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Not sure what passes to get/when to activate JR Pass

almost 2 years ago
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I'm a little confused as to when I should activate my JR Pass, which one to get, and whether or not I need a Pasmo or Suica card for some of our days. I fly into Narita Airport on March 25th and leave on April 9th-- 16 days in total.

This is my itinerary:

March 25, Tokyo (Arrival)
March 26, Tokyo
March 27, Tokyo
March 28, Hakone/Tokyo
March 29, Kyoto
March 30, Kyoto
March 31, Kyoto
April 1, Kyoto/Koyasan
April 2, Kanazawa
April 3, Kanazawa
April 4, Hiroshima
April 5, Hiroshima/Miyajima
April 6, Osaka
April 7, Osaka/Nara
April 8, Tokyo
April 9, Tokyo (Departure)

Any help on this would be appreciated-- everything I've read on Japanese travel is very confusing!

Thanks in advance!


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almost 2 years ago
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Hello Dani,

Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto, Kanazawa and Hiroshima are the routes that cost the most by far, so using a JR Pass here is definitely a good idea. Given that you'll be traveling for more than a week, I advise using the 14 day JR Pass for travel starting from March 28.

The JR Pass will cover nearly all your travel but Koya-san will require additional tickets between Osaka and Koya-san. More can be found here.

Hope this helps,

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