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suzuka f1 - is 6 days traveling worth the 7 day pass jr pass?

Suzuka F1 - Is 6 days traveling worth the 7 day pass JR Pass?

Good day. I plan to arrive to Narita International Airport on the 4th of October. I will stay one night in Tokyo and on Friday I will go to Osaka. I will be traveling back and forth from Osaka to Suzuka to watch the F1 race on Saturday and Sunday. Then I would be coming back from Osaka to Tokyo on monday and leave back to my country on wednesday. Is it convenient to use JR Pass for all these locations or would I have to pay extra prices for some lines?


Hi there!

As a return trip from Tokyo to Osaka is the same price as a 7 day JR Pass, you will certainly save money with one. Lets get a handle on exaclty how much you could save:

  1. Narita airport terminal 1 > Tokyo: ¥3,140 (62mins, 79km)
  2. Tokyo > Osaka: ¥13,950 (194mins, 556km)
  3. Osaka > Kawarada: ¥6,810 (127mins, 234km)
  4. Kawarada > Osaka: ¥6,810 (137mins, 234km)
  5. Osaka > Kawarada: ¥6,810 (127mins, 234km)
  6. Kawarada > Osaka: ¥6,810 (137mins, 234km)
  7. Osaka > Tokyo: ¥13,950 (194mins, 556km)
  8. Tokyo > Narita airport terminal 1: ¥3,140 (58mins, 79km)

JR ticket cost: ¥61,420 for 8 legs

As you can see you'll make significant savings of ¥33,120 with a JR Pass over individual JR tickets so I certainly recommend this option!

Getting to and from Suzuka Circuit from Osaka with JR Pass

To get to Suzuka circuit from Osaka you should aim to get to JR Kawarada near the Suzuka circuit with your Japan Rail Pass (sample itinerary). From Kawarada station you'll need to use the local non-JR Ise Testudo operated line to get to Suzuka Circuit Ino (sometimes written 'SuzukaSakittoIno' (sample itinerary). As this is not covered by the rail pass you will have to pay the standard ticket fare of ¥300 each way. From Suzuka Circuit Ino you can easily walk to the circuit.

Travel around Osaka and Tokyo using JR

The subway system in Tokyo and Osaka is not operated by JR and so you will need to purchase tickets as needed if you'd like to use these systems. However, JR has excellent network coverage in both cities and so with some planning you can minimise the amount of times you need to pay for the subway. Here's a map of JR lines in Tokyo and a map of rail lines in Osaka, including JR.

Hope this helps!

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