I plan to travel in late February from
Nozawa Onsen to Iiyama station by taxi, Iiyama to Hiroshima by train
Hiroshima to Tahara Aichi Prefecture by train
Tahara Aichi Prefecture back to Tokyo by train
and then 3-4 days of city travel around Tokyo suburbs on trains/subway and then Narita Express train to Narita airport for flight home.
From my research the 7 day rail pass could be worth it but I have the following issues
- from Hyperdia some of the Shinkansen trains used between Iiyama - Hiroshima and Tokyo are not covered by the pass so I would need to spend extra money for these trips. Is this correct?
- Also I dont see that I could activate the JR pass at Iiyama station? So I would need to pay for some travel to get to a station like Nagano to activate the pass. Is this correct?
- Travelling to Tahara Aichi Prefecture will require a lot of out of pocket trips as most of the trains don't look to be JR trains/lines? Is this correct?
Finally, advice on whether I should buy a 7 day rail pass or not, thank you in advance.