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japan 14 days, 7 days or 14 days jr pass

Japan 14 days, 7 days or 14 days JR pass


I was planning to visit Japan in November. We did an itinerary but Is not firm yet. The problem is we don't know if we buy the 7 days or 14 days JR Pass

Is it a worth going to Kobe?
If we don't go to Hiroshima, is it better to buy 7 days JR pass? if yes, which day is good to activate?

We are a little bit lost for the transportation. Can we use JR pass in Tokyo ? Osaka? Kyoto? What is the best way to take subway?

DAY 1 Arrive at Narita Airport – Stay overnight at Toyko
DAY 2 Heading to OSAKA (Hikari Shinkasen bullet) / Approx 2h30 travelling time / Explore Osaka
DAY 3 Nara
DAY 4 – Kobe
DAY 5 – Day trip to Hiroshima & Miyajima
DAY 7 – Osaka
DAY 8 – Osaka or another day trip or Kyoto 3 days
DAY 9 – Day trip to Kyoto (day 1)
DAY 10 Day trip to Kyoto (day 2)
DAY 11 –Shinkansen back to Tokyo
DAY 12 Tokyo
DAY 13 Tokyo
DAY 14 Tokyo
DAY 15 – END OF THE TRIP / Leaving Japan at Narita Aiport - back home

Hope you can guide us.


Hi there,

This is an interesting trip when it comes to matching a JR Pass to it. As it is now, the best option is to use a 14 day JR Pass. You'll do plenty of travel and can make good savings using one. If you where to remove Hiroshima, than it would actually be better to buy normal tickets, because the return Tokyo - Kansai (Osaka/Kyoto) is more than 7 days and a 7 day JR Pass would not match.

The JR Pass is also valid on local JR lines in Tokyo, Osaka and to a limited extend in Kyoto. Other nice perks include the ferry to Miyajima and Hiroshima sight seeing bus.

Hope this helps,

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