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Is it worth getting a 14 day pass?

Pyeman
Pyeman
almost 11 years ago
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Hi,
I'm traveling to Japan in august.
My itinerary is as follows
10th- arrive at Narita, go to hotel in Shibuya
15th- train to Kyoto (maybe see Kobe and Nara at some point during this period)
18th - Hiroshima
20th- Osaka
23rd- go to Kansai airport and fly to Thailand

I was wondering if it's worth me getting a rail pass? Will I save money? Do I still need to pay extra fees to reserve seats on these journeys?

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
Pyeman

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mari
1950 posts
almost 11 years ago
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Hi there!

Lets take a look at your costs:

  1. Narita airport terminal 1 > Shibuya: ¥3,110 (85mins, 93km)
  2. Shibuya > Kyoto: ¥13,220 (177mins, 514km)
  3. Kyoto > Nara: ¥690 (45mins, 41km)
  4. Nara > Kyoto: ¥690 (45mins, 41km)
  5. Kyoto > Kobe(hyogo): ¥3,240 (54mins, 75km)
  6. Kobe(hyogo) > Kyoto: ¥3,240 (54mins, 75km)
  7. Kyoto > Hiroshima: ¥10,590 (112mins, 380km)
  8. Hiroshima > Osaka: ¥10,220 (109mins, 345km)
  9. Osaka > Kansai airport: ¥3,340 (57mins, 64km)

JR ticket cost: ¥48,340 for 9 legs

As you can see you'll make a small saving with the 14 day pass if you do your full itinerary. If you need flexibility for the 14 days, then I think the 14 day pass is a good choice. If you were really on a budget and don't think you need as much flexibility for the full 14 days, you could use a 7 day pass between the 15th and 20th and make really good savings of around ¥13,590 on the travel you have planned for this time. If you go for this option I recommend looking into the [Narita Express + Suica deals] or the Keisei Skyliner + 2 day metro pass deals to get you into Tokyo and give you discount travel while you are in town.

If you do go with the pass, all seats will be covered, and for JR Pass holders seat reservations are 100% free during the validity period so you would not incur further fees.

I hope this helps!


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