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8 days in Japan - Osaka to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Hi!

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!

Comments

  • Hi,
    You do make a 7 day JR pass pay off. That would be the most convenient for you, and covers everything except the Alpine Route.
    There is a separate discount ticket you can use the Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket for 9000 yen.
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7551.html
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7550.html
    I would not back track using the Alpine Route twice. You couldn't do it in a day anyways.
    You can see regular fares, routes and schedules on Hyperdia.
    http://www.hyperdia.com
    Under "More Options", be sure to uncheck the Nozomi box since you can't ride that train using the pass.

    Best of luck.
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