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7 or 14 days japan rail pass ?

7 or 14 days japan rail pass ?

dear all,
below is our itinerary..
should we buy a 7 days jrp or is better a 14 days jrp ?

thanks fopr yr suggestion,advices...


7/4 arrive to tokyo 8/4 tokyo 9/4 tokyo-nikko-tokyo 10/4 tokyo
11/4 tokyo-fuji-tokyo
12/4 tokyo-hakamura-tokyo
13/4 tokyo-takayama
14/4 takayama-nara
15/4 nara-kyoto
15/4 kyoto
17/4 kyoto-himeji-kyoto
18/4 kyoto
19/4 kyoto-miyajima-horoshima-kyoto
20/4 kyoto-osaka
21/4 osaka-koyasako-osaka
22/4 osaka
23/4 flight


Hi there,

Since you will be traveling so much I think a 14-Day Rail-pass will be will suited.

Here are is a breakdown of travel costs without the pass. For this I used the dates 9th - 22th as this would cover most of your travels.

Tokyo Nikko Return ¥ 10,860
Tokyo Hakamura ?
Tokyo --> Takayama ¥ 14,300
Takayama --> Nara ¥ 10,310
Nara --> Kyoto ¥ 690
Kyoto Himeji :¥ 5,130
Kyoto --> Miyajima ¥ 11,110 + 170 for ferry
Miyajima --> Hiroshima ¥ 400
Hiroshima --> Kyoto ¥ 10,790
Kyoto --> Osaka ¥ 540
Osaka --> Koyasako?

This adds up to ¥ 64,300 the 14 day JR-Pass is ¥ 45,100 saving you at least ¥ 19,200. I was a bit unsure about what you meant with Hakamura and Koyasako so could not add them in. They could possibly add more to the total savings. If by Koyasako you mean Koyasan, then I would recommend using the JR-Pass on the first day when u arrive to use it on the Narita Express for Tokyo. Otherwise the Skyliner + 2day metro pass offer great value to get to and travel in Tokyo.

Hope this helps,

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dear Daniel,
thank you !!!

you were right, i wrongly wrote two places, i meant Kamakura and Koyasan !!

first of all thanks, thanks a lot
i really think that you are really a very expert about japan and i take the opportunity to ask you some more tips

you think is better to start our jpr 14v days from our arrival in tokyo..., but what about the last days:

21/4 oskaa-koyasan-osaka
22/4 osaka
23/4 early very early in the morning to go to osaka airport

should we moove with public bus,trains or maybe is better to start out jpr on 2° day in tokyo (8/4) and use the jpr
for osaka-koyasan-osaka ?

one more suggestion:

do you think this trip is ok or maybe i could miss some points and go to visit Ise ?
any other your suggestion, any other your comment about this trip will be very appreciated

waiting for yr kind reply and thank you again


Hi Fausto,

I suggested to use the pass on the 1st day that you arrive because Koya-san is reached by the Kintetsu railway company and therefor is not covered by the JR pass. Also you can get from Osaka to Kansai Airport for as low as 980 Yen while Narita --> Tokyo is a little bit more.

I think you do a really good job of covering Japan, it's a big country so you can't see everything at once but all the places you plan to visit are great. I guess you could visit Ise on the 3rd day that you are in Kyoto but there is more than enough in Kyoto to Enjoy. Maybe if you really want to see Ise you could change it for Himeji, the caste there is under renovation until 2015 so you won't be able to see the whole thing. More information on that here.

Have a great time in Japan!

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dear Daniel

you are really a very kind person !
thank you again

p.s. maybe in the next weeks i'll write again for more suggestions because you are really a "guide" a "master" about

   Japan !!

thank you very much


Hi Fausto,

Glad that I am able to help out!

Feel free to come back any time if you have more questions about the JR-Pass or Japan.

Best regards,

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dear Daniel
it's me again..
i changed scheduled flight for family problems and get some changes for our new itinerary.
i'm asking to you again yr suggestions about to buy 7 days or 14 days jrp ?

as usual any your suggestion,advices will be very appreciated:

27/4: arrival Narita Tokyo airport at 7.30 a.m.
28/4: full day in tokyo
29/4: tokyo-nikko-tokyo
30/4 full day in tokyo
1/5 tokyo-mt.fuji-Tenzen for onsen bath - tokyo
2/5 tokyo-kamakura-tokyo
3/5 tokyo - takayama
4/5 takayama- kyoto
5/5 kyoto - nara - kyoto
6/5: full day in tokyo
7/5: kyoto -. ise.shi (temple) - kyoto
8/5 full day in tokyo..maybe a fast visit to Himeji castle but maybe not because is under renovation
9/5 kyoto-miyajima-hiroshima-kyoto
10/5: kyoto - koyasan
11/5 koyasan - osaka
12/5 full days in osaka
13/5 flight back to italay at 10.00 a.m.

pls, i also ask you if we can use for all above travels jr pass....thanks a lot again


Hi Fausto,

Sorry for the late replay!
I have posted it in your new topic.

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