Many who wish to travel to Japan know the famous JR Pass (Japan Rail Pass) which consists of a pass that allows you to travel on several trains, including the Shinkansen (bullet train) unlimitedly. In this article we will see if it is really worth getting that pass and how to buy it.
The JR Pass consists of a pass that tourists can use to take JR company trains and partners for an unlimited period of 7, 14 or 21 days and travel on bullet trains without paying except on nozomi and mizuho (the fastest trains in Japan) ).
With the JR Pass you can travel smoothly from Tokyo to Osaka, Hokkaido, Kumamoto and 90% from other cities in Japan, no matter the distance. It can be very advantageous if you want to travel all over Japan and you don't want to pay more than 10,000 yen (+ 350R$) for a shinkansen (bullet train) trip.
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How much does the JR Pass cost? Where to buy the JR Pass?
Currently the JR Pass costs about $ 250$ for 7 days, $ 415$ for 14 days and $ 550$ for 21 days. There are places that the 21-day JR Pass can exceed the value of 3000 reais, which apparently is quite expensive.
In yen a 21-day JR Pass can cost up to 80,000. If you have been using shinkansen for about 8 times, it may already be an advantage to buy it despite the high price. & Nbsp; A trip from Tokyo to Osaka by shinkansei can cost up to 13,000 yen.
To buy the JR Pass you need to do this outside of Japan before your trip. You can order it through the official website or through other websites and agencies that represent and sell the JR Pass in an official and secure manner. You will receive an exchange note by post, in Japan you must present it in the specific winch to activate it.
You must pay attention to the deadline to activate your JR Pass and also the expiration date after activation. Although some guards will look big when you look at their pass, don't try to use it after defeating. Only people with a Temporary Visitor visa can get and use a JR Pass.
Is it worth buying the JR Pass?
With each passing day the value of the JR Pass and the Real currency depreciates, which does not become something so advantageous. There are several situations that are not worth using the JR Pass. For example, if you are going to visit Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, it may be more advantageous to buy a one-way ticket to Tokyo and back from Osaka.
If you do this you will only need to use the shinkansen once or you can save even more by using local trains from Tokyo to Osaka and still know more cities. Not to mention that the JR Pass does not work everywhere, especially in the Kansai region which is dominated by train stations from another company.
There are other options for cards and passes in cities like Tokyo and Osaka that can replace the JR Pass if you want to use it more within those big cities. If you only want to travel to the South or North of Japan there may be better options than using a Shinkansen.
For example, I will be going to Hokkaido, the JR Pass can be advantageous, but I chose to take a plane to Hokkaido and descend the local train stations until I arrive in the Sendai region or more in central Japan. Sometimes buying a plane ticket be much more practical and cheaper than using a bullet train with JR Pass.
The JR Pass is only worthwhile if you are traveling a lot, in different cities and using the bullet train. In this case, it is worth making the high investment in the 250, 415 and 550 dollars passes. What do you think of the JR Pass? Worth it? We want to hear your opinion in the comments.