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checking whether i need a japan rail pass

Checking whether I need a Japan Rail Pass

Hi there. I'm going to be in Japan from Feb 3 to Feb 9. My itinerary is as follows:
(1) Feb 3 - 8PM Arrival Nagoya (2) Feb 4 - Nagoya to Kyoto (3) Feb 4 to 5 - Tour Kyoto by bus/subway (4) Feb 5 - Kyoto to Tokyo (5) Feb 6 to 8 (morning only) - Tour Tokyo by subway (6) Feb 8 - 12NN Tokyo to Nagoya (7) Feb 9 - 12midnight Flight out of Nagoya

Could you please help to determine whether purchasing a Rail Pass is worth it? Thanks so much in advance!

cokes
cokes

Hi there,

Yes a 7 day JR Pass is certainly worth considering. The pass is about the same price as a normal return ticket Tokyo - Kyoto using the Shinkansen. You'll be making the same trip, because Nagoya is directly on the route between Tokyo - Kyoto. Traveling a route with different stops usually becomes more expansive, as tickets are required for each leg. With the JR Pass you can just take any train you like without worrying about the cost.

In addition you may use the JR Pass for local train on the JR in Tokyo and a limited extend in Kyoto.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Thanks Daniel - it helps very much! i have another question - from Tokyo, is there a shinkansen or even a local train that goes straight to Nagoya Airport? How much would that cost? Thanks!

cokes
cokes

Hi again!

Unfortunately not directly. The fastest way is to take the Shinkansen from Tokyo - Nagoya station and from there the Meitetsu. See this page, for how to travel between Nagoya and Chubu Airport. This cost together will be around 12,000yen.

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