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which jr pass to use?

Which JR Pass to use?


I'm thinking of travelling to Japan for about five weeks in September/October this year. My trip will probably look more or less like this:

  • First week: Tokyo and surroundings
  • Second week/first half third week: Kansai region, including Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, etc and also the Kii-peninsula
  • Second half third week/fourth week: Kyushu, including Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Aso-San, Beppu/Oita/Yufuin, Kumamota, Kagoshima, Ibusuki
  • Fifth week: Okinawa and southern islands & return to Tokyo

Which pass(es) would you recommend?

Thank you very much for your answer!


Hi there!

That's one of the best itineraries I've seen recently. Visiting Kyushu is amazing and so is Okinawa.

I would recommend a 14 day JR Pass for your 2nd and 3rd week. Just traveling from Tokyo - Kagoshima pay for the bigger part of the JR Pass (Tokyo - Osaka ¥ 13,750
Osaka - Kagoshima ¥ 21,300). With all the extra travel you'd be making very good use of the Pass.

If you return to Kagoshima after Okinawa and want to take the train back to Tokyo, then I would would recommend the 21 day JR Pass (gives that you can make the return in this amount of time).

Hope this helps and have a great trip!

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