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7 day or 14 day pass or individual tickets?

7 day or 14 day pass or individual tickets?

Hi, I'm travelling to Japan in a few weeks' time and will be travelling with another person,
My itinerary is:

1 Tokyo
2 Tokyo/(day trip to Nikko)
3 tokyo
4 Magome/Tsumago (Nagano)
5 Magome/Tsumago (kiso valley trail)
6 Kyoto
7 Kyoto
8 Kyoto
9 Kyoto
10 Kyoto
11 Mt Koya
12 Hiroshima
13 Hiroshima/Miyajima
14 Hakone
15 Tokyo
16 Tokyo

Should i get a 7 day or 14 day pass or individual tickets?
Thanks heaps. This is a great site!


Hi there!

I think you'll make great savings with a 14 day pass from day 2-15. The difference between a 14 and 7 day pass is ¥16,800, which you'll certainly spend at one end of this 14 day period if you were to go with individual JR tickets. Let take a look at your savings:

  1. Tokyo > Nikko: ¥5,630 (121mins, 150km)
  2. Nikko > Tokyo: ¥5,630 (117mins, 150km)
  3. Tokyo > Nagano: ¥7,970 (105mins, 222km)
  4. Nagano > Kyoto: ¥10,630 (227mins, 398km)
  5. Kyoto > Osaka: ¥540 (28mins, 42km)
  6. Osaka > Hiroshima: ¥10,150 (104mins, 345km)
  7. Hiroshima > Miyajimaguchi: ¥400 (26mins, 21km)
  8. Miyajimaguchi > Odawara: ¥17,530 (326mins, 832km)
  9. Odawara > Tokyo: ¥1,450 (36mins, 83km)

JR ticket cost: ¥59,930 for 9 legs

Please note that for Hakone the JR Pass will take you as far as Odawara. From here you will need to use the non-JR Odakyu lines up to Hakone. I recommend the Hakone Free Pass which you can buy at Odawara on arrival.

Hope this helps!

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