I'm going to be going from tokyo to osaka and kyoto and then back to tokyo, is it best to get a JR pass or is there another ticket that covers that area?
There are no regional rail passes that cover this area as it spans 3 main JR zones (JR-East, JR-Central and JR-West). So the only rail pass that would cover you is the countrywide JR Pass.
Looking at costs, the ticket cost of each of your legs is:
- Tokyo > Osaka: ¥13550, (194mins, 556km)
- Osaka > Kyoto: ¥540, (29mins, 42km)
- Kyoto > Tokyo: ¥13020, (161mins, 513km)
TOTAL: ¥27110 for 4 legs
With a 7 day JR Pass ¥1190 more at ¥28,300, it may be worth buying if you plan on doing this trip within a 7 day period, and you think you'll do any more rail travel, for example to Nikko, or a day trip to Hiroshima from Osaka.
Hope this helps!
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