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  1. Sam says:

    Hi Takeshi
    I’d like to check with you whether I will be allowed to buy both a JR East Pass and a JR Kanto Pass at the same time on arrival at NRT? Or is it safer for me to buy a JR East Pass exchange order before I arrive in Japan?

    I intend to use these two passes for my holiday in Japan.
    I will use the JR Kanto Pass first (while based in Tokyo)
    Day 1 Yokohama and Atami (Waterfront Fireworks Festival)
    Day 2 & 3 Kawaguchiko and Karuizawa
    Then I will use the JR East Pass to Sendai, HIraizumi, Nagano, Matsumoto, etc.

    Thank you

  2. Shelley says:

    Hello :)

    Please help!
    I’m stuck on travel from Nagano to Nagoya, I thought trains would be fine but I can’t find a route between the two…I wonder if you could give me advice or direct me to the right train company’s site?
    I won’t be using a JR rail pass as I’ll be on a different Visa but I think getting the train will be the best way to go as it will be a long journey. Any help much appreciated!

    Thanks very much!


  3. ridwanis says:

    Japan has hundreds of rail pass,Free Kippu.No other country has this amount of rail pass.We know that Jr Kyushu has offer 18 kippu,mankitsu kippu ,study abroad pass for ryugakusei beside katamichi, ofuko, kaisuken,swariken. However I want to Know following things:

    1.By using Kyushu ‘sunq pass’: Can I visit whole of Kyushu For one month by jr or non jr train?
    Is it valid local and highway bus in valid area?
    2.By using “Teikiken” Can I visit whole of Kyushu For one month by JR local train or rapid train?
    3.By using “Teikiken” Can I visit whole of Kyushu For one month by JR shinkansen train?
    If yes,pls give me total cost in yen.

  4. thossapon pongsak says:

    I’m traveling from Tokyo to Sapporo on08/10/2014 .I have checked from hyperdia website for the train route from ueno to sapporo station but on since october 2014, I cant not find hamanasu line as september 2014 so I would like to ask you about Hamanasu line. Is it still running in october 2014 or something wrong with this train line and time also?

    thanks you for your answer in advance
    I’m looking forward to see your answer.
    best regards, Thossapon.

    • Hi Thossapon,

      Hamanasu will run in October. It will be discontinued sooner or later before Hokkaido Shinkansen will open. But it will be okay in October.
      JR will make the annual timetable revise in October. That’s why Hamanasu is not in Hyperdia database. Hyperdia shows schedule until end of September.
      I think Hamanasu schedule will not be much different from current schedule.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  5. Carine says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I’m planning to purchase the Haruka Icoca round trip package and will be travelling from KIX to Kyoto and returning to KIX from Osaka Namba Station. Would this be covered under the package? I’m a little confused as someone had indicated in her blog that the returning trip from Namba station in Osaka is not covered by the Haruka airport express and that one should opt for the one way package.

    Thank you,

  6. Catherine says:

    Hi Takeshi San,

    Hope all is OK with you.

    Question : with the JPR, how do I get Hakone from Kyoto and Tokyo from Hakone ? Can I take the shinkansen ?

    Many thanks in advance and best regards,


  7. elin says:

    Hi there,

    I am planning a trip to hokkaido in coming December and planning to use rail as my main transportation. May I ask if you have any suggested itinerary on rail travel?

    many tks in advance!

  8. ridwanis says:

    I want to Know following things:
    1.By using jr full moon pass ,Can I take seat on
    (A)nozomi,mizuho,sakura,kodama,hikari shinkansen train without extra charge?
    (B) Cassiopeia, Hokutosei,Sunrise Seto,Sunrise Izumo,Twilight Express night trains
    without extra charge?

    2.By using jr kyushu tabi mankitsu rail pass,Can I take seat on
    (A)limited express train without extra charge in the valid area?
    (B)Is this pass consecutive or non- consecutive?Is it valid all JR and Non JR trains in valid area

    3.By using jr kyushu tabi odekake kippu Can I take seat on limited express train without extra charge in the valid area?

    • Hi ridwanis,

      1 (a) Nozomi and Mizuho are not covered. Other trains are okay.
      (b) Only B berth and B duet are covered. Those accommodation are available on Hokutosei and Twilight Express only. But Twilight is almost impossible to book because this train will be discontinued. All tickets are sold out in one second right after ticket on sale. So basically Hokutosei is only available train. By the way, Hokutosei’s B berth is not difficult to book. But Duet is very hard.

      2 (a) No. You can’t use any limited express train. This is same type of ticket as Seishun 18.
      (b) You can pick any three days in three month. You can even divide this ticket with several passengers, like 1 day each for 3 passengers.

      3 I can’t find this ticket in JR Kyushu site.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  9. ridwanis says:

    I want to Know following things:
    1.By using Juu hachi(18) Kippu,Can I take non reserved seat on hamanasu train without extra charge?
    2.By using Hokkaido higashi nihon rail pass,Can I take seat on narita express train without extra charge?
    3.By using Juu hachi(18) Kippu,I Can take BRT line.What is BRT?

    • Hi ridwanis,

      1. No. You cannot use Seishun 18 kippu to take any express trains. You have to pay even base fare ticket.
      2. No. Hokkaido Higashi Nihon Pass does not allow you to take any limited express trains other than Kanita-Kikonai segment. Because there is only limited express train running on this segment.
      3. BRT is Bus Rapid Transit service. It’s a substitute bus service on Ofunato line and Kesennuma line where were damaged by Tsunami in 2011.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

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