questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

using jr pass or not

using JR Pass or not

Hi,

I am confusing if I should buy JR PAss 7 days plus JR Sapporo 5 days / 4 days flexible or just buy individual ticket with the schedule attached :

Day I Narita Nagano
Day 2 Nagano - MAtsumoto - Tokyo
Day 3 Tokyo - Narita - Chitose - Tomamu
Day 4 Tomamu – Obihiro (JR Pass)
Day 5 Obihiro – Kushiro (JR Pass)
Day 6 Kushiro Lake Akan (By Bus)
Day 7 Lake Akan – Kitami (by shuttle bus), then Kitami – Abashiri (JR Pass)
Day 8 Abashiri – Asahikawa (JR Pass)
Day 9Asahikawa – Sapporo (JR Pass)
Day 10 Sapporo otaru (JR Pass)
Day 11 Sapporo & flight back

JR Pass 7 days costs JPY 29,110 + JR Hokkaido 5 days / 4 days flexible JPY 22,000 so if i buy both of it, the costs will high.

Thanks before

Chrisian

ChrisianDior
ChrisianDior

Hi Christian,

I was looking trough your itinerary to find the best option(s) for your trip. I think the best option would be to use a 7 day Hokkaido pass for your trip, because most of your travel is in Hokkaido.

Alternatively you could look at using a 14 day JR Pass for your entire trip and also cover travel to Nagano and Matsumoto with it.

Hope this helps and happy travels,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hai Daniel,

Thanks for your prompt reply..

Is JR Hokaido 7 days cover travel to nagano and matsumoto too?

Why you advise me to using JR Pass 14 days not 7 days JR Pass and 4 days Hokaido Pass? JR Pass 14 days costs JPY 46,390 more expensive than JR PAss 7 days + 5 days Hokaido.

Thanks for your help.

Chrisian

ChrisianDior
ChrisianDior

Hi Christian,

A 5 day JR Hokkaido Pass is 22,000 + 29,110 = 51,110 while a 14 day JR Pass is 46,390. So the latter would be cheaper.

The Hokkaido Pass is only valid within Hokkaido, so I am afraid Nagano and Matsumoto are not included. Therefor I think the JR Pass would be the better option.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi Daniel,

JR Pass JPY 46,390 is very expensive.

If i buy individual ticket for the first 4 day, the costs would be :
Narita Nagano JR Pass 2 hrs 58 min 5240
Nagano Matsumoto Tokyo JR Pass 75 min + 3 hrs 20 min 6140
CTS Tomamu JR Pass 88 min 2160
Tomamu Obihiro JR Pass 60 min 1450

                                                                    14.990 

So if we buy 7 days Hokaido and for the first 4 day we buy individual ticket, is it cheaper than 14 days JR Pass?

Thanks before
Chrisian

ChrisianDior
ChrisianDior

Hi Christian,

From where to you get the fares to Nagano? If I look it up using www.hyperdia.com I find ¥ 10,980 for Narita Airport - Nagano and Matsumoto - Tokyo ¥ 6,900.

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Daniel-san
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Hi Daniel,

I look it up using hyperdia, but without reserved seats. Is there any option cheaper go to nagano and matsumoto without JR Pass?

I arrived Narita at 2 pm and will go directly to Nagano and stay there 1 night, is the schedule okay?
and the day after, in the morning will do jigokudani for snow monkey and after that go to matsumoto and then back to tokyo and the day after we fly to chitose early in the morning.
Is that okay?

waiting for your reply soon...

Chrisian

ChrisianDior
ChrisianDior

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