I'm planning a trip to Japan in 2 weeks time and need some help.
I plan to visit the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and other scenic sights in central of Japan.
I'm thinking of doing the following itinerary:
4 Nov - Arrive in KIX at noon, train to Nagoya, overnight in Nagoya
5 Nov - Nagoya to Shinano-Omachi station, go through the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, overnight in Takayama
6 Nov - Explore Takayama in the morning, and travel to Toyama, overnight in Toyama
7 Nov - Travel to Kanazawa then to Gifu, then back to Osaka, overnight in Osaka
8 Nov - Day trip to Kyoto, overnight in Osaka
9 Nov - Osaka, overnight in Osaka
10 Nov - Osaka, overnight in Osaka
11 Nov - Osaka and flight home in the afternoon
Is it worth checking out the Shin-Hokata Ropeway?
I've booked my accommodation from 7-11 Nov in Osaka, so that can't be changed. But am flexible with the earlier part of the itinerary.
Since there are a few passes available - the Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass, the Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass, the Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass and the 7 Day JR Pass, each offering a different coverage for different areas, which would you recommend?
I'm also ok to do the first part of the itinerary in reverse so that I can use the Takayama Hokuriku pass and skip Nagoya, but it seems that the two way ticket on the alpine route is very expensive.
Thank you so much!