questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

please advise if i should get the jr pass

Please advise if I should get the JR Pass

Dear all,

Base on my itinerary below, please advise if it's worth to get the JR Pass? Thanks.

Day Destination
1 Haneda Airport to Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo,
2 Go to Mt Fuji, and explore Tokyo
3 Tokyo, Tsukiji Fish Market, Ginza, Sensoji Temple, Akihabara,
4 Go to Nagano to see snow monkeys, Shibu onsen, back to Tokyo
5 Go to Takayama and Shirakawa-go
6 Go to Kyoto
7 Explore Kyoto
8 Go to Arashiyama, Kyoto
9 Go to Kobe, Arima Onsen, Osaka
10 Osaka, Flight back home


Hello there,

A JR Pass would certainly be useful for your travel. Below is a small list of ticket prices without the JRPass to give you an idea of possible savings.

Tokyo - Nagano ¥ 8,400
Nagano - Tokyo ¥ 8,400
Tokyo - Takayama ¥ 15,010
(Shirakawago by bus) Takayama - Kyoto ¥ 10,260

For a total of ¥ 42,070 or ¥ 13,770 in savings as the 7 day JR Pass is 29,110. Remember that the JR Pass is also good for local travel in Tokyo, adding even more to your savings.

Enjoy Japan!


Dear Daniel,

TQ very much for your reply and advise. Do you think my above itinerary will work? Means I can go to all places that I have planned so far?


Hi Again,

Yes I don't see any problem and it looks like a fun trip!

Do note that you may have to pay for additional transport if there are no JR lines (such as the bus to Shirakawago).


Thank you, Daniel! You have been a good advisor for my panic-packed trip ^^ which makes me feel abit relieved now :)
FYI, my this trip is in Jan 2015


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