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do i need jr pass?

Do I need JR Pass?

Do I need JR Pass if the following is my itineries.

Day 1. Arrive Tokyo on 26th March
Day 2. Plan to take a one day tour on 27th leaving at night only to explore Tokyo
Day 3. Disneysea
Day 4. Free to explore Tokyo
Day 5. Plan to join Mt Fuji Tour for the day. Drop off at Odawara Station and stay in Hakone for the night.
Day 6. From Odawara to Takayama
Day 7. From Takayama to Kyoto
Day 8. Plan to join one day tour Kyoto & Nara
Day 9. Explore Kyoto
Day 10. Osaka and Himeji
Day 11. Fly out Kansai



Hi there,

Looking at the legs from day 5-11 (a 7 day pass would only really make sense for this part of your journey), your costs in tickets will be:

  1. Tokyo > Odawara: ¥3440, (35mins, 83km)
  2. Odawara > Takayama: ¥12110, (239mins, 448km)
  3. Takayama > Kyoto: ¥9380, (191mins, 314km)
  4. Kyoto > Nara: ¥690, (49mins, 41km)
  5. Nara > Osaka: ¥780, (55mins, 48km)
  6. Osaka > Himeji: ¥1450, (61mins, 87km)
  7. Himeji > Osaka: ¥1450, (61mins, 87km)
  8. Osaka > Kansai airport: ¥2940, (57mins, 64km)

TOTAL: ¥32240 for 8 legs

As a 7 day rail pass is ¥28,300, it would make sense for you to buy a 7 day Japan Rail Pass for this part of your trip, making a saving of ¥3940, plus the added flexibility to stop off on the way, or perhaps add a day trip to Hiroshima into your plans.

Hope this helps!

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