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advise on which jr pass to use

Advise on which JR pass to use

Hello there,

My wife and I are excited to visit Japan...while we have our route chalked out -- we've been quite confused if the JR pass will suffice for our route.
Please advise us on what JR pass we should get - Our itinerary is as follows-

Day 1 Tokyo

Day 7 Hiroshima

Day 9 Osaka

Day 11 Nara/Kyoto

Day 13 return to Osaka to fly back

Will the JR pass be elligible for travel within Osaka and kyoto? Also, should we look into Nozomi trains to save time or will the Hikari train timetable favour us well.

Apologies for asking so many questions.

Thank you,
Joanna

johnjo
johnjo

Sorry that was from both of us John and Joanna :)

johnjo
johnjo

Hi John and Joanna,

I think a 7 day JR Pass would be perfect here. You could use it for all your long distance travel starting on day 7: Tokyo - Hiroshima - Osaka and use it all the way until you travel to the airport on day 13.

Travel times between the Hikari and Nozomi trains are small, the trains are the same but the Hikari makes a couple more stops on the way. For instance Tokyo - Osaka is about 19minutes longer with the Hikari.

Hope this helps and let me know if I can help with anything!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you Daniel!

Your response has been helpful and quick.

We were looking at our discussion threads in this forum - and want further clarification for travel within Osaka and Kyoto - are we right to say that there are local passes required in Kyoto but JR passes can be used in Osaka.

Thank you,

johnjo
johnjo

Hi again!

Yes that's right, the JR Pass can be used to reach pretty much any place in Osaka.
Here is a very useful map for reference:
http://youinjapan.net/maps/osaka/kansai_jr_map.jpg

In Kyoto JR lines run on the west and south side of the city but most of the city is better reached by bus, metro or on foot. The JR Pass in Kyoto can be used for travel to places such as Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari and Uji.

The Wiki travel page is also very useful when it comes down to travel around Kyoto:
http://wikitravel.org/en/Kyoto

Hope this clears things up,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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And to Nara?

johnjo
johnjo

Travel to Nara from either Osaka or Kyoto is covered. Nara itself is very small and can be done on foot or by bus (bus is not included in the pass).

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Daniel-san
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Thank you Daniel. All this information is most useful and gives us the clarity we need.

Cheers!

johnjo
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