Should JR pass is cheaper than buying individual tickets
Pls. you advise - I have two travel routes which I would like your advise if JP pass is better/cheaper solution over individual tickets. Both are similar but a bit different in days and the first end at Tokyo Narita APT and the second ends at Osaka APT.
Other que - maybe it's good to have Tokyo with daily or weekly pass and than activate the JR-Pass for ~2 weeks ?
Thank you very much in advance,
As you'll be in Tokyo for the first 6-7 days, for this period I recommend you use a Narita Express + Suica prepaid metro card package purchased at Narita on arrival. This will get you into town and give you ¥1500 of free metro or JR travel, allowing you to explore the city. You can also purchase unlimited metro passes at Narita for ¥980 for 2 days if needed.
As your first 7 days will be covered, lets compare your 2 routes from when you leave Tokyo to a 14 day pass cost (¥45,100):
JR ticket cost: ¥60570 for 7 legs
JR ticket cost: ¥57910 for 8 legs
As you can see, both routes will give you good savings with a 14 day Japan Rail Pass. Please note that for Hakone you'll need to get to Odawara on the JR bullet train, and from here use non-JR Fujikyu lines up to Hakone itself. I recommend the Hakone Free Pass for this, available for purchase at Odawara station on arrival.
Hope this helps!
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