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7day jr pass or pay for each individual trip?

7day JR pass or pay for each individual trip?

Hi there,

I will be a first time traveler to Japan with my travel partner and we are very excited!

We are going in February and was wondering if it is necessary to obtain a 7day JR pass or pay for each individual trip?

Day 1: Arrive Narita Airport
Day 2 - 4: Tokyo (staying in Shibuya, exploring Tokyo)
Day 5: travelling to Kyoto
Day 5 - 8: Explore Kyoto
Day 9 – Travel to Hakuba via Matsimoto
Day 9 – Staying in Hakuba for 10 days

From Hakuba were catching a taxi back to Narita Airport

While were in Tokyo I was thinking of just buying a one way ticket from the airport to Shibuya and then using a Metro Suica card for day trips around the city. And then buying the JR pass for the Shinkansen.

Thoughts and suggestions very welcomed!

Thank you


Hi there!

Let's have a look at normal ticket prices and find out if a JR Pass is right for your travel.

Tokyo - Kyoto ¥ 13,420
Kyoto - Matsumoto ¥ 9,980
Matsumoto - Hakuba ¥ 1,110

This adds up to ¥ 24,510 the 7 day JR Pass is ¥ 28,300 so right now it would be better to purchase tickets as you travel. However making savings is right around the corner, so the JR Pass may quickly become worth it if you could do a little more travel with it.

Also buying a Narita + Suica package is great for exploring Tokyo.

Hope this helps!

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