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Best transport option - JR Rail Pass or local area passes?

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Best transport option - JR Rail Pass or local area passes?

Would JR rail pass, a combination or area passes (e.g. Kansai west Hiroshima pass, or mix of area passes and individual bus and train trips be best for the following itinerary?

* 29 Dec - 3 Jan Kyoto (Day trips: Nara; Osaka; Himeji?) (6 nights)

* 4 Jan -5 Jan Kyoto to Hiroshima (stop Himeji) (2 nights) [trains should not be as busy on 4th]

* 6 Jan - 7 Jan Kanazawa (2 nights)

* 8 Jan - 10 Jan Myoko-Kogen (3 nights with a visit to Monkey Onsen)

* 11 Jan - 16 Jan Tokyo (6 nights) (Day trips: Hakone; Nikko, Disneyland?)

*17 Jan fly home from Narita.

Any suggestions on transport and itinerary welcome.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Best transport option - JR Rail Pass or local area passes?

Are you planning to fly to Kansai Airport at first and leave from Narita Airport?

Then, the 14 days JR Pass is a close call and you should use the 7 day JR Pass. You should cut 1 night from Hiroshima and activate the Pass when you move to Hiroshima on Jan. 5, so that the 7 day JR Pass is valid until you come to Tokyo on Jan. 11.

Alternatively, if you use the 14 day JR Pass, consider coming back to Osaka on Jan.16 and fly back from Kansai Airport, so that the 14 day JR Pass pays off: the air ticket for round trip to Kansai Airport from Sydney would be cheaper than that for a flight to Kansai and a flight from Narita to Sydney.

The combination of Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass from Jan 1 to 5, followed by the 7 day JR Pass from Jan 6 to 12 is another plan, but the 7 day JR Pass does not pay off for just Osaka to Kanazawa - Myoko-Kogen - Nagoya - Tokyo.

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2. Re: Best transport option - JR Rail Pass or local area passes?

Rail pass calculator = www.japan-guide.com/railpass

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3. Re: Best transport option - JR Rail Pass or local area passes?

Thank you for the helpful tips. Yes we fly into Osaka and out of Narita (cannot change this). Will try and work through the different options.

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