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should we get 7 days jr pass or normal tickets please?

Should we get 7 days JR pass or normal tickets please?

Hi there,

My wife and I are going to Japan for the first time for 12 days and wish to explore the cities and towns as well as nature gifts there.

Here is our itinerary:
23 - 26 nov : arrive Kansai airport and travel around Kansai cities. (May be just to buy normal tickets)
27 nov : take train from Nara to Takayama and stay in a Rhykan there.
28 nov : visit Gero on the way back to Nagoya and stay over night.
29 nov : over night at Hakone.
30 nov - 3 dec : visit Tokyo areas with one day trip to Nikko and depart from Narita airport on the 3rd dec.

Is it worth to get 7 days pass to use from 27 nov to our departure? or normal tickets will do?
Thank you very much in advance.

Best regards,


Hi Songyos,

That's a good question, let's have a look at normal ticket prices and see if a JR Pass would be helpful.

Nara - Takayama ¥ 10,310
Takayama - Gero ¥ 2,190
Gero - Nagoya ¥ 4,500
Nagoya - Hakone (Odawara station) ¥ 8,700
Hakone (Odawara) - Tokyo ¥ 3,640
Tokyo - Nikko ¥ 5,430
Nikko - Tokyo ¥ 5,430

For a total of ¥ 40,200 the 7 day JR Pass is ¥ 28,300 saving you at least ¥ 11,900, so I do think that a JR Pass is well worth it.

Hope this helps!

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Thank you very much for your infomations.



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