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Sample itinerary Four world heritage sites (Shirakawago, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima), Kanazawa and Kyoto 7 days by Japan Rail Pass


Light-up at Kiyomizu-dera temple

Light-up at Kiyomizu-dera temple

Light-up at Kiyomizu-dera temple

Light-up at Kiyomizu-dera temple

This itinerary includes four world heritage sites, Shirakawa-go, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima. This also includes two popular sites, Takayama and Kanazawa.

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. If you want to learn how to use Japan Rail Pass, please refer to How to use Japan Rail Pass to its maximum.

Day 1 Tokyo – Nagoya – Takayama

Decoration for Tanabata in Takayama

Decoration for Tanabata in Takayama


07:33am Depart from Tokyo by Tokaido ShinakansenHikari 503″
09:21am Arrive at Nagoya
09:43am Depart from Nagoya by “Wide View Hida 5
12:13pm Arrive at Takayama
After arriving at Takayama, enjoy sightseeing in very traditional Japanese town.
(Overnight in Takayama)

Day 2 Takayama – Shirakawa-go – Kanazawa

Doburoku Festival in Shirakawa-go

Doburoku Festival in Shirakawa-go


08:50am Depart from Takayama for Shirakawa-go by Nohi Bus.
*<> don’t forget to make a reservation. This bus is not included in Japan Rail Pass. The bus fare 2,400yen.
09:40am Arrive at Shirakawa-go
Enjoy sightseeing UNESCO world heritage site Shirakawa-go.
16:50pm Depart from Shirakawa-go for Kanazawa by Nohi Bus
*<> don’t forget to make a reservation. This bus is not included in Japan Rail Pass. The bus fare 1,800yen.
18:05pm Arrive at Kanazawa
(Overnight in Kanazawa)

Day 3 Kanazawa – Kyoto

Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa. This is one of three most famous garden in Japan.

Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa. This is one of three most famous garden in Japan.


Enjoy exploring downtown Kanazawa in the morning.
13:55pm Depart from Kanazawa for Kyoto by Limited Express “Thunderbird 26″.
16:09pm Arrive at Kyoto
*You can skip free time in Kanazawa and get more time in Kyoto. We have Limited Express “Thunderbird” 07:02am, 08:05am, 08:15am, 09:03am, 09:53am, 10:52am, 11:18am, 11:56am and 12:53pm.
(Overnight in Kyoto)

Day 4 Kyoto

Full day free in Kyoto

Day 5 Kyoto – Shin-Osaka – Hiroshima – Miyajima-guchi – Miyajima

07:39am Depart from Kyoto by Tokaido Shinkansen “Kodama 91″
07:53pm Arrive at Shin-Osaka and transfer to Hikari Rail Star
08:02am Depart from Shin-Osaka for Hiroshima by “Hikari Rail Star 549″
*Don’t forget to reserve a seat for Hikari Rail Star. It has some non reserved seat. But the reserved seat much more spacious than non reserved seat. Please refer to Passenger’s review of Hikari Rail Star.

Light-up at Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima

Light-up at Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima


09:34am Arrive at Hiroshima
09:49am Depart from Hiroshima for Miyajima-guchi
10:17am Arrive at Miyajima-guchi and transfer to the ferry to Miyajima. The ferry terminal to Miyajima is 5 minutes away from the station. Please refer to “How to get Miyajima“.
The ferry takes you to Miyajiam in 10 minutes. This ferry is operated by Japan Railway. You don’t need to pay.
After arriving at Miyajima, enjoy sightseeing in Miyajima rest of the day.
(Overnight in Miyajima)
*Most of the accommodations in Miyajima are not cheap. If you want to save, you can stay in downtown Hiroshima. It’s only 45 minutes away from Miyajima.

Day 6 Miyajiama – Miyajima-guchi – Hiroshima – Shin-Osaka – Tokyo

A-Bomb dome

A-Bomb dome


You can move anytime in the morning to Hiroshima. You can even skip a free time in Hiroshima, if you want to stay in Miyajima more.
18:15pm Depart from Hiroshima for Shin-Osaka by “Hikari Rail Star 574″
19:44pm Arrive at Shin-Osaka and transfer to another Hikari for Tokyo
20:23pm Depart from Shin-Osaka for Tokyo by Tokaido Shikansen “Hikari 532″
23:10pm Arrive at Tokyo
*If you want to arrive Tokyo earlier, we have lots of Hikari earlier.

Day 7 Tokyo – Narita airport

Take Narita Express to Narita Airport.

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Best Western Hotel Takayama Well known brand and good location
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Hiroshima 5 mins walk from the peace memorials


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22 Comments to “Sample itinerary Four world heritage sites (Shirakawago, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima), Kanazawa and Kyoto 7 days by Japan Rail Pass”

  1. Kareline says:

    Dear Takeshi-San

    Thank you for your advise I have added some destinations in between hope the 14 days pass work for the below:-

    Day 1 & 2 :- Tokyo
    Day 3:- Tokyo to Hiroshima
    Day 4:- Hiroshima to Miyajima
    Day 5:- Miyajima to Kyoto
    Day 6: Kyoto to Arashiyama
    Day 7: Kyoto to Nara
    Day 8: Kyoto to Kanazawa (stopover, is there coin locker to put luggage?) before staying overnight in Takayama
    Day 9:- Takayama to Shirawago
    Day 10:- Takayama to Kamikochi
    Day 11:- Takayama to Uozu
    Day 12:- Uozu to Kurobe Gorge
    Day 13:- Uozu to Tokyo
    Day 14:- Tokyo to Nikko
    Day 15:- Tokyo ( can we still use the JR pass to Ueno )
    Day 16:- Tokyo to Narita

    thank you

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