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Should I get a rail pass or just buy tickets once in Japan?

Will be in Japan for about 2 1/2 weeks. Will be in Tokyo, Mito and Kyoto.


  • If you travel to Mito as well as from Tokyo to Kyoto and back within 7 days, you do make a 7 day pass pay off nicely. But not the 14 day pass.
  • Thank you. We are visiting family in Mito so not sure we can do it all in 7 days. Unless we do Tokyo to Kyoto first and then Mito in the middle and spend the rest of the time in Tokyo but still was planning on spending 3 or 4 days in Kyoto and at least 7 days in Mito with family. Would it still be worth it to get the 7 day pass for the train rides not including the final one back to Tokyo from Mito?
  • If you are thinking of only going from Tokyo to Kyoto round trip for within a week, the japanican ticket is a much better, faster and cheaper way.
    You can even ride the Nozomi trains with it, getting you there 30 minutes sooner.

    Actually, if you could add half a day to see Nara Park in Nara it would be well worth it.
    And you could if you want see Osaka in the evening - it has a wild night life.
    Even paying for regular tickets for those, the japanican ticket still comes out cheaper and a good deal.

    You can check on train info on Hyperdia - you can see regular fares, routes, and schedules.
    Under "More Options", with a full JR pass, be sure to uncheck the Nozomi box since you can't ride that train using the JR pass.

    Also, you can look at some previews of some of the best places to see in Japan on:

    There are also loads of other tips on

    Best regards.
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