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Is a JP pass worth it?


#1

Hello TokyoCheapo Team
I am planning my very first trip to Japan and will be staying for a few weeks.

But I have one question about JR pass. I am planning of travelling - amongst other places - to the following prefectures: Kanagawa, Tochigi-Iken, Saitamo-Ken and Hiroshima (with a stop in Kyoto). Would it be worth it to buy a 3-week pass then?

Your website is giving me great ideas for my trip. Thanks a lot for the great work and information.


#2

A 3 week pass might not save you money, though a one week probably will - a one week pass is cheaper than a shinkansen return trip from Tokyo to Hiroshima.
For an accurate answer, see our Shinkansen fare calculator https://tokyocheapo.com/shinkansen-fare-calculator/ and calculate the total of all the long distance shinkansen trips you’ll take.

Note that Kanagawa and Saitama are basically within the Tokyo area, so a train Journey to and from Tokyo is ~1000yen. Also Tochigi-ken isn’t that far from Tokyo, so there’s not much money to be saved.


#3

Hello MrKirkLand
Thank you very much for your fast and informative reply. It has helped me.
Maybe I will get a rechargeable IC card. It sounds as if this could be the better choise for me.


#4

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