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  • Hi, If I'm understanding you correctly, you are driving to Furano, and then taking a train to Sapporo. Then a day trip to Otaru? If so, no rail pass comes close to paying off. The cheapest train ticket from Furano to Sapporo is ¥3620 - and a trip to…
  • Hi, As that is run by JR Hokkaido, I'm not aware of any way to purchase the ticket outside Japan.
  • Hi, Yes, it covers the JR routes just fine. Just remember as I mentioned above you cannot use the pass for the Nozomi bullet train. But you can use it for the JR ferry to Miyajima as well as the loop bus in Hiroshima City. Also remember that there a…
  • Hi, There are a few ways you could do this. The most straightforward would be to get a 14 day JR Pass. It would pay off nicely, and for the convenience of it, it is one idea. However, as you mentioned, you would get better savings out of the JR Kan…
  • Hi, It depends where you are going, naturally. The full JR Pass covers all the JR routes of the Fuji Shizuoka Pass, but the Fuji Shizuoka Pass also covers some non-JR trains and buses. You can get more info on: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_fu…
  • Best and cheapest are often different things. But it is not exorbitant even by bullet train. You can see some examples at https://bit.ly/2ESJfiA If you don't take the bullet train, it costs about half price but will take about 40 minutes longer. The…
    in Hakone Comment by Tenjin April 17
  • Hi, Japanese trains are quite punctual, so 7 minutes should be plenty of time to make any transfer. Returning to Hakata is really needless backtracking and to me not worth it. Within Nagasaki you can also get a street trolley day pass - it can save …
  • Nearly all the station names are pretty straightforward. But use whatever works best for you.
  • It's unclear why you would think this train would not be covered. There are a limited number of JR trains that run on non-JR tracks and require a supplemental fee, but those are clearly listed on the official JR Pass page http://www.japanrailpass.ne…
  • Hi, You may not be giving the exact station names, so I am only running on estimates, but you would make a 21 day pass pay off. Some other big questions come up though - what long distance travel are you going to do after returning to Tokyo? If litt…
  • Hi, The "o" means yes, and if no it would be "x".
  • No problem - actually Hikari is another bullet train you could take sometimes, although there is no time savings in it. But Kodama would be the safest since it stops at every bullet train station. If you want to see Mt Fuji from the train, try to ge…
  • Hi, It's not difficult. First, for your couple of days in Tokyo if you are going around the city, a 2-3 day subway day pass can be a good money saver. http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/value/travel/index.html#anc03 You can take the subway to eithe…
  • Hi, For Q1 & 2, it's all answered here: https://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/railpass/railpass.html Yes you can use the trains, no there are no additional charges. You can make 10 seat reservations for free. You can do so online here: https://kyu…
  • Hi, You'd still be a long ways from making a full JR Pass pay off. I suggest you consider getting a JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass - it will cover your trip *part* of the way but still save you some money. You pick 5 days out of 14 to use the pas…
  • The round trip from Fukuoka to Nagasaki nearly makes a 3 day Northern Kyushu Rail Pass pay off. If you go to Kurume and then take the bullet train to Hakata Stn, then you are around breaking even. Futsukaichi is best reached by a Nishitetsu train (n…
  • Hi, OK, well it's all up to your interests. Kanazawa as I said is a nice place and has Kenrokuen, which is Japan's best historical landscape garden. If you are going to Shirakawago, the Takayama-Hokuriku Pass looks even more attractive since it cov…
  • So what's the question?
  • Hi, Unless you give your whole itinerary, it's impossible to say what pass(es) are best. Where in Kyushu would you go? Kyushu has a lot of good sights. Fukuoka has some very good places as well, though most don't know them. The Nanzoin Temple will …
  • Hi, There is no real JR Pass that can help you with your whole itinerary. A few regional passes might help though. If you are going to Himeji, a one day Kansai Area Pass can help you. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_03.html The Icoca & Har…
  • Hi, Well, it's up to you, but you might go back to Tokyo from Hiroshima, and if you can fit it in, go to Nikko on the last day of your pass. If you don't want to do that, there is also the Tobu Nikko Free Pass. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2358_00…
  • Hi, I think you should consider getting a 14 day pass. Complete your trip down to Kansai and Hiroshima, and on your last day returning to Tokyo, then go to Nikko. For Hakone, you can use a Hakone Free Pass. You can get one that departs from Shinjuku…
  • Hi, If you leaving Japan from Tokyo, there is very little in terms of saving money from a rail pass. You don't travel enough to make a full JR Pass pay off. The only thing I can think of is if you are leaving Japan from Narita Airport - you could ba…
  • Hi, Why would you look at a full JR Pass when you are only in Hokkaido? A Hokkaido Rail Pass should be what you are looking at. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_01.html By my calculations, you barely break even on a 7 day Hokkaido Rail Pass if y…
  • Hi, I think it looks much better, as far as the routing. When I do the fare calculations, including everything you list, you do get some decent savings from a 14 day pass.
  • Hi, In short, the calculators are correct, and your teacher, not surprisingly, is wrong. A Tokyo-Kansai round trip within 7 days still leaves you a little short of making a 7 day pass pay off. If you added in one trip from or to Narita, you would ba…
  • Hi, That is a lot of places for your trip - it is doable but it will be very fast paced. You could use a 14 day pass for it all. But I question the order of the way you are doing things. There is a lot of backtracking and wasting time. You go from M…
  • Hi, Yes, you can use JR all the way. You'd need to start at Hamamatsucho Station, and then go to Shinagawa to catch the bullet train to Shin-Osaka. From there you can get the Haruka Ltd Express to KIX or use another train, depending on your timing. …
  • Hi, You don't ever "need" a pass - but you would save money with one. If you went to Nikko, then to Kansai with your side trip to Hakone, and down to Hiroshima/Miyajima plus back to Osaka within 7 days, you would get some good savings on a 7 day pas…
  • Hi, Yes, it's easily done. You can take the bullet train to Utsunomiya from Tokyo or Ueno Stn. Be sure not to board any Hayabusa or Komachi trains however - you'd need to pay extra. There is a limited express from Shinjuku Station though which you c…