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Is the JR Pass suitable for Tokyo to Kyoto itinerary

over 4 years ago
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Thank you for you clear and helpful advice in your various articles.
My wife and I are arriving in Narita airport on the 16 Nov 2015. We would very much appreciate your advice on whether getting the JR pass (7-14 days) for the following itinerary is better than getting a Keisei Skyliner combined with 3 days Tokyo Subway ticket, individual train tickets and Kansai Thru Pass.
Tokyo for 3 nights.
Train to Takayama/Gokayama/Kanazawa 3 nights.
Train to Kyoto/local sights/Himeji for 5 nights.
Train from Kyoto to Kawayu Onsen 2 nights.
Boat from Taisha Hongu to Shingu 1 night
Shingu to Osaka area 2 nights
Airport on 2 Dec 2015

Apologies for the complexity.
Thank you very much

16455 posts
over 4 years ago

Hi there,

In an itinerary like yours, it is best to look at ticket prices you would pay without a JR Pass and see if you can make savings with a JR Pass. Below is a quick list of ticket prices for rail travel:

Tokyo - Takayama ¥ 16,230
(Assuming here that you will use to bus to Kanazawa via Gokayama) Kanazawa - Kyoto ¥ 7,100
Kyoto - Himeji ¥ 10,940 (return, using the Shinkansen)
Kyoto - Kawayu is also traveled by bus.
Shingu - Osaka ¥ ¥ 11,720 with JR / ¥ 8,260 with JR and Nankai

Looking at your itinerary, a lot of transport is also done using other transport than JR and it looks like that you would not be able to make savings if you get a JR Pass for the entire trip. Still you could consider a 7 day JR Pass for Tokyo - Takayama and Kanazawa - Kyoto, Kyoto - Himeji return. This would give you nice savings and even better ones if my assumption is not right and you plan on taking the train from Takayama - Kanazawa.

Hope this helps,

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