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7 day or 14 day rail pass

My husband and I are travelling to Japan for the first time in August. We are flying into Narita and staying in Tokyo for 3 nights, Kyoto for 3 nights and Osaka for 4 nights (planning a day trip to Hiroshima). Would you recommend a 14 day pass or a 7 day pass and purchasing single tickets for remaining time?


  • Hi,
    Going from Tokyo down to Kansai and Hiroshima round trip would make both a 7 and 14 day pass pay off, but needless to say you would reap far bigger savings if you did all that on a 7 day pass.
    I would also highly recommend at least half a day to see Nara as well - it was also a former capital and has some of Japan's best sights. Skipping the Todaiji Great Buddha would be a tragedy.

    If you choose the 14 day pass, then you can also use the Narita Express to/from the airport with the pass. But if with a 7 day pass, a cheaper way is the 1000 yen bus.

    Tokyo also has a good 48 or 72 hour subway pass that can save money.

    You can find regular rail fares, routes and schedules on Hyperdia.
    Under "More Options", be sure to uncheck the Nozomi box if on a full 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

    Best regards.
  • Thank you for that information. If we do get the 7 day rail pass what would be the best way to travel from Osaka back to Tokyo on our second last day (if our rail pass is invalid)?? Thank you
  • Hi,
    You could simply buy a regular fare ticket and ride a Nozomi bullet train back if you wish.
  • Thank you so much for your advice, we are looking forward to visiting Japan!
  • We have now confirmed out travel and wanted your advice on the 7 day pass. We will be travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto on the 22nd of August and then from Osaka to Tokyo on the 28th of August, will this still be ok to use the 7 day pass? Thank you
  • Hi,
    Yes, if the 22nd is the first day of your pass, then your final day is the end of the 28th.
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