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21 Day pass worth it?

I will be in Japan for 3 weeks and I am wondering if the 21 day pass is worth the price tag. My trip will span from August 27 until September 16th. Here is a list of the trips I will make once in japan.

Day one landing in Kansai International Airport and traveling to Osaka where I have hotel.

Second day trip to Hiroshima / Miyajima

3rd day trip to Nara

4th day Kobe

5th day going to kyoto

6th day still in kyoto

7th still kyoto

8th day going to Tokyo from kyoto

9th and 10th days I will be taking a tour to climb mt fuji by bus

11th day i want to explore tokyo

12th day trip to yokohama

13th day asakusa area

14th day Kawagoe area

15th day Izu Peninsula shirahama beach area

16th day Mitaka / Akihabara area

17th day Local tokyo area

18th day Boso Peninsula area

the last days i will stay local in tokyo or find another day trip I am still unsure. But my flight will be from Haneda airport when i leave japan. So my question is would the 21 day pass pay for itself with all my traveling? Also if anyone has any suggestions on day trips with the jr pass to help make it more worth while. Or any concerns with my current Itinerary. I have never been to Japan so any help is appreciated thank you.


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    Thank you very much for contacting us.

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  • Hi,
    The truth is that you are a long way from making a 21 day pass pay off. Many days you are not traveling far, and that does not make it worthwhile. What you could do however is get a 7 day pass, and use it for the trip down to Hiroshima/Miyajima, and also go to Tokyo. That would make it pay off for those legs.

    For the rest of your time in the Tokyo area, if you rearrange your schedule a bit you could use a Tokyo Wide Pass and use it for Izu, the Boso Peninsula, and either Kawagoe or one way to partially get to Mt. Fuji.

    If you do the latter, you can use another pass to get to Kawagoe - the Kawagoe Access Ticket.
    For the Fuji area, there are also good regional passes by Odakyu.

    As for getting from KIX, you also might get the Icoca & Haruka discount ticket.
    And within Tokyo, a 2 or 3 day subway pass might help if you travel around enough:

    You can see previews of some of the best places to see in Japan on:
  • Thank you for the quick responses. I see your point Tenjin but I will arrive in osaka on august 27 and I will head to tokyo on september 3rd so my 7 day pass will expire if i activate on august 27. Is it possible for me to buy the 7 day pass and just take regular shuttle or train from Kansai airport into osaka and then activate my pass on august 28th when i go to hiroshima?

    That way my pass will be active from August 28 until September 3rd so i will use it for hiroshima nara kobe kyoto and tokyo..

  • Hi,
    That's precisely what I am suggesting - use the Icoca & Haruka discount ticket to get from KIX into the city and start using the JR pass from Days 2-8.
  • Thanks so much I will do that. I will grab the 7 day pass and then just use regular metro in and around Tokyo.
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