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Japan trip 4th - 14th Dec (11 days)

over 2 years ago
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I had already planned for a trip to japan with 4 adults + 2 kids but is now deciding whether getting a JR pass is worth while since i understand JR does not serve many of the city internal private railway. i tried working out the cost by searching through Hyperdia on the time and cost for each ticket. i have work out the full trip transport itinerary as below, on the train station which we will be stopping by. it came out as the cost that will be covered by JR train is approx Yen$104,340, however getting a JR pass is Yen$126,225. Those area not covered within JR will cost Yen$99,630.

I also intend to get a open top bus unlimited ride for 2 days within tokyo ,since many of the area in Tokyo that we will be going is also covered within the open top bus route. so i can skip the trains within tokyo and just travel around via the bus since its unlimited ride and one of the stops is at odaiba where our hotel is. it will be slightly more exp than taking the train, but for unlimited ride which allow us to get off and on at all station will seem to be a advantage and worth the money.

Appreciate if you can advice if its still worth to get a JR pass, especially on my calculation based on the train stn that i be stopping as below.

Thank you in advance for your previous feedback.

4-Dec-15 Haneda airport to Keiyu Exinn hotel By airport limousine coach service.
4-Dec-15 Shinagawa to Shin-Yokohama (going to ramen museum)
4-Dec-15 Shin-yokohama to Minatomirai Train
4-Dec-15 Minatomirai to Shinagawa (back to hotel)
5-Dec-15 Shinagawa to Nagoya (going to Nagoya and stay for 3 days) Train
5-Dec-15 Nagoya to Yabacho (visit science museum & shopping at matsuzakaya)
5-Dec-15 Yabacho to Nagoya (back to hotel) Train
6-Dec-15 Nagoya to Uenoshi (going to the ninja museum at Iga, Uenoshi)
6-Dec-15 Uenoshi to Nagoya (going back to nagoya hotel) Train
7-Dec-15 Nagoya Kinjofuto (travel to train museum)
7-Dec-15 Kinjofuto to Nagoya (back to nagoya hotel) Train
8-Dec-15 Nagoya to Odawara (travel to hakone)
8-Dec-15 Odawara Bus stn to Kowakien Hotel (stay 1 night at hakone to try hot tub) Travel by bus at odawara stn to hotel
9-Dec-15 Kowakien Hotel to Odawara stn (going back to tokyp)
Travel by bus at hotel to odawara stn
9-Dec-15 Odawara to Tokyo Kokusai-Tenjijo (our hotel is at odaiba, closest train station is kokusai-tenjijo) Train
9-Dec-15 Kokusai-Tenjijo to Akihabara (visit electric town)
9-Dec-15 Akihabara to Kokusai-Tenjijo (back to hotel) Train
10-Dec-15 Hotel to Disneyland
The hotel provides free coach service to disneyland
11-Dec-15 Hotel to Tsukiji fish market Travel by Taxi since we are visiting the fish market early in the morning at 5am. and quite far to walk from nearest train stn to the fish market.
11-Dec-15 Tsukiji to Kyobashi (visit meiji cafe)
11-Dec-15 Kyobashi to Ueno ( visit the zoo and ueno park)Train
11-Dec-15 Ueno to Skytree (to skytree)
11-Dec-15 Skytree Kokusai-Tenjijo (back to hotel) Train
12-Dec-15 Kokusai-Tenjijo Tokyo Teleport
12-Dec-15 Tokyo Teleport Kokusai-Tenjijo *Train
13-Dec -15 Free and easy + souvenier
14 Dec 15 back to singapore.

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over 2 years ago
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Hello there,

I think the best option for your itinerary would simply be to buy tickets as you go. The JR Pass works best if you travel between different regions in Japan. A classic example is making a return Tokyo - Kyoto using the Shinkansen. This costs about the same price as a normal 7 day JR Pass. In your itinerary the most distance you will travel is Tokyo - Nagoya in one go. This simply is not far enough to a point where you can make savings with the JR Pass.

Hope this helps,

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