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  • Okinawa should be especially busy for Golden Week. If you look closely at a map of Japan, you should determine what route is more straightforward. If you tackle Japan within the confines of the regions described in regional rail passes, you could…
  • Hello! That is correct. You would have to pay a supplement fee for a section of the trip where JR service uses non-JR track. The extra fee is 1420 yen for unreserved seatand 1520 yen reserved. You usually pay this at the station or in board the tra…
  • Hello Yeesan. The Kansai airport JR ticket office is open until 23:00 (11pm). You should be fine, but if for some reason you cannot make it in time, you can exchange the next day by making a quick trip to Osaka Station (Ticket Office (Central NO.1…
  • Hello again. If your flight is on the 17th, my advice is to book your last night's stay around Narita Station near the airport. The idea is to make sure you can use JR Pass all the way to Narita, rather than staying in Tokyo and paying train fare t…
  • Hi. An optimal routing would be Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Kochi, Takamatsu, Matsue and Kyoto. I have determined that a 14 day JR Pass can offer savings for your trip during two of your weeks in Japan. If your first 3 days are in Na…
  • Hello Funky. You will be traveling around Japan for more than a couple weeks and at an especially leisurely pace. The nationwide JR passes are really meant for (more or less) intensive rail travel within 7, 14 or up to 21 days, typically paying of…
  • Hey, Hibiki. If you purchased a 14-day JR Pass, it would actually cost more than what you'd spend paying the normal fare for each trip within any 14 days in your stated itinerary. You are looking at 40 thousand yen at the very least.
  • Hey. With very few exceptions, your JR Pass will cover usage of Shinkansen trains, including seat reservation at no additional cost. A 7-day JR Pass is active from midnight of the first day to midnight of the seventh day. You would indeed be cover…
  • Hello, Yeesan! I generally don't recommend relying on JR to get around inner Kansai. Private lines should serve you better. You need to make a more detailed itinerary to determine what's best. If you find yourself planning to take many trains to g…
  • Hello, Diana. The 7-day JR Pass is an option and will definitely offer you some decent savings. However, you might want to know there exists a regional JR pass that would be an even better deal to match up with your itinerary. It's the JR Kansai …
  • Hello, Kehuii. For your plans I would only get a 7-day JR Pass, with a suggestion to do your Hakone day trip on the 10th. Your JR Pass should be active starting on this day. The JR Pass cannot cover the entirety of a trip to Hakone, nor is it of an…
  • 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…