In a month’s time I will be going to Japan and we’re hard at work preparing for our trip. We’ve already secured our tickets (Php. 18,800) our lodging (Agoda and Airbnb for Php. 10,300) and our itinerary is ready. There is just one more thing that we need though, our Japan Rail passes and we bought ours last Saturday.
We knew from the start we wanted to explore Japan by going outside of Tokyo. We wanted to see Kyoto and meet geishas and explore the old capital and the cultural center, we also wanted to go to Osaka and visit Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. After reading a lot of blogs, it was pretty obvious that getting around Japan on train rides would be like spending for an airline ticket just going from one city to the next. To offset all of these costs we explored the next option, availing ourselves of a JR Pass.
We bought our passes at Friendship Travel and Tours for Php. 13,300. The pass we availed of was the 7 day ordinary pass, this allowed us to ride any JR line/train in Japan for an unlimited number of times within the 7 day period. Just a note though, we didn’t actually get the JR pass, what we got was an exchange order that we would have to present at a JR kiosk in Narita or any of the airports in Japan. Once we present the exchange order alongside our passports, only then would we be given the actual JR pass which we could use in Japan.
To do note that there are some restrictions when availing and using the JR pass. First you have to be a foreigner with a temporary visitor designation in your visa. Secondly, the pass starts working on the first day of its first use. Lastly, the pass doesn’t cover the use of the nozomi and mizuho trains, using these trains would incur a charge of Php. 6,000~.