JR pass vs. Tokyo Free Kippu

Old Apr 28th, 2005, 05:40 PM
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JR pass vs. Tokyo Free Kippu

Hubby and I will be in Japan six weeks from now for 10 days. I've got to buy our JR passes...but I can't decide: 7 day JR pass plus 3 Tokyo Free Kippu for our days in Tokyo OR 14 day JR pass. We save $250 with the 7 day plan, but I don't want to make life hard. Thoughts?
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Old Apr 28th, 2005, 07:19 PM
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It's not that hard, really. The Free Kippu is probably simpler. Save the $250 and get the 7-day with the three 1-days. Or just the 7-day and pay as you go in Tokyo.
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Old Apr 28th, 2005, 08:26 PM
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cyndeb-check out prices at a few sellers of JR pass. www.railplus.com.au is cheaper for us Aussies than buying via Qantas Holidays. Not sure where you are but do a check as prices can vary and they all use different conversion rates ie. yen to US to Aussie dollars!! Confused the hell out of me! Have fun!
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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 06:27 AM
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Thanks to you both! I'm in the US and, compared to travel in Europe, Japan Rail seems quite confusing. I think I'll go with the 7 day pass and "pay as you go" Tokyo idea. Thanks for your input!
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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 05:19 PM
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Skip Free Kippu. It's not a very good value as it only covers JR. You are likely to be using a combination of subways (most useful), JR and some private lines (e.g. for Nikko, Narita).
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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 06:05 PM
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Tokyo Combination Ticket (Tokyo Free Kippu) - A one-day pass valid for unlimited travel on JR and Toei local trains, Toei and TRTA (Eidan) subways, and Toei city buses. The pass costs ¥1,580 yen (¥ 790 yen for children aged 6-11) and is available from station Pass Offices.

So, it's more useful than paying for a second-week on a JR Pass just to use that week of the pass to take JR trains in Tokyo.
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Old Apr 29th, 2005, 06:06 PM
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But, yes, skipping the Free Kippu is even better, IMO.
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