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  1. PB says:

    Hi Takeshi-san

    My friend and I would be coming to Japan for 12 days. We have 4days 3 nights gap in Nagano before we return to Tokyo.

    We have not confirmed our itinerary and hence have not decided a 7-day JR Pass or 14 days pass.

    Our last stop is Matsumoto on 30 Oct and going to Tokyo on 2 Nov. Between 30Oct and 2Nov, we are interested with these places but do not really know how to plan the route and how to get there. Could you assist us?

    Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park
    Tenryu-kyo valley
    Tsumago and Magome

    Are the above too ambitious in your opinion? Please advise.

    Thank you very much.

  2. Jolyn says:

    Dear Takeshi san,

    Thank you so much for your times, deeply appreciated.

    Take care,

  3. Jolyn says:

    Dear Takeshi san,

    Thank you for your advice. Last but not least, if I am in Kobe 02 days – I should be using One-day unlimited Kobe ticket to travel with city buses and subway in Kobe including Himeiji @ Adults 1,030 yen instead of purchasing the Kansai thru pass ?

    However if I actively travel in Kyoto area for 05 days, is it best to use the Kansai thru pass or only the Kyoto Sightseeing One or Two-day Pass Card @ approx. 2,000 yen ?

    Your guidance please.

    Many thanks,

    • Hi Jolyn,

      1. Kobe and Himeji
      If you travel to Himeji, Kobe one day pass Sanyo Railway version at 2050 yen is required. Regular Kobe pass covers only subway and bus in city of Kobe. That does not included Himeji. I put the link but unfortunately English link is not available.

      2. Kyoto
      Kyoto Sightseeing card or All day bus pass is enough for sightseeing in Kyoto. Even if you go to Nara, round trip fare is less than 2000 yen. Single ticket is still cheaper.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  4. Jolyn says:

    Hi Takeshi san,

    My friend recommended me to your website and I wish to check with you your expertise advices on the train ticket/pass as in which one is good for me.

    I arrives KIX on 18Sep and stay over at Hineno airport hotel. Should I purchase the Kansai area pass and Kansai thru pass on 18 Sep and start use it on 19 Sep ?

    19Sep morning Hineno to Kobe Sannomiya station (stay 02 days in Kobe and moves around).

    21Sep Kobe Sannomiya station to Kyoto station (stay 06 days in Kyoto and moves around Osaka/Namba area too).

    26Sep Kyoto station to KIX airport by train.

    Your kind assistance and attention is greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks,

    • Hi Jolyn,

      Actually single ticket is the best choice for most part of your trip. If you use Kansai Area Pass or Kansai Thru Pass, you have to spend 2000 yen worth at least. For example, Hineno-Sannomiya fare is around 1200 yen. Sannomiya-Osaka and Osaka-Kyoto fare is 410 yen and 560 yen. Even if you take subway in Osaka, it will be less than 2000 yen.

      But at the end of your trip, you can use Kansai Area Pass 1 day to get KIX from Kyoto. You can take Haruka express directly to get KIX. It is only direct service and the fastest. It’s cheaper than single fare.
      You can purchase this ticket at Kyoto station too.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  5. noko says:

    Dear Takeshi-san,

    I’m very appreciate that today announed seasonal train for Fall 2014

    but I still have a doubt about A Ressha de Iko (A列車で行こう=Take the ‘A’ train) in Kyushu.

    There’re any mistake? because I don’t see fall schedule of this train.


    Best regards,

  6. Patrick says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I got to say your website is fabulous with lots of helpful information. Luckily, I managed to stumble onto it!

    I am planning my holidays in Japan in Nov 2014. The places I would like to visit are:

    Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, himeiji, kinosaki, koyan-san, Osaka.

    Arrival to japan would be tokyo, and departure to home could be from tokyo or Osaka.

    The whole trip should be about 10 days.

    I would like to enquire would the jr pass for 7 days be worthwhile than single point to point train trips as I foresee that they will be days where I would want to chill out at certain places and not travel within the 7 days duration.

    Thank you.


    • Hi Patrick,

      Thanks for your comment about my website. I’m happy that my website helps you to make your plan to Japan.

      JR Pass 7 days price is almost same as Tokyo-Osaka round trip. So if you arrive/depart at Tokyo and stay in Tokyo for the first/last 3 days, you can use JR Pass 7 days. I’m sure JR Pass is much cheaper in this case because you have extra long distance trip, like to Kinosaki onsen.

      If you have single trip to Osaka from Tokyo, single fare may be cheaper. You will have only several long distance transfer, Tokyo-Kyoto/Osaka, Osaka/Kyoto-Kinosaki round trip. You will use JR Pass when you stay in Kyoto and Osaka. But in most cases, single fare is several hundred yens. I think it’s not worth using JR Pass.

      If you have JR Pass, it’s much easier to travel because you don’t need to purchase a single ticket one by one. I recommend you to use JR pass.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  7. summer says:

    Dear Takeshi-san,

    I will be visiting Japan in April 2015 for my Sakura trip.
    Below is my itinerary:

    PLAN A
    D1 – Arriving Nagoya
    D2 – Nagoya – Kyoto – Nagoya
    D3 – Nagoya – Arashiyama – Kobe – Nagoya
    D4 – Nagoya – Shirakawa-go – Nagoya
    D5 – Nagoya – Gotemba Premium Outlets – Nagoya
    D6 – Nagoya – Tokyo (Ueno/Asakusa/Harajuku) – Nagoya
    D7 – Nagoya
    D8 – Leaving Nagoya

    PLAN B
    D1 – Same as PLAN A
    D2 – Same as PLAN A
    D3 – Same as PLAN A
    D4 – Same as PLAN A
    D5 – Nagoya – Mitsui Outlet Park Nagashima – Nagoya
    D6 – Nagoya
    D7 – Nagoya
    D8 – Leaving Nagoya

    My questions:
    1) For cost savings, do I need to buy Japan Rail Pass or buy single journey railway ticket for my trip?

    2) What type of Japan Rail Pass is suitable and cost savings for my itinerary as per PLAN A and PLAN B?

    3) If I buy single journey railway ticket, can I take all type of train (Shinkansen including Nozomi and Mizuho, JR train, local train and etc)?

    Thank you.


    • Hi Summer,

      JR Pass 7 days is the best choice for both of your plan. Round trip fare to Kyoto or Takayama (to Shirakawago) is 12000 yen. So as long as you have these three trips by train, JR Pass 7 days is cheaper than single fares.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  8. Phyllis says:

    Getting from Osaka Itami Airport to Kobe Airport
    flight gets in at 6:25pm into Osaka. Please let
    me know which train to take. Thank you

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