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rail pass or buy as we go?

Rail pass or buy as we go?


Should we buy a 14 Day Rail pass or not for the following 15 day itinerary:

  • Mon 19 - Tue 20 May --- Flying into Osaka, staying for 1 night
  • Wed 21 - Sat 24 May -- Kyoto, 4 nights
  • Sun 25 - Mon 26 May -- Takayama, 2 nights (we might do a tour which includes transportation from Kyoto to Takayama, estimated cost 7 000 yen)
  • Tue 27 Apr - Sun 2 Jun -- Tokyo, 6 nights
  • Mon 3 Jun - flying home out of Narita

We appreciate any advice you can offer to make the most of this expense.


Trang and Naomi


Hello Trang and Naomi,

I checked the route for your and think it would be best to buy normal tickets for your travel. Since you fly into Osaka and got your trip covered to Takayama you would not do enough travel for a JR Pass to pay off.

Have a great trip!

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