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should we buy jr pass?

Should we buy JR Pass?

We will arrive at Narita on Jan 27 (Sunday) and stay at Tokyo for few days. Then we will travel from Tokyo to Nara and Nara to Kyoto. Finally we will leave from Kyoto for Haneda airport on Feb 2 (Saturday).

Should we buy 7 days JR Pass?

Can we use JR Pass to ride SHINKANSEN NOZOMI Express?
Can we use JR Pass within the city for subway?
Does JR Pass work for Keikyu Airport Express between Shinagawa and Haneda Airport?

Thanks.

Sam

Sam
Sam

Hi Sam,

Yes a 7-Day pass is a great option for you. It will costs about the same as a return Tokyo - Kyoto so any additional travel you may do becomes free! (see a little cost overview below).

Can we use JR Pass to ride Nozomi Express?

The JR-Pass can not be used on the Nozomi train, instead you can ride the Hikari trains that are almost the same, except that they stop at a couple more places on the way. The difference in time between a Nozomi and Hikari between Kyoto Tokyo is only 19 minutes for instance.

Can we use JR Pass within the city for subway?

The JR-Pass does not cover the the Subway, however you can use it in Tokyo on Local JR-Lines/ JR-Buses such as the Yamanote line.

Does JR Pass work for Keikyu Airport Express between Shinagawa and Haneda Airport?

The Keikyu line is a privately owned railway and the JR-Pass is not valid on it, instead you can use the Yamanote-sen from Shinagawa to Hamamatsucho and transfer there for free to the Tokyo Monorail that rides you in style to Haneda Airport.

Ticket Prices

Narita --> Tokyo ¥ 2,940
Tokyo --> Nara ¥ 13,750
Nara --> Kyoto ¥ 690
Kyoto --> Haneda (¥ 13,220 to Tokyo Station, ¥ 620 from there to Haneda Airport).

For a total of ¥ 31220 the 7 day Railpass is ¥ 28.300 saving you at least ¥ 2.920 + any local travel you may do on JR-lines in Tokyo.

Hope this helps :)
-Daniel

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Daniel-san
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