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  1. Hi Takashi,

    Have you seen my reply below few days ago?

    We will be staying in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto for 5D4N. Do you advise us to purchase Kyoto Tourist 2-Day Pass OR 3-Day KANSAI THRU PASS?

    Regarding Day 7 from Kyoto to Mt. Fuji, you are suggesting to take a bus from Kyoto to Kawaguchiko/Mt. Fuji Sta. line (Fujiyama liner)?

    OR

    suggesting us to take Tokaido Shinkansen line from Kyoto to Mishima station (under JR Pass) then take a Mishima/Kawaguchiko Liner Express Bus from Mishima to/fro Kawaguchiko?

    Since we are travelling mostly to the west of Japan, which should we be buying: JR SANYO SAN’IN AREA PASS (Regional Rail Pass) OR JR Pass Ordinary for our JR Pass?

    Thanks.

    Regards,
    Jo

  2. Hello Takeshi,

    I would like to visit Dewa Sanzan and wonder if either Niigata or Tsuruoka station has large lockers (the biggest size) available for storing my luggage while I hike?

    Thank you!

    Alf

    1. Hi Alf,

      I’m sure Niigata has large size. But I have no idea that Tsuruoka has large size or not.
      Large size locker is always very demanded. I recommend you to store your luggage as early as possible. You may not be able to store it.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi Takashi,

    We will be staying in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto for 5D4N. Do you advise us to purchase Kyoto Tourist 2-Day Pass OR 3-Day KANSAI THRU PASS?

    Regarding Day 7 from Kyoto to Mt. Fuji, you are suggesting to take a bus from Kyoto to Kawaguchiko/Mt. Fuji Sta. line (Fujiyama liner)?

    OR

    suggesting us to take Tokaido Shinkansen line from Kyoto to Mishima station (under JR Pass) then take a Mishima/Kawaguchiko Liner Express Bus from Mishima to/fro Kawaguchiko?

    Since we are travelling mostly to the west of Japan, which should we be buying: JR SANYO SAN’IN AREA PASS (Regional Rail Pass) OR JR Pass Ordinary for our JR Pass?

    Thanks.

    Regards,
    Jo

    1. Hi Jo,

      In Osaka and Kyoto, JR pass covers some places. I think you need to add just city deal, such as Kyoto sightseeing pass as you need. Please see the link below:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-transfer-among-kyoto-osaka-and-kobe-compare-japan-railway-and-private-lines.html
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      Kansai thru pass is too much and you don’t need any deals in Nara.

      I recommended the bus from Mishima because you have JR pass. Sanyo Sanin Area Pass does not cover between Narita and Osaka. That is not your choice. JR pass is the best option for you.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi,

    I am going to Japan end of Nov to Early Dec and append below is the high-level travel plans. I would like to seek advise as to whether should i purchase the JR pass (7 Days, Ordinary Pass) based on my travel plans.
    Thanks.

    Travel Date – Outbound: 25-Nov-16
    Travel Date – Inbound: 8-Dec-16
    Total Duration: 13Days, 11 Nights

    25-Nov:
    Flight Day

    26-Nov to 1-Dec:
    Arrived in Narita > N’EX to Shinagawa Station > Depart for Kyoto.
    Hotel base is Kyoto (i.e. Hotel Sunroute Kyoto)
    Travel in Kyoto & Osaka
    Total days = 6Days, 5 Nights

    1-Dec to 3-Dec
    Kyoto > Hakone.
    Hotel base is Hakone (i.e. Mount View Hakone Ryokan or Hakone Shiunso
    Travel Hakone, Fuji, Gotemba
    Total days = 3 Days, 2 Nights

    3-Dec to 8-Dec
    Hakone >Tokyo (Shinjuku).
    Hotel base is Shinjuku (i.e. Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku )
    Travel Tokyo & Disneysea
    Total days = 6 Days, 5 Nights

    8-Dec:
    Hotel > Narita via Airport Limousine (pick-up at hotel direct to Narita)

    Questions:
    [1] Based on the travel locations, should i purchase JR Pass for travel between Narita > Kyoto (& Osaka) > Hakone (Odawara Station)? As it is only a 7 days pass, it will only allow me to cover transportation from Narita to Hakone (Odawara Station). *All are one way except for travels between Kyoto & Osaka. Means i will also need to factor in cost for transportation for Odawara Station > Hakone Yumoto and also Hakone > Tokyo (Shinkuju)

    [2] I thought of purchasing the Kyoto-Osaka 2 days sightseeing pass to travel in between Kyoto & Osaka. I can also use this pass to travel from Kyoto Station to Kiyomizu-Gojo (Keihan Line) get to my hotel. Should I get this pass (if i already have a JR pass) or just get a Suica card (top up for individual travels) or are there any other pass to get around?

    [3] For Kyoto > Hakone (Odawara Station)
    I was thinking of either getting the Hakone Free Pass or the Fuji Free Pass. Since i need to get transportation back to Tokyo (Shinjuku), Fuji Free Pass would be a better deal? (since it includes the train ride back to Shinjuku via Romance car – with additional top-up)

    [5] The Fuji Free Pass must be purchased at the station only is it? Or can i purchase it from Odawara Station? I read (somewhere) that if the Fuji Free Pass is purchased from Odawara Station, the ride back to Shinjuku is not eligible….I am confused.

    [6] What about transportation in Tokyo itself? Are there any 2-days / 3-days tickets that also includes transportation to Disney Sea?

    Looking forward to a favorable reply.
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      1. Yes. You can use 7 days JR pass.

      2. You may add local deal in Kyoto and may be Osaka. In Kyoto, you can access to Arashiyama and Fushimi by JR Pass. You may add Kyoto sightseeing pass or all day bus pass as you need.
      http://www.insidekyoto.com/special-kyoto-bus-train-subway-passes
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      You can get Osaka from Kyoto by JR pass. You also can access to many places in Osaka. You may not have other than JR pass.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/how-to-transfer-among-kyoto-osaka-and-kobe-compare-japan-railway-and-private-lines.html
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      3, 5. Fuji Hakone Pass is a good choice if you go to Lake Kawaguchi area. But if you purchase this at Odawara, it does not include the trip to Shinjuku.
      http://www.odakyu.jp/english/deels/freepass/fujihakone/pdf/renewal-pamphlet.pdf
      You have to add single fare for Odawara to Shinjuku, and Romancecar seat fee as you need.

      6. Please see the link below about Tokyo:
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/tokyo-kanto-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-best-deal-and-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi there,

    We are intending to explore the east-west side of Japan (Hiroshima, Miyajama, Osaka, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji and Tokyo) in a 9-day trip.

    I see that JR Pass has 7-day, 14-day and 21-day passes. We are caught in between 7-day and 14-day.

    How should we go about this then? Would JP Pass be a good deal for us?

    Thanks.

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Thanks for your reply.

        Below is my day-to-day itinerary:-
        Day 1
        • Arrive at Tokyo Narita Airport
        • Head towards Hiroshima via Shinjansen
        Day 2
        • From Hiroshima to Miyajima Island by local train and ferry
        Day 3
        • From Miyajima Island to Himeji to Osaka via JR Sanyo Shinkansen from Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka
        Day 4
        • From Osaka to Nara via JR Osaka Station to JR Nara Station
        Day 5 to 6
        • From JR Nara Station to JR Kyoto via Miyakoji Rapid train (with JR pass)
        Day 7
        • From Kyoto to Tokyo via Tokaido Shinkansen line: Hikari (with JR Pass)
        • From Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station via JR Chuo Line
        • Take Highway Bus from Shinjuku Station Highway Bus Terminal  Mt. Fuji 5th Station
        Day 8
        • Take Highway Bus from Mt. Fuji 5th Station  Shinjuku Station Highway Bus Terminal
        Day 9
        • Departure from Tokyo Narita Airport to Home

        Thanks.

        1. Hi Jo,

          As you think, you can use JR pass 7 days for the first 7 days. You don’t need to have 14 days pass.
          When you go to Fuji on day 7, you can get Lake Kawaguchi from Mishima by bus. It’s shorter route than the route via Tokyo/Shinjuku.
          http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

          5th station can be accessed from Lake Kawaguchi. If you drop by Tokyo on day 7, you can keep your itinerary. Just for your info.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

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