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jr pass questions

JR pass questions

Hi there,
Below is our plan:

Arrive Haneda airport at 7:50pm
Stay in Tokyo for 3 nights (mostly visiting temples and tourist places in Tokyo)
Go to Kyoto from Tokyo by bullet train
Stay in Kyoto for 3 nights (mostly visiting temples, Nara and Hiroshima)
Leave Kyoto for Yokohama cruise port

I read online that the JR pass will not work in Kyoto for local trains and buses. It looks like I can only use the JR 7 day pass while I am in Tokyo and the bullet trains to Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima.

My question is should I buy the JR 7 day pass or just buy single tickets to anywhere I want to go in term of money saving.

Thank you very much for your time.


Hello there,

The cost of a 7 day JR Pass is about the same as a normal return ticket Tokyo/Yokohama Kyoto/Osaka, using the Shinkansen. From there, any additional travel you cover basically is what you save and I would certainly recommend using a JR Pass with travel planned in, to Hiroshima, this alone would cost an additional 20,000yen without the JR Pass.

Hope this helps,

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Thank you very much Daniel for the information. We will get the passes 2 months before our trip in April.


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