JR rail pass 7 vs. 14 day: PLEASE HELP!
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Nov 3, 2012 7:03 PM Last Post By: amazinga
Oct 31, 2012 4:54 PM
JR rail pass 7 vs. 14 day: PLEASE HELP!Hello,
I will be traveling to Japan in December and was trying to figure out if it was worth getting the 14 day JR pass or if I should get the 7 day pass + the local tokyo lines. I have already booked hotels in these places and schedule is somewhat based on work; just trying to figure out what is economical. 14 day pass is $560, 7 day $360.
My itinerary is as follows:
Day 1-3: Fly into Narita and go and stay in ShinagawaTokyo
Day 4: Travel to Osaka
Day 5-6: Travel to Kyoto
Day 7: Come back tokyo and stay in Arakawa
Day 8: stay in Hakone
Day 9-13: back in tokyo and stay near Ueno park
Day 14: fly out of Narita
Should I buy the 7 day pass and start it from Day 4 for when I need to travel long distances? Or buy the 14 day pass? Will the JR pass allow for travel within tokyo or other subway lines are more predominant such as suica pass/nex?
Thanks for the help.
Oct 31, 2012 5:17 PM
1It will make more economic sense for you to buy the 7-day pass.
The JR Pass is usable on only a few lines of the Tokyo transport system commonly used by tourists. (It is not usable on subway lines or private railways.) For Tokyo-region travel, the Suica or Pasmo cards are more useful and more convenient.
The one important use of the JR Pass in Tokyo is the Narita Express, which is pretty expensive on its own. You would be well advised to time your JR Pass to include travel at least in one direction on the Narita Express. In your case, that would appear to mean starting your JR pass as soon as you land at Narita, as long as your travel plan actually does have you returning to Tokyo on the 7th day (so that return is covered.)
Then to go to Narita on departure you just buy a one-way ticket on the Keisei Skyliner or Keisei Limited Express (cheaper) since you are staying near Ueno anyway.
Nov 3, 2012 7:03 PM
2You can let the JR Pass expire when you get to Odawara for Hakone. It is cheaper to use Odakyu Kyuko(LTD Express, not local) w/o surcharge. The most JR fare/ride in Tokyo is less than 200yen and you use Metro (again mostly less than 200yen/ride) which JRPass is no use so it doesn't make sense to use JRPass. If you have days left on it, use it..
I'd suggest to stay in Kansai(Kyoto, Nara,,Osaka) a day or two longer. Or go to Hakone and activate the pass so you might be able to do a day trip to Nikko by JR shinkansen.
You have many options with the 7 day pass.
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