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Japan rail pass - worth it for a short trip

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1. Posted by lawlaw (Budding Member 33 posts) 8y

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Hello All

My husband and I have 5 nights in Japan, during which time we intend to see the sights in tokyo and also get the shinkansen to kyoto and back.

From what I am reading the subways are not included nor the buses in Kyoto. Also we are staying in Mita and the jr hyperdia thingy seems to be saying that the best way for me to get there from the airport is the Keisei skyliner (also not included)

Therefore do you think the JR travel pass is worth it, im starting to think maybe not.

Thanks guys.

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

A JR pass has always been virtually the same cost as a Shinkansen return from Tokyo-Kyoto. Thus it is a toss up.

Note that your pass is valid on many of the railways around Tokyo (you don't have to use the subway), and getting to and from the airport you can do it with a JR pass - it might take a little longer, but it will then be free and there are JR stations in the Mita area on the Yamanote - ring - line (and other lines). So probably, if you do that in both directions and then only use it on a Kyoto return trip, it will pay for itself and save you a bit of money. Having said that, it won't save you vast amounts if you don't go anywhere else (such as Nara or Kamakura), though it will also save you a bit of hassle and give you a bit more freedom

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 8y

I used my pass a lot round Tokyo, especially on the Yamanote line. As Gelli says, getting one will save you a bit of hassle and will enable to travel around Tokyo as much as you want without worring about the cost.

4. Posted by lawlaw (Budding Member 33 posts) 8y

Thanks so much for your advice. If it makes my life easier, then a will go and get one. With such a short amount of time there and having never having been to Japan before, anything that makes the trip smoother is definately worthwhile. I think I will still get the private train to Mita though otherwise I will have to wait an hour for JR one, we dont get land til 7pm so unlikely to get out of airport til about 8, want to get straight to Mita (where hotel is) and head to Izakaya for a few beers and some food before bed and early rise for the fish market. I am sooo excited about the trip. cant wait.