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whether or not jr pass is required for our itineary

Whether or not JR pass is required for our Itineary

Hi there!

We have the following itinerary (with the possible transportation options based on our research) and would like to check if we should purchase a 7 day JR pass. We would appreciate if you could advise us if JR pass would be beneficial in respect of our itinerary. Thanks!

1 - 3 July (Osaka)
From ITX Airport to Shin Osaka Station
- Transportation: Osaka International Airport North Terminal 3 South Terminal 13 – purchase tickets at ticket vending machine, take airport limousine to Shin Osaka (Fare: 500 yen, Duration: 30 min, Frequency: every 20 min)

3-6 July(Kyoto)
1) From Osaka to Kyoto
- Take JR Rapid Express via Tokaido Line (Fare: 560 yen, Duration: 25 min, covered by JR pass) OR - Shinkansen via Tokaido Line (Fare: 1,420 yen, Duration: 15 min, covered by JR pass except Nozomi)

2) From Kyoto station to Tokufuji station
- Take JR Nara Line (Fare: 140 yen, Duration: 2min, covered by JR pass)

6-7 July (Hakone)

1) From Tokufuji to Kyoto station
- Take JR Nara Line (Fare: 140 yen, Duration: 2min, covered by JR pass)

2) From Kyoto station to Odawara station
- Take Shinkansen (Hikari preferably) to Odawara station (Fare: 11750 yen, Duration: 2 hours, Frequency: 2- 5 hours, covered by JR pass)

3) From Odawara station to Hakone Yumoto (15 min)
- Buy Hakone free pass at free zone (2 day free pass, 4000 yen)

7 -11 July (Tokyo)

1) From Hakone Yumoto to Odawara
2) From Odawara to Shinjuku/ Tokyo
- Take Shinkansen via JR Tokaido line (Fare: 3,500 yen, Duration: 30 min, fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, but not covered by the JR Tokyo Wide Area Pass, JRhttp://www.jrpass.com/forum/topics/general-japan-travel/posts/new# East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass). - Take Yamanote line from Tokyo to Shinjuku (Duration: 22 min) OR - Take Odakyu Limited Express Romance train to Shinjuku (Fare: 2080 yen, Duration: 1hr 25 min, not covered by JR pass)

Regards
Li Rong

lirong
lirong

Hi Li Rong,

You've already done your research very well. Looking at the route that you will travel, I advise using normal tickets for your route as their cost is below the cost of the JR Pass. You can check ticket prices for yourself here: www.jrpass.com/farecalculator

The rest looks very nice! Enjoy your trip.
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi Daniel-san

Thanks for your prompt reply! We will check out the link provided.

Regards
Li Rong

lirong
lirong

Hi Daniel-san

Can I check with you if there is a need to buy tickets/ reserve a seat for inter-city trains (eg Kyoto to odawara, etc)?

Regards
Li Rong

lirong
lirong

Hi there,

Reservations are recommended but not required. You can always take a non-reserved seat, however I feel it to be more relaxed to have a reservations beforehand.

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Daniel-san
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