Keisei Skyliner

Why I took the Keisei Skyliner from Narita to Tokyo instead of JR Pass

Q. For Japanese visitors and tourists, should you always get the JR Pass?
A. Not at all. It all depends really on your itinerary.

When one checks out posts on what’s the best way to go around Japan, the JR Pass is much regarded because, to a point, it will really save you big time. But first one should consider the price. At 38,880 YEN minimum purchase for an adult, 7 day pass, that is really expensive. But do you always have to get this?

First things first: my first Japan trip took me all of around 8 days. I got a free open jaw ticket from Philippine Airlines (Thanx!), entering Tokyo via Narita Airport and exiting Osaka. Most of the time, I will just be taking the subway in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka with possible use of the JR line in between cities.

But when I did travel from Tokyo to Kyoto, and for the sake of experience and writing about it, I took the fastest shinkansen, the Nozomi train wherein the JR Pass is not possible to use. It did cost me 16,000+ YEN (about PHP6,000++), the most expensive single fare I had so far during the trip. So instead of getting a JR Pass, I saw a better option, the Keisei Skyliner discounted fare with 2 Day Tokyo subway pass.

Discounted fares Narita Airport to Tokyo. I got the middle one with 2 day Tokyo subway pass

Discounted fares Narita Airport to Tokyo. I got the middle one with 2 day Tokyo subway pass

The Keisei Skyliner may not be the cheapest option there is for the route. Of course, there are other cheaper options but I chose this because it’s reserved seating although there were only a few passengers, its fast and comfortable. The form is stylish too, unlike the box type of the cheaper ones. But of course, it all depends on your budget and you can always shop for options at the different counters.

If you travel roundtrip Tokyo – Kyoto – Tokyo on the shinkansen plus other side trips using the JR Line, the 7 day JR Pass is already so worth it and is advisable. But if you think that your train expenses is just less than 38,880 YEN, like my first Japan trip, then better reconsider getting the JR Pass.

The Keisei Skyliner is sleek and aerodynamic serves the Narita Airport - Tokyo (Ueno) route

The Keisei Skyliner is sleek and aerodynamic serving the Narita Airport – Tokyo (Ueno) route

Buying the special discounted rate with an addition of 2 day Tokyo subway pass

Buying the special discounted rate with an addition of 2 day Tokyo subway pass

I'm ready to go and explore Tokyo!

I’m ready to go and explore Tokyo!

Riding the Skyliner that passes Japan countryside

Riding the Skyliner that passes Japan countryside

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    September 3, 2015 @ 17:26

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