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which rail pass should i get?

Which Rail Pass Should I get?

Hi there,

I'm planning to go to Japan on 9th May until 24th May. During the trip, I've planned this general route;

10th May: Narita airport -> Tokyo

Tokyo (4 nights) -> Kyoto

14th May: (5 nights) Kyoto -> Osaka

20th May: (4 nights) Osaka -> Tokyo

23rd May: (1 night) Tokyo -> Narita Airport

What's the best rail pass to get for my journey? I was thinking of the National JR pass but I need to make sure it's the best deal. And is there any other advice that can be given to me prior to my trip going on?

Thank you in advance,

Phoebe =)


Hi Phoebe!

Lets take a look at your costs first:

  1. Narita airport terminal 1 > Tokyo: ¥3,140 (62mins, 79km)
  2. Tokyo > Kyoto: ¥13,020 (164mins, 513km)
  3. Kyoto > Osaka: ¥540 (28mins, 42km)
  4. Osaka > Tokyo: ¥13,550 (194mins, 556km)
  5. Tokyo > Narita airport terminal 1: ¥3,140 (58mins, 79km)

JR ticket cost: ¥33,390 for 5 legs

This is a trip of 14 days, and a 14 day pass costs ¥45,100. This means you'll need to spend  another ¥11,710 on JR travel before the 14 day pass becomes cost effective over normal tickets (there is no other pass option that covers all the locations you list). You could easily make this up with a day trip to Nikko or Hiroshima for example, but it really depends on your plans. Also note that you can make good use of the JR Pass within Tokyo too which should yield more savings.

Hope this helps!

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Thanks for the swift reply, Mari!

Yes I was thinking that I will definitely be adding some treks within my Japan Trip. Going on a day trip to Nikko would be a good idea.


Ah great - in that case I can recommend the 14 day pass. Now you have a target to aim for too: ¥11,710 :)

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