Japan,  Travel Tips

Is the JR Pass Worth It?

Whenever someone asks me whether they should purchase a JR pass, I only need to ask one question. Are you traveling from Tokyo to either Kyoto or Osaka and back? If the answer is yes, so is mine.

A one-way trip from Tokyo anywhere into the Kansai region, which includes the popular destinations previously mentioned, costs $130 USD. A roundtrip ticket will cost $260. The JR pass costs $260, but it is valid for 7 days on any JR transport lines. Essentially you’re paying the same amount to get there and back, but you will save more with the JR pass since you can utilize JR lines to get around until the pass expires.

Important: The pass must be ordered online and shipped to a country outside of Japan before your arrival. Update: Travelers may purchase the pass at selected stations and a few airports (including Haneda and Narita) at a higher price until March 2020.

A quick search for “JR Pass” will pull up several websites to select from. Browse through to see which one stands out since all of the sites are selling the same pass with varied shipping rates and slightly different conversion rates. I personally used Japan Experience as I found the instructions and shipping details to be clear and simple. It was also the cheapest option at the time, even if only by a few dollars.
Follow my infographic below as a guide to using the JR pass from beginning to end. Don’t forget to bring your passport when you are ready to exchange your order for the actual pass!
Have I convinced you to purchase a JR pass if you plan to travel throughout Japan? Let me know your thoughts or any travel hacks in the comments below!

 

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