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best jr pass option

Best JR Pass option


I'll be travelling to Japan in October for 12 days.

Here is our itinerary:
Oct 27 -> Arrival @ Kansai Airport. Would like to go to Osaka centre.
Oct 28-30 -> Osaka - Himeji - Hiroshima - Nara
Oc. 31 - Nov.2 -> Kyoto - Takayama
Nov. 3-7 -> Tokyo - Hakone - Kamakura - Yokohama

Based on the itinerary above, what would be the best option? A 7 days pass or a 14 day pass?

Thank you,


Hello Filipe,

Considering the above itinerary, I advise using a 7 day JR Pass if you can use it from Osaka - Hiroshima - Takayama - Tokyo (and all in between). These are the expansive parts of the itinerary and you will get the best out of the JR Pass by using it here.

Hakone, Kamakura and Yokohama are close to Tokyo and travel between these places does not have to cost much if you use local services. So you will be fine here with purchasing normal tickets. If you plan to explore to Hakone Area Look at a Hakone Free Pass, as companion to your JR Pass.

Hope this helps and happy travels!


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