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Jr pass length question

Seattle, Washington
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Jr pass length question

We are staying 14 days starting this Saturday. Tokyo -Kyoto- Tokyo (we are planning slow and easy days because kids and weather)

Our plans only include a round trip from Tokyo to kyoto to Nara. We are thinking a 7 day jr pass is sufficient. Thoughts appreciated pls. Thanks!

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1. Re: Jr pass length question

Probably yes.

www.japan-guide.com/railpass = rail pass calculator.

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2. Re: Jr pass length question

If your major intercity travel is within a 7-day period, it's unlikely to be a good deal to get a 14-day pass just to have use of the pass on days when you're doing only short local trips.

The pass can be used for short local trips on JR lines, but the pass does not cover local subways or non-JR-train lines.

Melbourne, Australia
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3. Re: Jr pass length question

The break even point for the 7 day pass is Tokyo - Kyoto return in the Shinkansen. You can also use it from Kyoto to Nara & return.

If you’re going to be in Kyoto, I’d recommend also using the JR pass to go to Hiroshima for the day.

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4. Re: Jr pass length question

Do remember that the 7 day pass is for 7 consecutive days - not just any 7 days of travel in your 14 day trip.

Hong Kong, China
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5. Re: Jr pass length question

For a Tokyo-Kyoto round trip, a 7-day JR Pass at JPY29K+ does not payoff. If you can return to Tokyo within 7 days, consider this e-voucher @JPY21K instead and you can ride on the most frequent Nozomi Shinkansen train.


A day trip to Nara from Kyoto or Osaka costs roughly JPY1.5K by frequent commuter trains served by JR and Kintetsu.

use hyperdia.com to check train schedules, fares.

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6. Re: Jr pass length question

Even without the Japanican eVoucher the breakeven is not a Tokyo-Kyoto round trip as it only costs 26,160 yen (before using any pre-booking discounts), less than the 29,110 yen of the 7-day pass. Kyoto-Nara is 710 yen each way on JR so gtting close.

However, it is likely you will do 3,000 yen of other travel on JR trains in those seven days.

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