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  • Hello Michael. Public transport in Japan is very reliable and ideally you'd always want to stay at a convenient distance from the nearest station. However, if we acknowledge that navigating the system isn't for everyone, there's always alternativ…
  • Hello Dexxan! Actually there isn't any regional JR Pass that would allow the use of the Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Kyoto. It should be important to note that the travel distance between the cities is actually very short and that the segment…
  • I hope the info is not too overwhelming for a first time visitor. I try to come up with plans that make economical sense. Be sure to ask if you have further questions.
  • Hello Yeesan. Well, let's see. With your current itinerary you are largely to remain around Kansai, except for a single side trip to Iya Valley in Shikoku. I think it's a good itinerary on its own. However, the first thing to note is you really do…
  • Hey, SC. In case you didn't know, trains don't serve Shirakawa-go. This means that your trip can't be entirely covered by the JR Pass. Surely the best way to reach Kyoto that takes advantage of your rail pass would be via Kanazawa. Take the Nohi …
  • Hey, Aloha. You are encouraged to create a new thread on the forum if you have a different question. It seems like the only thing you'll be doing for your first 3 days is to be around Sapporo after coming from the airport. The cost of a 3-day pass…
  • Hello Bmae. The JR Pass is meant to allow you unlimited use of the JR network at a flat rate. Did you make sure to check the price of a 7-day JR Pass? No city in the world would be that expensive to get around in, so it logically follows that the…
  • Hello Mustafa. The JR East website for N'EX TOKYO Round Trip Ticket states that the validity period is 14 days. This means that your return trip to the airport could be within 14 days. https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/nex_round.html Keep in mind t…
  • Hello, Helen! Looks good!
  • Hello, Yvonne! This is the course I will be doing myself come September. I will be using the Nagano-Niigata Area Pass. You may find it useful. Limited Express from Tokyo to Matsumoto. Limited Express to Nagano. To Niigata via Takasaki on the Shin…
  • Hello, Virta! Of course, flying into one region of Japan and out of a different one would be the ideal scenario. The JR Pass itself could be tricky to make work because the pass doesn't have access to the vicinity of Mt. Fuji. The extra costs will…
  • Hello, Maria! I'm assuming you plan to make it a round trip between Tokyo and Osaka by taking the famous bullet train. Currently, there isn't a way to book the route that's intended for visitors from abroad, unless you book a trip through a travel …
  • Hello, Kodama. You will have expenses in addition to the JR Pass, specifically by getting to/from Shirakawago, Koyasan and for getting around in Hakone. The JR Pass does not fully cover access to these locations. Shirakawago is the only one of you…
  • Hello, Malz! One thing that's important to know about rail passes in Japan is that you don't expect all your travel needs to be covered by a single solution. Any JR Pass that you decide to obtain should grant you the bulk of your intended savings f…
  • Hello. You were asking if JR Pass could be used locally in each city/town. Well you certainly could, but JR won't always be the most convenient alternative. In fact, it usually isn't. There are also subways, trams, buses, etc. and inner city trip…
  • Hello, purpleowl. Yes. Please cancel your reservation as soon as you've changed your plans.
    in reservation Comment by Faiyez June 2017
  • Hello, Purpleowl. The Tokyo Subway Ticket is valid for use on Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines, neither of which serve Narita Airport. Also, I find them to be tricky to make pay off, and they still limit your transport options to the subway. You…
  • Hello, Nara. Osaka is a very centric location for Kansai. Therefore, the order you do things shouldn't be an issue. But still, Tokyo is too awkward to include for a 7-day stay in Osaka.
  • Yes, in the end that's what matters the most, but the advice should stand for anyone who is already looking into a particular regional pass. Often times people come up with interesting ideas for an itinerary, but you find that the most cost effecti…
  • Hello, Vand. JR Passes certainly do not limit you to the Shinkansen. However, if you're thinking that Shinkansen travel (besides limited express services) is what most JR Passes are intended for, you're certainly on the right track, no pun intended…
    in Best Options Comment by Faiyez June 2017
  • In order for a regional pass to pay off, you should try planning your itinerary around the pass of your choice, rather than arbitrarily deciding your itinerary beforehand and then trying to find a pass that "fits". Good luck!
  • If you make use of every option at your disposal, you save time on transit and have to walk much less.
  • Hello, Frederic! I don't see why you'd be thinking about a 14-day JR Pass for this itinerary, since you have a nine day trip and you're out of Tokyo for less than a week. The idea of combining a 7-day JR Pass with any other regional pass is also v…
  • Hello, Wawter. The JR Pass does not allow for travel options in and around Hakone.
  • Hello, Ken. It depends entirely on what airports you're using. I mean, Hiroshima does have an airport. That option would be more straightforward and would actually make the JR Pass unnecessary. But if you're flying full service carriers on minor …
  • Hello, Don. I would earnestly advise against relying on JR alone to get around Tokyo. Even if I had a valid JR Pass, I would still want to make use of Tokyo Metro and Toei subway.
  • Hello, Elly! If you will be using a JR Pass, the option that makes the best use of it involves approaching the Mt. Fuji areas from Tokyo, not Kyoto. Regardless, JR does not actually reach the Five Lakes area, so the JR Pass does not cover you for …
  • Henny Well, now that you're looking at the 7-day national pass, I think it's a really smart choice. It's hard to argue against Miyajima! It will be up to you how to allocate your time between Nagano, Kanazawa, Kyoto/Nara, Osaka and Miyajima, but…
  • Hello, purpleowl. I hope you don't mind the link, but it really is all in there. Basically, yes to your questions. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3912.html#section_get_there
  • Hello, Rosey. Whether the cost of reserving a seat is accounted for or not, it almost never makes a difference when working out the math to decide if a pass is better or not. In fact, I make it a point not to account for the reserved seat fees, ev…

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