check hyperdia website to route out your trip and fares to compare if the JR pass will make sense for you.
When using http://www.hyperdia.com/ to compare fares, un-check the Nozomi box since you can't use Nozomi trains with a JR pass.
Are you going to fly out of Tokyo or going back to KIX? That will make a huge difference. If you're flying out of Tokyo, the JR Pass won't pay off.
If you are returning to Kansai for your departure, start your JR pass seven days before that date. Travel in the Kansai area itself is not expensive, so there is no point in a rail pass for the time you are there.
Hi, I will be leaving Tokyo to kyoto on 4 Sep and return to Tokyo on 8 Sep to catch flight back home. So only 5 days. Checked JPR - one way with seat reservation on Shinkanzen is ¥13,220 ~ roundtrip is about ¥ 26,440.
Will be going around kyoto only. Is it better to buy 7 day JPR which allows me to use kyoto local train and buses? Thanks.
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