questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

jr pass or normal tickets

JR pass or normal tickets

Hi, we will be going to Japan in end Apr /May 2016. Our tentative itinerary is as follows:

26/4 Arrive Tokyo (Haneda)
27-29/4 Tokyo
30/4 Tokyo to Kyoto
1-2/5 Kyoto
3/5 Kyoto to Hiroshima
4/5 Hiroshima
5/5 Hiroshima to Osaka
6/5 Osaka
7/5 depart fr Osaka airport

Should we buy the JR Pass or normal tickets ? Thank you.


Hi there,

I recommend using a 7 day JR Pass for this route.

Tokyo - Kyoto ¥ 13,600
Kyoto - Hiroshima ¥ 11,410
Hiroshima - Osaka ¥ 10,440

For a total of ¥ 35,450 or ¥ 6,340 in savings as the 7 day JR Pass is ¥ 29,110.

Hope this helps,


Thank you Daniel for your prompt reply.
I have more questions:-

Based on above itinerary, when should we activate our 7 days pass?

Is it advisable to purchase a 14 days pass instead of the 7 days pass?
(So that our transfers from Haneda airport &/to Osaka airport are cover by this pass)

Can we also use the 14dsys pass while in Tokyo fr26-29 April ?

Is this more economical then the 7 days pass ?


Hi again!

You will want to use the 7 day JR Pass from 30/4 Tokyo to Kyoto - 5/5 Hiroshima to Osaka. This would give you the best possible savings. Most of your other travel is very local and therefor I advise buying normal tickets for the other parts.

Though travel from Haneda and to Kansai Airport are included in the Japan Rail Pass.


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