questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

tokyo- osaka-kyoto

Tokyo- osaka-kyoto


we are planning to visit japan for 9 days, and will be landing in Tokyo Narita airport and departing at Kansai airport.
so our itinerary will be 3 days at Tokyo,
1 day possibly at Mt Fuji (one of the lakes, not going mountain climbing)
then take train to Osaka.
staying at osaka for the remaining of the trip but will travel to kyoto for 2-3 days.

I want to know if it's worth for me to get the JR pass, will i be using it much while exploring in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto?

many thanks!


Hi there!

In this case, I suspect it will not make sense for you to purchase a 7 day pass (¥28,300). That said, lets check your costs (assuming Hakone as your destination for Mt Fuji via Odawara):

  1. Tokyo > Odawara: ¥3640, (35mins, 83km)
  2. Odawara > Osaka: ¥12270, (190mins, 472km)
  3. Osaka > Kyoto: ¥540, (29mins, 42km)
  4. Kyoto > Osaka: ¥540, (28mins, 42km)
  5. Osaka > Kansai airport: ¥3140, (57mins, 64km)

TOTAL: ¥20130 for 5 legs

As you can see the plain ticket costs for your trip mean you should aim for tickets only rather than a rail pass. If you extended your trip with a return to Hiroshima however, then the 7 day pass would be the most economical choice.

Hope this helps!

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Thanks so much for your advice!

can we also use JR pass from Narita airport to Tokyo station?
we are planning to travel to kawachugica (sorry if i spelt wrong) near mt. Fuji and then go back to tokyo the same day to get our luggage from hotel then travel to osaka!

im thinking maybe i should get the N'Ex and Suica card one way and then get the Kansai thru pass for Osaka and Kyoto. Becuase from your prev posts, i think the JR network is not very good for travelling around kyoto?
do you think that will be better for our travel and buy individual tickets?
again i really appreciate your advice!!


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