Calculating How Much $$$ I Will Save With My Japan Rail Pass

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For this upcoming Japan trip, we purchased 2 Japan Rail Passes (Green, 21-Day) for 79,600 Yen apiece.  As transportation is fairly expensive in Japan, we knew we’d be saving money with the passes —- but how much?

In order to calculate our savings, we had to first list all the train trips we would be taking, then look up their prices on Hyperdia:

START END PRICE FOR SINGLE PERSON FARE (IN YEN)
HAKATA NAGASAKI 5610
NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH 2860*
NAGASAKI KUMAMOTO 8800
KUMAMOTO YANAI 11290
YANAI IWAKUNI 1140*
YANAI OSAKA 17210
OSAKA KOBE 780*
NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT SAPPORO 1340
SAPPORO OTARU 1840*
SAPPORO HAKODATE 12080
HAKODATE SENDAI 25330
SENDAI ISHINOMAKI 2560*
SENDAI AIZU-WAKAMATSU 15560*
SENDAI SHINJUKU 18880
SHINJUKU KAMAKURA 3280*
SHINJUKU NIKKO 9640*
SHINJUKU ODAWARA 4370
ODAWARA MAIHAMA 3280
145850 (TOTAL)

*indicates a round trip price

THE BOTTOM LINE

If we didn’t have the JR Pass, transportation would cost us at least 145,850 Yen each.  I say, at least, because I didn’t add in any of the shorter train trips that take place within a single city.  Considering that the JR Pass costs 79,600 Yen, this is a TOTAL savings of 132,500 Yen for the both of us.  That’s approximately $1300 US, not bad!  Besides saving a bunch of money, the JR Pass is extremely convenient because we won’t have to waste time buying tickets or stressing out about how much the next leg of our trip is going to cost, transportation-wise.  And the very best part is, if we have extra time, we can visit additional cities on a whim and the train ride won’t cost a thing.   With all the money saved, this will ensure that we won’t be stuck eating a steady diet of combini musubis and beef bowls on our upcoming trip!

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