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Not sure whether to get JR Pass or not

almost 4 years ago
2 responses

Hi there! Please help me to decide whether or not I should get the JR Pass.
I will be heading to Osaka, Kyoto and Nara for 8 days and I'm not sure which JR Pass I should get and if I should even get one.
My 2 options are:
- 2 Haruka train airport transfer tickets - Rest of travel using ICOCA card or
- 4 days JR Kansai Area pass -4 days using ICOCA card -1 Haruka train airport transfer ticket (for last day when leaving Japan)

My itinerary is:
Day 1: Arrive in Osaka at night so going directly back to hotel to sleep
Day 2: Going to Wazuka (Not sure if JR Kansai area Pass can be covered here?)
Day 3-5: Around Kyoto
Day 6: Osaka
Day 7: Kyoto
Day 8: Leaving Japan (so we need a Haruka train ticket here)

Would really appreciate some advice as I am really confused and not sure what I should do! Thank you!

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almost 4 years ago

Hi there,

All your travel is very local and within the Kansai Area. The Haruka is basically the only significant expense and you would not even need to use this for travel into Osaka.

I think I would just buy an ICOCA card upon arrival and use that to travel your fares when traveling around.

Kind regards,

2 posts
almost 4 years ago

Hi Daniel,

Thank you for your reply! Yes I think I will do that. Thanks!

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