Why buying Japan Rail Pass will help you save money

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    Key benefits of using a Japan Rail Pass / Regional Rail Pass

  1. Cost-saving
    Take unlimited rides at a low cost that local Japanese can only dream of!
  2. Time-saving
    Skip the queues and the hassle of paying per ride.
  3. Free / Discounted Admission to selected places of interests
  4. (Kansai Thru Pass/Kintetsu Wide/Yokoso Osaka Pass ONLY!)

A JR Pass is definitely worth the cost. In general, a return trip from Tokyo to Kyoto would make the purchase of a Nationwide Japan Rail Pass worth your money. Any distance less than that, you might be better off with single-trip tickets purchasable in Japan, or other Regional Japan Rail Pass would suit you, based on your itinerary.

A sample Free & Easy Golden Route 5D4N itinerary and transportation cost

  • Day 1: Haneda Airport to Shinagawa
  • By Tokyo Monorail & JR Line, via Hamamatsucho, 30 min: JPY 650

  • Day 2: Shinagawa to Kyoto
  • By Shinkansen (HIKARI), 131 mins: JPY 13,600

  • Day 3: Kyoto to Osaka
  • By JR Line, 29 mins: JPY 560

  • Day 4: Osaka to Tokyo
  • By Shinkansen (HIKARI), 153 mins: JPY 14,140

  • Day 5: Tokyo to Narita Airport
  • By Narita Express, 70 mins: JPY 3,020

    Total cost using single tickets: JPY 31,970

    Total cost using JR National Pass ordinary, 7 days: JPY 29,110

    You save: JPY 2,860 with JR Pass

    It is worth buying JR Pass if you make round trip to/from Tokyo

    2-way from Tokyo to Osaka/Kyoto

  • Shinagawa to Kyoto
  • By Shinkansen (HIKARI), 131 mins: JPY 13,600

  • Kyoto to Osaka
  • By JR Line, 29 mins: JPY 560

  • Osaka to Tokyo
  • By Shinkansen (HIKARI), 153 mins: JPY 14,140

    Total cost using single tickets: JPY 28,300

    Total cost using JR National Pass ordinary, 7 days: JPY 29,110

    You save: JPY 810 with JR Pass

    1-way from Tokyo to Osaka/Kyoto

  • Shinagawa to Kyoto
  • By Shinkansen (HIKARI), 131 mins: JPY 13,600

  • Kyoto to Osaka
  • By JR Line, 29 mins: JPY 560

    Total cost using single tickets: JPY 14,140

    Total cost using JR National Pass ordinary, 7 days: JPY 29,110

    You will save more when you travel using single-trip tickets


    Insider tips: You can check the optimum routes and the train timings with this third-party website Hyperdia
    If you only travel around Tokyo and make day trips to cities nearby, Japan National Rail Pass might not be a good choice for you. Otherwise, you can benefit from other Regional rail passes.

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