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Should I get a JR rail pass for time in Tokyo?

3 months ago
2 responses

Hi, Thank you for hosting this forum and answering my questions. It is very reassuring to have this resource to get clear and correct answers. I am traveling to Japan for the first time.

My itinerary
11-Apr Central Tokyo
16-Apr Urayasu Tokyo Bay
22-Apr Fujikawaguchiko (local line off of JR/Chuo/Ostuki)
25-Apr Mt Kaikoma (Ote, local line)
26-Apr Matsumoto
28-Apr Kanazawa
1-May Kyoto
4-May Osaka
8-May Tokyo
13-May Leave Tokyo

As you can see, I will spend a lot of time in Tokyo, and I will travel to a couple of locations that will require travel on local lines, not JR.

What JR rail pass would you recommend, and for how many days?

532 posts
3 months ago

Hi there,

You'll save money if you purchase your tickets individually, specifically for your instance. You'll be staying in Japan for a long time and you won't be making very frequent train journey's in relation to the days you'll be staying, so it's a better option to individually book your tickets.

Since you are spending a lot of time in Tokyo, I would recommend purchasing a Suica prepaid card for use on the metro and bus network. Info on this can be found here.

Kind regards,


2 posts
3 months ago

Thank you, that is very helpful! Deb

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