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how many day, jr pass to buy

How many day, JR Pass to buy

I have changed my itenary and wonders how many days JR Pass to buy. Kindly advise

April 7 Arrive Osaka Kansai Aiport at night and to hotel
April 8 Visit Hilmeji, overnight in Osaka
April 9 Visit Nara, Overnight in Osaka
April 10 Visit Kobe, Overnight in Kyoto
April 11 Stay another 3 nights
April 14 Travel from Kyoto to Takayama
April 14 Stay 3 nights in Takayama
April 17 Travel to Chichiba, Saitama and back to Tokyo overnight
April 18 From Tokyo to Kyoto and stay 2 nights
April 20 Travel to Hiroshima
April 20-22 Stay 3 nights Hiroshima
April 23 Travel to Osaka
April 25 Travel to Kansai Airport to return home

Would it be economical to buy 14 days JR pass?

Thank you

vivian
vivian

Hi Vivian,

Lets compare the prices for your travel from the 12th to 25th against the cost of a 14 day pass (¥45,100) to see if it makes sense for you.

  1. Kyoto > Takayama: ¥9720, (207mins, 253km)
  2. Takayama > Seibuchichibu: ¥9720, (207mins, 253km)
  3. Seibuchichibu > Tokyo: ¥9720, (207mins, 253km)
  4. Tokyo > Kyoto: ¥13220, (164mins, 513km)
  5. Kyoto > Hiroshima: ¥10790, (112mins, 380km)
  6. Hiroshima > Osaka: ¥10520, (109mins, 345km)
  7. Osaka > Kansai airport: ¥2400, (54mins, 57km)

TOTAL: ¥66090 for 7 legs

As you can see you'll make a saving of ¥20,990 with a 14 day pass starting from the 12th so I can certainly recommend this option.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Many thanks, Mari for your advise.

So from Takayama to Seibuchichibu what rail line would it be and is this this the train station stop to Chchiba, Saitama?

vivian
vivian

Hi Vivian,

Here's a sample itinerary to Seibuchichibu for you. As you can see you can use the JR Pass up until Tokyo. From there, you'll need to use the metro to get to Ikebukuro, and then the Seibu line out to Seibuchichibu (Seibuchichibu and Chichibu stations are very close together in Saitama). Although the metro and seibu line are not covered by the rail pass (my mistake above - apologies), the cost of these hops is only ¥940 each way.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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