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is jr pass ok for me?

Is JR pass ok for me?


We are a group of 3 going to Japan from 14/04/15 till 25/04/2015 Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo. we will be staying in Tokyo for 5 days so I was wondering if the JR pass is only for intercity or if valid for Tokyo metro as well? I assume I can use the pass for bullet trains between Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.


Hello there,

The JR Pass is usable on all JR lines nationwide. This includes the bullet train, limit express trains and also local services. The metro/subway however is not included, as these are either local companies or run by city itself.

A JR Pass is recommended if you make a return trip Tokyo - Kyoto/Osaka but it is better to buy normal tickets if you travel one way.

Hope this helps,

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