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Jr Pass and Car Rental

SGubina89
SGubina89
almost 2 years ago
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Hello,

I am looking to travel to Japan for 2 weeks. My husband and I usually rent a car when we travel as we like to make our way around a country on our own time and see the sights, stopping along the way. However, my daughter recently spent three weeks in Japan and made full use of a 21 day JR Pass. She was very adamant that it was an essential travel tool for her and her boyfriend.

I wanted to know your opinion if it would make sense to get a JR Pass, and if car rental is a good option in Japan. If yes, would it still make more sense to use a JR Pass in certain parts of the country as the mode of transport rather than renting a car in those areas? We want to try and see as much of the country as possible in the most time efficient way, but also in a way that allows us to take in the sights.

So I suppose my main concern is: Is it cost effective to rent a car for more remote areas of the country, and get a JR Pass for more populated and accessible areas?

Thank You

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Daniel-san
12268 posts
almost 2 years ago
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Hello there,

If there's any rail country in the world, it is Japan. Trains can get you anywhere and this is for me personally the reason that I've not done a lot of car travel in Japan. So I must say that I can't really give you an objective comparison. However I do recommend reading more about driving in Japan, for instance you travel on the left side, there are a lot of toll high ways and finding a parking space and be a challenge too.

Can I ask what remote area's you plan to visit? This way I can give you a better idea of trains or other transport work best there.

Hope this helps,
Daniel


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