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which jr pass is best value?

Which JR pass is best value?

Hello! 3 friends and I are going to Japan in November to December for 3 weeks and we were wondering which pass is most suitable for us.

Our itinerary is as follows:

22-28th November : Tokyo
28-29th November : Mount Fuji
29th November - 3rd December: Kyoto
3-7th December : Osaka
7-10th December : Tokyo again

Would individual travel tickets be more suitable or a 14 day pass?

Thanks in advance!



I looked at my timetable app and it thinks the cost would be:

Tokyo - Shin-Fuji (Shizuoka) = ¥2590
Shin-Fuji - Kyoto = ¥10680
Kyoto-Osaka = ¥560
Shin-Osaka - Tokyo = ¥13940

A 2 week pass is much more than this total, so maybe it's worth just buying individual tickets?

Hope that helps!



Hi there,

Thank you for chiming in Iain :)

Just to add a little. Travel from Tokyo - Shin-Fuji is ¥ 5,390 by Shinkansen. Even so, Shin-Fuji is a station in the middle of an industrial complex, there's really nothing to do. I would recommend visiting Fuji five lakes, Hakone or the area around Gotemba instead if you wish to visit Fuji.

As for the JR Pass, I do think that normal tickets would be the better option because of your timing. A 7 day JR Pass would have been a good option when you made the return Tokyo - Osaka within 7 days.

Hope this helps!

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