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is 7 day jr pass woth it?

Is 7 day JR pass woth it?

Hi. We will be travelling to Tokyo for 6 days,
Day 1 -Tokyo
Day 2 - cycling tour of Tokyo
Day 3 - Tokyo to Kyoto
Day 4 - Kyoto to Tokyo
Day 5 - Mt.Fuji
Day 6 - tokyo back home

We have a free NRT-Tokyo-NRt Limousine coach and a 1day free mtero rail pass

Will the 7day pass be cheaper for travel to Kyoto and back to Tokyo? Can we use the JR pass in major sightseeing attractions in Kyoto? Do you recommend Travelling to 5th station with tour guide or can we just get on JR train and do the day trip by ourselves? Thanks so much.


With your itinerary alone as you make it, it will pay off if you use it to Kyoto and back and take the Narita Express from Tokyo to Narita Airport. But the Pass is almost useless in Kyoto - you can use it to go from Kyoto Stn to Arashiyama (western Kyoto) and that is about it. You'll need to pay for subways and/or buses to get around Tokyo, or use a taxi.
Personally I don't recommend going to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji - there is nothing there and no real scenery. Mt. Fuji looks much better from far away then partway up it.
You have 2 choices - to go to Hakone, or the Fuji 5 lakes area. Both have very good spots and you can see Mt Fuji well when the weather cooperates. Unfortunately, it often doesn't. At least if you go to Hakone there are many other places to see and things to do if it is cloudy or foggy. A JR Pass will not help much in seeing either place though. For more info, see:


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