questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

japan june 27 to july 11

Japan June 27 to July 11

My itinerary is 6 nights Tokyo, 4 nights Kyoto, 2 nights Hiroshima and 2 nights back in Tokyo. We will fly in and out of Narita. Is it possible to use a 7 day pass commencing the day we depart Tokyo for Kyoto until we return back to Tokyo, or would this techincally be 8 days ? Alternatively is it better to get a 14 day pass ( although we would depart on day 15 )

Whilst in Tokyo we plan to go to Disneysea and Disneyland and possible Kamakura.
Not sure if it would be better value to use daily tickets whilst in Tokyo.


Hello Cheryl,

There's so much travel in your itinerary that even a 14 day JR Pass would help you make savings. To get the best value though, I would go for a 7 day JR Pass and cover your travel to Kyoto and Hiroshima with it. Then try to cover your day trips with it as well.

The Pass is counted in full days, so it can't be used on day 8.

Travel to Disneyland is also covered by the JR Pass but is not very expansive, I would try to visit Kamakura with it instead.

Hope this helps,

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Thanks for your reply. Just to clarify with a 7 day pass, if you commenced travel with it on say a Monday at 11.00am would it then expire at the end of the following Sunday or on the following Monday at 10.59am ?

Just to clarify, the day you activate it for counts as Day One - which starts and ends at midnight. So if you activate it and use it at 6 PM, your first "day" is just 6 hours long.
You are spending quite a huge chunk of time for Tokyo. Seeing Kamakura would be well worth it, and so would taking a day trip to Nikko. Visiting Hkone for a day is also a great idea, although the Pass can't take you all the way there, so look into getting a Hakone Free Pass.
In Tokyo a few of the best places to see are the Tsukiji Fish Market, plus the site that every last tourist goes to see, the Sensoji Temple. If you are in Tokyo on a Sunday afternoon, be sure to go visit Harajuku to see the youth with their wild fashions. Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park are next to it and well worth seeing also. And be sure not to miss the Shibuya Hachiko intersection especially on a weekend when it looks like half the city is crossing the street at once.
For Kansai, take a side trip from Kyoto for at least half a day and see Nara as well. It has some unforgettable places.
For Hiroshima, just a bit past Miyajima is Iwakuni with its iconic historical bridge and mountaintop castle - both are beautiful.

Best of luck.


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