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I will be in Japan to ski and will be spending some time in Tokyo and Kyoto prior to heading up north to Hokkaido. I will be traveling around Tokyo for a few days before heading south to Kyoto and then back up to Tokyo to fly to Sapporo. It seems that the best way to get down to Kyoto would be the Shinkansen. Would it make more sense to buy a 7 day pass to only use the JR twice or should I just buy individual passes? I have read and heard from friends that the best way to get around Tokyo is not the JR but the regular metro lines. Any advise and assistance would be appreciated!



Hi there,

The cost of a 7 day JR Pass is almost the same as a normal return ticket Tokyo - Kyoto, add in one way Narita Airport - Tokyo and you are already making savings. From there any other travel you cover with it, is a nice bonus too.

While the JR Pass is not valid on the metro, the JR Network in Tokyo is very extensive and covers most of the city. What is better depends on where your accommodation is and what places you wish to visit.

Hope this helps,

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