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7-day or 14-day JR Pass for our 15 day trip?

about 12 years ago
2 responses

Hi, you seem to have all the answers so hopefully you can help :)

My boyfriend and I are doing a 15-day trip to Japan in the middle of this year. The (train) itinerary is:

24th June:
Narita Airport > Tokyo

25th - 29th June:
Various trips around Tokyo
Tokyo > Nikko > Tokyo

30th June:
Tokyo > Kyoto

1st - 4th July:
Various trips around Kyoto
Kyoto > Hiroshima > Kyoto
Kyoto > Kobe > Kyoto
Kyoto > Osaka > Kyoto

5th July:
Kyoto > Tokyo

6th - 7th July:
Various trips around Tokyo

8th July
Tokyo > Narita Airport

Would you recommend a 7-day or 14-day JR pass for us? Would a 14-day pass be worth it?

Thank you so much!

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about 12 years ago

Hi there, for a 14 day pass to be worth it you have to aim to spend over ¥45,100 on individual rail tickets. Lets take a look at your itinerary:

  1. Narita airport terminal 1 > Tokyo: ¥2940, (62mins, 79km)
  2. Tokyo > Nikko: ¥5430, (121mins, 150km)
  3. Nikko > Tokyo: ¥5430, (117mins, 150km)
  4. Tokyo > Kyoto: ¥13220, (165mins, 513km)
  5. Kyoto > Hiroshima: ¥10790, (109mins, 380km)
  6. Hiroshima > Kyoto: ¥10790, (126mins, 380km)
  7. Kyoto > Kobe(hyogo): ¥1050, (56mins, 75km)
  8. Kobe(hyogo) > Kyoto: ¥1050, (55mins, 75km)
  9. Kyoto > Osaka: ¥540, (28mins, 42km)
  10. Osaka > Kyoto: ¥540, (29mins, 42km)
  11. Kyoto > Tokyo: ¥13220, (161mins, 513km)
  12. Tokyo > Narita airport terminal 1: ¥2940, (58mins, 79km)

TOTAL: ¥67940 for 12 legs

I've not included travel around Tokyo in this calculation, but you could perhaps increase the total by around ¥1000 if you plan on using JR lines in Tokyo.

As you can see you are planning on at least ¥67,940 worth of travel on this trip, making a 14 day rail pass well worth it. In total a 14 day japan rail pass will give you a saving of around ¥20,000 per person. As the 14 day rail pass won't cover one of your Tokyo<>Narita legs, I recommend you activate your JR Pass on the second day in Japan (25th) that should cover you right up until you leave.

To get into Tokyo from Narita on arrival, you should purchase a [Narita Express & Suica prepaid metro card deal] for ¥3,500 when you get to Japan. This gives you the Narita Express to Tokyo trip (normally ¥2940), and also a Tokyo Metro travel card (suica type) precharged with ¥1500 (normally costs ¥2000). This combined offer will mean you make a good saving on travel inside Tokyo as the metro is sometimes the most convenient way to travel. Also, the prepaid card is really the most convenient way to use the metro system over standard metro tickets. With ¥1500 for metro travel and free JR travel you should be all set!

Hope this helps!

2 posts
about 12 years ago

Thank you so much for that! Very helpful :)

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