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  1. Hi, first of all thanks for the site, it helps a lot about both with the railway system and places to see. My question is about choosing the right pass to buy. Below is my plan where to stay, as i stay 11 days buying 14 days JRPass will be a little waste. Should I buy 7 days Sanyo San + 7 day JRPass or do you suggest any other option. And I couldn’t be sure if Sanyo San is better or worse (or same?) comparing to JRPass in the area it covers (Hakata to Kyoto)

    11 May Fukuoka
    12 May Hiroshima – Miyajima
    13-14-15-16 May Kyoto
    15 May Osaka daily trip
    16 May Nara daily trip
    17-18-19-20 May Tokyo
    21 – 22 May Back to Fukuoka for return flight

    1. Hi Murat,

      I think you meant Sanyo Sanin area pass for the first 7 days. But the best choice for your trip is JR pass 14 days. 14 days price is cheaper than 7 days JR pass + Sanyo Sanin area pass. There is not other better deals than JR pass 14 days.

      But JR pass does not cover local transportation, such as subway and city bus in the cities, like Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo. Please see the link below to find more info:


      Takeshi /

  2. Hi,greatly need your help and advice. My family of 3 (my son 10 yrs old) will be going Japan beginning of June 2017 for 7 days. We will arrive in Kansai airport early morning. We do not know where to go and stay in which hotel. We would prefer minimum traveling as my son gets car sick easily, preferably by train. Will it be better to stay in Osaka or shin-Osaka? Which rail company to take and which hotel to stay? Please advice. Greatly appreciate your help.

    1. Hi Noellee,

      Shin-Osaka and Namba are very accessible from Kansai airport. Namba is the biggest downtown core. Shin-Osaka is the terminal station and a bit away from downtown core, like Namba or Umeda. But average hotel rare is cheaper than Namba and Umeda. Please see the links below to find the location and access to other places in the links below:


      Takeshi /

  3. Hi Takeshi,

    Could you give me advise based on our itinerary below..? I’m confuse what should I buy and use for our schedule.. At first we plan to buy JR Pass and activate it right after we arrive narita and go to nagoya. And plan to go to Ibaraki on April 19, but I found the schedule that nemophila flower will be started on April 22, so we changed the schedule. So it means, we won’t use JR on that day (only 7 days, means from April 14 to April 20), and if we dont use JR, we will spend around 3.820 yen (one way) >. NAGOYA

    Day 2 – Saturday, 15 April 2017 – NAGOYA – LEGOLAND

    Day 3 – Sunday, 16 April 2017 – NAGOYA – KYOTO

    Day 4 – Monday, 17 April 2017 – KYOTO – HIROSHIMA – MIYAJIMA (One day trip)

    Day 5 – Tuesday, 18 April 2017 – KYOTO – TOKYO (Shinjuku)
    Day 6 – Wednesday, 19 April 2017 – TOKYO – FUJI SHIBAZAKURA – One Day Trip

    Day 7 – Thursday, 20 April 2017 – TOKYO – NAGANO SNOW MONKEY – One Day Trip

    Day 8 – Friday, 21 April 2017 – TOKYO – Disneyland

    Day 9 – Saturday, 22 April 2017 – TOKYO – IBARAKI (Hitachi Seaside Park) – One Day Trip

    Day 10 – Sunday, 23 April 2017 – TOKYO (Around Tokyo)

    Day 11 – Monday, 24 April 2017 – TOKYO – JAKARTA

    Thank you… =)

    1. Hi mitdexter,

      You can use 7 days JR pass for the first 7 days. Single ticket is okay for trip to Disneyland. And then you may add Tokyo Wide Pass for the last 3 days.

      You may get Katsuta station which is the nearest station to Hitachi Seaside Park and take Narita Express to go back to Narita.


      Takeshi /

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    I would be staying in hotel at totsuka and kawasaki during my coming trip in Japan. I have seen many passes available. However, I am not sure which areas are covered under the Tokunai pass and the Tokyo 1-day ticket. There are so many JR line available and is it covered under the pass? Since i would be travelling from Kawasaki or Totsuka to the respective area like Ueno , shinjuku and etc..

    I would like to seek your advice on which pass to be used for the trip:

    1. Totsuka(hotel) – Tsukiji fish market – Akihabara – Lazona shopping mall – Totsuka(hotel) [Can i use the “Tokunai Pass”?]

    2. Totsuka – Hakone
    Hakone – Kawasaki(hotel) – Shinjuku – Kawasaki(hotel)
    [Should i buy any pass for this?]

    3. Kawasaki(hotel) – Ueno Park – Sensoji temple – Tokyo skytree – Nakame-guro – Roponggi – Kawasaki(hotel)
    [Can i use the “Tokyo 1 – day ticket’]

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Chong,

      Both Totsuka and Kawasaki are not covered by Tokunai pass and any other deals in Tokyo because these two places are not in Tokyo. Those places are in Kanagawa prefecture.

      Unfortunately there is not deals to cover Totsuka and Kawasaki. I recommend you to use Suica instead of single fare ticket.

      You may use deals after you arrive in Tokyo. Tokyo Subway Ticket is the best deal.

      When you visit many places in Hakone, you may use Hakone Free Pass. You can purchase it at Odawara.

      You need to use Suica or single ticket to Odawara.


      Takeshi /

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