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do i need to buy japan rail pass ?

Do I need to buy Japan Rail Pass ?

We will be in Japan for 15 days. The itinerary are :

20 Sep : Osaka - Kyoto
24 Sep : Kyoto - Nagoya - Nakatsugawa
25 Sep : Magome/Tsumago
26 Sep : Nakatsugawa - Matsumoto
27 Sep : Kamikochi
28 Sep : Matsumoto - Takayama
1 Oct : Takayama - Osaka

Do I need the Japan Rail Pass ? Please advise. Thank you.


Hi there!

Lets take a look at your trip costs to see if your journey costs could fit well into one of the Japan Rail Pass types (assuming you fly into Osaka Kansai Airport):

  1. Kansai airport > Osaka: ¥2400, (53mins, 57km)
  2. Osaka > Kyoto: ¥540, (29mins, 42km)
  3. Kyoto > Nagoya: ¥5440, (49mins, 147km)
  4. Nagoya > Nakatsugawa: ¥2940, (48mins, 79km)
  5. Nakatsugawa > Magome: ¥2940, (48mins, 79km)
  6. Magome > Nakatsugawa: ¥2940, (48mins, 79km)
  7. Nakatsugawa > Matsumoto: ¥4180, (75mins, 108km)
  8. Matsumoto > Takayama: ¥11310, (304mins, 354km)
  9. Takayama > Osaka: ¥10310, (220mins, 357km)
  10. Osaka > Kansai airport: ¥2400, (54mins, 57km)

TOTAL: ¥43,000 for 10 legs

As a 14 day rail pass is ¥45,100, you would need to do a little more travel to make one worthwhile based on your itinerary. Including some very simple travel, such as a return to Hiroshima will mean you make great savings on the travel for your trip, as any further JR travel will effectively be free.

You can look up train timetables and costs for all of your legs at the Hyperdia travel planning website and learn how to use Hyperdia for Japan Rail Pass holders through our video blog.

Hope this helps!


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