Hi we are going to Japan in a couple of months (1st time) and I am not sure is I should get a JR Pass, buy a card or pay per use. We are going to be in Tokyo for 4 days and then travel to Takayama (2days) then to Kyoto (4 Days possible trip to Nara) then Osaka (2days). I was thinking of getting the JR Pass and activate it before travelling to Takayama. I tried to do some calculation and price wise it seems very close.
Are there other benefits to using the JR Pass (eg can it be used in Takayama for travel to the shinhotaka-ropeway, and during Kyoto ?