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jr west rail pass

JR West Rail Pass


My travel plan in Japan as follows:-

Day 1 - Osaka Kansai airport to Osaka City
Day 2 - Day trip from Osaka City to Wakayama City
Day 4 - Osaka to Kyoto City
Day 6 - Kyoto City to Tokyo
Day 9 - Tokyo to Narita Airport

Please advise if I should buy 4 days JR West Rail Pass (6,000 Yen) or 7 days JR Rail Pass (28,300 Yen) or if individual trip purchase will be more economical for my itinerary? Can I use JR West Rail Pass for my day trip to Wakayama City?

Thank you for your kind assistance.


Hi there,

Here are your costs as listed:

  1. Kansai airport > Osaka: ¥2200, (51mins, 57km)
  2. Osaka > Wakayama: ¥2620, (69mins, 79km)
  3. Wakayama > Osaka: ¥2620, (69mins, 79km)
  4. Osaka > Kyoto: ¥540, (29mins, 42km)
  5. Kyoto > Tokyo: ¥13020, (161mins, 513km)
  6. Tokyo > Narita airport terminal 1: ¥2740, (58mins, 79km)

TOTAL: ¥23330 for 6 legs

As you can see, your ticket costs don't exceed the 7 day pass price so you'll certainly be better off buying tickets.

The kansai area pass does not cover the trip to Wakayama city, so that will have to be made separately. Because of this it's not going to be good value to buy the JR West rail pass as you are unlikely to spend the minimum ¥6000 on other rail that you need to to make it economical.

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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