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NPKeeks
NPKeeks
over 1 year ago
3 responses

Hello,

We are travelling from Vancouver, Canada and looking to spend 14-15 days in Japan this spring.
We (husband and I) will be flying into Narita then spending 4-5 days in Tokyo (side trip to Mt Fuji I hope) then Kyoto for 4 days (side trip to Osaka I hope) then Maybe Himeji on the way to Hiroshima and Miyajima for 4 days before returning to Tokyo.
Would a 14 day pass be good? Can the passes be used for travel to and from the airport? Can the passes be used for city transit (subway, bus, etc).

Thank so much.
Kyra

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Daniel-san
16041 posts
over 1 year ago
Expert

Hi Kyra,

A 14 day JR Pass is a good option with travel to Kyoto, Hiroshima and elsewhere. Transport from the airport is included, as well as the urban JR Network around Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. Other transport like the subway is run by other companies and not included.

You can use the bullet train to access most cities, like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Himeji and Hiroshima. The JR Pass also covers the route sight seeing buses in Hiroshima and ferry to Miyajima.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

NPKeeks
NPKeeks
3 posts
over 1 year ago

Daniel,

Thank you!
Turns out we will be staying 16 days and 15 nights as follows:
-April 25-30 Tokyo -April 30-may 1 Takayama -May 1-5 Kyoto+Nara -May 5-7 Osaka -May 7-10 Himeji, Hiroshima, & Miyajima -May 10 Home to Vancouver I am wondering if we buy a 14 day pass what do you reccomend for the first two days (needs to include airport transfer).
Lastly, travelling from Hiroshima to Narita using our pass on May 10 (our flight leaves at 1600 so aiming for noon arrival) what train route do we use (I keep getting nozomi schedules which don't work with our pass )

Thank you so much for all the help!!
Kyra

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Daniel-san
16041 posts
over 1 year ago
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Hi there,

In that case make sure you cover the longer and most expensive routes with your JR Pass.

Going from Hiroshima to Narita Airport is indeed a long route, so leave very early. First take the Shinkansen from Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka. There transfer to the Hikari to Tokyo and lastly, from Tokyo to Narita Airport use the Narita Express.

An example route can be found here.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

NPKeeks
NPKeeks
3 posts
over 1 year ago

Thank you Daniel.

Given my itinerary is it still worth buying a pass? We planned to use it for all travel from Tokyo to Hiroshima then for our return to Narita.
What do you recommend for the first two days (narita to shinjuku and in tokyo)?

Thank you again, this forum is an excellent help!!
Kyra

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Daniel-san
16041 posts
over 1 year ago
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Hi Kyra,

You could just buy normal tickets for the first 2 days, as travel around Tokyo is not very expensive. Using a Suica card can make life very convenient. It is a card you charge money on. Then every time money is deducted when you travel and you no longer have to buy normal tickets or worry about the correct amount etc.

Hope this helps,
Daniel


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