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use of jrpass for 10 day planned trip

Use of JRPass for 10 day planned trip

Is it worth buying the JR Pass for family of 3 with following itinerary?

Nov 1 Arrive Narita Airport -- Tokyo

Nov 4 Leave Tokyo for Nagoya

Nov 7 Leave Nagoya for Kyoto

Nov 10 Leave Kyoto for Narita Airport


Hi there,

A 7 JR Pass (¥28,300) will generally pay for itself with a return trip from Tokyo to Kyoto. For your trip I recommend the following:

  1. Narita Express + Suica prepaid card or Keisei Skyliner + 2 day metro pass for your travel from Narita into Tokyo + discount travel around Tokyo.
  2. 7 day JR Pass for your travel from Tokyo down to Kyoto and back to the airport.

Lets check how much you will save from the 4th-10th using the JR Pass:

  1. Tokyo > Nagoya: ¥10,780 (126mins, 366km)
  2. Nagoya > Kyoto: ¥5,640 (37mins, 147km)
  3. Kyoto > Narita airport terminal 1: ¥16,330 (238mins, 592km)

JR ticket cost: ¥32,750 for 3 legs

As you can see you'll make good savings with the 7 day pass over this period with the added benefit that any further JR travel will be free.

You can look up precise train timetables and costs at the Hyperdia travel planning website and learn how to use Hyperdia for JR Pass holders through our video blog.

Hope this helps!

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