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confusing of jr pass

Confusing of jr pass

Hi, I will plan to Japan next January, my schedule is list as below:-
1. 19/1/12 arrived narita airport, then stay at Tokyo town.
2. 20/1/12 stay at Tokyo town
3. 21/1/12 stay at Tokyo town
4. 22/1/12 stay at Tokyo town
5. 23/1/12 Tokyo to Shin Osaka
6. 24/1/12 stay at Shin Osaka
7. 25/1/12 stay at Shin Osaka
8. 26/1/12 Shin Osaka to Kyoto (Return)
9. 27/1/12 Shin Osaka
10. 28/1/12 Shin Osaka to Kansai airport

a. Would you tell me which type of Jr Pass should I use it?
b. Should I make a reservation or pay extra money from Tokyo to Shin Osaka?

hope will reply my above question, Thank you.


Hi there,

You would have to spend over ¥28,300 on rail tickets to make buying a 7 day rail pass worth it.

First lets break down your itinerary costs:

  1. Narita airport terminal 1 > Tokyo: ¥2740, (62mins, 79km)
  2. Tokyo > Shin-osaka: ¥13550, (180mins, 552km)
  3. Shin-osaka > Kyoto: ¥1480, (22mins, 39km)
  4. Kyoto > Shin-osaka: ¥540, (24mins, 39km)
  5. Shin-osaka > Kansai airport: ¥2780, (48mins, 60km)

TOTAL: ¥21090 for 5 legs

Based on these costs, I recommend you buy separate tickets on the days of travel rather than a rail pass.

Hope this helps!

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Thank you for your reply my question.

i also confusing regarding the Jr pass is can be use all in local Tokyo and Osaka railway(metro,monorail and etc) ?
If can use in all local tokyo and Osaka railway, it is suitable for me to buy 7 days Jr pass
hope you can reply my question?

Thank you.


Hi there,

The rail pass can be used on local Tokyo and Osaka JR operated lines only. This means that in both cities while you will be able to travel on JR operated trains and buses for free, you will have to pay to use alternative lines.

For example, in Tokyo there are a few rail operators (Toei, Kintetsu and others), and also the metro system is non-JR too. The Tokyo monorail is valid for travel with a Japan Rail Pass. In Osaka, there are more JR operated trains, however the metro is non-JR.

Based on your base ticket price being ¥21090, even if you were to make a lot of trips on the JR lines in Tokyo and Osaka it is unlikely you would spend enough to justify a 7 day rail pass as each local trip is generally around ¥100-200.

JR-East also offers a reduced rate Narita Express and prepaid Metro card combo-package so you can make some more savings there.

Hope this helps!

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