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Need help for my itinerary and which pass must I buy

Hi, here is my itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive at Kansai airport and stay one night.

Day 2 Go to Kanazawa for one night.

Day 3 Stay in Takayama for two night and will plan to go for one day tour in Shirakawago.

Day 4 Go to Gero and stay in onsen ryokan.

Day 5 Go to Nagoya and plan to stay for 3 night. Will go to Tsumago and Magome for one day.

Last day go back home from Nagoya.

Which pass is worth to purchase. Thank you in advance.


  • Hi,
    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 well as the bus through Shirakawago (there is no rail access) and is good for 5 consecutive days.
    Some people spend a lot longer in Kanazawa, but no matter what, do not miss the Kenroluen Garden, which many regard as the most beautiful in the country.

    You only need a few hours to see Shirakawago (don't miss the overlook over the village), unless you want to go to the smaller villages like Gokayama. The main village Ogimachi is crammed full of Chinese tourists during the day.
    Every city has something, but Nagoya is one of the least interesting big cities in Japan. The main keep of Nagoya Castle is being destroyed to be rebuilt right now. But if you like, you could go to Inuyama nearby, which has a small castle and it's one of the 12 original surviving castles in Japan - all the rest are reconstructed fakes. You also have the chance to see Meiji Mura, which is the finest open-air museum in Japan - absolutely marvelous. There is a combo ticket for both to save money.
    You can get more info on seeing the Kiso Valley at

    You can see train schedules, times, fares, connections etc at

    There are also loads of other tips on

    Best regards.
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