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Most cost effective option?

almost 2 years ago
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I am looking for some advice on the most cost effective way of getting around for the following itinerary. We are a young couple thinking about a 14 day JR pass and starting this when we leave Tokyo for Nagoya but not sure if this is the best way round as we do not use it that much the last days and cannot use when staying in Hakone.

  1. Narita airport - Tokyo
  2. Tokyo
  3. Tokyo
  4. Tokyo - Nagoya
  5. Nagoya - Toyota City - Nagoya - Takayama
  6. Takayama
  7. Takayama - Kyoto
  8. Kyoto
  9. Kyoto
  10. Kyoto
  11. Kyoto - Hakone
  12. Hakone
  13. Hakone - Tokyo
  14. Tokyo
  15. Tokyo
  16. Tokyo - Narita Airport

What would you suggest? How much can I use the JR pass in Kyoto? Can I use the JR pass from Nagoya to Toyota City? And last question, would the best pass be the nationwide?

12223 posts
almost 2 years ago
Expert button 2

Hello there,

The Japan Rail Pass (nationwide) is the only pass that covers all areas in your itinerary. The JR Pass can also be used on local JR lines in Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto. Within Tokyo this is enough to see most of the city, while the JR within Kyoto and Nagoya is somewhat limited. For instance, in Kyoto you can use the JR to visit the south and west of the cities (places such as Uji, Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama). Though it is the longer distances for which a JR Pass should be considered. Local travel generally is on average 200yen for one/way while a one way Tokyo - Kyoto is nearly 14,000yen.

I would also recommend a day trip from Kyoto to Hiroshima and Miyajima. You'll get the best out of the JR Pass and your trip to Japan this way.

Hope this helps,

2 posts
almost 2 years ago

Hi Daniel-san,

Thank you for your quick reply.

Just to make sure, I have a few extra questions.

1) Would you recommend a 14-day JR pass or a 7-day JR pass?

2) Which trains does the JR pass cover? Is it all lines where it says something with JR or Shinkansen? I cannot seem to figure it out on Hyperdia.

Thank you.


12223 posts
almost 2 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi again!

1.) I thinka 7 day JR Pass would suit your itinerary best for Day 4 - day 11.

2.) You may find this guide on how to plan with Hyperdia useful. It tells you all the details for using the JR Pass and Hyperdia.


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