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Best Rail Pass for Yokohama – Toyama – Takayama – Kanazawa – Narita Airport

Hi

We are planning a 7-day post cruise to the following areas to catch the Autumn colours (Oct 30th to Nov 5th).

Day 1 – leave Yokohama cruise terminal for Toyama (stay 2 days in Toyama)
Day 2 – do Kurobe Gorge
Day 3 – leave Toyama to Takayama (stay 2 days in Takayama)
Day 4 – do day trip to Shirakawago
Day 5 – leave Takayama to Kanazawa (stay 2 days in Kanazawa)
Day 7 – leave Kanazawa for Narita Airport

Would appreciate it if you could let us know which would be the best rail pass to get.

Thanks so much.

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  • Hi,
    I would get the 7-day full JR Pass. But for Day 4, instead of doing Shirakawago as a day trip (it only takes a couple hours to see - be sure not to miss the village overlook as well), I'd go on to Kanazawa directly from Shirakawago. Shirakawago sits between Kanazawa and Takayama, and you'd be wasting a lot of time if you backtracked to Takayama. Also please note there is no rail access to Shirakawago - you have to pay for the bus there, and it is not covered by the JR Pass.

    For Kanazawa, no matter what, do not miss the gorgeous Kenrokuen Garden.
    https://goo.gl/MkGZYp

    You can check on train info on Hyperdia - you can see regular fares, routes, and schedules.
    http://www.hyperdia.com
    Under "More Options", with a full JR pass, be sure to uncheck the Nozomi box since you can't ride that train using the pass.

    There are also loads of other tips on
    http://www.thejapanfaq.com/the-best-japan-travel-tips/

    Best regards.
  • Thanks, Tenjin for your suggestions.
    Much appreciated.
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