questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

jr pass for kix - nara - kyoto - tokyo - osaka - kix


Dear Sir/Madam,

My family of 6 are visiting Japan this Spring just in time for the cherry blossom.

We will be flying in through KIX and go straight to Nara and then to Kyoto and then to Tokyo and, finally, our last stop will be Osaka before leaving Japan through KIX.

We wish to know if JR PASS will be the most convenient and economical way to travel around the places I mentioned above.

Please help with your advice.

Thank you.




Hi there,

To see if a 7 day rail pass is economical, you need to compare the ticket costs against the cost of the rail pass. A 7 day rail pass is ¥28,300. Lets take a look at your costs:

  1. Kansai airport > Nara: ¥2900, (77mins, 83km)
  2. Nara > Kyoto: ¥690, (46mins, 41km)
  3. Kyoto > Tokyo: ¥13220, (161mins, 513km)
  4. Tokyo > Osaka: ¥13750, (194mins, 556km)
  5. Osaka > Kansai airport: ¥3140, (57mins, 64km)

TOTAL: ¥33700 for 5 legs

As you can see you'll make a saving of ¥5,400 as a minimum so I can certainly recommend a Japan Rail Pass for your trip provided it is within a 7 day period.

With a JR Pass you will also have the freedom to visit other places such as Nikko or Kamakura near Tokyo. We have a blog post on day trips from Tokyo for more. I also excluded use of the JR network around Tokyo in your costs which are free for JR Pass holders. (Here is a map of Tokyo JR lines) which you may find useful.

You can look up train timetables and costs at the Hyperdia travel planning website and learn how to use Hyperdia for Japan Rail Pass holders through our video blog.

Hope this helps!

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Super! Thanks so much...appreciate a lot your advice.


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