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  1. Hi
    Thank you very much for all the information you have provided in the website and in various replies.
    I have few general questions:
    If I have a JR pass for 7 days, what other passes I need for additional transportation / sightseeing in following cities:
    1) Fukuoka
    2) Hiroshima
    3) Miyajima
    4) Kyoto
    5) Osaka
    6) Nara
    7) Nagoya
    8) Kobe
    9) Yokohama
    10) Tokyo
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Rishi,

      JR Pass covers JR local trains in the cities, like Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo. But it does not cover subway, city bus and non JR trains. You may need to add other deal but it depends on which places you go. Please see the link below to find more info:


      Takeshi /

      1. Hi Takeshi,
        Our flight will land Tokyo Haneda airport at 10.30pm . We worry the flight will be delayed and landed the airport after 10.30pm or late night later.
        1) For safe, which area should we book our midnight accomodation ?
        2) What time will be the last trains operate ?
        3) What time will the travel pass counters at the airport close ?
        It will be our first time travelling to Tokyo.
        Thanks very much.


        1. Hi Elaine,

          1. Near airport is the best option.
          2. It depends on the place where you go. Please see the link below:

          3. JR Travel counter is closed very early. Other conter, like bus and Keihin Kyuko railway handle the deals at regular ticket window.


          Takeshi /

  2. Dear Takeshi,

    We will be in the Kansai area for 7 days – 4 nights in Kyoto and 2 nights in Osaka. We will leave from the Kansai International Airport.

    We plan to go to Nara (1 day) and Himeji/Kobe (1 day) from our stay in Kyoto. I reviewed your suggestions of Kansai Through Pass (2 days) and JR Kansai Pass (2 days). I am not sure which one to purchase. You seem to suggest that KTP is the best deal, but it does not cover JR ride from Kyoto to Himeji. The cost for the round trip from Kyoto to Himeji can be more than 5,000 yen. Should we purchase JR Kansai Pass and pay per ride in Kyoto and Osaka? Can we use JR Kansai pass to go from Kyoto to Nara?

    By the way, would you please show me the links to the train timetables for various trains from Kyoto to Himeji?

    Thank you for your help.


      1. Thank you for your quick reply, Takeshi.

        1. I just want to confirm the following:
        a. Kyoto – Himeji: JR Kansai 1 day pass
        b. Kyoto – Nara: round trip tickets
        c. Kyoto 2 days: Kyoto City Sightseeing Card 2 days
        d. Osaka: Enjoy Eco Card
        e. Osaka – KIX: Nankai railway Rapi:t Tokuwari (1 way ticket)

        2. I can’t find the links to the train schedule from Kyoto to Himeji and Kyoto to Nara (and return). Would you please help me find the links? Also, is the Special Rapid Train from Kyoto to Himeji the best choice? Are there any options, if I’m using the JR Kansai 1 day pass? I prefer a train ride without transfer in Osaka, if it is possible.



        1. Hi Liang,

          1. Looks good. You may use Kansai one pass instead of single ticket.

          2. Special rapid is the best choice by Kansai area pass. This train runs every 15 minutes from early morning (like 6:00 am) to late night (around 23:00). You don’t need to check the timetable because it runs very frequently. If you want to check it, please use hyperdia to find it.


          Takeshi /

          1. Hi Takeshi,

            I am sorry to bother you again. I just read one of your posts regarding the Kansai WIDE Area Pass.

            Do you think it is better for me to purchase this pass than each separate tickets/passes (listed above)?

            Day 1 – 3: Kyoto (Kyoto City Sightseeing Card 2 days)
            Day 4: Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto
            Day 5: Kyoto – Osaka – Himeji – Kobe – Osaka
            Day 6: Osaka (Universal Studio)
            Day 7: Osaka – KIX

            Please advise. Thank you,


          2. Hi Liang,

            Kansai wide area pass does not suit your plan, This pass is designed for trip to outside Kansai area, such as Kinosaki, Shirahana. This pass is too much for your trip.


            Takeshi /

  3. Hello,
    I am planning for a trip to Japan with family (total 2 adults + 2 children – 15 years & 7 years old) from 5th Aug to 15th Aug.
    We will arrive in Fukuoka on 5th Aug at 7:30am and we have not yet booked our return ticket.
    We have two options for return:
    Option-1) Fly from Tokyo on 15th Aug 2017 or
    Option-2) Take a ferry from Osaka (to Busan by Ferry) on 14th Aug 2017 at 3:30pm (or)
    Option-3) Fly from Osaka on 15th Aug 2017

    We would like to cover mainly Fukuoka, Hiroshima + Miyajima Island, Osaka & surrounding (Todaiji Temple, Nara Park, Himeji Castle), Kyoto (Kinkakuji / Golden Pavilion, Ginkaku-ji / Silver Pavilion , Kyoto International Manga Museum, The Heian Shrine), Nagoya (Museum of Industry and Technology), Mt. Fuji area (Oshino Hakkai, Gotemba Peace Park and Hakone shrine), Tokyo Area (Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo tower, Disney sea) + any other good places recommended for family. We don’t like to spend too much time in one place unless it is a holiday resort (however, this is not the purpose of this holiday).

    I have few questions:
    i) What will be best option for return? I think flying back from Tokyo would be the best, but children would like to explore Option-2.
    ii) What will be recommended itinerary taking into account of the above plan from 5th to 14th or 5th to 15th (Return option-1 or 2) based on taking a 7-days JR pass (activating from 6th Aug valid up to 12th Aug)?
    iii) What is best recommendation for budget accommodation at following places (shouldn’t be dormitory, but no need of luxury. Only clean, safe & minimum comfort for a private place for a family needed)?
    • 5th Aug – Fukuoka
    • 6th Aug – Hiroshima
    • 7th Aug to 10th Aug – Shin-Osaka or Kyoto (which would be the best place for a base and then to cover the area)
    • 11th Aug– Mt Fuji Area
    • 12th Aug to 15th Aug – Tokyo
    Or, any possible alternative/better locations with good transport links to stay & cover the surrounding area?

    Any input would be helpful.



    1. Hi Rishi,

      1. Option 1 is the best. If you go back to Osaka and take either flight or ferry, you need to spend 4 hours at least. And also if you take a ferry, you will lose one day in Japan. Which one is better for you and your family, ferry experience or staying in Tokyo more?

      2. JR Pass is the best choice anyway for day 6 to 12. I think you cannot add any more places in your stay in Japan. You may want to have more time in Osaka, Kyoto and/or Tokyo. You can visit Fuji as day trip from Tokyo and use other deals.
      Fuji Hakone Pass is recommended to cover the places where you want to visit. JR Pass does not help so much in Fuji/Hakone area.

      3. If you want to avoid moving around with luggage, I recommend you to stay in Shin-Osaka and make day trips to Kyoto. Shin-Osaka is Shinkansen terminal station and you can get there directly from Hiroshima. Shinkansen goes to Kyoto but most of Shinkansen trains which are covered by JR Pass does not go to Kyoto from Hiroshima directly. You need to change the trains at Shin-Osaka. It’s another reason why I recommend Shin-Osaka more than Kyoto. But if you want to feel different experience, you can stay in both Shin-Osaka and Kyoto.

      I cannot tell about recommended hotels. There are huge number of hotels and my experience is not enough to tell it.


      Takeshi /

  4. DAY 1 京都Kyoto
    抵達關西機場后直奔京都,入住京都Airbnb 3天2夜
    > Arashiyama嵯峨野竹林(Arashiyama district (a scenic natural area with magnificent bamboo grove))
    > Togetsukyo Bridge渡月桥
    > Kinkaku-ji金閣寺 (Kinkakuji Temple (the famous Golden Pavillion))
    > 三忠豆腐

    DAY 2京都Kyoto
    > 着物岡本租借和服(可上官网预约时间)
    > Ginkaku-Ji銀閣寺(also known as the Silver Pavillion)
    > Philosopher’s path (a famous sakura viewing spot along a small river)
    > Kiyomizu-dera清水寺
    (Kiyomizu Temple (one of the best known wooden temples in Kyoto with a spectacular panoramic view over the city))
    > Fushimi-Inari Taisha伏见稻荷大社
    > 四條河源町商店街 (Nishiki market (one of the busiest Kyoto fresh food markets))

    DAY 3京都Kyoto
    > Gion祇院,花見小路
    > 祇園小森(京都必吃的抹茶甜品!)
    > Shirakawa River In Gion (Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku,)
    > Maruyama Park
    > 通天閣新世界串炸物(京都店)

    DAY 4 京都>大阪> and 歌山Wakayama
    Check out京都后返回大阪,入住大阪Airbnb 8天7夜,然後出發去和歌山
    > Airbnb at Tenjinbashisuji 6-chome Station
    > Tama Station貴志貓車站
    > Kuroshio Market黑潮市場
    > バイキングレストラン ゴンドワナ(GONDWANA)食べ放題 (螃蟹放題吃到飽)

    DAY 5
    > Universal Studio Japan

    DAY 6大阪Osaka
    (**為使用Osaka Amazing Pass入场免费)
    > Osaka Castle大阪城**
    > HepFive觀覽車**
    > 激安殿堂梅田店
    > Umeda Sky Building**
    > Harukoma Sushi
    > 天然温泉浪速之汤**(裸汤!)

    DAY 7 ️大阪Osaka
    (**為使用Osaka Amazing Pass入场免费)
    > 大阪今非昔比舘**
    > 四天王寺**
    > Tsutenkaku Tower通天閣**
    > SHINSEKAI新世界
    > Gaint Ferries Wheel**
    > Tombori River Cruise**

    DAY 8奈良Nara
    > Suntory Yamazaki Distillery(可上官网预约时间)
    > Nara Park(无需入场费,到处都是怪懒奈良鹿)
    > 東大寺
    > 志津釜饭(奈良必吃!)

    DAY 9 神戶Kobe
    > 北野異人館街
    > 復古Starbucks
    > KOBE Tower神戶塔
    > 神戶牛 SteakLand(必吃神户牛!)

    DAY 10 Himeji
    > Hime ji Castle
    > Kuromon Ichiba Market黑门市场
    > 烤肉力丸

    * Appreciate if you could advise. Thanks

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