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is the jr pass the right option for this trip?

Is the JR pass the right option for this trip?

Hello. I arrive in Tokyo Narita at the beginning of April. I am in Japan for 8 days. I am looking at travelling into Tokyo- Hakone-Kyoto, then doing trips to Nara and possibly Hiroshima from Kyoto, before returning back to Tokyo to fly out. I know this isn't covering vast geographical regions and so was wondering whether JR Pass was the most cost effective? I do want the experience is travelling by bullet train of course. I would be most grateful for any advice. Thank you.


Hi there!

To understand if a 7 day JR Pass is cost effective we need to compare it's price (¥28,300) with the real ticket costs of the travel you intend to do. Lets take a look at your costs:

  1. Tokyo > Odawara: ¥3640, (35mins, 83km)
  2. Odawara > Kyoto: ¥11750, (160mins, 429km)
  3. Kyoto > Nara: ¥690, (44mins, 41km)
  4. Nara > Kyoto: ¥690, (48mins, 41km)
  5. Kyoto > Hiroshima: ¥10790, (112mins, 380km)
  6. Hiroshima > Kyoto: ¥10790, (126mins, 380km)
  7. Kyoto > Tokyo: ¥13220, (161mins, 513km)
  8. Tokyo > Narita airport terminal 1: ¥2940, (58mins, 79km)

TOTAL: ¥54510 for 8 legs

As you can see, with a 7 day Japan Rail Pass you'll make savings of ¥26,210 over individual tickets. You'll also be able to use the bullet train for much of this travel.

You can look up train timetables and costs for most of these legs at the Hyperdia travel planning website and learn how to use Hyperdia for Japan Rail Pass holders through our video blog.

Hope this helps!

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Mari- that helps immensely. Thank you very much :)


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