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should i use the jr pass?

Should I use the JR Pass?


I recently posted an itinerary of a trip I am making to Japan and whether it was worth getting a JR Pass. I have updated the itinerary and would like to know if it still worth getting the JR Pass or not.


11/05/15: Narita International Airport - Shinjuku Station
12/05/15: Tokyo - Osaka
13/05/15: Osaka - Kamenoko
14/05/15: Kamenko - Kyoto

(Whilst in Kyoto we will make a trip to Nara)

18/05/15: Kyoto - Takayama
20/05/15: Takayama - Shinjuku
26/05/15: Shinjuku - Narita International Airport

Many Thanks,


Hello Luke,

I've made a quick list of ticket prices to see if a JR Pass would work!

Narita Airport - Shinjuku ¥ 3,190
Shinjuku - Osaka ¥ 14,140
Osaka - Kamenoko ¥ 7,210
Kamenoko - Kyoto ¥ 8,610
Kyoto - Nara (return) 1,420
Kyoto - Takayama ¥ 9,960
Takayama - Shinjuku ¥ 14,710

For a total of ¥ 59,240 the 14 day JR Pass is ¥ 46,390, so you could make at least ¥ 12,850 in savings.

Hope this helps,

Shinjuku - Narita Int. Airport ¥ 3,190 (outside of JR period)

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Thanks Daniel for the information.

When should we purchase the JR Pass?

Do we need to pre-book seats for all our travel? If so, how far in advanced should we book seats?

Many Thanks


Hi there,

Not unless you plan to travel during a national holiday period. Even so it's nice to have reserved seat, you can make seat reservations 15-20 minutes before depature.

Hope this helps,

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