Japan Rail Passes, will I need one?

9/9/2012 11:32:00 AM

Short answer – the full JR pass for this trip, assuming a 14 day pass at 45100 yen, will cost pretty much the same as individual tickets and more specialised passes combined, excluding the pass’ ease of use. I’d strongly recommend it, with maybe a couple of 1000 yen extra for subways and private railways you might come across.

Long answer –

Narita Airport Express return ticket + ‘Suica’ charge card – 5500 yen

8 days travel around Tokyo – 770 yen ‘Tokunai’ day pass + 230 yen contingency (for subway or outer Tokyo) – 1000 yen a day, 8000 yen total

Tokyo – Osaka – 8510 yen

Kansai (Osaka/Nara/Kyoto region pass) – 6000 yen for 4 days

Osaka – Hiroshima – 5500 yen

Hiroshima – Tokyo – 11340 yen

Total = 44,850 yen

Not much of a saving, given the additional hassle, but a saving nonetheless if you’re on a tight budget.

Last thing – you can plan all sorts of trips via all means if transport in Japan at http://www.hyperdia.com/en/. Remember to exclude the ‘Nozomi’ and ‘Mizuho’ Shinkansen / bullet trains. They’re not included.


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