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JR Pass - Unsure if required

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JR Pass - Unsure if required

Hi all. Would appreciate your advice if a JR pass will be more economical or if we should buy individual tickets for our trip.

We will be arriving in Narita but have chosen to use a bus/taxi service to & from our accommodation in Shinjuku due to having lots of luggage (snowboard bag as well as a normal bag for each person). We will be beginning and ending our trip in Tokyo, with a stay in Hakuba in the middle for which we plan to travel by Shinkansen to Nagano. We are also hoping to make two day trips to nearby towns fro Tokyo (choosing between Hakkone/Kamakura/Nikko).

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: JR Pass - Unsure if required

Do you know you can ride a direct highway bus and a direct LTD Express train between Shinjuku and Hakuba?

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2. Re: JR Pass - Unsure if required

Short answer - probably not. How many days in each city?

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3. Re: JR Pass - Unsure if required

We have 2 days in Tokyo, then 10 in Hakuba, then another 5 in Tokyo of which 2 we're hoping to spend in nearby towns.

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4. Re: JR Pass - Unsure if required

No, the JR Pass won't work with your itinerary. As mentioned by Nao, going to Hakuba from NRT taking the direct bus will be more convenient. After visiting Hakuba, send your snowboards and snow equipment to NRT so you won't have to drag everything to Tokyo.

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5. Re: JR Pass - Unsure if required

Thankyou!

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