice would be very appreciated!

Thank you.

luluandkiki
luluandkiki

Hi there,

While you only have 8 days in Japan, the amount of travel you already plan to do it quite significant and a JR Pass can help you make very good savings.

Take for instance the 7 day JR Pass. This is about the same cost as a normal return ticket Tokyo - Kyoto traveling on the Shinkansen (bullet train line). Any additional travel you use the JR pass is basically what you would save. With travel to the Snow Monkey Park (Jigokudani) in Nagano, this is pretty big.

This is all assuming you arrive and depart from Tokyo.

Also see this post for more tips:
http://www.jrpass.com/blogs/family-trip-to-japan-with-kids-and-the-japan-rail-pass

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you for your quick reply. I just want to make sure one rail pass will be valid for all these destinations.
Thank you again.

luluandkiki
luluandkiki

Hello again!

We have changed our itinerary to Tokyo, Tsukuba, Nagano (Jigokudani), and Tokyo Disney.
Would it still be more economical to buy a 7 day Rail Pass or just pay for the tickets individually?

Thank you,
Angela

luluandkiki
luluandkiki

Hi Angela,

In this case I would stick to normal tickets.

All the best!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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