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Whether or not JR pass is required for our Itineary

lirong
lirong
over 1 year ago
3 responses

Hi there!

We have the following itinerary (with the possible transportation options based on our research) and would like to check if we should purchase a 7 day JR pass. We would appreciate if you could advise us if JR pass would be beneficial in respect of our itinerary. Thanks!

1 - 3 July (Osaka)
From ITX Airport to Shin Osaka Station
- Transportation: Osaka International Airport North Terminal 3 South Terminal 13 – purchase tickets at ticket vending machine, take airport limousine to Shin Osaka (Fare: 500 yen, Duration: 30 min, Frequency: every 20 min)

3-6 July(Kyoto)
1) From Osaka to Kyoto
- Take JR Rapid Express via Tokaido Line (Fare: 560 yen, Duration: 25 min, covered by JR pass) OR - Shinkansen via Tokaido Line (Fare: 1,420 yen, Duration: 15 min, covered by JR pass except Nozomi)

2) From Kyoto station to Tokufuji station
- Take JR Nara Line (Fare: 140 yen, Duration: 2min, covered by JR pass)

6-7 July (Hakone)

1) From Tokufuji to Kyoto station
- Take JR Nara Line (Fare: 140 yen, Duration: 2min, covered by JR pass)

2) From Kyoto station to Odawara station
- Take Shinkansen (Hikari preferably) to Odawara station (Fare: 11750 yen, Duration: 2 hours, Frequency: 2- 5 hours, covered by JR pass)

3) From Odawara station to Hakone Yumoto (15 min)
- Buy Hakone free pass at free zone (2 day free pass, 4000 yen)

7 -11 July (Tokyo)

1) From Hakone Yumoto to Odawara
2) From Odawara to Shinjuku/ Tokyo
- Take Shinkansen via JR Tokaido line (Fare: 3,500 yen, Duration: 30 min, fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, but not covered by the JR Tokyo Wide Area Pass, JRhttp://www.jrpass.com/forum/topics/general-japan-travel/posts/new# East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass). - Take Yamanote line from Tokyo to Shinjuku (Duration: 22 min) OR - Take Odakyu Limited Express Romance train to Shinjuku (Fare: 2080 yen, Duration: 1hr 25 min, not covered by JR pass)

Regards
Li Rong

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Daniel-san
12232 posts
over 1 year ago
Expert button 2

Hi Li Rong,

You've already done your research very well. Looking at the route that you will travel, I advise using normal tickets for your route as their cost is below the cost of the JR Pass. You can check ticket prices for yourself here: www.jrpass.com/farecalculator

The rest looks very nice! Enjoy your trip.
Daniel

lirong
lirong
3 posts
over 1 year ago

Hi Daniel-san

Thanks for your prompt reply! We will check out the link provided.

Regards
Li Rong

lirong
lirong
3 posts
over 1 year ago

Hi Daniel-san

Can I check with you if there is a need to buy tickets/ reserve a seat for inter-city trains (eg Kyoto to odawara, etc)?

Regards
Li Rong

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Daniel-san
12232 posts
over 1 year ago
Expert button 2

Hi there,

Reservations are recommended but not required. You can always take a non-reserved seat, however I feel it to be more relaxed to have a reservations beforehand.


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