questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

how to use jr, and it is valid for this itinerary?

How to use JR, and it is valid for this itinerary?


I'm going to Japan during 12 of July to 26. I'm wondering if it worths to buy the 7 or the 14 days option.

I've organized this travel schedule (for now)

13 de Julio
- Kanda Manseibashi - Kanda Myjin - Yushima Seido Marunouchi
- Palacio imperial - Jardines imperiales del este 14 Julio
- Tokio Skytree - Parque Ueno - Templo Zojoji - Templo Sensoji Shibuya
- Estatua Hachiko - Cruce de Shibuya 15 Julio
Shinjuku station, comprar Hakone Free Pass.
- Lake Ashinoko - Old Tokaido - Sengokuhara - Castillo Odawara - Hakone Tozan Railway - Gora Park 16 Julio
- Nakano Broadway Ikebukuro
- J World Tokio - Animate - Kabuki- cho

17 Julio
- Takeshita Dori - Santuario Meiji - Parque Yoyogi

- Samurai Museum - Hanazono Shrine - Shinjuku Central Park - Jardín Nacional Shinjuku Gyoen - Golden Gai - Kabukicho 18 Julio

19 Julio


20-26 Kyoto. I'm planning to go to Hiroshima and Nara, and to the most amazing temples in Kyoto, like Kiyomizu Dera and Fushimi Inari

I have three questions:

1) Will the JR Pass cover my trips to Kawagoe and Nikko?

2) Is the JR of 14 days worth the money?Considering that i can activate during the last 7 days to go to Kioto, and by there, go to Hiroshima and Nara.

3) To use it in the normal trains through Tokio, and the Shinkansen. What do i have to do to use the JR Pass? Just show it to the guards?

Many thank you, hope you can help me.

Have a nice day.


Hi there,

1.) Yes, both are included. Just be sure to use JR lines there and not private lines. For instance, Nikko also has the Tobu line, which is a privately help rail company.

2.) With the amount of travel, yes a 14 day JR Pass would be worth it. However I think you would get better value by buying normal tickets for Tokyo and using a 7 day JR Pass for travel to Kyoto and Hiroshima.

3.) It depends on what kind of seat you want to use. You can use a non-reserved seat by just showing the JR Pass and hopping on the train. Alternatively you can reserve a seat.

Nice travel plan btw!

Hope this helps,


Hi Daniel San:

Thank you, i guess i'm going for the 7 days option then.

Greetings, have a nice day.


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