Suica/Ne'x package or JR Rail?
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Feb 24, 2011 2:23 PM Last Post By: optimistk
Feb 24, 2011 12:01 PM
Suica/Ne'x package or JR Rail?Good day
We're almost off to Japan (in April) for the first time and thanks to a lot
of advices, we're set up on a ittinerary.
I still have a question on the Suica/N'EX package : does it make sense to
buy one on arrival at Narita if we have a two-weeks JR Pass or is the
journey from Narita to central Tokyo included in the JR Pass?
Also, on the JR East website, they say that the Narita Express require
prior reservation. How do you do that?
I'm still wondering buying the JR pass or else hire a car for a few days...
Final question probably a stupid one : can you go early to Tsukiji market
by public transport?
Feb 24, 2011 2:09 PM
1The JR pass covers the NEX, so no need for the Suica/NEX package if you already have the JR pass. However if you want to stay for many days in Tokyo after your arrival, it might be better not to use the JR pass for the trip from the airport, since for local transport in Tokyo it is less useful. Depending on your itinerary, you might be better off with a one week JR pass in this case.
You can get seat reservations at the ticket office.
Hiring a car in Japan is only useful for really remote areas with little public transport. It is generally slower than trains and due to road tolls and parking fees not very economical either.
+Final question probably a stupid one : can you go early to Tsukiji market
by public transport?+
How early do you want to go? You can check train connections with hyperdia. If you want to be really early, you could stay in Ginza and walk from there (or get a taxi).
Feb 24, 2011 2:23 PM
Whether activating the JR Pass as soon as you fly into NRT makes sense or not entirely depends on how long you'll be travelling in Japan, whether you'll be staying in Tokyo for several days or start to travel to other part of Japan immediately after arrival at NRT. If you stay in Tokyo upon arrival at Narita, you might want to get the Suica and NEX package. Using a JR Pass for local journeys on JR in Tokyo is just a waste of money. You can travel to central Tokyo by NEX essentially for 1,500 yen on Suica and NEX and the attached Suica is valid on any local train and bus regardless of operators in Tokyo. If you directly go to a distant place e.g. Kyoto from NRT, then you should activate the JR Pass at NRT and take the NEX on it.
Suica and NEX and NEX info: http://gutereise09.blogspot.com/2008/07/narita-express-to-tokyo-proper-japan.html
The agent at the Travel Service Center in NRT will make a reservation for the NEX no matter which one you may choose to use, JR Pass or Suica and NEX. Tokyo bound NEX are mostly vacant.
I wouldn't recommend you hire a car for long distance journeys. Just stick to trains (or buses, flights). Use a car in rural areas where public transport is sparse.
If you want to see the tuna auction queuing up at 4:30, you can unlikely be in time for the application by public transport. Trains start to run between 4:30 to 5am.
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