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JR pass or individual tickets?


I’m sure similar questions get asked a bunch but I haven’t been able to find something that meets my specific situation.

I’m going to Japan for 14 days exactly,

  • List item land in Tokyo and stay there for four nights

  • List item then go off to Osaka for four nights

  • List item then to Kyoto 6 nights

  • List item then back to Tokyo for the remaining nights.

Essential i’ll be taking four train trips, but would only need 9 days on a JR pass, so too short for the 7 day pass and too long for the 14 day pass.

Do you think it would be more economic to buy a Pass or individual tickets?


It looks like the JR rail pass will cost you significantly more than buying tickets.

If you’re just travelling Tokyo -> Osaka/Kyoto and back then it’s cheaper buying the tickets see:

There is a discount roundtrip ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto or Osaka available, have a look at this article


Hi I have a similar concern. This will be my 1st time in Japan. Will be travelling together with my family. Will be visiting Japan from Dec 25 to 31. Will be touring tokyo and sapporo. In Tokyo, we plan to visit: Shibuya, Shinjuku, Meiji, Sushi Dai, Tokyo Tower, Kit kat Chocolatory & Disney World. Do I need JR Pass here? Tokyo to Sapporo, will be by plane. Touring Sapporo should I get the 3 day Hokkaido Pass? Hope you could advice and recommend best option. Thank you


You don’t need the JR rail pass for Tokyo.
Get the passmo or suica card for travelling around Tokyo: