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should i pass a 14 day or 7 day pass

Should I pass a 14 day or 7 day pass

Using JR Pass in this Itinerary

Would you please help me find trains and fare for this itinerary for family with 3 children ages 21, 18, 14:

  • (7th Dec) - Arriving Kansa Airport at 6:30h, ride to Kyoto, stay in Kyoto
  • (8 th -10 Dec ) - Tokyo,
  • (10-11 Dec) - Hakone
  • (11-13 Dec) - Tokyo
  • (13-14 Dec) Osaka - one of the family members will leave osaka
  • (14-17 Dec )Osaka( Have not decided where to go)

Thank you!

jasloo
jasloo

Hi there!

Here are some routes and costs based on your listed travel:

  1. Kansai airport > Kyoto: ¥3,690 (75mins, 99km)
  2. Kyoto > Tokyo: ¥13,420 (161mins, 513km)
  3. Tokyo > Odawara: ¥3,840 (35mins, 83km)
  4. Odawara > Tokyo: ¥1,450 (36mins, 83km)
  5. Tokyo > Osaka: ¥13,950 (194mins, 556km)

JR ticket cost: ¥36,350 for 5 legs

Note that for Hakone the JR Pass will get you to Odawara, from where you should use the non-JR Odakyu lines to travel upto Hakone itself. I recommend the 2-day Hakone Free Pass which can be purchased on arrival into Odawara

A 7 day pass will certainly give you savings for your initial travel. The difference between a 7 and 14 day pass is ¥16,800, so you'll need to spend at least this much on further JR travel for a 14 day pass to be worthwhile. Looking at your travel, the only destination that I can think of that would fit your plans and cost this much would be a return trip to Hiroshima/Miyajima while you are in Osaka (normal cost of a return is around ¥20,000). If you were to add this trip on then a 14 day pass would become worthwhile I think.

You can look up precise train timetables and costs at the Hyperdia travel planning website and learn how to use Hyperdia for JR Pass holders through our video blog.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Thank you. Could I use the JR pass in Tokyo or Osaka itself?

jasloo
jasloo

Hi there!

You can use the JR Pass on all JR lines in Tokyo and Osaka. There are lots of JR lines in Tokyo (map), but not so many in Osaka (map - the light blue lines are JR).

You should expect to purchase occasional metro trips in both cities to get around smoothly.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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