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I am traveling to Japan for 14 days. I arrive in Narita, and my first night is in Shinjuku. I have a day trip planned to Nikko and three days planned in Tokyo. I then travel to Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go, Takayama, Nagoya, Mt. Koya, Kyoto and back to Tokyo. I think it makes sense for me to get a JR pass. But should I get a different pass for Takayama to Nagoya? I will take the bus from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-go to Takyama. Also, is there a pass that covers both the Takayama to Nagoya and the trip from Osaka to Mt. Koya? Thank you for any advice you can give me.


  • Well first, there are several destinations you list that a JR Pass won't help you with much. Fortunately, there are other regional passes to the rescue. For Mt Koya, you might get a Koyasan World Heritage Ticket:
    And for Nikko another option would be the Tobu Nikko Free Pass:
    You don't say how many days you want to spend at each place or much else. So I can just make a few suggestions and you choose what best suits you - you also might have to rearrange your itinerary if you are flexible. Here are some good deals:
    The Tokyo-Osaka Hokuriku Arch Pass is a 7 day rail pass that comes out cheaper than the 7 day full JR Pass. It does not go to Nagoya, however.
    But unless you have a good reason to go there, you could easily skip it - Nagoya is the most boring city of all the big cities in Japan.
    Another option is the The Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass - it not only covers the JR trains, but the buses to Shirakawago as well.
    If you can make your trip within 7 days, you will get more savings. For the Tokyo area a Tokyo Wide Pass can help too for day trips. A 14 day JR Pass however would not be cost effective without adding a lot more side trips.
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