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wsheard1993
wsheard1993
2 months ago
3 responses

Hi, wondering if anyone can help advise what we should buy? Thanks in advance !!

We are coming to Japan, landing at Tokyo Narita on 20th September, staying 1 night in Tokyo and flying from Haneda airport to Sapporo on 21st September.

We will be in Sapporo until 24th September and plan on doing a day trip to Otaru in this time. On 24th September we are flying back to Haneda and then staying in Tokyo until 28th September.

On 28th September we are planning on taking the train to Kyoto, where we will stay until 1st October. We plan on doing a day trip to Hiroshima in this time.

On 1st October we are planning on taking the train to Nara, staying there until 3rd October, then getting the train to Kobe.

We plan on spending 1 night in Kobe then getting the train back to Tokyo on 4th October, and fly home to London from Narita airport on 5th October.

So we are technically in Japan for 16 days and unsure if the 14 day pass is the best way to go, but when we should activate it. Or the 21 day pass? Or if we should get the 7 day pass and activate it when we go to Kyoto on 28th?

Seems like alot of different ways we could do it but don't know what would be best for cost and ease!

Thanks!

Will

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Daniel-san
15362 posts
2 months ago
Expert

Hi Will,

Since you are flying to and forth from Sapporo, I would start using a rail pass once you get on the Shinkansen. This would be when you travel to Kyoto. Starting from this day, you could simply use a 7-day JR Pass and return to Tokyo by the last day of its validity.

Outside of this 7-day period, you don't seem to cover a lot of miles using rail, so it generally makes sense to just buy local tickets then.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

wsheard1993
wsheard1993
3 posts
about 2 months ago

Thank you Daniel, this is very helpful! We will get our JR Pass booked shortly.
Does the JR pass cover local transport in say Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Hiroshima? Or would we buy separate travel tickets in each city?
Best,
Will

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Daniel-san
15362 posts
about 2 months ago
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Hi Will,

The JR Pass will get you to all these cities and covers travel on local JR lines as well in each city. In Hiroshima, you can also use the local tourism sightseeing bus and the ferry to Miyajima.

Other travel such as the Hiroshima tram or Tokyo metro is not covered.

Hope this helps,
Daniel


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