As it shows in the coverage map in the link I gave above, on the Sanyo Sanin Area Pass you can only take the bullet train to Hakata. If you want to travel in northern Kyushu, as already mentioned, you would be better off with the Sanyo Sanin Norther…
You can take a train most of the way to Magome or Tsumago, but there is only bus access to either. It's about 3 hours by train to Nakatsugawa via Nagoya - after that, you can take a bus.
This site has more info:
Well first, you don't specify exactly where you are starting from or wanting to end up. The JR Sanyo Sanin Area Pass only covers the bullet train to Hakata.
If you are …
I don't know where you are or anything - but if you are arriving in Japan on Mar 2nd you could possibly order it online and have it delivered to you in Japan; otherwise you have no choice but to buy it after your arrival (and buying it in Japan is a…
By my calculations, you'd come up a bit short to make a 14 day pass pay off. But if you do a fairly long day trip either from Tokyo or Kyoto, you can begin to get some good savings. You could for example take half a day and visit Himeji, with Ja…
2) Yes https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/nex/
Make sure your first day for the pass is set as Mar 3.
The Pass does not cover city buses, subways etc.
You can see regular fares, routes and schedules on Hyperdia.
Under "More …
OK, if you want to do a half day in Himeji and half in Kobe, that is fine. It is a charming yet international city. If you want to see what there is, you could look at
It has one of …
I thought I was being pretty clear - with the Sanyo Sanin Area Pass, you cannot take the bullet train between Osaka and Kyoto. From Shin-Osaka southward (including to Shin-Kobe and beyond to Fukuoka), the bullet train is covered.
I suggest you get a Tokyo Wide Pass for Odawara & Nikko.
Please note however that while you can take the bullet train most of the way to Nikko, you cannot take the bullet train to Odawara on this 3…
JR West is the official rail company handling the Sanyo line, and their info is correct. For JR West, you can use bullet trains (if the pass allows it) from Shin-Osaka southward. You can still use the pass to go to Kyoto, but not by shinkansen.
It is possible that trains will be crowded, but what you need to know is that there is a huge exodus of people leaving the big cities at the start of Golden Week, and their return at the end. If you are not fighting the Japanese for the same sea…
For you, you can make a 7 day pass pay off and get some savings, used Mar 17-23.
I can't see any way your spouse and child can make a rail pass pay off, however. They could get a one day Kansai Area Pass and save some money going to Himeji, but…
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 …