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what pass to purchase?

What pass to purchase?

Day 1 - 8 Explore Tokyo city and surrounds, visit Mt Fuji
Day 9 - 13 Explore Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima & Nagasaki
Day 14 - 15 Tokyo
Day 16 - 20 Tokyo to Hakuba for skiing
Day 21 - Hakuba to Narita airport

Could you please guide me on how to best decide what pass to purchase.

Thanks a million.


Hello there,

The 21 day JR Pass would be the best choice, given the amount of days you will spend in Japan and all the routes traveled.

Here is a quick breakdown of ticket prices.

Tokyo - Osaka ¥ 14,140
Osaka - Kyoto ¥ 560
Kyoto - Hiroshima ¥ ¥ 11,090
Hiroshima - Nagasaki ¥ 12,990
Nagasaki - Hakuba ¥ 24,500
Hakuba - Tokyo ¥ 10,000

For a total of ¥ 73,280 or ¥ 13,930 in savings as the 21 day JR Pass is ¥ 59,350. The JR Pass will most certainly give you more value as it can also be used for local travel within Osaka/Tokyo, to and from the Airport and in many other instances. It also serves as one ticket for all the above rail travel.

Hope this helps,


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