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  1. Hi Takeshi san,
    どうもありがとうございます。
    Your guidance & advice are very help.

    27/10, i will take a shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Odawara station. Visit Hakone & spend a night at Sengokuhara Hakone.
    Next day, visit Mt Fuji & Kawaguchiko. In the evening, go to Shinagawa .

    Where do i get the timetable for shinkansen & the fare.
    I do not understand how to use this link.
    http://www.shinkansen.co.jp/jikoku_hyo/en/sanyou/sdh_shinoosaka.html.
    I want to take the earliest & fastest shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Odawara.

    After visiting Mt Fuji & Kawaguchiko, what is the best route / transport to go to Shinagawa.
    Should i take the Odakyu line from Gotemba station to Shinjuku station & take a subway to Shinagawa.

  2. Hello Takeshi san,

    I’m not sure if I best post my queries here; hope you may assist to advise.

    I would be visiting Japan this coming autumn, and bit lost as how to best plan the travelling around. It’s a 12-day trips with
    – the 1st and last day only for flight, arriving at/ departing from Osaka
    – plan to spend around 5 days in Kyoto
    – a 1-day trip to Nara
    – a 1-day trip to Hijemi and Kobe
    – remaining days in Osaka

    Would like to consult which of the following is more feasible:

    Option 1:
    – transfer right away to Kyoto upon arrival at Osaka on morning Day 2
    – stay at Kyoto for 5 night, and have a day trip to Nara from Kyoto
    – transfer to Osaka thereafter
    – visit Hijemi and Kobe from Osaka as day trip
    – depart from Osaka on the morning of the last day

    Option 2:
    – visit Hijemi and Kobe right away after arriving at Osaka, target to reach Kyoto for night accomodation
    – stay the next 4 nights at Kyoto, with one of the day having day trip to Nara
    – transfer to Osaka for the last few days
    – depart from Osaka on the morning of the last day

    Hope you may kindly advise. Also, would like to ask:
    * Based on the above high-level planning, is it goof to purchase Kansai Thru Pass 3-Day for the travelling between the places? Understand that the pass can be used for 3 non-consecutive days. Is it a good choice to use the ticket for my trips to Hijemi and Kobe (1 day), to Nara (1 day) and 1 more maybe for transfer from Kyoto back to Osaka?

    * For the travelling inside cities (while visiting Kyoto and Osaka, for example), may I just make use of ICOCA?

    Really look forward to your kind reply and help; and thank you so much in advance!

  3. Hi Takeshi,

    I’m so glad I found your website. You give very helpful information. I wonder if you can help me decide whether I need a Japan Rail Pass for my trip in November?

    My itinerary is:
    1. Arrive in Narita, then go to Tokyo (stay 4 nights), possibly with day trip to Hakone
    2. Tokyo to Osaka – then to Myoken Guchi (stay 7 nights)
    3. Osaka to Himeji (day trip)
    4. Himeji to Tokyo (stay 3 nights)
    6. Tokyo to Narita for flight home.

    Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated.
    Thank you very much.
    Regards,
    Sally

    1. Hi Sally,

      JR Pass 7 days is too short for your trip and 14 days pass is actually too expensive for your trip. If you complete Tokyo to Tokyo in 7 days, 7 days JR Pass will work. But you will spend 8 days (7 nights in Myokenguchi).

      At this point, single fare is cheaper if you take a train. But if you are sure to visit Hakone and add one more long day trip, like trip to Nikko, Nagano from Tokyo, trip to Hiroshima from Osaka, 14 days pass will work. I don’t know you have any extra time to do this kind of day trip. But this is only way to get the worth using 14 days pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Thank you Takeshi
    We are meeting some Australian friends at shin-Osaka during that 2 hours. It is the only time that we have to catch up while we are in Japan. If it is too difficult we will miss seeing them.

    Regards
    BJM

    1. Hi BJM,

      Now I understand why you drop by Shin-Osaka. I believe you can meet your friend there. I have a post to tell you about Shin-Osaka station. I hope it will help you to decide the place to meet your friend.
      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

  5. Hello Takeshi,
    Thank you for you clear and helpful advice in your various articles.
    My wife and I are arriving in Narita airport on the 16 Nov 2015. We would very much appreciate your advice on whether getting the JR pass (7-14 days) for the following itinerary is better than getting a Keisei Skyliner combined with 3 days Tokyo Subway ticket, individual train tickets and Kansai Thru Pass.
    Tokyo for 3 nights.
    Train to Takayama/Gokayama/Kanazawa 3 nights.
    Train to Kyoto/local sights/Himeji for 5 nights.
    Train from Kyoto to Kawayu Onsen 2 nights.
    Boat from Taisha Hongu to Shingu 1 night
    Shingu to Osaka area 2 nights
    Airport on 2 Dec 2015

    Apologies for the complexity.
    Thank you very much

    1. Hi Albert,

      JR Pass does not work for your trip. But you can combine several deals. Keisei Skyliner deal is a good choice.
      The easiest way to get Takayama is highway bus.
      http://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/tokyo.html

      And you can use Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass from Takayama to Kyoto via Gokayama and Kanazawa.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/takayama-hokuriku-area-pass-perfect-deal-to-get-takayama-kanazawa-toyama-shirakawago-from-nagoya-or-osaka.html

      You have to exchange this pass before you leave Tokyo. Because this pass cannot be exchanged at Takayama. You can exchange it in advance.

      Kansai Wide Area Pass is the best choce for Shingu, Himeji and Kawayu onsen.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/the-newest-jr-west-rail-pass-for-kansai-and-okayama-kurashiki-kinosakai-and-shingu-area-kansai-wide-area-pass.html

      I don’t think you need to have Kansai thru pass because you will have Kansai Wide Area Pass. Just add Kyoto city deal as you need.
      http://www.insidekyoto.com/special-kyoto-bus-train-subway-passes

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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