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jr pass or not

JR pass or not


I would like to know wether to buy a JR pass for seven days or not. I will arrive to Tokyo Narita airport on Saturday, 23 rd of February at 11 am. I will travel to Tokyo (Jinbocho station). The rest of the day I will spent in Tokyo as well as Sunday and Monday. Of course I will travel around the city and will need a certain transportation. On Tuesday, 26 th of February I will travel to Kyoto and will spend there the rest of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Of course I will travel around the city. I will also make a trip to Nara. On Friday I will travel to Osaka and on Saturday to Kansay airport in Osaka.

Can be JR pass used in Tokyo and Kyoto metro?

Thank you for your answer.


Hi there,

To see if a JR-Pass is worth the money., it is always a good idea to see how much things would cost otherwise.

Here's a little oversight of ticket costs without the JR-Pass.
Narita --> Jinbocho (Tokyo) ¥3,240 + ¥170 for metro
(Sun, Mon in Tokyo) Tokyo --> Kyoto ¥13,420
Kyoto Nara (return) ¥1,380
Kyoto --> Osaka ¥ 540
Osaka --> Kansai Airport ¥ 1,160 (not taken in total, as this would fall outside of the 7-Day use period)

For a total of ¥ 18580 the 7 day JR-Pass is ¥ 28300 so for this journey I would not recommend buying it.

For reference: The JR-Pass can only be used on local JR-Lines in Tokyo, unfortunately it does not cover the Metro in Tokyo or Kyoto.

Hope this answers your questions :)

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Thank you for your answer.
I have sime more questions:
Shall we buy train tickets in advance?
Can the tickets be paid by master card which is not issued in Japan. I read, that credit cards can not be used everywhere.

With best regards,


Hi Manca,

You can use any major creditcard to buy tickets at the manned JR ticket offices.
Please note that you can not use your creditcard at ticket machines, so be sure to have some coin available too!
This is especially useful when traveling short distances or by local transport.

I don't think you will have to buy your tickets in advance but you could do so for the Shinkansen, in order to be sure of good seating.

Kind Regards,

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Thank you


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