Back to Itinerary check

Is it worth us buying a 14 day JR pass

almost 6 years ago
1 response


My husband and I are going to be visiting Japan and we are wondering if it is more economical to buy individual rail tickets for our train journeys or should we buy a 14 day rail pass. Can you please advise advise the best option? Our train itinerary is as follows:

  • Tokyo to Takayama
  • Takayama to Kyoto
  • Kyoto to Mt Koyasan
  • Mt Koyasan to Hiroshima
  • Hiroshima to Hakone
  • Hakone to Narita International Airport

Many thanks for your advice.

1951 posts
almost 6 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi there,

For a 14 day rail pass to be economical, you have to aim to spend more than ¥45,100 on individual train tickets.

Lets take a look at the costs of the pieces of your itinerary:

  1. Tokyo > Takayama: ¥14300, (275mins, 532km)
  2. Takayama > Kyoto: ¥9680, (191mins, 314km)
  3. Kyoto > Osaka: ¥1680, (27mins, 42km)
  4. Osaka > Hiroshima: ¥9950, (103mins, 345km)
  5. Hiroshima > Odawara: ¥17530, (286mins, 810km)
  6. Odawara > Narita airport terminal 1: ¥4600, (107mins, 163km)

TOTAL: ¥57740 for 6 legs

As the total cost of separate tickets is more than the cost of a 14 day rail pass, I certainly recommend you use a rail pass for your trip. You should have a basic saving of around ¥12,640, and will also have the flexibility to change your travel plans should you want, or make extra day trips.

For Hakone I have used Odawara as it is the closest JR station. From here you will need to use the Odakyu rail system to get up to the lakes. I recommend using the Hakone Free Pass for this. For Koyasan, you should use the Nanlkai Dentetsu trains from Namba Osaka. We have a post with more detail on the Koyasan leg here.

Hope this helps!

Looking for more information? Search the forum

Instant Quote

Starting from $259.00 for 7 days of unlimited Japan Rail travel

Can’t find the answer?

Learn from over 10969 questions about the Japan Rail Pass, or ask our Japan Rail travel experts

Ask Question

Get pocket Wifi in Japan

Get pocket Wifi in Japan

Visit us on Facebook

Get inspired for your visit to Japan by following us on Instagram and don't forget your own shots once you are there.

Order your JRPass Now!

We have special prices for children and great first class options. See all tickets.
Or see our range of Regional Passes