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Will take only three train trips; cheaper to buy separate train tickets or pass?

Kasia Riding
Kasia Riding
over 1 year ago
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Dear Admin,

We are a family of two adults and two kids (8 and 13). We will soon need to travel to these destinations in Japan:

Osaka to Kyoto on August 10, 2018. Our plane lands in Osaka at 17:50 so we will need a train in the evening.

Kyoto to Tanabe on August 13 in the morning.

Katsuura to Tokyo August 19 in the morning

Will it be cheaper for us to buy the Japanese rail pass in advance or should we simply buy tickets at the train stations?

I have read that train tickets are bought at train stations, not online. Is there a danger of us not being able to get a place on our preferred train if we leave it to the last minute?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,
Kasia Riding

16455 posts
over 1 year ago

Hi Kasia Riding,

It will be cheaper to buy normal tickets on this route. Trains rarely sell out but do so in periods of national holidays. It is better to reserve your seats 1-2 days in advance if you want to be a specific train though on a normal day you will likely still be able to get tickets..

Hope this helps,

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