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almost 5 years ago
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We arrive April 1st, and spend a week in Disney area so not planning on a pass for that.
April 6th we leave Disney and go to Tokyo
April 9th we go to Nagano
April 10th-11 we go to Takayama
April 12th we go to Shirakawa
April 13th we go to Kanazawa
I believe for the 10th-13th we are taking buses between the towns
April 14th we go to Hiroshima
April 15th-16th we go to Miyajima
April 17th-20th we go to Kyoto and plan to do day trips such as Nara
April 20th-22 we go to Hakone
Then finally on April 23rd we go back to Tokyo

I just want to verify if we should get a 7 or 14 day pass, or just buy tickets on their own?

1951 posts
almost 5 years ago
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Hi Jeds, lets take a look at your costs from the 9th onwards:

  1. Tokyo > Nagano: ¥8,170 (108mins, 222km)
  2. Nagano > Takayama: ¥9,290 (309mins, 282km)
  3. Kanazawa > Hiroshima: ¥15,550 (267mins, 605km)
  4. Hiroshima > Miyajimaguchi: ¥400 (26mins, 21km)
  5. Miyajimaguchi > Kyoto: ¥11,110 (165mins, 402km)
  6. Kyoto > Nara: ¥690 (45mins, 41km)
  7. Nara > Kyoto: ¥690 (45mins, 41km)
  8. Kyoto > Odawara: ¥11,550 (160mins, 429km)

JR ticket cost: ¥57,450 for 8 legs

As you can see you'll make a decent saving with the 14 day pass over this period, so I can certainly recommend this option (it's also pretty stress free).

If you wanted to save a little more money, you could move your final tokyo leg to within the 14 day pass period and you'll be able to get that for free, but it's not a huge extra expense (¥3440).

On arrival in Japan I recommend you also purchase a return deal from Narita > Tokyo that includes some free internal Tokyo travel, such as the Narita Express + SUICA.

Hope this helps!

2 posts
almost 5 years ago

Thank you, final question is if we opt for the Green pass to try and get a little bit less crowded/relaxed travel are their Green cars on these routes. Reading online I see some people speaking about the lack of Green cars on certain routes, but with a lot of information 2+ years old I don't know what is current.

Thanks again,

1951 posts
almost 5 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi there!

For your travel you should get decent use from a green pass, but you will find reduced green car service on the Hiroshima > Kyoto > Tokyo bullet trains.

I hope this helps!

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