We (my wife and I) are planning to go to Japan for 14 days in May 2023, however we are struggling to decide whether it is cheaper to buy 7 days JR Pass (covers all Japan area) or to not buy the JR pass at all. Here is the itinerary that we are planning:
We arrive at Osaka, and then depart from Tokyo
- Osaka, Kyoto, Nara for 3 days at the most (we will be staying in Osaka, thus we will have to return to Osaka by the end of the day if we are going sightseeing to Kyoto or Nara)
- Osaka to Tokyo (Here if we choose to buy JR Pass, we will activate it in here)
- Stay for a day in Tokyo, and then straight to Hokkaido by plane (if we choose to not buy JR Pass, otherwise will go to Hokkaido using JR Pass from Tokyo) for 2 days at the most (Will go to Asahikawa, Otaru, Mt. Moiwa, etc while staying in Hokkaido)
- Go back to Tokyo (If we choose to not buy JR Pass, then we will go back to Tokyo from Hokkaido by plane, otherwise will use JR Pass) and then spend the rest of the week in Tokyo before heading back to our home country (Will go to Kawaguchiko Lake, Strawberry Farm, etc while staying in Tokyo)
May we know whether it is cheaper to buy 7 days JR Pass (covers all Japan area), or not to buy at all?
Hope the readers understand what I am trying to say