questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

tokyo to osaka (round trip)

Tokyo to Osaka (round trip)

Hi there!

I would like to check if I should purchase a JR Pass for my itinerary below:

9April - reach Narita airport in Tokyo at 6pm, travel via Shinkasen to Osaka
10April - Universal Studio Japan (Osaka)
11April - departs from Osaka, travel via Shinkasen back to Tokyo
12April to 15April - Tokyo
16April - back to Singapore from Narita Airport



Hi there,

This is a bit of a classic itinerary for a 7 day JR Pass and would certianly recommend one. You can use the JR Pass for all your rail travel in the above itinerary, including Narita Airport - Tokyo and Osaka - Universal studio. The 7 day JR Pass is about the same price as a normal return ticket Tokyo - Osaka, so any additional travel is what you save.

The only thing that I am a bit worried about is your 6pm arrival. Travel in Japan stop service after midnight and you still have at least 4 hours of travel ahead of you from Narita Airport to Osaka. Therefor I would suggest spending the first night in Tokyo or Yokohama and traveling on the following morning. This is also much saver in case of a plane delay.

Hope this helps,


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