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confirm that 7-day JR pass is worth it?

almost 13 years ago
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Hi all,

Need help to confirm that a JR pass will be useful for the following itinerary:

  • Day 1 - reach Tokyo am
  • Day 2 - Tokyo
  • Day 3 - Tokyo - Kyoto
  • Day 4 - Kyoto
  • Day 5 - Kyoto (day trip to Nara)
  • Day 6 - Kyoto - Hiroshima - Miyajima
  • Day 7 - Miyajima - Tokyo
  • Day 8 - Tokyo - day trip to Nikko
  • Day 9 - Tokyo - day trip to Hakone
  • Day 10 to 12 - Tokyo

Still considering to go Kyoto on Day 2 or 3? In both cases, a 7-day JR pass is ok right?
Thanks in advance!

1950 posts
almost 13 years ago

Hi there,

Yes, looking at your itinerary on Hyperdia train planner you'll save a lot by using the Japan Rail Pass. The main costs for your trip will be on the following legs based on starting your rail pass on day 3:

  • Tokyo > Kyoto: ¥13,420
  • Kyoto > Hiroshima: ¥10,990
  • Hiroshima > Tokyo: ¥18,250
  • Tokyo <> Nikko: ¥11,260 (return)
  • Tokyo <> Hakone(odawara): ¥7680 (return)

So the calculation to make is:

Ticket prices (¥51,600) - 7 day Japan Rail Pass (¥28,300) = ¥23,300 saving with the JR Pass

(I didn't include minor travel like local trains to/from Nara and the ferry to/from Miyajima - they are free with the JR Pass).

About which day you plan to go to Kyoto, I'd probably do the same and go to Kyoto on Day 3 to maximise the value of the Rail Pass with your Hakone trip. You'll also need time to recover from the flight in, so waiting to Day 3 to begin your exploring makes a lot of sense.

Hope this helps!


2 posts
almost 13 years ago

Dear Mari,

Appreciate your prompt reply very much, I will go and buy the JR pass tomorrow! :)

Thank you!

1950 posts
almost 13 years ago

No problem! Enjoy your trip!

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