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almost 13 years ago
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Im travelling to Japan on my own at the start of November. Doing lots of sightseeing and visiting friends.
My trip is only 19 days long but doing a lot of travelling. Should i get the 14 day pass from the 3rd day to the 15th then just pay for the 2 trains i need? Or buy the 21 day and not worry, or even not get one at all? Also as im travelling will have a large rucksack will it get in the way on trains?

My plan is as follows:

  • Day1-3: Arrive at Narita and head into central Tokyo and stay there.
  • Day 3-5: Stay in Yokohama and explore area, heading back for a concert in Nakano district.
  • Day 5-11: Head down to Osaka from Yokohama and stay in Osaka, day trips to surrounding area of Nara, Hiroshima,Himeji and Kobe.
  • Day 11-15: Head back from Osaka to Tokyo and stay there.
  • Day 15-18: staying with friends in Yamanashi
  • Day 18-19 Back to Narita.

Please help me many thanks


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almost 13 years ago

Hi Eve!

Actually based on your points, i'd reccomend a 7day rails pass to use between 5th-11th. You do the bulk of your traveling between these dates. The amount of traveling you do outside this period is not cheaper with a JR pass.

Your rucksack should be fine. There are overhead compartments on all bullet trains for luggage, and if really large, there is luggage space behind the last seat in every carriage.


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almost 13 years ago

Thanks Mari :)
You have my this decision much much easier, better go buy myself a 7 day pass.

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