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JR pass

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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7 posts
4 reviews
JR pass


I will be travelling to japan and will be staying for a 30 days and I want to know which is cheaper.

to buy the JR PASS from home or should I buy it when I'm there. since the maximum JR PASS is 21 days.

Thank you in advance.

5 replies to this topic
Melbourne, Australia
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598 posts
99 reviews
1. Re: JR pass

Unless things have changed I didn't think the JR Pass rules allow you to buy once you've arrived in Japan. I could be wrong though...

Hong Kong, China
Destination Expert
for Hong Kong, Osaka
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61,967 posts
171 reviews
2. Re: JR pass

Things have indeed changed. You can now buy a JR Pass inside Japan. It costs about 13% more than buying the voucher for exchange prior to arrival though. Therefore, there is little reason to buy upon arrival if you have a properly planned itinerary in advance.


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103 posts
117 reviews
3. Re: JR pass


Buy at home its cheaper.

They give you a voucher which you take to an exchange point and exchange on the day you would like to start the pass. The most its taken me or a friend to exchange the pass has been 30 minutes and if you are buying in Japan its still the same process you just give a card and not a voucher ... save yourslef 13%

Kind regards


Tsukuba, Japan
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9,447 posts
317 reviews
4. Re: JR pass

At first, you should make your itinerary in Japan. Use the following JR Pass Calculator to roughly calculate if the JR Pass pays off or not for your itinerary.


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4,090 posts
149 reviews
5. Re: JR pass

Three points:

- you can buy multiple passes like 2 x 14-day passes and use them back to back.

- it is cheaper to buy outside of Japan

- you can buy online and have it delivered to you in Japan, avoiding the higher cost of buying locally.

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