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is JR pass worthwhile for this itinerary

9 months ago
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We are 4 adults travelling in Japan for roughly 2 weeks - wondering if JR pass worthwhile? Also does the pass work within Tokyo and Kyoto city or is it better to buy a separate train/subway pass for the time spent in Tokyo, and time in Kyoto - any suggestions how to do this?

Three people will be in Tokyo for 2 nights, one person will be in Tokyo for 1 night before we meet up to start travelling as below:

Day 1 (with all four people) Tokyo to
Karuizawa 3 nights
Hakone 3 nights
Kanazawa 3 nights
Kyoto 4 nights
then fly out from Osaka Kansai International airport Day 14


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9 months ago
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Hi there,

I tried to match a JR Pass to your itinerary but must say that it is quite hard. I think the best option would be to use normal tickets or possibly look at using a Hokuriku Arch Ticket. Let us know if you wish to buy one and we will start the process.

The most expensive routes are Hakone - Kanazawa and Kanazawa to Kyoto.

Hope this helps,

2 posts
9 months ago

Hi Daneil,

Would you be able to clarify which part of my itinerary can we use the hokuriku arch ticket?
How soon before arriving in Japan should I buy? We are travelling in Oct.

Also is there a pass similar to JR pass for tokyo /kyoto for the 3-4 days we are in each of these cities?



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