Calculating How Much $$$ I Will Save With My Japan Rail Pass
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)|
|NAGASAKI||HUIS TEN BOSCH||2860*|
|NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT||SAPPORO||1340|
*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!