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Short answer - the full JR pass for this trip, assuming a 14 day pass at 45100 yen, will cost pretty much the same as individual tickets and more specialised passes combined, excluding the pass' ease of use. I'd strongly recommend it, with maybe a couple of 1000 yen extra for subways and private railways you might come across. Long answer - Narita Airport ...


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You've got three options: The JR West free wifi service at the stations seems like your best shot, as far as I can tell you can surf the Internet freely once you've got it set up. You can also sort out Internet access on the train itself, but it's a bit of a pain. First, you need to sign up for a Wi2 300 account, ¥380/month, which gets you access to the ...


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I'll buy a Japan Rail Pass, but I didn't understand if I can use it on nearby subway stations such as Ningyocho, Kodenmacho and others. Is it possible? No. These are part of the Tokyo Metro, which is not operated by JR, and thus the JR pass is not valid there. The nearest JR station is Shin-Nihombashi on the Sōbu line, but it's a commuter line that ...


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I found out that I can set the date when I exchange. More info here: http://www.japan-rail-pass.com/common-questions/can-i-choose-the-days-of-use


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Short answer: You can't. (Sensibly, anyway.) JR is not a single company, but whole bunch of them, and their integration is less than stellar. The Tokaido Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kyoto is operated by JR Central (Tokai). While they do offer an online booking service, it's -- rather incredibly -- a paid, members-only service that requires registration ...


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If you only need to inform the person of what Shinkansen you are on (the train's number), it will be written on the platform before you leave so you can send it then and not worry about it on the train. The person awaiting your arrival can look up the arrival time if they have the train number.


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TL;DR: Apparently, with your current route, you cannot benefit much from the JR East pass. The official site has a pretty handy map which shows exactly what part is covered and what kind of trains you can choose from. Unlimited travel on local, limited express and express trains including Shinkansens on the following rail company lines: JR East ...


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10 days from now is May 7, the tail end of Golden Week. Highly unlikely you will get a reserved ticket on anything heading for any major city. Japanese people reserve their Golden Week tickets many months in advance. You can, however, get an unreserved ticket at Kyoto station and just wait in line. You will likely end up standing the whole way as trains do ...


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Depending on how much traveling you do, you may find subway day-passes useful. There are two subway companies (Tokyo Metro with 9 lines and Toei with 4 lines) so be aware that that you can buy a day-pass for just one company, but that might be quite a handicap if the stop you want to go to is on other company's line. I'd recommend checking out the day-pass ...


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Indeed the JR East Pass is now issued as an e-ticket, but the countrywide JR Pass is not. What you can do if you want to minimise the risk of losing your exchange order is to send it to the post office of the airport where you will land in Japan. Japanese post offices accept incoming mail and will keep it for you to pick up later (this is for example how ...



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