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Two most popular spots in 7 days! Sample itinerary Kyoto and Hokkaido 7 days by Japan Rail Pass 7 days pass

Kinkakuji temple in Kyoto ©Akira Okada/©JNTO

Kinkakuji temple in Kyoto ©Akira Okada/©JNTO

I received some questions about possibility visiting Kyoto and Hokkaido in only 7 days. So I show you itinerary about Kyoto and Hokkaido.
We don’t use Japan Rail Pass for the transfer to downtown Tokyo from Narita airport because most of tourists stay in Tokyo for the first several days. You will start to use your pass from Tokyo station.

Day 1
06:23am Depart from Tokyo station by Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 501.
09:15am Arrive at Kyoto station. After arrival, enjoy exploring in Kyoto.
*Hikari departs at Tokyo station every 30 minutes. If you want to depart a bit later, you can take later Hikari. If you arrive at Narita or Haneda early morning, you can transfer to Kyoto on the arrival day.
*You can start this itinerary from Osaka / Kansai airport

Day 2
Full day free in Kyoto

Dotonbori(道頓堀) is most popular spot in downtown Osaka.

Dotonbori(道頓堀) is most popular spot in downtown Osaka.

Day 3
Transfer to Osaka station. You can take a local train to Osaka. Shin-Kaisoku (新快速=Rapid urban service) will take you to Osaka from Kyoto in 30 minutes. Shin-Kaisoku departs at Kyoto every 15 minutes. After arrival, exploring in downtown Osaka.
24:34(00:34 in Day 4) Take Sunrise Seto/Izumo at Osaka station. Overnight in the train.

Day 4
07:08am Arrive at Tokyo station
07:32am Depart from Tokyo station for Shin-Aomori by Tohoku Shinkansen Hayate 15.
11:09am Arrive at Shin-Aomori station.
11:35am Depart from Shin-Aomori station for Hakodate by Limited Express Super Hakucho 15.
13:44pm Arrive at Hakodate station.
14:00pm Depart from Hakodate station by Limited Express Hokuto 11.
15:55pm Arrive at Date-Monbetsu. Catch a local bus to Toyako Onsen (洞爺湖温泉=Lake Toya Hot Springs Resort). Additional fare is 580 yen for one way.
Enjoy Japanese Onsen!

Day 5
Take a local bus to Date-Monbetsu station.
10:15am Depart from Date-Monbetsu station for Sapporo by Limited Express Super Hokuto 3.
11:47am Arrive at Sapporo. After arrival, enjoy sightseeing Sapporo or short trip to Otaru.

Downtown Sapporo  © Y.Shimizu/© JNTO

Downtown Sapporo © Y.Shimizu/© JNTO

Day 6
10:37am Depart from Sapporo station for Hakodate by Limited Express Super Hokuto 10.
13:52pm Arrive at Hakodate station. After arrival, enjoy exploring in Hakodate.

Day 7
11:19am Depart from Hakodate for Shin-Aomori by Limited Express Hakucho 29.
13:28pm Arrive at Shin-Aomori station
13:42pm Depart from Shin-Aomori by a href=”http://jprail.com/trains/tohoku-shinkansen.html”>Tohoku Shinkansen Hayate 28.
17:08pm Arrive at Tokyo.
*If you start this itinerary, take Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka. We still have lots of Hikari bound for Shin-Osaka.

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24 Comments to “Two most popular spots in 7 days! Sample itinerary Kyoto and Hokkaido 7 days by Japan Rail Pass 7 days pass”

  1. Kolaxiong says:

    Hi takeshi san ,
    Just like to check with you for my trip from Tokyo-Osaka-kobe-osaka-Nara-Kyoto-Nagoya-Tokyo-Hakodate. I am on 14 days JR green pass ( fyi )
    1) tokyo to Shin Osaka – Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari
    2) Shin-Osaka to Kobe – Shinkansen or rapid service ? as my hotel is in Shin-Osaka
    — ( I might take Tokyo to Kobe for 1/2 day then from kobe back to hotel in Shin Osaka instead but i understand that shin-kobe and Sannomiya is a distance away , what would you recommend , rapid service to Osaka station then to shin-osaka by subway or Sannomiya to shin-kobe then shinkansen to shin-osaka ?)
    3)Shin-Osaka to Nara – using Yamatoji rapid to Nara from Osaka Station
    4)Nara to Kyoto – take nara line to kyoto ( stop at the fushimi inari stn then back to kyoto )
    5) Kyoto to Nagoya – shinkansen ? ( cos going to nabana no sato , think this is the nearest station )
    6)Nagoya to Tokyo – shinkansen ( should I take to tokyo or shinagawa if i sans to transfer to shin-amoric – hakodate )
    7) Tokyo to Shin Amori
    8) Shin Amori to Hakodate – niseko-hakodate-tokyo-haneda.
    * can i take train and stop at lake Onuma area before going kuchan?
    All reverse train back to same area after that.

    thanks you very much

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Kolaxiong,

      1. If you go straight to Kobe and can catch Hikari that takes you Shin-Kobe directly, Shin-Kobe by Hikari is easier and better. If you need to change the train at Shin-Osaka, Special Rapid is more convenient. I think you need to store your luggage somewhere. If you store it at Shin-Osaka, you should change Special Rapid at Shin-Osaka.

      2. Nagoya is the nearest station to get Nabana-no-sato as you think, Shinkansen is the best choice.

      3. Tokyo station is better to get Tohoku Shinkansen. Shinagawa is away from the departure point of Tohoku Shinkansen.

      4. You can stop at Onuma area on the way to Kucchan. But train is limited to stop at Onuma koen. Please check the timetable.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

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