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railpass, yes or no?

Railpass, yes or no?

It seems that for most people a railpass makes sense, but having checked I've come out that my itinerary would be cheaper buying individual tickets. Have I done something wrong?

14 days: Fukuoka -> Hiroshima -> Miyajima -> Koyasan -> Kyoto -> Nara (day trip return from Kyoto)-> Hakone (Odawara) -> Nikko -> Tokyo -> Fukuoka

I've calculated that this would come to 43.060 Yen on individual tickets, instead of the 46.390 for the JR Pass. Also the JR Pass wouldn't include some of the Koyasan trains either as far as I can tell, so it'd be 46.390 + 3000 or so.

Now, even if the calculations above are correct, I'm thinking that the $30/£20 pounds aren't that much of a difference. Would it be worth getting the JR Pass either way because it would allow me to be a bit more flexible and maybe throw in some more day trips from Kyoto or Tokyo? Any thoughts?


Hi there!

Running the route in my head I think that you should end up at a somewhat higher number, let's have a look at ticket prices individually and see what would be best.

Fukuoka (Hakata) - Hiroshima ¥ 8,700
Hiroshima - Miayjima (return) ¥ 1140
Miyajima - Koya (covered up to Osaka) ¥ 14,590
Koya - Kyoto (from Osaka covered) ¥ 540
Kyoto - Nara (return) ¥ 1,380
Kyoto - Odawara ¥ 11,750
Odawara - Nikko ¥ 8,990
Nikko - Tokyo ¥ 5,430
Tokyo - Fukuoka (Hakata) ¥ 21,720

For a total of ¥ 74,240 or ¥ 29,140 in savings as the 14 day JR Pass is 45,100. So the Rail pass is a definite YES! Also the JR Pass would certainly make your travel more convenient and relaxed as you just require one ticket for all travel and can hop on the train whenever the fancy takes you.

Hope this helps!

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Thanks Daniel, very helpful indeed. I must have had some wrong prices somewhere, for example the price I found for Tokyo-Fukuoka only came to ¥ 13440 and Hiroshima to Koya to only about ¥8000, so that helps a lot!


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