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using the jr pass to travel from kansai international airport to osaka

using the jr pass to travel from kansai international airport to osaka

Hi there,

Atm I am spending two and a half weeks in japan flying into osaka on Feb 20 and out from tokyo on March 8. My current travel itinerary includes covering osaka, kyoto and nara first and then taking the train up to tokyo. I am currently contemplating getting either the 7 day or 14 day rail pass. I'd like to spend at least the last week of my trip in tokyo so am trying to work out if it would be more economical to buy the 7 or 14 day pass for the first half of my journey.

I was just thinking it would depend on when I decide to activate my jr pass. I just wanted to know if I did activate it on Feb 20, is it possible to use the jr pass to travel from kansai international airport into osaka?

cheers for any help you can give!

stumpyoranje
stumpyoranje

Hi there,

With your current itinerary it may be better to simply my the tickets as you go.
You can use the pass to travel from Kansai Airport though,

Here is a breakdown of ticket prices:
Kansai Airport -> Osaka ¥ 1,160
Osaka --> Kyoto ¥ 540
Kyoto --> Nara ¥690
Nara --> Tokyo ¥ 13,850

For a total of 16,240 the 7 Day Jr-pass is 28,300 so you would not cover the price with your current itinerary. What you could do is make a side trip to Hiroshima for instance.

Hope this helps,
-Daniel

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Daniel-san
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thanks so much for the speedy reply Daniel-san!

just two last questions, is there a Japanese website that I can check the train times/fares?

and lastly, if I decide to add extra stops and end up ordering the JR pass when is the latest date I can order it and expect it to arrive in good time before I go? Im getting it delivered to Sydney and Im leaving for Japan on Mon 18 Feb so wondering when the absolute latest i could leave it for delivery?

stumpyoranje
stumpyoranje

Hi there,

Even better there is an English website!
Hyperdia we also have a great blog post of how to use it.

The dispatch takes takes 3 working days to reach Australia. However if you have the luxury of time I would order at least a week before, this way you are sure to have the pass on time. The latest I would order would be on Tue 5th of Feb.

Have a great time in Japan,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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