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jr pass for around tokyo and to shizuoka japan?

JR pass for around Tokyo and to Shizuoka Japan?


I was hope to receive feedback on my trip regarding the use of a 14 day JR Pass.

My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Japan in mid August and we are stuck debating on buying a JR Pass because we will be staying in Tokyo for about 7 days, visiting major Tokyo Districts and Tokyo Disney. For the rest of the trip, we will be heading to a different prefecture, Shizuoka Japan.

My major concern is that JR passes are useful for traveling to different areas in Japan, like far travel to Kyoto or Osaka, as oppose to directly within Tokyo limits.

Although the JR Pass will be helpful to get to Shizuoka, I am concerned that using this pass may not be very helpful within Tokyo because we may not be able to go to other parts of Tokyo, since the JR line is not accessible, such as going to Tokyo Sky Tree, Asakusa, and other places.

What do you guys think? Is getting the pass worth it?

Thanks in advance for your feedback :]


You are most likely correct in that you probably would not break even, if not traveling far. In your case, getting a (or 2, or 3) JR Kanto Area Passes would save you more money and serve you just fine. But it also depends on where exactly in Shizuoka you plan to go.

Best of luck.


If you do in fact go with the JR Kanto Area Pass, you could rack up some huge savings. Three days or so is generally enough to see a lot of the best of Tokyo anyways. Some other great places you could visit are some hot springs, and Kusatsu in Gunma is one popular place. Karuizawa is another great place to visit, as well as escape the crushing heat and humidity in August. The Izu Peninsula and Shimoda is another great area, and all 3 are easily reached and you can save a ton on rail fares.
Some other places to visit in the area are Yokohama, Kamakura/Enoshima, Mt. Takao, Nokogiriyama in Chiba, and Kawagoe.

In Tokyo a few of the best places to see are the Tsukiji Fish Market, plus the site that every last tourist goes to see, the Sensoji Temple. If you are in Tokyo on a Sunday afternoon, be sure to go visit Harajuku to see the youth with their wild fashions. Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park are next to it and well worth seeing also. And be sure not to miss the Shibuya Hachiko intersection especially on a weekend when it looks like half the city is crossing the street all at once.

If you can, try to find a little time to see the Japanese themselves. Go visit a Japanese supermarket and see what people typically eat. Look through a park and watch the Japanese kids play. Learn about the history of some of the places you visit before your departure - it will give your trip so much more meaning.


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