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should i buy 7-day or 14-day japan rail pass?

Should I buy 7-day or 14-day Japan rail pass?


I will be travelling in Japan for 12 days. I want to know whether I should purchase a 7-day or 14-day Japan rail pass and if I should get other passes. Roughly I plan to go to these few areas

Day1 - Tokyo (Fly-in)
Day2 - Tokyo
Day3 - Takayama
Day4 - Takayama/Kanazawa
Day5 - Kyoto
Day6 - Kyoto
Day7 - Kyoto
Day8 - Hakone
Day9 - Hakone
Day10 - Tokyo
Day11 - Tokyo
Day12 - Tokyo (Fly-out)

My plan is to start using Japan rail pass from Day 3 to travel to Takayama because I read online that it's not worthwhile to use Japan rail pass in Tokyo area. Please advice if there are better alternatives.

Thank you.



A 14 day pass would not pay off. A 7 day pass would work better, from Days 3-9. Please note that you can't use the JR Pass all the way to Hakone, since there is no JR service there. You can take a bullet train to Mishima.
The following info can help: ("Click on To/From Kyoto")


Hello there,

I'd would also advise a 7 day JR Pass for this itinerary. You can make the best savings by using it from Day 3 to day 9 - this way you can cover, the otherwise pricey, bullet train tickets.

I would recommend traveling to Odawara station for Hakone. This station gives the easiest access around the area and you may purchase a Hakone Free Pass here and use it to explore the area and return to Tokyo.

Here's a full list of discount tickets in Tokyo.

Hope this helps,


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