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Train/Subway tickets.....

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Train/Subway tickets.....

I am spending the majority of my time in Tokyo and will be riding the various subways. Also, hoping to go to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and some other destinations.

Can I buy one pass for all these trips (I don't mean to sound like an idiot, just starting my planning)? Or one for the subway system and one for the bullet trains? What's the smartest plan and gets you the most for your money when traveling in the most expensive city in the world?

Please help... I am a little confused by what I've read.

Thanks and take care!

Tokyo, Japan
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1. Re: Train/Subway tickets.....

For urban trainsportation http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/suica.html

30,000,000 Suica cards has already been issued by 2012. Everyone in Tokyo region have one Suica card.

If you do Tokyo - Nagasaki trip within 7 days, you can do it at a half price with JR Pass. http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html

Edited: 10 May 2013, 09:01
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2. Re: Train/Subway tickets.....

Re your comment about "the most expensive city in the world", don't come to Australia! We found the prices for food and transport much more reasonable than what we pay here in Melbourne.

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3. Re: Train/Subway tickets.....

Tokyo is not the most expensive city in the world for short-term visitors. Many European cities, NYC and Australian cities are much more expensive.

Put an itinerary together (where you intend to be each day) and you will receive more constructive comments what passes might pay off.

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4. Re: Train/Subway tickets.....

The US State Department (and Internal Revenue Service) think that US$196 per day (about 20,000 yen) is what it costs in Tokyo for meals and such incidentals as laundry and local transport--not including hotel. To spend that much, you would have to eat big steak dinners at international hotels or fancy restaurants, and take taxis everywhere. You will most likely spend a quarter as much, or less, eating delicious food and zipping around on trains and subways that run as often as 30 times an hour.

One advantage of the Suica card is that it will simplify your travel as you use a mix of different rail and subway companies. No staring at fare maps and ticket machines: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kepi/3076561126/

Taking the Narita Express from the airport? (whether you do depends on where you're staying). Check out the N'Ex/Suica deal: www.japan-guide.com/e/e2359_suica_nex.html

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5. Re: Train/Subway tickets.....

The U.S. State Department people do it on the government dime :-). You could live quite well on at least half of that.

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Japan Rail Pass should be considered for long range trip on JR group company trains, if you are going to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki out of Tokyo.

http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html

Within Tokyo, the standard JR Pass won't save you any if little money, as the prices of short-range trains are already cheap. Also, not all trains are operated by the JR Group. Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway are different companies. There are dozens of private railway companies operating their railway lines with separate fares system. If you get a SUICA prepaid swipe card, almost all trains are covered by them, so that reduces time to buy tickets each time. There are several passes for travels within Tokyo, but for most visitors, they hardly save any money.

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