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jrp or individual tickets?

JRP or individual tickets?

I'm travelling to Japan in May. Flying Straight to Tokyo and staying there for 7 days. Then I was hoping to use 14 day JRP to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto, stay in Kyoto for a few days- day trip to Osaka- then Kyoto to Hiroshima, visit Hiroshima for a few days, then hoped to go to Beppu before flying onwards from Fukuoka.

Does the JRP cover all this itinerary? Im not sure it reaches Beppu, whats the best way to travel there and on to Fukuoka?

If the JRP does cover most of my journey, will it be cheaper than buying individual tickets?

Thanks in advance!



The JR Pass covers all the places you wish to see, including travel to Beppu and Fukuoka. I personally love Kyushu and visiting that part of Japan is a great plan. I would also recommend a visit to Nagasaki if you have a day free.

The best way to travel between Fukuoka (Hakata station) and Beppu using the JR is to take a train from either place to Kokura and from there travel on. You'll be coming from Hiroshima, so basically the route would be Hiroshima -> Kokura - Beppu - Kokura - Fukuoka.

Lastly let's have a look at ticket prices and see if the JR Pass would be useful for you.

Narita Airport - Tokyo ¥ 3,220
Tokyo - Kyoto ¥ 13,800
Kyoto - Osaka (return) ¥ 1,120
Kyoto - Hiroshima ¥ 11,290
Hiroshima - Beppu ¥ 11,630
Beppu - Fukuoka (Hakata) ¥ 7,730

For a total of ¥ 48,850 the price of a 14 day JR Pass is ¥ 46,390 so far you would be making ¥ 2,460 in savings. Remember that the pass is also usable for local travel in Tokyo and Osaka on the local JR lines. So I certainly think that a JR Pass is worth considering, also since it offers so much flexibility and you can take any train you like for 14 days.

Hope this helps!

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Thank you so much! Very helpful- will buy the ticket and explore the places you suggested :)


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