questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

is it cheaper to buy single tickets?

Is it cheaper to buy single tickets?

I am planning to land in Osaka and fly out from Tokyo. I am trying to squeeze in an itinerary for 7 day JR Pass although, I am also checking and it seems like it might be about the same to buy single tickets.

Day 1 land in Osaka @ 2200 - I booked a hotel at Park Osaka ( It seems a bit far on the map, can you tell me what is the best way to go from the airport, especially at night?)

Day 2 Osaka full day

Day 3 Osaka to Nara and back to Osaka at night

Day 4 Osaka to Kobe and back to Osaka at night

Day 5 Osaka to Kyoto- stay in Kyoto

Day 6 Kyoto full day

Day 7 Kyoto to Nagoya

Day 7 Nagoya to Kiso Valley - stay in Tsumago for a night

Day 8 Tsumago to Yokohama ( Do I have to go back from Tsumago to Nagoya , in order to head to Yokohama?)

Day 9 Yokoohama to Tokyo

Day 10-13 Stay in Tokyo

Is it best to activate JR Pass on Day 5? ( Is buying single ticket to Nara or Kobe quite cheap? Last I checked, it was around $5 each trip)

Or am I better off buying single tickets; if so, how does my luggage work? Do I still have to reserve seats?

Many Thanks


Hi there,

I checked your itinerary but for this one it is best to buy normal tickets. The difference in price of a 7 day JR Pass is not much though. I tried to look up your hotel but was unsure where it is exactly, do you have the full name?

Travel within the Kansai Region, this includes travel between Nara, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.

Seat reservations are recommended but not necessary. I prefer knowing that my seat is reserved.

Hope this helps,


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