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Rail Pass to use on consecutive days only?
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If I travel for 15 days and use the train on 5 days only to get from A to B, what kind of Rail pass would make sense?
The number of days you travel is one concern, but not the only one. It is more important how far you you travel. If you only use the pass for short trips, even every day, you'll still probably lose money on it. But if you travel a long distance, even for a couple of days out of a week or two, you can still save a lot on a pass.
That said, if you are going a very long distance, it might make more sense to fly most of the way, and then use some regional passes for when you arrive.
Nearly all of the rail passes in Japan are good on consecutive days only. There are a few exceptions though from Japan East where you can pick 5 or 6 days out of 14, or one from JR Hokkaido, such as:
Without you giving any itinerary, it's impossible to tell what pass suits you, if any.
You might try this rail fare calculator and see what savings you might be able to get.
Best of luck.
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