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1. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Hey guys! Im heading to Japan for 11 days in early July!My initial plan was to get the JR pass after my friend told me she didnt pay too much for it. However when I went to my travel agent I was quoted a price double of what she paid for it! I was only planning on getting the week long pass and now Im a bit put off over the price ive been given as I dont know how much use i will get out of it!I understand that it is very good value for money and you would have made great savings even if you just used it for a return Tokyo-Kyoto. We are planning to go Tokyo-MtFuji-Kyoto (then base ourselves in Kyoto to visit Nara, Kobe) Possibly Hiroshima if time permits, then finish in Osaka. However I have since heard about this Japan air pass, which is valid for something like 5 internal flights and appears to be half of the price of the railpass!Whats everyones thoughts on this?Or does anyone know of a cheap airline equivalent to Easyjet/asia-air type thing????Im so confused over what to do?Does anyone know of a website where you can buy the JR Pass at a reasonable and official price????
Cheers!

2. Posted by divamp (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi! I'm going to do exactly the same travel than you except for travelling in August instead of July. Can you tell me the conclusions you get after "investigating" everything? I have also another concern, we are going to travel only two people and we know nothing at all of japanese, I don´t know it this will be, on one hand dangerous (because of travelling only two) and very difficult (because of not knowing japanese). Can you help me, please?

3. Posted by rbisset (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

I'm looking to do a similar thing. Looking in my Japan Rough Guide the Japan Rail Pass costs:

28,300 Yen (£139) - 7 Days
45,100 Yen (£223) - 14 Days
57,700 Yen (£285) - 21 Days

This is bookable at http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en01.html

The air pass available from JAL (Welcome to Japan) or ANA (Visit Japan) costs:

25,200 Yen (£124) - 2 Flights
37,800 Yen (£186) - 3 Flights
50,400 Yen (£249) - 4 Flights
63,000 Yen (£311) - 5 Flights

I think I will get the 7 day rail pass as it seem very good value for money.

4. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Thanks!Thats great advice!The railpass definatley sounds great value and I expect its a nicer way to travel, you get to see more of the country!

5. Posted by victorWard (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Quoting divamp

Hi! I'm going to do exactly the same travel than you except for travelling in August instead of July. Can you tell me the conclusions you get after "investigating" everything? I have also another concern, we are going to travel only two people and we know nothing at all of japanese, I don´t know it this will be, on one hand dangerous (because of travelling only two) and very difficult (because of not knowing japanese). Can you help me, please?

Dangerous? In japan? I used to live in japan, and have never seen nor been in any situation that could be considered even remotely dangerous (unless your allergic to fish). Certainly things will be difficult, but not that bad. You just have to get used to pointing a lot.

6. Posted by Little'un (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Me and my boyfriend went to Japan for 3 weeks in October 04 and got a 14 day rail pass. It was well worth the money. We didn't use it in the last spell of the trip - in Tokyo as there is excellent metro links. Which are reasonably priced. You will love Japan - it is one of the best places I have been to. A little expensive, but not more than London prices really. I definetely recommend seeing Mount Fuji (on a good day only - we had an amazing day and it is an awsome sight to behold), Kyoto (wonderful temples, beautiful city), Hiroshima (mindblowing and thoughtprovoking - spend plenty of time in the memorial museum). Everywhere was great though. The people speak little English, but you get by. Thankfully the train stations have signs on the platform in English etc. Usually someone at tourist areas speak english. Also Japan is the least scary place for crime - we stayed in Ikebukuro in Tokyo for 4 nights and it is supposed to be a little dodgy, but it was absolutely fine. I guarrantee you will have an amazing time! Best thing to do on the rail pass is figure out an itinery - We went from Fukuoka on Kyushu to Tokyo in a few hours and this alone would have been pretty much the cost of the 2 week pass! The trains are amazing - fast, comfortable and easy to use and ALWAYS on time - to the second!!!!! Hope this helps! I was daunted about going to Japan and then absolutely loved it. :)

7. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Thanks Little'un for your advice!Keep getting all excited when I talk about it!!!!!Yeah, definateley up for Mt Fuji, looks incredible!The route we were thinking of is Tokyo-Mt Fuji-Kyoto-Nara-Hiroshima then back up to Osaka finally where we will fly out of!How does this sound to you?How long would you say it takes by train to get Kyoto-Hiroshima?and about accomodation, is it a safe enough bed to just arrange where to stay upon arrival or what?know of any nice places to stay in Kyoto?Cheers!

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Cheap / Japan (Isn't that an oxymoron?)

Cupcake, add that to the list.:)

9. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Hey guys!Just another bit of advice....just wondering where you guys think the cheapest place of getting a rail pass would be, been to 2 travel agents who have given me sky high prices and a friend of mine got hers a lot cheaper, but her mum got it so shes doesnt know where it came from!I checked out the official site, but the whole thing doesnt really make sense!If anyone knows of the best travel company based in the UK ,or a respectable website that I can buy on please let me know!thanks!