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check on itinerary and should i get the 14 day jr pass?

Check on Itinerary and should I get the 14 day JR pass?

Hi there,

Please see my scheduled itinerary. Will I need a 14 day JR pass or a 7 Day pass will suffice? Which passes do you best recommend?

22 Dec: Tokyo (arrives NRT)
23-27 Dec: Tokyo
28 Dec: Tokyo->Gala Yuzawa->Tokyo
29 Dec: Tokyo->Kyoto
30 Dec: Kyoto
31 Dec: Kyoto->Nara->Osaka
01 Jan: Osaka
02 Jan: Osaka->Kinosaki
03 Jan: Kinosaki->Osaka
04 Jan: Osaka->Tokyo
05 Jan: Tokyo->Narita

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Hi there,

You'll be traveling around quite a bit and a 14 day JR Pass is what I would recommend using. You can use the JR Pass for travel to Gala Yuzawa by Shinkansen and from there, train travel between all the cities you plan to visit is also included. Together you will make great savings compared to purchasing normal train tickets.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thanks Daniel. If i decide not to go to Gala Yuzawa, will a 7 day pass makes more sense? I will hence need to activate it on 29 Dec - 4 Jan and get a separate round trip NEX tix to and fro Narita, Are there other passes which can better optimise my travel plans? Please advise

Thanks!

vernicelau
vernicelau

Hi again!

Yes using a 7 day JR Pass and the return ticket for Narita Airport is a good alternative. I don't think any other pass would be useful here.

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Daniel-san
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Hi Daniel,

How much is a round trip JR fare to Gala Yuzawa? Reason for asking is there are many sites which offer a 1 Day package with ski rentals and transport inclusive. Not sure if I should stick to a 7 Day pass and purchase the 1 day package or purchase the 14 day JR pass and get the ski rentals separately. which one makes more sense?

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vernicelau

Hi again,

A return trip to Gala Yuzawa from Tokyo costs about 13,340yen for a return. I am not sure about rental prices for gear but I hope this will help you find the options that suits you best!

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