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kintush
kintush
over 3 years ago
5 responses

Hey,
I wonder if my 12 days trip to Japan (October 2014) worth buying a JR Pass?

Arrive to Narita Airport ->
5 Nights in Tokyo ->
1 Night in Hakone ->
1 Night in Kanazawa ->
4 Nights in Kyoto ->
1 Night in Osaka ->
Departure from Osaka Aiport

Thanks!

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Daniel-san
12232 posts
over 3 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi there,

This is a close call but I would advise buying normal tickets. As the ticket prices do not exceed the price of a 7 day JR Pass.

5 Nights in Tokyo -> ¥ 3,540
1 Night in Hakone -> ¥ 14,080
1 Night in Kanazawa -> ¥ 6,700
4 Nights in Kyoto -> ¥ 560
1 Night in Osaka -> ¥ 1,180
Departure from Osaka Aiport

Hope this helps!
Daniel

kintush
kintush
5 posts
over 3 years ago

Thank you very much for your quick answer!
What about the trains between narita airport and Tokyo, Osaka and Osaka airport and of course city trains?

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Daniel-san
12232 posts
over 3 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi Again!

Yes those are covered, such as the Narita Express between Tokyo and Narita Airport, all local JR trains in Osaka/Tokyo and the train to the Airport. These are all pretty low cost though :)

kintush
kintush
5 posts
over 3 years ago

Thanks again. Even after including these train rides, still it will be cheaper for me not to buy the free pass?

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Daniel-san
12232 posts
over 3 years ago
Expert button 2

Yes, that is when looking at the 7 day JR Pass.

However if plans change and you would add one more leg cross country, then a 7 day JR Pass would be worth it. For instance a visit to Hiroshima, Takayama or Kinosaki-Onsen.

kintush
kintush
5 posts
over 3 years ago

Can you explain why comparing 7 days pass with 12 days trip?

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Daniel-san
12232 posts
over 3 years ago
Expert button 2

Well, a JR Pass is best used when traveling longer distances, especially when you use the Shinkansen (bullet train). For instance a return Tokyo - Osaka will already pay for a 7 day JR Pass. Local travel, usually within cities, simply does not add enough in travel costs to a point where a JR Pass would pay off. Therefor in most cases it makes sense to use a JR Pass for travel nationwide and buy tickets outside of this period when you are exploring Tokyo.

Keep in mind that a pass can be bought in a period of 7, 14 or 21 days.

Does that help?

kintush
kintush
5 posts
over 3 years ago

Oh so you suggest that it may make sense buying 7 days jr pass for the time I leave Tokyo which is about half of the entire trip?
Your information really helps!


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