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jr pass usefull??


hello! We are planning to go to japan we will arrive to narita airport in tokyo and we want to visit osaka, kyoto, nara, shirakawa go and takayama...I wan to know if its usefull tu buy the JRPASS..or I need to buy more tickets because of the places that we want to visit???

thank you!!!


Hi there!

All of the places you list will be covered by the Japan Rail Pass except for your trip to Shirakawago. To get to Shirakawago you'll need to take the Nohi bus from Takayama (round trip ¥4300). Here's a breakdown of the rest of your trip for you:

  1. Narita airport terminal 1 > Tokyo: ¥3,140 (62mins, 79km)
  2. Tokyo > Osaka: ¥13,950 (194mins, 556km)
  3. Osaka > Kyoto: ¥540 (29mins, 42km)
  4. Kyoto > Nara: ¥690 (44mins, 41km)
  5. Nara > Takayama: ¥10,010 (254mins, 356km)
  6. Takayama > Tokyo: ¥14,000 (273mins, 532km)
  7. Tokyo > Narita airport terminal 1: ¥3,140 (58mins, 79km)

JR ticket cost: ¥45,470 for 7 legs

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

Hope this helps!

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