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should i get a 7days jr pass, but i need it for 8 days?

Should i get a 7days JR pass, but I need it for 8 days?

Hi There,

My hubby and I are planning to visit Japan from 25 Feb - 8 March, 2015 with the itinerary as following:

25 Feb: Tokyo. 1N in Tokyo.
26 Feb - 1 Mar: Tokyo - Kyoto. 3N in Kyoto.
1 Mar : Kyoto - Nara. 1N in Nara.
2 Mar : Nara - Miyajima. 1N in Miyajima.
3 Mar - 4 Mar : Miyajima - Fukuoka. 2N in Fukuoka.
5 Mar - 8 Mar : Fukuoka - Tokyo. 3N in Tokyo.

I am looking at 7 or 14-day JR Pass, could you please share your advise for some of the questions as below:

  1. Should we take the 7-day JR Pass, However based on my itinerary 26Feb to 5Mar is 8 days trip.
  2. Or we should take the 12-day JR Pass to cover the whole 12 days trip?
  3. Could you advise if I could take direct Shinkansen from Fukuoka to Tokyo?

Thanks and Await for your response,

Su Wen

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widyana

Hello Su Wen,

Both the trip Tokyo - Kyoto and and Fukuoka - Tokyo are expansive trips.

I'd advise a 14 day JR Pass for your travels. The distance you travel will more than pay for the 14 day JR Pass and all travel travel will be covers for the duration of your stay in Japan.

A return Tokyo - Hakata (Fukuoka) using the Shinkansen alone is 45,060yen the 14 day JR Pass is 46,390. So that alone will almost pay for the pass alone. Add in all the additional travel and it's a great deal!

The trip between Fukuoka - Tokyo will involve 1 transfer at Shin-Osaka using the JR Pass. It's a good moment to buy an Eki Bento before traveling on.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Hi Daniel,

Thank you for the prompt and useful reply.

May I know if I could use the same JR Pass from Narita to Tokyo? and Around Tokyo? and how about going to Nara from Kyoto?

Thank you.

Love,
Suwen

widyana
widyana

Hello Suwen,

Yes you can use the JR Pass for travel within Tokyo, from Narita to Tokyo on the Narita Express and between Nara and Kyoto. In addition the Ferry to Miyajima is also covered.

Let me know if I can help with anything,
Daniel

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Hi Daniel,

Thanks again for the useful info.

But sadly, I might need to postpone the trip all the way to august and since august is pretty hot weather, I am looking at going to Hokkaido. However, I am not able to change the flight destination to Sopporo, I could only go from Tokyo to Hokkaido.

Are you able to advise the transportation, fare and timeline for going Hokkaido from Tokyo? can JR pass serve my purpose here?

Thank you so much for the help..

Looking forward to your reply.

Thank you.

Love,
Suwen

widyana
widyana

Hi Suwen,

I am sorry to hear that. Still, Hokkaido is amazing to visit and indeed one of the best places to visit in August. The JR Pass will also be of great help here, as it both covers the train trip from Tokyo - Hokkaido and covers all JR lines within Hokkaido.

A one way trip Tokyo - Sapporo plays almost for a full 7 day JR Pass, so you can't go wrong there :D

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Hi Daniel,

How long it would take from Tokyo to Sapporo by JR? as I am looking at domestic flight option too.

Thank you so much, once again.

Love,
Suwen

widyana
widyana

Hi Suwen,

It takes around 600 mintes, it's a long trip but you can make a stop mid way at any time.

Let me know if I can help with anything.
Daniel

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