JR Pass


We are travelling to Japan for 10 days on november this year, and want to go to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and maybe somewhere close to those in a one day trip. I've read about the JR pass and found out it's quite expensive since we are trying to have a low cost trip but, would you recommend us to buy it? We know we could go from Tokyo to Kyoto (and back) by bus, but what do you think is better since we would have to buy metro and bus tickets for the everyday transport?

Thanks in advance!


Hi Priscila!
For sure. Any trip beyond 1 week in Japan is totally worth buying the JR pass.
It may seem expensive, but it will save you money. 

I imagine you'll go from Tokyo to Osaka, maybe go to Hiroshima in between. For all of that, you can use the JR pass even for the Shinkansen (bullet trains), which makes this worth 2 times: One for your money and one for your time.

However, if you only want to go by bus, the JR pass is not worth it for everyday transportations such as train and metro. You can use your JR pass in any JR stations, which there are many, but traveling around Tokyo, you will be using a lot the metro system as well, which does not take the JR pass.

My recommendation is: if you want to make the most of out your trip and have more time in each place, buy the JR pass and travel with the Shinkansen. this way you would make a day-long trip by bus into a 3-4h trip. This is worth it because there's just SO MUCH to see in Japan for just 10 days.

but if money is the main concern and you will travel by bus, don't bother with the JR pass, just take your bus, buy an IC card, put money on it and go travel.

Here's some info on IC cards for you: 

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I hope this helps!

You can know more about the JR pass in this video: