questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

is it worth it?

Is it worth it?

Hi

I would really be grateful for some help.
We are arriving into Kansai airport and staying in a hotel very close to Kobe Station.
From Kobe we are planning to visit the following places:
Nara
Osaka
Kyoto

We are then hoping to get the train to Tokyo and sightsee for 2 days, unfortunately we will need to come back to Osaka as our flight back in also from Kansai.

Can someone please tell me how much each of these journeys would cost me? would the JR Pass be the better choice?

Many thanks

salma
salma

Hi there,

I can certainly help with this

Kansai Airport - Kobe ¥ 3,310
Kobe - Nara (return) ¥ 2,760
Kobe - Osaka (return) ¥ 780
Kobe - Kyoto (return)¥ 2,100
Kobe - Tokyo ¥ 14,470
Tokyo - Kansai Airport ¥ 15,820

For a total of ¥ 39,240 or ¥ 10,940 in savings as the 7 day JR Pass is 28,300yen. So the JR Pass is certainly worth it.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you so much, my friend seems to think kansai to kobe is 1500?
Where would you say is best area to stay in Tokyo?
What is the weather in April like?

salma
salma

Hi there!

There are cheaper alternatives available from Kansai Airport - Kobe. The price I mentioned is when you use the Haruka Express and JR Special rapid service. This is by far the most convenient way of travel to Kobe and quickest too. It is covered by the JR Pass too.

In Tokyo, I'd either stay near Ueno/Nippori or Shibuya/Shinjuku. Both are good area's to stay at. Ueno is a little more relaxed while you'll be able to be in the middle of the metropolis if you stay near Shinjuku.

April is actually the best part of the year to visit Japan, the temperatures are good, not a lot of rain and best of all the Sakura blossoms.

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Daniel-san
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Thank you, can you please advise me cheapest way of getting from airport to kobe? As I think I will activate the pass one day later to ensure im covered for Tokyo !!

salma
salma

I just found something very cool you may like:

http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/play/event/140101_kobeferry/index.html

It's only 900 yen this way to travel from Kansai Airport to Kobe.

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Daniel-san
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That's amazing! Thank you, we are travelling with a 1 yr old :))
Can you recommend a good area to stay in Tokyo please? Also is there a train from kobe to Tokyo?

salma
salma

Hi Again,

As mentioned, In Tokyo, I'd either stay near Ueno/Nippori or Shibuya/Shinjuku. Both are good area's to stay at. Ueno is a little more relaxed while you'll be able to be in the middle of the metropolis if you stay near Shinjuku. It's pretty easy to find a nice accommodation using booking websites such as tripadviser.com

For travel Kobe - Tokyo, first travel to Shin-Kobe, from there you can use the Shinkansen to travel to Tokyo station.

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Daniel-san
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Thank you so much
Where would you recommend I buy the 7 day pass?

salma
salma

Happy to help! :)

You can purchase the pass directly online here if you wish.

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Daniel-san
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I purchased it from japan travel centre in Holborn.. Any experience?
Finally we are travelling from Hong Kong to Osaka with peach airlines..
Any experience?

salma
salma

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