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Difference of JP Rail Pass and National/Regional Pass

FKJ23
FKJ23
12 months ago
2 responses

Hello Community!

My partner and I will betraveling in Japan from May 19th - June 3rd and cannot figure out the difference between these 2 ticket options:

https://www.jrpass.com/buy-the-japan-rail-pass-online

and

"National Pass" https://www.jrpass.com/regional-passes/national#regional_pass_type

Also, are local metro, busses etc. included in the JP rail pass or are regional passed needed in addition?

We have a rough plan to travel as follows:
Late arrival in Tokyo on May 19th
Osaka on May 20th - 26th (incl. Nara & Koyosan)
May 26 Kyoto
May 28th or 29th back to Tokyo with a pitstop during the day in Kanazawa

We appreciate some clarification and welcome any tips and suggestions.

Cheers,
Fabio & Kaela

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Daniel-san
18802 posts
12 months ago
Expert

Hi there,

This is the same option - it is listed together with the regional passes in case you want to buy a variety of passes at once.

The JR Pass includes all JR lines nationwide, both local and the high speed bullet train lines.

Transport run by other companies, such as the Metro or municipality bus are not included. For your trip, nearly all your travel is covered, that includes travel between cities like Tokyo and Kyoto. Only Koya-san does not some extra travel, see: Koya-san.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

FKJ23
FKJ23
2 posts
11 months ago

Hello Daniel,
Thank you very much for clarifying!
Best wishes,
F&K


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