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tokyo, yokosuka, kamakura, mt. fuji, kyoto - approx 1 month, looking for the best pass

Tokyo, Yokosuka, Kamakura, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto - Approx 1 month, looking for the best pass

Hello!

I will be arriving in Tokyo (Haneda) on July 24th and staying through September 1st. I want to be sure I purchase my rail passes in the most economic way possible.

I know my itinerary through August 5th, but after that I'm pretty unsure of my plans which is why it makes this difficult. First off, here's the initial plans:

July 24th - Arrive Haneda - train to Ebisu
July 25th - Local trains around Tokyo
July 26th - Train to Yokosuka
July 27th-29th - local trains around Yokosuka
July 30th - Train to Tokyo (Shin-kiba Station) and back to Yokosuka
July 31st - Train to Tokyo (Tokyo Dome City) and back to Yokosuka
August 1st- Local Trains around Yokosuka
August 2nd - Train to Kamakura
August 3rd - Train to Mt. Fuji
August 4th - Train back to Yokosuka

After August 5th I will be staying around Yokosuka, Yokohama, and Tokyo primarily, but I'm also interested in booking a few days trip down to Osaka and Kyoto.

Since I don't yet know the dates of those trips, can you recommend a pass/passes that would suit my flexible itinerary?

Thanks!

kimbo3333
kimbo3333

Hi there,

Most of your travel takes place in Tokyo and will just be on local trains or some other kind of local transportation, therefor I would not recommend buying a JR Pass for your time in Tokyo, rides within Tokyo generally are between 150 - 220 yen each. To get around conveniently consider buying a Suica card so you don't have to buy seperate tickets each time you board a train.

Then when you visit Kyoto/Osaka buy a 7 Day JR Pass as this will covered the Shinkansen. The pass is the same price as a normal return Tokyo - Kyoto but you get 7 days of free travel with it, so any additional travel you may do basically becomes free.

Also if you have the time, consider a visit to Nikko from Tokyo as well. I think it's one of the best locations day trips to make from Tokyo!

Have a great time in Japan!
-Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hey Daniel,

IS the 7 day JR pass something that I can purchase while in Japan? If so, where? I was under the impression that the all inclusive JR Passes had to be purchased outside the country?

Thanks!
Kim

kimbo3333
kimbo3333

Hi Kim,

You can purchase the JR Pass only outside Japan, some local passes/Suica cards however may be purchased in Japan.

You can purchase the pass directly online here or look for a local re-seller here.

I hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi Daniel,

I'm leaving for Japan tomorrow morning and thus cannot wait for the pass to be shipped to me. Is there anywhere within Tokyo that I would be able to prove American citizenship and purchase the pass inside the country?

kimbo3333
kimbo3333

Hi again,

It's is only possible to buy the JR Pass outside of Japan. We could however ship it to your Adress/ Hotel in Tokyo gives that you place the order before you leave for Japan. Shipping to Japan takes 3 working days but I think this would be okay as your plan to visit Kyoto/Osaka is after the 5th of August.

If you wish to make use of this service - please email us directly at support@jrpass.com, so we can help you in a more personal manner.

Best Wishes,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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