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Best way to get around

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Best way to get around

Hi,

I can't decide on getting the JR pass or single tickets for a trip Tokyo > Kyoto > Osaka. Single tickets save 70 GBP however if we get the tubes around will this rack up?

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1. Re: Best way to get around

Is this round-trip within 7 days? If so, the pass pays off just on the long distance trips.

The pass would not cover subway, but local JR, JR trains from the airport, and the Handeda monorail I believe.

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2. Re: Best way to get around

we are doing 14, 5 days in tokyo, 5 in Kyoto and 4 in osaka. The trains are very confusing!

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3. Re: Best way to get around

Please post your complete itinerary here, day by day including arrival and departure airports, in order for us to recommend which pass(es) are best for you.

If you are arriving at Tokyo and departing out of Osaka, a JR pass probably will not be a good value.

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Hi Dave,

This is our itinerary:

Arrive in Tokyo airport

* Japan Tokyo 5 NIGHTS 19th - 24th Sep

* Japan Kyoto 4 NIGHTS 24th - 28th Sep

* Japan Osaka 2 NIGHTS 28th - 30th Sep

Depart Osaka airport

So far we have mainly looked at Tokyo and will be staying in the Akihabara area and will be traveling across town to see the following things:

* Disney

* Tsukiji fish market

* Shibuya crossing

* Yoyogi-kōen park

* Japanese sword museum

* Tokyo national museum

* Meiji-jingú

* Sensō-ji

* Ōedo onsen monogatari

* Tokyo Joypolis

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5. Re: Best way to get around

JR Pass will not pay off with your itinerary. Subways/trains within cities are inexpensive starting at ~160yen. Just get the Suica card in Tokyo for convenience. Return the card before leavingTokyo and get the ICOCA when you get to Kyoto. Note that Kyoto bus doesn't accept an IC card yet.

If you're arriving at Narita, get the discount NEX train ticket and use it to Tokyo Station then transfer to the Yamanote Line to Akihabara. The ticket covers the whole journey.

www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/nex_oneway.html

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6. Re: Best way to get around

Thanks for a great reply, I presume the icoca and the suica are a bit like oyster cars and we have to top them up?

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Why change IC card type when they are compatible with each other?

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Suica unused funds and the 500 Yen card deposit can only be obtained from a JR East station. Once OP leaves the JR East area, he cannot get Suica return processed at non JR East operated stations.

>>>Why change IC card type when they are compatible with each other?

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Hey thanks for the responses, where would i buy and top these up?

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10. Re: Best way to get around

Also can we use them to get the bullet train?, after double checking the ICOCA could we not use that for all of our journeys