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Old Jan 17th, 2020, 05:02 PM
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Japan Rail pass needed?

Hi guys!
Is it worth it for me to get the 7 day Japan rail pass (shinkansen) for the following transfers?
  • Tokyo to Kyoto
  • Kyoto to Osaka and back
  • Kyoto to Nara and back
  • Kyoto to Kanazawa and back
  • Kyoto to Hiroshima and back (not sure if ferry to Miyajima would be covered too?)
  • Kyoto back to Tokyo
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Old Jan 17th, 2020, 05:16 PM
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Nevermind! I found the calculator to use!!
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Old Jan 17th, 2020, 08:33 PM
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The JR ferry is covered as well.
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Old Jan 18th, 2020, 04:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Adastra2200 View Post
The JR ferry is covered as well.
thanks so much
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Old Jan 19th, 2020, 09:55 AM
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What calculator?

The answer is yes, if you were planning to jam that (insane) amount of travel over a period of 7 days (6 nights).

The shinkansen doesn't run between Kanazawa and Kyoto. I suggest going to Kanazawa from Tokyo and then to Kyoto to avoid the backtrack.
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Old Jan 19th, 2020, 09:58 AM
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There are online calculators that approximate if a rail pass will pay off or not, such as this one. The most accurate way is to just add the fares together, such as from Hypedia.
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Old Jan 19th, 2020, 11:29 AM
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What mrwunrfl said. Is Kanazawa a day trip? Because that is not nearly enough time. Perhaps you could post your whole itinerary.

I always price individual tickets on Hyperdia and then compare to the price for the pass. I have never found a full JR Pass cost effective, but I travel slowly.
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Old Jan 21st, 2020, 08:46 PM
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Adastra2200, thanks for the link to the calculator. I like how it showed that a 7-day pass "pays off" and when I added another train it showed that the 14-day pass also pays off.
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Old Jan 27th, 2020, 06:52 PM
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You're welcome. It doesn't include everywhere of course, just the most mainstream destinations. Sometimes, you still have to add up each leg such as calculated on Hyperdia.
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Old Jan 27th, 2020, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Adastra2200 View Post
Sometimes, you still have to add up each leg such as calculated on Hyperdia.
And that's so easy to do!
(Sorry, I couldn't resist. I found working with Hyperdia awesomely easy.)

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Old Feb 22nd, 2020, 07:03 PM
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Do realize that with the rail pass you can't use the Nozomi or the Mizuho Shinkansen trains. But on Hyperdia you can uncheck the box on their search filter to omit these trains.
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