questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

tokyo to kyoto and return..

tokyo to kyoto and return..

hi ,

Well i want to ask that i am planning to come to kyoto on 16th May 2012, will take flight on 15th from india to tokyo. From Tokyo to Kyoto on 16th, and will return to Tokyo on 20th May, and will fly back to india on 23rd May.


1) Is it worth taking JR pass?
2) Does this pass works on bullet trains (Nozomi).
3)if yes, what is the meaning of reserved and unreserved seats? can i get a seat if not reserve it?
4)what are the areas worth seeing in kyoto and tokyo, and also will it be easy to use trains all over?
5)Budgeted and clean place to stay in tokyo?


I have a option of taking a flight to kansai international, osaka and from osaka to kyoto.

which will be good and easy option to book for as rest of the trip is same.


i am coming to attend a conference in kyoto, so is it worth going tokyo or u suggest some other options to me, as this is my 1st visit and dont know will ever be able to come again.


JR PASS for 7 days and my stay in japan is 16th to 23rd morning, till 12.00 noon, so please tell me how to go about it.

Your all recommendations will prove beneficial to me to cut down my cost of erroneous expenses...

.waiting for reply.



Hi there,

Here are some thoughts on your trip:

  1. A 7 day Japan Rail Pass will become cost effective if you do 1 return journey between Tokyo & Kyoto with the Bullet train. All further JR travel is effectively free. Please note that although you cannot use the Nozomi services, there are always alternative Shinkansen bullet services (Sakura, Hikari and Kodama), which reach the same top speeds. The main difference is that these non-Nozomi services stop at more stations en route. The JR Pass covers both reserved and non-reserved seating free of charge, so in general you will be able to get a seat.

  2. As you will be attending a conference in Kyoto, will you have accommodation covered while you are in Kyoto? If you do, you should arrive and depart from Kansai Airport, using Kyoto as your base. If you can do this, then depending on your conference schedule I recommend using a 7 day rail pass to visit Hiroshima/Miyajima in a day trip, and Tokyo with a 1 or 2 night stopover. The remainder of your time you can spend in the Osaka/Kyoto/Nara area.

  3. Japan has a huge range of things to see and do - I recommend investing in a guidebook to get a feel for the sort of options available to you. Certainly if you follow the Kyoto,Hiroshima,Tokyo itinerary, there will be lots of options in each of these cities. As a good starting point I recommend looking at tripadvisor for the city your are looking into staying.

Hope this helps!

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