You do have some different options. It depends on how fast you want to get to some places versus how much money you want to save.
Firstly though, regarding your plans, If you are already seeing Tokyo, you can mostly ignore Osaka during the day. Eve…
The truth is, the Kansai area passes simply do not pay off unless you are traveling long distance to places such as Himeji (which does have the finest surviving castle in the country, plus the Kokoen Garden is excellent).
For some character trains, you might start at
Without more info, I can't even venture to guess.
It would be insane to take a train from Osaka to Sapporo, particularly with your limited ti…
You simply don't travel enough to make a full JR Pass pay off. But the best thing you could do is probably buy a Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass.
It covers the trains up to Nagoya as…
Please see the coverage map on
It will answer nearly all your questions. JR trains and local (not highway) buses are covered, non-JR trains and buses are not. Shirahama to Wakayama is also not…
For Kobe, Rokko and Maya are good in the evening. As I recall the last time I went to Rokko, the last ropeway car going down was 9 PM. I asked the JR people about the best way to go there and was told to go to Sannomiya and take a bus, instead o…
I can try to answer at least some of your questions, although for some like what driving is like at such and such a mountain I have no details. Also please remember that June is the rainy season - you can expect a lot of days with pouring rain a…
You would need to significantly add to your plans if you wanted a 2 week pass to pay off.
The trip to Hiroshima/Miyajima from Kansai alone would be enough. But there are other options as well - from Tokyo there are many, including Nikko, Hakone, the…
A Tokyo-Kansai round trip almost makes a 7 day JR pass pay off, but not quite. But 7 days in Kansai is a good amount of time - if you take a day trip to Himeji for example, you'd start to get some good savings on a JR Pass as well as see Japan's fin…
I think you are referring to Himeji?
There are 3 big ones - Himeji Castle is by far the most popular. It is the best surviving original castle in Japan. Almost all the others in Japan are recreations. Another excellent place is the Kokoen Garden ne…
First for buses have you looked at this site yet?
You can board from Tokyo Stn.
From Shinjuku, there is
Not all buses start from there, but there should be something t…
It depends on many factors, like how many passengers, how far you're going, if tollways are involved, etc.
Generally, renting a car only makes sense if you are only going someplace that public transport does not go, at least conveniently.
Without giving more info on your whole itinerary, it's impossible to say if a JR Pass would pay off.
If only going regionally, the JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass would likely be more suitable.
As far as saving money goes, you can save some money on a 2 or 3 day subway pass for Tokyo.
For getting to/from Narita, the cheapest way is the 1000 yen bus.
You would not need a full JR Pass.
There is the 5 day JR Setouchi Area Pass you could use,
as well as the 7 day JR Sanyo Sanin Area Pass.
And if …
It's very hard to tell if you are giving your whole itinerary or not. Are you returning to Tokyo after Osaka?
Actually, either way you still don't make a rail pass pay off. With the 7 day pass you'd be close, and you'd break even if you are taki…
Probably you'll arrive dead tired like everyone else. It's true you are not far at all from Ueno Stn so the Keisei makes good sense. If you're up to it, you might just get a taxi from Ueno Stn and take it easy on your first day.
You will not be far …
First, if you activate a 7 day JR Pass to start from Sep 17, the final day would be Sep 23.
If you want a cheap way from/to Narita, there is the 1000 yen bus.
If you had some other ticket in mind, I am not sure w…
Yes, you can do that - although it puts more pressure on you to strictly adhere to a schedule.
You can see train schedules, times, fares, connections etc at
Under "More Options", be sure to uncheck the Nozomi box if on a full…
Yes, you can designate a future date as your start date when you activate your pass, as long as it is within a month. You don't get "tickets" - you simply show the pass at the manned gate of the station, and you walk on through.
A 7 day pass would serve you best for Oct 4-10.
For a cheap way from Narita to Tokyo, you can use the 1000 yen bus.
Plus you can see both Kamakura & Enoshima cheaply with the Enoshima Kamakura Free Pass.
I think you have a good plan, using a 7 day pass for Oct 1-7.
For Tokyo, there are good 48 & 72 hour subway passes to save money.
You'll have a chance to see two of the best s…