Your question is somewhat unclear. Too much traveling for what? If you are neither rushing nor lingering and you are happy with what you see at each stop, then there is no problem.
The other question is if by each place you are thinking not on…
There is no pass that can help you here. Your stay is over 7 days in the Kansai area, and you do not travel enough to justify a 14 day pass.
If you find the JR Pass too expensive for you, you could get a japanican ticket for Tokyo to Osaka, bu…
You could take a week and go from Tokyo to Matsumoto, Kanazawa, Shirakawago, and back to Tokyo from Takayama. Shirakawago access is by bus only though, and is not covered by the JR Pass. You would barely break even on a pass with those plans.
I will try to answer your questions.
First, if you want the least hassle Sunday morning, it would be better to find a hotel near Shin-Osaka Stn to stay the night before.
Now comes your plans - and you have some very painful trips in store.
First, it's better to start a new thread and not piggyback your question on someone else's.
Well the first question is if that is your whole itinerary or not. If you only have that one way plan, you're still a long ways off from making a pass pa…
The pass will cover you for the pass coverage area. Anything outside of that and you have to pay. On the train the conductor will go by and you can pay it then, or when you arrive at your destination you pay at the manned ticket gate.
I think you made a good plan. You barely break even on a 7 day pass, but you made it.
You might consider going to the Fushimi Inari Shrine first or last in the early morning or evening to avoid the crowds. If you want to see the autumn colours, …
If only going to these places, no JR Pass can help you.
Driving makes little sense either unless you are going someplace public transport doesn't go, or not conveniently.
A Hankyu tourist pass might meet some of your needs though.
You don't say where in Hokkaido - but if Sapporo or beyond, getting there will take over 8 hours from Tokyo - it will kill so much of your valuable time.
You can fly there cheaply from Tokyo to Sapporo in just 90 minutes though, and there are so…
If you take the side trips to Himeji and/or Naoshima, then a 7 day JR pass would pay off.
For budget hotels, everyone has their own idea of "budget", but there are many business hotels that are inexpensive, quiet, clean, decent, and many throw i…
I'd say if you're happy with it then it's fine. Although I would suggest you take a day off of Osaka and go visit Himeji, with Japan's finest original castle and the beautiful Kokoen Garden next to it. If you want to make it a full day, you can …
Yes you make a 7 day pass pay off used Days 4-10. You do not travel enough to make a 14 day pass pay off.
Day 5 is completely unrealistic. You can see most of the best in Nara in about half a day, but you could spend months in Kyoto and not see …
If you want to compute the fares, you can easily plug in the routes and add them up on a site like
Note that you must add the total fare, not just the base fare. You can deselect reserved seating and use unreserved seating for a…
There is no rail access to Shirakawago and Gokayama. You must rent a car or pay for the bus.
Shirakawago can be seen in just a few hours (and don't miss the overlook) but the area is getting severely ove…
Yes, you'd get very good savings with a 7 day pass.
Although why Kitakyushu? It is one of the least interesting cities. Fukuoka City is much more interesting.
Shimonoseki also has so…
June 30th is feasible if you stop at Hakodate. Otherwise it is one very long trip and there is no way you can see Yokohama and make it up to Sapporo.
Please also note that if you started your 14 day pass on June 29, your last day of use would b…
A rail pass just for Shikotsu does not make sense - even if rail were a good option, it is too short for any rail pass. It is better to drive or take some buses. There are 4-6 buses a day you can use.
You simply do not travel enough to make a JR Rail Pass pay off, unless you added a lot more travel.
For Jul 19, you are going to need to decide if you prefer to see the Hakone area or the Fuji 5 Lakes. For transport, the Hakone area is more co…
A lot depends on which bullet train you are riding - the Kodama train stops at every bullet train station, while the Hikari, Nozomi, and Sakura trains stop at only major stations. Nevertheless, there are not that many stations. For Nagoya, there…
Your travels would make a 7 day pass pay off, but your travels are over 7 days.
If you don't lengthen your plans, there is no JR pass that can pay off for you, so paying regular fare tickets would be the way to go.
You cannot take the Nozomi or Mizuho bullet trains, but others are fine.
I suggest you avoid the Kodama trains though, which stop at every single bullet train station. Hikari or Sakura trains are good.
Honestly though, if I were you, I'd consi…
You can buy it straight through this site if you wish. If you buy it once in Japan, it is about 15% more expensive.
You can exchange the voucher at many major stations. See:
As for an itinerary, it …