HI, this resource is great and I’m planning my trip using it but even with Hyperdia and its JR search function I can’t always see if the JR options are adding a huge amount of time to travel.
We will have children with us and are trying to minimise our train time.
We are travelling
Kyoto 3 nights
Takayama 2 nights
Nakatsugawa 2 nights
Tokyo 5 nights
Nara 2 nights
As Tokyo is in the middle of our journey, I can’t make a 7 day pass work but I am still not sure if a 14 day pass will save a lot of money or whether the local train systems will be more useful and I should have a 7 day and then pay per leg.
There is a LOT of choice in the system and local knowledge is much appreciated.
If there are more efficient ways to do this itinerary by changing order, I would love to know. Also any quirky side trips/day trips that make the 14 day pass more worthwhile that aren't so well known.
The part I’m very unsure about is travel from Takayama to Nakatsugawa – I think it will have to be via Nagoya on JR? Or should I bus it to Matsumoto and train from there?
Also can we get to KIX on a train straight from Nara?