Will my JRpass work on any of the local Tokyo or Kyoto lines?

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Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Answered 3 months ago

JR pass works only for trains operated by JR. 
For instance, Tokyo has two subway companies: Tokyo Metro and Toei. And there are several other railway companies such as Seibu Ikebukuro Line and Tobu Tojo Line. Those subways don't accept JR pass. If you want to go around with only the JR pass, you should look for routes that use trains operated by JR. 
Toraneko Toraneko, Lived in Japan

Answered 11 days ago

It will work on the JR lines in each city.
With very few exceptions (such as the monorail from Haneda Airport into Tokyo), you can only use the JR Pass on JR trains and local (not highway) JR buses.

You can use the pass on the JR Yamanote Line in Tokyo though - and it goes to several popular tourist areas. In Kyoto, you can use it from Kyoto Station down the Nara line to see places like the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Uji City to see the Byodoin Temple and of course Nara (the Todaiji Temple is a must-see), as well as Kyoto's west side to Arashiyama to see many famous places like the Sagano Bamboo Forest, Tenryuji, the Jojakkoji Temple, Gioji, the Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple, and many more.

After the temples of Kyoto close down around 5 PM, you can zip over to Osaka for the evening. At night the city comes alive and has some great places to see, such as Dotonbori, plus the night views from the Umeda Sky Bldg and Abeno Harukas Bldg are wonderful.
On another evening, you could also go and see Kobe.

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