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  • For your specific aim, one of the easiest should be to utilize the Last Train button on the Japan Rail Pass Search of Japan Transit Planner. https://world.jorudan.co.jp/mln/en/japan-rail-pass/?sub_lang=nosub https://world.jorudan.co.jp/mln/en/japan-…
  • Take Kintetsu to Yoshinoguchi, and transfer to JR to Hashimoto is a way to go. http://www.hyperdia.com/en/cgi/en/search.html?dep_node=KYOTO&arv_node=HASHIMOTO(WAKAYAMA)&via_node01=YOSHINOGUCHI&via_node02=&via_node03=&year=2018&am…
  • This site monitors ten places every day. They insist 60-80% is the best to see Kawazu-zakura. After 100%, leaves come out and the flowers get less fresh. http://www.kawazuzakura.net/kaikainfo.html Genboku (the original) was at 10% on 4 Feb 2018. htt…
  • You could check the tunnel status with the following maps. Shinkansen tracks are shown in blue, while local ones in black. Near Mt Ibuki, there are some tunnels on the Shinkansen tracks. But it would be possible to see Mt Ibuki between the tunnels f…
  • This site is useful to check whether your choices of the routes are covered by a Japan Rail Pass. https://world.jorudan.co.jp/mln/en/japan-rail-pass/ https://world.jorudan.co.jp/mln/en/japan-rail-pass/?p=0&xpd=1&from=Kumamoto&to=Kanazawa…
  • Kashiwabara https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/柏原駅/@35.3446824,136.4026079,17z Ominagaoka https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/近江長岡駅/@35.358939,136.373932,17z/ Shinkaisoku https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/新快速#京阪神地区 Tsuruga https://www…
  • Wakkanai https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/稚内駅/@45.4167337,141.6772499,18z/ Minamiwakkanai https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/南稚内駅/@45.3981446,141.6830718,17z Bakkai https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/抜海駅/@45.316739,141.644557,17z/ Asa…
  • 2) Beautiful scenaries and Japan Rail Pass Japan Rail Pass is a rather expensive pass and should be treated as a kind of an air pass. You should need to ride long-distance Shinkansen trains multiple times in order to pay off the pass. As you have a…
  • I have two topics. 1) Flowers It is impossible to predict the true full bloom timing of flowers, however, cherry blossoms should be your main targets, for your travelling dates of 14-20 April. Until then, cherry blossoms would be over in Kyoto and…
  • Kyoto - Himeji: Shinkansen has more tunnels than Shinkaisoku (rapid train). Kyoto - Odawara: Shinkansen would be OK but in urbanized areas. Odawara - Shinjuku: The same above. Odakyu has a direct route. Shinkuju - Otsuki: A rural route once the trai…
  • JR defines the busy period up to Apr 5. Spring holidays could continue to the following week, likely for university students. Niseko could be crowded with such students. http://www.rosenzu.com/kikaku/cal2018A3.pdf
  • It is a personal preference. Some regard the time on a train a waste and move in the dark. The others enjoy seeing the scenery on the way. I belong to the latter. So, the example above tries to avoid the backtracking to see more sceneries. The pace …
  • Are you serious? Tokyo station is a set of three stations. There are three platforms called #1 in Tokyo station. Narita Express arrives at Sobu Line (Underground platform) #1-#4 at the west side in the Basement Level 5. Tokaido, San-yo Shinkansen d…
  • It depends on your definition of 5 whole days. Does it include transfer days? Daytime is short in mid-Nov. After the sunset, you could enjoy cities. If you want to see nature, you would be better to start a day with the sunset. Even better to skip a…
  • If your prime goal is the cherry blossom hunting, do not book trains and hotels, just buy a Japan Rail Pass to move. The peak of cherry blossom lasts only a day or so. Chase the peaks, on a sunny day, with Shinkansen trains. There would be no nice r…
  • It seems you should forget about any passes. Just play with Google Maps and Jorudan for a while. Jorudan shows you the most expensive/fast route or the most economic/slow route in one setting, including some bus plans. Google Maps adopts Jorudan and…
  • Don't use Hyperdia. Their logic is out of date. No Japanese use it. Use Jorudan, the number one planner among Japanese. Their algorithm is much better. For example, do not transfer from a Narita Express train to a Shinkansen train at Tokyo. It is mu…
  • Interesting settings... Very few ski resorts do not require additional fees other than trains. I confirmed Niseko Hirafu could be reached by bus with 360 yen on 24 Jan, but there would be no buses for the early morning train on 27 Jan. The cost for…