JR pass for Tokyo and Kyoto
Dear Sir / Madam,
I have the following questions - suppose I purchase a 7 days JR Pass:
1) If I start to activate the pass on 14 Dec 2012 morning time (my 1st day travelling), when is the last time I can use it (is it 21 Dec 2012 ?)
2) I intend to go to Kyoto using Hikari train, other than the JR pass cost (Yen 28,300 for ordinary class), is there any other (additional) cost I need to incur / pay ? (ie. for reserve seat, etc)
3) Would I need a reserved seat on Hikari train for travelling to Kyoto (from Tokyo) if I plan to go there during weekend (ie. on 15 Dec 2012) ? or a non-reserved seat on ordinary class is just fine ?
4) Is JR pass also valid for the same transport for Hakone Pass ? Is Odakyu Line also part of JR lines ?
Thanks a lot.
Here are some answers for you:
- If you activated your rail pass on the 14th of Dec, the end of your validity period would be 23:59 on the 20th. You wouldn't be able to use it on the 21st I'm afraid as the JR Pass validity is measured in days, not hours.
- If you travelled from Tokyo to Kyoto on Hikari bullet train, there is no other costs (seat reservations are free for JR Pass holders, but there is also lots of non-reserved seating).
- I've always been able to get a seat in non-reserved seating on the Tokyo - Kyoto Hikari, even in busy times, but have sometimes had to sit in the isle, or in between 2 other people in a set of 3 seats. As seat reservations are free for JR Pass holders I recommend reserving just before travel as at least then you know you are guaranteed a seat.
- Odakyu lines are not part of JR so you will have to pay for the Hakone Free Pass separately. I recommend using the JR Pass as far as Odawara, where you can purchase the cheapest Hakone Free Pass for travel up to the Hakone area.
Hope this helps!
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