questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

which day i shall activate my jr pass (7 days)

which day i shall activate my JR pass (7 days)


I'm gonna take 10 days 9 nights trip to Japan.

1st day, narita -> Tokyo
5 th day, Tokyo -> Kyoto
8th day, Kyoto -> osaca
10th day, osaca -> osaca KICK airport

I wanna buy a 7days JR PASS, in which day it's better for me to
Activate my JR pass? the rest day I buy regular tickets?

Thank you so much for your suggestions ~



Hi Vivien,

The JRPass is great if you do multiple long distance trips or visit different areas in Japan. For instance a 7 day JR Pass is about the same price as a return Osaka/Kyoto - Tokyo. However your long distance travel is limited to one way Tokyo - Kyoto, so I do think that it would be best just to buy normal tickets for your travel.

I would recommend getting a Suica + NEX package for your travel from Narita Airport to Tokyo. This will give you a greatly discounted ticket on the Narita Express and a also gives you a prepaid travel card (Suica card) which you can use to pay for your travel in and around Tokyo/Osaka.

I hope this helps!


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