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I'll be in Japan for 15 days. should I get the 21 days pass?

I'll activate my pass on Oct 19th to move from NRT airport to Tokyo. From there I'll visit Kyoto Osaka an then coma back to Tokyo for a few extra days.

If I buy the 14 days pass, my last day wouldn't be covered to travel from Tokyo to NRT airport. Should I just pay for regular tickets that day? How expensive is that compared to just do the 21 days Rail Pass?

Thank you.


  • If you are only going round trip from Tokyo to Kansai, both the 14 and 21 day passes would be a HORRIBLE waste of money for you. A rail pass is by no means a guaranteed money saver - if you don't travel enough, you will lose money on one. Actually the 7 day pass doesn't pay off either. All the passes are meant for extensive long distance travel, especially by bullet train.
    If you are only going to Kansai for a few days, then the better deal would be the japanican ticket for you.
    You can use the Nozomi train with it, getting you there 30 minutes sooner, and it also includes a free day of local transport. Even if you buy regular tickets to see some other cities in the area (Osaka, Nara, Kobe), it still comes out cheaper than the 7 day JR Pass.

    As for getting to Narita cheaply, you can always use the 1000 yen bus.

    For doing simple itinerary calculations, use the japan rail pass calculator.
    You can check on train info on Hyperdia - you can see regular fares, routes, and schedules.

    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.
  • Thank you for your answer. So in basically, the Japan Rail Pass is a good deal if you visit more than just one region.

    For now my plan is just to visit Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Would you recommend places close to those cities?

    Also, I'll spend most of the time in Tokyo, what is a good option to use the local trains and transportation?

  • Hi,
    >>So in basically, the Japan Rail Pass is a good deal if you visit more than just one region.
    --Not necessarily. As I said, if you go Tokyo-Kyoto round trip, which is going to 2 different regions, you still don't make a rail pass pay off. It is all up to how far you travel - not number of regions, prefectures, number of trips, etc.

    I can't advise much until you decide how many days you want to spend in what area. There is enough in the Tokyo area for all your time with the city + day trips, and the same for Kansai seeing Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Himeji, and if you want, Hiroshima & Miyajima, etc. You have to divide your time according to your interests.
  • Probably 5 to 6 days in Kansai and the rest of the days in Tokyo.

    Anyways, thanks for the messages I really appreciate your help, I feel I started to understand the whole situation.

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