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7 day Japan Rail Pass-Please advise if I am on the right track? Is it worth the cost?

over 1 year ago
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Tokyo- Nagano-Matsumoto-Kanazawa -Kyoto- Osaka-

Hi there!
We are planning for a family vacation for Japan in November for 3 adults (including a senior citizen) and 3 kids. We are have a tentative plan of the places which we like to visit as follows:-
1st Nov – Arrive at Narita Airport and stay in Tokyo (to get suicha pass for Tokyo)
2nd Nov- Tokyo
3rd Nov- Tokyo
4th Nov-Tokyo- (Disney world)
5th Nov-Tokyo (Day Trip Hakone, ) (activate JR Pass)
6th Nov- Nagano (snow monkeys and onsen)- 1 nite
7th Nov-Matsumoto -1 nite
8th Nov- Kanazawa- 3 nites
11th Nov- Kyoto- 5 nites
16th Nov- Osaka- 2 nites- depart back home frm Osaka

We seek your advice if my plan of taking the 7 days JR makes sense from 5th Nov to 11th Nov.. I don’t have the actual costing for 6 pax for 7 days but I do know that it is costly!). If there is a better way of re routing my travel plans to better utilise the JR pass, please feel free to assist with your suggestions.

I look forward to your kind advise.

Thank you for your guidance in advance!


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over 1 year ago
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Hi Anita,

The best way to find out if tickets are cheaper than the JR Pass is simply to look at the route and how much it would cost without a JR Pass.

Tokyo - Odawara (for Hakone, return using the Shinkansen) ¥ 7,480
Tokyo - Nagano ¥ 8,200
Nagano - Matsumoto ¥ 2,840
Matsumoto - Kanazawa ¥ 10,890
Kanazawa - Kyoto ¥ 6,900

For a total of ¥ 36,310 or ¥ 7,200 in savings as the 7 day JR Pass is ¥ 29,110.

Hope this helps,

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