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10 Day simple Itinerary. what's best pass option?
Arriving in NRT
6 days in Tokyo
3 days in Kyoto
1 day Osaka
back to Tokyo NRT. what's the most economical pass to buy for 2 people? Thank you much
A Tokyo-Kansai round trip still leaves you a little short of making a 7 day JR Pass pay off.
You could save money though on a japanican ticket:
Fares between the Kansai cities are not covered, but it still works out much cheaper.
For most people, 3-4 days in Tokyo are quite enough. If you want to take a few day trips from Tokyo to NIkko or Kamakura/Enoshima for example, there are some good regional rail passes.
I suggest you also take at least half a day and see Nara - it was a former capital as well, and has some of Japan's best sights. Missing the Todaiji Great Buddha would be a tragedy. Nara Park has a lot of other great places, such as Kasuga Shrine, Kofukuji Temple, the Isuien and Yoshikien Gardens, and feeding the many deer in the area.
As for getting around Tokyo, a 2 or 3 day subway pass can save money and is quite convenient.
You can find regular rail 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 pass.
You can see previews of some of the best places to see in Japan on:
There are also loads of other tips on
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