Hello, good people of the internet.
I'm going to Japan for two months in October and November. Main attractions to me are rugby and castles, which means a bunch of travelling. But since I've got plenty of time, I aim to take it rather slowly, to work my way from Kyushu to Tokyo in the aforementioned two months. I'll probably use regional rail passes to travel. Which brings me to my questions.
1) I'm spending probably around two weeks on Kyushu. The regional pass for Kyushu is for three or five days. Can I get three five day passes and simply activate them one after another?
2) How does crossing the reginal borders of the rail passes work? For example, I'll want to go from Kumamoto to (probably) Hiroshima. Kumamoto is in the Kyushu rail pass area, Hiroshima is not, it's the JR West area. Can I have a regional rail pass for Kyushu and for Hiroshima area active at the same time? Or is it generally better to get individual tickets for the rides across regional borders?
Actually, I just thought of a bonus question... my two months are longer than the duration of any one rail pass I can get, and even longer than the 30 days of deferrment one can get while activating the pass. Can I have multiple rail passes in my name and activate them on different dates so that I have transportation for the whole trip?
Thanks, I very much appreciate any and all answers.