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Do I by a 7 day or 14 Raill Pass?
Our itinerary is 4 days in Tokyo, 6 days in Kyoto and Osaka, 1 day to define and 4 more days in Tokyo.
A 14 day pass for just that would be a terrible waste of money. Even with a 7 day pass though you still are a little short. If you'd like to take a day trip to Himeji from Kyoto or Osaka, then the 7 day pass would work well for you.
If not, then the japanican ticket works out much cheaper for you, and you can take the fastest bullet train (the Nozomi) with it - which you can't with the JR Pass.
Fares between the Kansai cities are not covered, but don't cost much.
Another place you should not miss is Nara - it has some of Japan's top sights.
You can see regular fares, routes and schedules on Hyperdia.
Under "More Options", be sure to uncheck the Nozomi box if on a JR Pass since you can't ride that train using the JR pass.
You can see previews of some of the best places to see in Japan on:
There are also loads of other tips on
Hi Tenjin can you please inform how the Japanican tickets work? Thanks
As it explains on their site. Make sure your long distance travel is completed within 7 days. You didn't list a departure date but check on their site since seats are limited.
There are some big differences compared with the JR Pass. One is that you can only go point to point - Tokyo to Kyoto, or Tokyo to Osaka. You cannot stop off in between, nor go beyond that point. Seats are unreserved. The ticket only covers the bullet train and a day of local transport. But you can take the Nozomi bullet train, which JR Pass holders cannot - so you pay less, get there faster, and don't have to fight with other foreign tourists for a seat.
As I mentioned though, if you want to take a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto, to Himeji or Hiroshima for example, the JR Pass would be the way to go.
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