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7 or 14 day jr rail pass!!!

7 or 14 day JR rail pass!!!

Hi there

I was wondering what rail pass would be better value for a 16 night Japan Trip in June. A 7 day pass or a 14 day pass?

Currently I have the following planned:
- Tokyo - 4 nights - fly into Hedena and out of Narita. - Flight booked Tokyo to Sapporo - 3 nights in Sapporo with day trips in Hokkaido - Flight booked to Osaka with 3 nights in Kyoto - 6 remaining night before flying out of Narita Airport and options to spend that time include, Osaka exploring, Hiroshima day trip, heading back to Tokyo via Mt Fuji, or heading back to Tokyo via the Nagano region. I would welcome advise on how to best use the remaining six days also :).

From my research, the following is the highly likely JR rail use:
- Hedena to Tokyo one way - Tokyo to Narita return - Sapporo Airport to Sapporo Central Station return. - Sapporo Central to Otaru return. - Sapporo Central to Furano return. - Osaka Airport to Kyoto Central - Osaka to Tokyo.

Potential use:
- Osaka to Tokyo via Mt Fuji, or via Nagano - Osaka to Hiroshima return. - Around Tokyo and Kyoto where applicable

Look forward to hearing back.



A 14 day pass wouldn't pay off without extensive long side trips. A 7 day pass wouldn't pay off as is either, but if you take a day trip to Hiroshima/Miyajima, plus Himeji or Takayama and Shirakawago, it would make sense. You should also spend at least half a day to explore Nara. You could also use the Pass on your last day to go on the Narita Express from Tokyo to Narita Airport.
While in Tokyo, look into a subway day pass:

Good luck.


Thank you for your tips and clarity on the value of the passes.

Based on your advice I might get a 7 day pass to use on the final seven days and make sure the day trips within make it worth it.

Thanks again.


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