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is a jr pass worth it for this itinerary?

Is a JR Pass worth it for this itinerary?

Hi, I will be travelling to Japan in February for 10 days/nights. I will arrive in Haneda airport and will stay in Tokyo the first 3days. The 4th day I will be off to Osaka for 3 or 4 days and the last 3 days I will return back to Tokyo and exit from Haneda. During my 3 or 4 days in Osaka I would like to make a day trip to Kyoto and also dedicate a whole full day at Universal Studios. Therefore in a bigger view my trip would be Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto-Osaka-Tokyo. I understand that the train fee between Osaka and Kyoto isn't too expensive, so would a JR pass be worth it during this trip? Or am I better off buying single train tickets all the way?

Also, will I be spending a lot more on subway or other transportations in Tokyo/Kyoto/Osaka or would the JR cover most?

Would most appreciate some help!


Hello there,

The JR Pass does make for an interesting option here. The 7 day JR Pass is about the same price as a normal return ticket Tokyo - Osaka using the Shinkansen. From there any additional travel you may cover with it is basically what you get for free with the JR Pass.

This can be travel to Kyoto, Universal city, to the Airport and the local JR Lines in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. Osaka and Tokyo can be seen for most part using the JR Pass while coverage in Kyoto is limited.

We have some useful maps for reference:

Hope this helps!


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