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best use of 7-days JR pass for a 8-day trip

11 months ago
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My family booked our trip from 16/8-23/8 already (air ticket and hotel). 2 adults+ 2 children 11 &9

Day 1 : HK--> osaka (KIX) arrive 8:20pm--> Koyto
(Plan to take JR Haruka Limited Express to Kyoto Station then taxi to hotel in Kyoto)

Day 2: Kyoto (visit around)
Day 3: Kyoto (visit around)
Day 4: Kyoto-->Osaka city
Day5: Osaka (Universal Studio)
Day6: Osaka (Universal Studio)
Day7: Osaka (city)
Day8: am city shopping: Osaka, late pm : Osaka --> KIX airport --> HK

My questions please : best use of a 7-days JR pass for the 8 days trip.

Option 1:
Day 1: NO JR pass, get the ICOCA prepaid card for JR Haruka Limited Express to Kyoto station
Day 2-8 : Buy JR 7 day pass.

Question: the ICOCA prepaid offer 1600yen single trip from KIX to Kyoto but no sure if it's 1/2 price for children

Option 2:
Day 1-7 : Buy JR 7days pass
(Day 1 use the pass from KIX airport to Kyoto, using JR Haruka Limited Express) Day 8 : pay local free including the trip from Osaka city to Osaka airport.

1) : Does the JR7 day pass include the JR Haruka Limited Express from KIX to Kyoto Station? If yes, which option is better?

Overall Questions

1) Could JR pass use within Kyoto and is JR common transit within Kyoto or it's subway. I look through several website and it seems JR isn't that common in Kyoto
2)Which option give me more saving and worth to use?

appreciate your advice

16610 posts
11 months ago

Hi there,

All your travel is within the Kansai Area and you would not really make savings on this route. With that in mind, I do think that the Haruka + ICOCA package is a good deal to start your trip with.

You can request a child ICOCA Pass as well, when you buy it upon arrival at Kansai Airport.

Kind regards,

2 posts
11 months ago

thank you so much Daniel. This is very useful. I highly appreciate it.

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