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7 or 14 day advice?

7 or 14 day advice?

Hello ,

I'm planning to make the following course during my stay:

04/25 arrive tokyo late night
04/26 tokyo
04/27 tokyo
04/28 tokyo
04/29 tokyo
04/30 tokyo
05/01 tokyo to Kawaguchiko
05/02 Kawaguchiko to osaka
05/03 osaka
05/04 osaka
05/05 osaka
05/06 osaka to nara to osaka
05/07 osaka to kyoto to osaka
05/08 osaka to hiroshima to osaka
05/09 osaka to tokyo
05/10 tokyo to home

Would it be advisable to buy a JR Pass for 14-days, or 7 days ? and can i use the Japan Rail Pass in tokyo city and osaka city transportion ?
Which is advisable to buy for a JR pass the regular seat or the first class seat ( during golden week and the whole travel ) ?

Thanks in advance


Hi there!

For a 7 day pass to be worthwhile, you need to spend over ¥28,300 on tickets. For a 14 day pass to be worthwhile, you need to spend over ¥45,100 on tickets. Lets take a look at your itinerary:

  1. Tokyo > Otsuki: ¥3060, (86mins, 87km)
  2. Otsuki > Osaka: ¥16000, (279mins, 604km)
  3. Osaka > Nara: ¥780, (59mins, 48km)
  4. Nara > Osaka: ¥780, (55mins, 48km)
  5. Osaka > Kyoto: ¥540, (29mins, 42km)
  6. Kyoto > Osaka: ¥540, (28mins, 42km)
  7. Osaka > Hiroshima: ¥10150, (104mins, 345km)
  8. Hiroshima > Osaka: ¥10820, (109mins, 345km)
  9. Osaka > Tokyo: ¥13950, (194mins, 556km)
  10. Tokyo > Narita airport terminal 1: ¥3140, (58mins, 79km)

TOTAL: ¥59760 for 10 legs

As you can see from your ticket costs I can recommend both lengths of Rail Pass to you. a 14 day pass will save you ¥14660, and a 7 day will save you potentially ¥31,460. You will save more if you elect for a 7 day rail pass, however you will have to compress your trip to make sure all the long distance leg to Osaka fits within a 7 day period.

You can use the JR Pass for travel in Tokyo on JR lines although you will probably also supplement this with Metro travel. Here is a map of JR lines within Tokyo for you to refer to. You can also use JR lines in and around Osaka - here is a map with JR and other lines in Osaka.

The choice of a regular or first class seat is a tough one! Here is a blog post on the benefits of the green car. Certainly it will be quieter during Golden week than standard class tickets.

Hope this helps!

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Thank you


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