JP Trip Tip: How We Saved Almost $700 on Our Japan Transpo Costs

First post on this series about our Japan trip last December 2016 to January 2017. This will all be about how we saved a whopping $300+ (per person) on our train fares in Japan.

To save you from all the reading below, here's the quick tip -- JAPAN RAIL PASS (shortened as "JR Pass").

TL;DR -- Spent $256 on train pass and got $580 in value. Lifehack! Yaaasssss!


You always gotta bring your passport with you when you're using your JR Pass.


Disclaimer 


Before our trip, I did quite an extensive research on whether I'll get us a JR Pass each or not. Many blogs talked about its disadvantages but my Math proved it was the best choice for us. That is why I am recommending* this to those who are planning to visit Japan or have already booked their tickets to the Land of the Rising Sun.

* Only if you are planning to visit places that are far apart from each other. Otherwise, if it's just going to be within Tokyo or intracity, just find other passes you can use. 

Purchasing Our JR Passes


I got our passes from a tour operator called Japan Experience. The entire process was a breeze. The shipment was too! I ordered on December 12 and I received the parcel shipped from France in just 2 days via FedEx! I'll make a review about this soon before this paragraph goes longer.

The total cost for two JR Passes including the shipping fee and a "Japan by Train" Travel Guide was $513. That makes it $256.5 or about JPY 29,000 per person.

Now comes the sugoi part...

[sugoi (すごい) is a Japanese adjective that means great, terrific, wonderful, cool, or amazing]

Tabulation of Our 7-Day Transportation Expenses


Date
Departure
Arrival
Cost
(in JPY)
December 28, 2016
Asakusa
Kofu
4493
Kofu
Kanda
4328
Kanda
Asakusa
133
December 29, 2016
Asakusa
Nishi-nippori
133
Nishi-nippori
Akihabara
154
Akihabara
Harajuku
165
Harajuku
Nishi-nippori
194
December 30, 2016
Nishi-nippori
Nikkou
2590
Nikkou
Shimbashi
5780
Shimbashi
Nishi-nippori
170
December 31, 2016
Nishi-nippori
Harajuku
194
Harajuku
Hakone
4250
Hakone
Nishi-nippori
4110
Nishi-nippori
Shibuya
194
Shibuya
Nishi-nippori
194
January 01, 2017
Nishi-nippori
Tokyo
165
Tokyo
Tennoji
15020
January 02, 2017
Kami
Osaka
300
Osaka
Miyajima
10930
Miyajima
Tennoji
11430
January 03, 2017
Osaka
Namba
190
Namba
Osaka
190
Total per person
65,307


JYP 65,000 imagine that! And we hadn't even maximised it because I got sick during the last day our JR Pass was active (see January 3 on the table) that's why we only explored downtown Osaka. And on the second day of our pass activation (see December 29 on the table), we had to transfer from our hostel in Asakusa to our new lodging I booked via AirBnB which was just a few stations away. It took almost half a day for that transfer cause we had to pack our things, wait for the AirBnB host, then unpack our things again.

So yes, I don't need to yap much about this here cause the numbers speak for themselves. 

TL;DR -- Spent $256 on train pass and got $580 in value. Lifehack! Yaaasssss!


READ MY JR PASS INTRO POST. CLICK HERE!

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  1. Thank you for this! <3

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for dropping by my blog. <3

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