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JR pass or not

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JR pass or not

Hi,

I am planning to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto, Kyoto to Himeji, Himeji to Hiroshima, Hiroshima to Kyoto, Kyoto to Tokyo - in a week.

I am wondering if I should get the JR pass or not, especially because JR pass is not valid on Nozomi trains.

Don't want to miss out a super fast train.

Thanks

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1. Re: JR pass or not

JR Pass will be beneficial for you.

You can still take bullet train (Shinkansen), just not the Nozomi class shinkansen.

1 of the reasons why Kodama and Hikari class Shinkansen have a longer travel duration is because they stop at more stations along the way than Nozomi class which skips most of the stations.

I'm not too sure about the speed difference though.

Just for your reference:

Tokyo to Kyoto 12710yen (unreserved seat)

Kyoto to Himeji: 4620yen (unreserved seat)

Himeji to Hiroshima: 7560yen (unreserved seat)

Hiroshima to Kyoto: 10280yen (unresereved seat)

Kyoto to Tokyo: 12710yen (unreserved seat).

Total: 47880yen.

Which is why getting a 7days JR Pass for 28300yen will save you lots.

Therefore, the main question is...are you willing to fork out the cost difference (19580yen) in order to be able to experience Nozomi class Shinkansen? Or are you ok with saving the cost difference of 19580yen and take the other classes of Shinkansen?

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2. Re: JR pass or not

It's your choice to save money or ride Nozomi. JR Pass is much cheaper vs single tickets for your proposed itinerary.

Its not that Hikari trains are slow. They just make more stops vs Nozomi.

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3. Re: JR pass or not

thank you very much - I'll get a pass.

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4. Re: JR pass or not

Remember to get your pass before you arrive at Japan.

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5. Re: JR pass or not

Himeji Castle is under full restoration until March 2015 and even the viewing platform for how it's being done is closed from Jan 2014. I hope you check things before you go.

Edited: 10 March 2014, 17:18
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6. Re: JR pass or not

1. Now that I decided to get the JR pass - should I get Green pass or not.

2. Also, for Green car - how and when do I make reservations?

Thanks

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7. Re: JR pass or not

1. Personal preference. I equate Ordinary class shinkansen seating to business class style seating on an airplane. There are tons of posts in this forum regarding regular vs green class.

2. http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en007.html

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8. Re: JR pass or not

Shinkansen standard class isn't quite international long-haul business class (with mostly angled-flat to lie flat seats these days). However, it is significantly roomier than an airplane's economy class. Green is of course better if you have the budget.

Reservation works the same way for both classes: free reservations up to minutes before your train's departure.

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9. Re: JR pass or not

I just bought green 7 days pass - super excited :)

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