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7 days jr pass bought but still need ic card in tokyo, kyoto and osaka?

7 days JR Pass bought but still need IC card in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka?

i have bought a 7 days JR Pass so i was wonder whether i still need to have an IC card in tokyo (Pasmo Card) ?
As well as in Kyoto and Osaka (Icoca Card)? JR pass can be use widely except Nozomi and Mizuho Shinkansen right? other than that if i am taking subway and buses in Tolyo , Kyoto and Osaka, i still need to buy both IC card? Please kindly advise as i will be travel to Japan by this saturday.


Hi there,

Using an IC card can make your life a lot more easy. IC cards can be used all over Japan, so if you buy one in Kyoto, then it can also be used in Tokyo.

The JR Pass is indeed valid on all Shinkansen, outside of the Nozomi/Mizuho services.

Hope this helps,

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