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is it worth it for me to purchase a 7 day jr pass?

Is it worth it for me to purchase a 7 day JR Pass?

First of all, I would like to apologize for asking a question which is being asked to death over here. Trust me I have done some searching on this topic but I have not found one which suit my particular context, so please bear with me and please provide me with some advise.

I will be traveling to Japan from 23rd September to 8th October, for a total of 16 days. 23rd September to 1st October (9 days) I will be at Tokyo. 2nd October to 4th October (3 days) I will be at Kyoto. 5th October to 8th October (4 days) I will be at Osaka.

I am flying in from Haneda and leaving from Kansai. Initially I am planning to purchase the 7 day JR Pass and activate it on 2nd October, the day I am to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto, the pass would expire on the day I make my trip from Osaka to Kansai.

The Pass is highly recommended for people who make a round trip from Tokyo to Kyoto/Osaka, however for my case I am basically only making a one way trip. If I buy the JR Pass I can pretty much use the Pass for some traveling in Kyoto and Osaka and from Osaka to Nara.

Conducting some research I calculated that my total utilization of the JR Pass in terms of fees will fall short of around 7000+ yen from the cost of JR Pass. In short if I purchase individual tickets I can save upwards of 7000+ yen compared to buying the JR Pass.

However I am worried that I have done my calculation wrongly, thus the posting of this question here.

The following is a simplify version of my itinerary starting from the day I depart for Kyoto;

Day 1: Tokyo-Kyoto, Gion
Day 2: Eastern Kyoto
Day 3: Western Kyoto
Day 4: Kyoto-Osaka, Minami
Day 5: Nara
Day 6: Traveling within Osaka
Day 7: Traveling with Osaka follow by train to Kansai airport

Should I get a 7 day JR Pass or not?? Thanks in advance!

mirestige
mirestige

Hi there,

From having similar calculations frequently, I can tell you that it would be more economic to buy normal tickets for the route. We have a great tool, our Fare calculator that you can use to find the cost of your itinerary.

I realise its a bit of a short answer but covers your question.

Let me know if I can help with anything.
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you for the fast reply. The one other advantage of buying a JR Pass is the convenience it serves, I do not have to buy individual tickets etc. However the amount of monies saved by buying individual tickets is too much to ignore!

My other question is how do I go about buying the individual tickets? I.E Tokyo-Kyoto, Kyoto-Osaka, Osaka-Nara.

I can just buy the tickets over the respective rail operator's counter on the time of departure, or do I have to reserve and purchase in advance?

Once again thanks for the help. Very much appreciated.

mirestige
mirestige

You can buy the tickets at any JR station, either at the ticket window or a ticket machine. You can do so on the day of departure, or a couple of days in advance if you prefer to have your tickets already.

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Daniel-san
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Thanks! I understand for these cross cities train they run on a specific timetable. When I buy the tickets do I have to select my preferred departure time or the ticket is valid for all time.

mirestige
mirestige

If you want a reserved seat then yes, you can also buy a non-reserved ticket and get on any train and queue up beforehand for a non reserved seat.

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Daniel-san
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