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  1. Hi Takeshi,

    We (family of 3) plan to visit Osaka and Kanazawa end January 2017. This is our first time visit Kanazawa, appreciate your advice on our planned itinerary (we plan to stay 4 nights stay in Kanazawa) and whether Takayama Hikoriku Area Pass is the best option for us.

    1st day (26/1/17) – Arrival Osaka Kansai Int’l Airport early morning and heading straight to Kanazawa for 4 nights stay. How do we travel from Kansai airport to Kanazawa and how long would it take? Can we use Takayama Hikoriku Area Pass right from Kansai airport?

    2nd day (27/1/17) – Kanazawa
    Places to visit : Kenrokuen Garden, Higashichaya old town, Kanazawa castle, Omicho market. Any more nice places to recommend?

    3rd day (28/1/17) – Plan a day trip to Fukui
    Places to visit:
    1.Tojimbo Cliffs (would it be too cold to visit in winter?)
    2.Dianosur Museum (for our 13 years old son 😉
    3.Eiheiji Temple (is it recommended to visit in winter?)

    Is it convenient to travel from Kanazawa to Fukui by train or it is a better option to rent a car for self drive? Anymore interesting places to recommend in Fukui?

    4th day (29/1/17) – Day trip to Himi?
    Is it convenient to travel from Kanazawa to Himi? Still can’t decide whether we should visit Himi or Toyama (visited before early this year) or Takayama (not been before). Any recommendation?

    5th day (30/1/17) – half day in Kanazawa before depart for Osaka. How do we travel from Kanazawa to Osaka? Our hotel is nearby Namba station in Osaka. Can we use Takayama Hikoriku Area Pass to cover our whole journey down to Namba station?

    Greatly appreciate your advice and thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Wong family,

      You can use this pass from KIX. You can take limited express Haruka to Shin-Osaka and take limited express Thunderbird to get Kanazawa.
      http://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/kansai-airport-limited-express-haruka.html
      http://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/limited-express-thuderbird-raicho-%E9%9B%B7%E9%B3%A5.html
      http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/takayama-kanazawa-and-shirakawago/how-to-get-kanazawa.html

      Eiheiji and Tonjibo are nice place but I have never been there in winter time. So I cannot say how cold it is there. I haven’t driven the car in Japan for a long time. But in Hokuriku region, there are lots of snow in winter time. I cannot recommend rent-a-car if you have never driven on snow road.

      21st century is recommended in Kanazawa.
      http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2167.html

      Himi and Toyama are nice place but why don’t you go to Shirakawago? It’s worth visiting. And the pass covers the bus to Shirakawago.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-get-shirakawa-go-%E7%99%BD%E5%B7%9D%E9%83%B7.html

      You can take same way to go back to Shin-Osaka or Osaka by Thunderbird. JR Namba station can be accessed by this pass. But JR Namba is not located in the center of Namba. Subway is not covered by this pass, but I recommend you to take subway from Osaka (Umeda) or Shin-Osaka.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/station-information/osaka-station-guide-how-to-change-jr-trains-subway-trains-and-other-private-railways.html
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/station-information/shin-osaka-station-guide-how-to-change-shinkansen-haruka-thunderbird-and-local-train-access-to-osaka-umeda-and-namba.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Dear Takeshi,

    I would like your advise on the best pass to use if my itinerary are as follows:

    Address in Osaka:
    〒542-0086 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Nishishinsaibashi, 2 Chome−18−6 [アベニュー心斎橋 Room 706

    1) 11 January – Day Trip – from Osaka to Kobe
    2) 12 January – travel from Osaka to Kyoto
    3) 17 January – Kyoto back to Kansai International Airport (Osaka)

    Address in Kyoto:
    Schmied Nishinotoin Guesthouse: 〒600-8327 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Kajiya-cho 448

    Thank you
    cheerz
    Rita

    1. Hi Rita,

      Please see the link below. It shows sample itinerary that is almost same as your trip plan.
      http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/7days/visit-osaka-and-kyoto-for-5-to-7-days-sample-itinerary.html

      Your accommodation in Osaka is near Yotsubashi station that is one station away from Namba. You may walk to Namba if you have no luggage.
      In Kyoto, your accommodation is within walking distance from JR Kyoto station.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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