questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

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JR Pass

Kansai Airport
(18/5)

Osaka
(18/5 - 20/5) 2 days osaka city
1 day USJ

Kyoto
(21/5 - 23/5) *Travel from osaka to kyoto daily as i will stay at osaka Khaosan World Namba within the days in Osaka and Kyoto visit 2 days kyoto city
1 day Arashiyama

Nagoya
(24/5 - 25/5) *25/5 Nite Bus to Tokyo

Tokyo
(26/5 - 30/5) 1 day Shinjuku
1 day trip to HAKONE
1 day Shibuya
1 day Asakusa
1 day Roppongi Hills

Narita Airport
(31/5)

Hi, i'll be visiting japan alone in mid May.. And this is my brief itinerary, can i know which JR pass should i go for as i'm still confused with Japan Railways..

sylvia lee
sylvia lee

Hi there,

For this route I suggest buying normal tickets. A JR Pass would be great if you travelled a return between Kyoto/Osaka to Tokyo. However since you will travel by bus and one way, I would suggest buying tickets as you travel for the remaining parts.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi, this is sylvia, i had amended my itinerary so that i can utilise a JR pass for the trip and as follow:

18/5 - Arrives @KIX - OCAT bus to Namba

3 days Osaka
- Umeda/ Namba/ USJ

3 days Kyoto
- Fushimi inari/ Arashiyama/ Higashima & Gion

24/5
- Osaka to Shinjuku

7 days Tokyo
- Shinjuku/ Yokohama/ Hakone/ Asakusa/ Roppongi/ Shibuya

31/5
- Departs @NRT 11:20

** I will stay at Namba Osaka for the first 6 days trip to Osaka & Kyoto

** After check-out from Namba, i will travel directly to Shinjuku station for another hostel check-in

** Can i start using a 7 days JR Pass to travel from Namba Osaka to Shinjuku station on 24/5?

** Does JR pass include the route i travel to Yokohama?

***** For a day trip to Hakone, i heard that we have to purchase a Hakone day pass and travel by Romancecar from Shinjuku. Do u have any idea of the coverage of the pass?

** JR pass will be expired according to the time (11am 24/5 - 11am 31/5) or the date (24-30/5)? As i might have a problem to travel to Narita Airport on 31/5 to catch up morning flight.. In case of the pass expiry, is there any recommendation for me so that i can reach airport on time?

Thank you so much for helping..

sylvia lee
sylvia lee

Hi again!

Can i start using a 7 days JR Pass to travel from Namba Osaka to Shinjuku station on 24/5? Yes, though keep in mind that the JR Pass can only be activated at Kansai Airport, Osaka or Shin-Osaka stations.

  • Does JR pass include the route i travel to Yokohama?* Yes

For a day trip to Hakone, i heard that we have to purchase a Hakone day pass and travel by Romancecar from Shinjuku. Do u have any idea of the coverage of the pass? Here are all the coverage details of the Hakone Free Pass.

JR pass will be expired according to the time (11am 24/5 - 11am 31/5) or the date (24-30/5)? As i might have a problem to travel to Narita Airport on 31/5 to catch up morning flight.. In case of the pass expiry, is there any recommendation for me so that i can reach airport on time? The JR Pass is counted in full days and the first day is considered a full day, no matter what time you start using it. Travel to the airport is not that expancive, just get a normal ticket :)

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thanks Daniel for the JR pass expiry info^
I will follow your previous guideline that purchase the JR pass from my country, and will be activated either in airport by choosing the activation date or at Shin-Osaka station on the day i travel from Osaka to Shinjuku.

And lastly, i'm quite confused for the transport from osaka to shinjuku..

As from google result, the route is:
Namba station > Midosuji Line to Senrichuo > Shin-Osaka station > Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen to Tokyo > Shinagawa station > JR Yamanote Line to Shinjuku

** As i seen for the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen, it labels NOZOMI towards Tokyo, and NOZOMI is not covered under JR Pass.. So does it mean that i have to purchase another ticket for NOZOMI train? And only start using the JR pass at Shinagawa station for Yamanote Line?

** Or is there any other trains options where i can utilise the pass on the shinkansen?

sylvia lee
sylvia lee

Hi again,

Google does not show the Hikari Shinkansen, which is covered by the JR Pass. You can use the JR Pass to travel the same route as the Nozomi, the only difference is that it makes more stops on the way.

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Daniel-san
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Awesome!!! Thanks again Daniel, 1 confusion solved finally!!!

sylvia lee
sylvia lee

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