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Japan Rail Pass- is this a good idea for Tokyo only??

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1. Posted by michdev (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hi Guys,

I know that there have been loads of questions asked about th eJapan rail pass and i have to add another to the pile!! I am off t oJpan for 2 weeks on Saturday but I plan to spend one week going to Osaka and Kyoto and hopefully another week in Tokyo. I know that buying the rail pass to get from Tokyo to Osaka /Kyoto is a good idea but I dont know weather to buy the pass for two weeks if I will be spending 1 whole week in Tokyo??

Are the trains really that expensive in Tokyo that E150 Euros would be a bargian?? Please bear in mind that I also have to get the train form the airport to Tokyo which I believe is a long journey also......

If anyone could help me you be doing me a huge favour as no one seems to knopw the answer in any of the agencies I have gone to.....


2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

Sorry I can't help you with Tokyo as I've not been up that way yet and have no idea about what trains within the city are JR. But, this website should be able to help you out. It's the train timetable page. Just type in a bunch of stations that you think you'll be heading to along the way to get some sample fares. Add them all up and see if its more or less than a rail pass.

3. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 8y

Was in Tokyo last September/October and found a pretty cheap full day JR train pass (about 750 Yen - 5 EUR) which got us to virtually every main area worth visiting.
Try for cheap Tokyo transportation info.
I'm sure we used the 'Tokunai Pass' which gave us unlimited use of JR trains in the central Tokyo area on one calendar day., but there are other metro passes mentioned on the webpage.
Trying to find a machine to buy the pass in Shinjuku station (probably the size of Lichtenstein) was an exercise in itself.
You can get a bus from Narita international airport into central Tokyo for about 20 Euros, and I think the train costs about the same.
Anyway, wish I was back there myself.
One of my favourite countries.



P.S. The 'Holiday Pass' mentioned on the webpage allows you to get to Kamakura with some restrictions. Spent 2 days there back in 1983 and loved it, so it could be a day trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 16, 2008, at 8:39 AM by wotthefiqh ]

4. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 8y

If you plan to spend an entire week in Tokyo, don't buy a 2 week pass unless you know you will be using it. 70% of Japan's rails are operated by JR, while 30% are private. Tokyo however, has about a million different train lines running through it and many (greater than 30%) are privately owned and operated. Unless you know you will be taking JR a great deal once in Tokyo, you may end up losing out. You might want to plan our your route and consider before buying.

5. Posted by michdev (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hi Eeryone..thank you all sooo much for your help with this- we have decided to go with a 7 day rail pass and pay as we go for the rest of the time in Tokyo...thanks again much appreciated

6. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 8y

You might want to keep a note of costs and offer a follow-up for travellerspoint posterity. I'm sure others would be interested.