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first time to japan - suggestions on rail expenses

First Time to Japan - suggestions on Rail Expenses

I am traveling with my teenage daughter to Japan for a 10-day trip and I am considering using the 7-day JR Pass. The following is our tentative itinerary:
* We arrive at Haneda Airport, travel to Tokyo for 1 day. * Travel from Tokyo to Osaka

*From Osaka we plan to conduct short trips to Kyoto (2 days)
* short trip to Nara 1 day
 * travel around Osaka, perhaps on bus (1 day)

Depart Osaka to Mt. Fuji / Hakone area Depart Hakone region to Tokyo - stay in Tokyo for 2 days. *Return to Haneda airport for departure.

Also, I don't see any passes for travel to/from Haneda airport - only Narita. Does such a pass exist? Thank you for your assistance.


Hi there!

To get a handle on the expenses for your trip, lets take a look at your costs:

  1. Tokyo > Osaka: ¥13550, (194mins, 556km)
  2. Osaka > Kyoto: ¥540, (29mins, 42km)
  3. Kyoto > Osaka: ¥540, (28mins, 42km)
  4. Osaka > Nara: ¥780, (59mins, 48km)
  5. Nara > Osaka: ¥780, (55mins, 48km)
  6. Osaka > Odawara: ¥12070, (159mins, 472km)
  7. Odawara > Tokyo: ¥1450, (36mins, 83km)

TOTAL: ¥29710 for 7 legs

As you can see, you'll make a small savings of ¥1410 with a 7 day rail pass (¥28,300), however to ideally make the most savings you should return to Tokyo within the 7 day period. While the savings are only slight, any further JR travel is totally free so you'll have the opportunity to change your plans, such as visiting Hiroshima/Miyajima while in Kyoto, or Nikko while in Tokyo.

Please note that to explore Hakone you'll need to purchase some separate tickets as the train system there is not operated by JR. For Hakone I recommend the Hakone Free Pass.

As far as Haneda airport is concerned, trasport to Haneda via the Tokyo Monorail is 100% free for JR Pass holders, however is only a small charge of around ¥500 for the ticket as Haneda is much closer to Tokyo than Narita.

You can look up train timetables and costs for all of your legs at the Hyperdia travel planning website and learn how to use Hyperdia for Japan Rail Pass holders through our video blog.

Hope this helps!

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