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1. Posted by pikey (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

Hey,
I'm planning a trip to tokyo and kyoto with a friend and have been told that it'd be a good idea to get a japan rail pass. However there really expensive - £210 for 2 weeks. As the only major trip we'll be making is the journey from tokyo to kyoto and back, would it be worth getting one? I don't know how expensive the city trains are but they can't be too pricey and I was hoping that we could get a bus to kyoto and back for about £50 each, all in all i would'nt expect it to come to £210 but I don't know for sure. Are there any travelcards for cities that give you unlimited use of the subways for a week or so as this would be ideal? In any case, any recommendations would be really helpful.

Thanks,
Mike

2. Posted by harry04088 (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

hey mike
im going to japan in april and going by train to kyoto from tokyo(£65) and kyoto to osaka(£10)
most of the infomation for my trip regarding trains i got from the websites below
hope this helps have a great trip
david
http://www.hyperdia.com/
http://www.seat61.com/Japan.htm

3. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Hello!!!
I was in Japan a few months ago and I opted for the railpass.....we were quoted a lot for individual tickets so chose to get the pass....bear in mind though with a railpass you could use in to do stop offs on the distance between Tokyo and Kyoto if you were interested?Also when in Kyoto its worthwhile to also visit Nara or Osaka and you can use the pass for this also as well as if you wanted to go further afield say Hiroshima?we were using our on local trains, and for transport to airports etc and it was nice to know it was there and ready to use if we wanted!!!Its up to you if the only journey you are wanting to do is a basic return journey tokyo-kyoto you would most likely be best off just getting a return ticket rather than a pass!

4. Posted by pikey (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

hey, thanks very much for the replies twinkle and harry. I may make a few stop-offs afterall but as I have got the accommodation booked it might complicate things a bit, but it's always an option.

Quoting harry04088

hey mike
im going to japan in april and going by train to kyoto from tokyo(£65) and kyoto to osaka(£10)
most of the infomation for my trip regarding trains i got from the websites below
hope this helps have a great trip
david
http://www.hyperdia.com/
http://www.seat61.com/Japan.htm

Is that £65 for a return ticket though? - Otherwise the cost of the trip to and from Kyoto will be about the same as a 1 week rail pass and I may aswell get one after all.

Thanks again,
Mike ^.^

5. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

hello again!!!We only got a one week pass which cost us £160. when we looked into a return ticket Tokyo-kyoto-tokyo on the Shinkansen trains we were quoted near enough a similar amount to the cost of the pass. We were going to just get the return and book other trips individually but when we realised how expensive the trains were we decided it made more sense to get a pass....so im assuming the £65 they were talking about was only one way maybe?
In addition, if u decide to get one...after we looked all over to check the best prices out for the JR Pass...we found Trailfinders was cheapest as other places were putting extra charges onto it...the highest we were quoted from one travel agent was £206 for a week, and we decided against STA also as they add an extra £15 booking fee on!So Trailfinders may be worth a look!!!

6. Posted by pikey (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

Quoting Twinkle

hello again!!!We only got a one week pass which cost us £160. when we looked into a return ticket Tokyo-kyoto-tokyo on the Shinkansen trains we were quoted near enough a similar amount to the cost of the pass. We were going to just get the return and book other trips individually but when we realised how expensive the trains were we decided it made more sense to get a pass....so im assuming the £65 they were talking about was only one way maybe?
In addition, if u decide to get one...after we looked all over to check the best prices out for the JR Pass...we found Trailfinders was cheapest as other places were putting extra charges onto it...the highest we were quoted from one travel agent was £206 for a week, and we decided against STA also as they add an extra £15 booking fee on!So Trailfinders may be worth a look!!!

£160 is a lot, Japan really is a pricey country! Anyways I'll have a look at trailfinders, thanks for the help twinkle ^.^

7. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 10y

You can use Seishun Ju-hachi Kippu. It's a seasonal train ticket for school holidays. For only 11,500 yen you can use the ticket unlimited all over Japan on JR trains--local & rapid--for 5 days. It's a good alternative to JR Pass for your kind of travel, especially if you're going on school holidays. It's valid for all ages.

For more info, see http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2362.html

When you're in Kyoto it's better to use city buses to go around the city. It's 220 yen for each ride. But if you'll take bus rides more than 2 times in a day, you'd better buy a City Bus All-Day Pass--for only 500 yen you can have unlimited city bus ride for one day. And with the pass you can visit many places of interest in Kyoto.

For more info, see http://www.city.kyoto.jp/koho/eng/access/transport.html

Z