Should I buy a Japan Rail Pass or individual train tickets?
This is the most common question we get. Whilst everyone will have a different itinerary our rule of thumb is simple: if you’re going to do a trip that’s either Tokyo -> Kyoto -> Tokyo or Kyoto -> Tokyo -> Kyoto then it makes sense to get a Japan Rail 7 Day Pass.
The cost will be about the same as Tokyo – Kyoto return but having the pass will give you the flexibility and option to add side trips like Odawara (Mt. Fuji’s JR station), Takayama, Shirakawago, Nagoya, Osaka, Nara, Nikko, Yokohama, etc…
As soon as you travel more than just Tokyo – Kyoto return the savings really add up. The only case in which we’d advise individual tickets is if you go one way from Tokyo – Kyoto. Even Tokyo to Hiroshima via Kyoto is cheaper on the Japan Rail Pass.
Get your Japan Rail Pass today.