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Tokyo>>Yokohama>>Hakone>>Kyoto>>Osaka

juds
juds
over 5 years ago
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I'm going to be in Japan for 9 days...btw Nov 3 and leaving Nov 12. I was thinking of getting a 7 day pass...but not sure which one to get JR East/West/or the General JR pass.

I'll be arriving on Sat night in Narita, so maybe taking the train to hotel. Next morning i plan to go to Yokohama for day trip and then back to Tokyo. The following day i plan to go to Hakone (I think I'm going to get the Hakone free pass which means i can take the bus there instead of the JR rail). Will spend a night, and leave the following afternoon to Kyoto..i think i will stay there for 2night/3days. From there i plan to go to Osaka for a night and then travel back to Tokyo.

So what is the best option for me? Should i get a general JR pass or just a JR west?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Thanks.

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mari
1951 posts
over 5 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi there!

For your travel between Tokyo and Osaka the only rail pass that will cover both these zones is the nationwide JR Pass.
Lets take a look at your JR costs to see if a 7 day JR Pass is worthwhile. Please note I have assumed you will use a Hakone Free Pass from Odawara rather than Tokyo as the JR Pass will get your there:

  1. Tokyo > Odawara: ¥3,840 (35mins, 83km)
  2. Odawara > Kyoto: ¥11,950 (160mins, 429km)
  3. Kyoto > Osaka: ¥540 (28mins, 42km)
  4. Osaka > Tokyo: ¥13,950 (194mins, 556km)

JR ticket cost: ¥30,280 for 4 legs

As you can see, with a 7 day pass you'll make a small saving of ¥1980 vs normal tickets. As you'll also have full JR travel freedom during this period to add on extra travel I think on balance I would recommend the JR Pass for you. You can use the JR pass extensively in Tokyo , so could make further savings this way for example.

Hope this helps!

juds
juds
2 posts
over 5 years ago

What if we're not going to osaka...just tokyo>>yokohama>>tokyo>>>hakone>kyoto?

Also with the JR pass could we still get around in tokyo? or should we still get a local train pass?

Thanks!!

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mari
1951 posts
over 5 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi there

As you'll still include Kyoto then a 7 day JR Pass will still make sense (Osaka and Kyoto are very close - 28mins/¥540 away).

Here is a map of JR lines in Tokyo for you - as you can see you can make good use of JR, however I think you'll have to also purchase either individual tickets as needed or a prepaid card. Note there is no difference in prices for these methods, just the prepaid card is more convenient - for tourism though, tickets are probably the most cost effective as there is a deposit needed for the prepaid cards of ¥500.

Hope this helps!


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