questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

tokyo - kyoto - miyajima - hiroshima - osaka

Tokyo - Kyoto - Miyajima - Hiroshima - Osaka

Hi, I hope you can help us with a piece of advice.

We are travelling (2 pers) in Sept in Japan and we wonder which JR pass we should use for the whole travel.
Here is our itinerary:
06 - 10 Tokyo
10 - 14 Kyoto + Nara (day trip)
14 - 16 Miyajima Island
16 - 17 Hiroshima + Osaka + Kansai International Airport

Which one do you recommend us to get:
a. a 14days pass, or
b. local transportation in Tokyo + the 7 days pass (from 10th to 16th) + local transportation in Osaka + trip to the Kansai airport (on the 17th)?

And, in Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka, is the local transportation included?

many thanks for your kind reply,
best regards,


Hi there,

For your itinerary a 7 day JR Pass for the 10th - 16th is by far the best option. You can cover all expansive Shinkansen (bullet train) this way and make nice savings with the JR Pass.

Local travel is included for local JR lines, as well as the ferry to Miyajima and the local sightseeing bus in Hiroshima. Other transport such as the metro is not included.

Hope this helps,


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