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  1. Mey says:

    Hi Takeshi san,

    Thank you very much for the information provided.

    Here are my itinerary , If there any need to be revised.

    Day 1 – Kansai Airport – Osaka ( Osaka castle , Sumiyoshi Taisha Temple, Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Tenjibashisuji shopping Arcade, Dotonbori , Dotonbori Konamon museum , Shinsaibashi )
    Day 2 – Osaka – Sanyo Tarumi (Mitsui Outlet) – Himeji – Kobe
    Day 3 – Osaka – Oyamazaki ( Suntory Yamasaki Distillery) – Kyoto ( Nishiki Market ,Fushimi-Inari ,Kiyomizudera, Nanzenji Temple – GinKaKuji )
    Day 4 – Kyoto ( Nijo Castle, Arashiyama,Gion District) , night bus to Toyko Disneyland
    Day 5 – Toyko Disneland
    Day 6 & 7 – Join local tour to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route,Snow Wall & Shirakawago.
    Day 8 – Join local tour to Lake Saiko ( 350 yen Entrance fee)Lake kawaguchi Mt.Fuji & Gotemba Premium outlet
    Day 9 – Toyko ( Asakusa, Tokyo skytree, Shinjuku , Shibuya , Harajuku, )
    Day 10 – Tokyo – Narita Airport

    ** 3 days Kansai Thru Pass ( Day 4 in Kyoto which pass is more suitable ? )
    ** Day 9 & 10 ( Any pass suitable as our flight is on morning 9am )

    Thank you.

  2. Paula says:

    Hi There,

    Just wondering if we can get some help with which rail passes we should purchase for our itinerary below ………

    18/4: Fly into Narita. Travel to Matsumoto. Visit Matsumoto Castle
    19/4: Visit Takato Castle (1.5 hour on train and then walk to park)
    20/4: Matsumoto to Takayama (by bus? – Nohi)
    21/4: Takayama to Kanazawa
    22/4: Kanazawa
    23/4: Kanazawa to Kyoto: visit Arashiyama
    24/4: Day trip to Kumara and Kibune (return to Kyoto)
    25/4: Eastern Kyoto and Northern Kyoto (Kinaku-ji), including Higashiyama, Kiyomizudera temple, Ginkaku-ji, Yasaka Shrine + Nanzenji – philosophers walk to Ginkakuji, Gion, Shirakawa area and Sanjusangendo temple
    26/4: Fushimi Inari Shrine, then central and downtown Kyoto, including Nijo Castle + Gardens, Nishiki market and Kyoto Imperial Palace, then Teramachi and Shin Kyogoku Shopping Arcades
    27/4: Kyoto to Osaka (Osaka two day pass)
    28/4: Osaka
    29/4: Osaka to Hiroshima to Osaka
    30/4: Osaka to Wakayama
    1/5: Wakayama to Koya San
    2/5: Choishi Michi pilgrimage trail (7 hours), return to Wakayama
    3/5: Wakayama to Shirahama
    4/5: Shirahama to Tokyo
    5/5 – 9/5: Toyko, including day trips to Mt Fuji, Nikko, and possibly Jigokudani and Kamakura.

    If you require any more information please let me know.

    Thank you in advance for your help!


    • Hi Paula,

      Single ticket is only choice for the first half of your trip, Tokyo-Matsumoto-Takayama-Kanazawa-Kyoto-Osaka.

      In Kyoto, you may use Kyoto bus/subway deals as you need.

      On Apr 29, when you go to Hiroshima, you will start to use JR Pass 7 days until May 5. JR pass does not cover Koya san. But JR Pass is cheaper than single fares for these 7 days.

      But if you are sure to go to Jigokudani, you may use 14 days pass to cover for the last 14 days of your trip or maybe start to use it on apr 23, Kanazaawa to Kyoto.

      There are several ways to use 14 days pass. But Nikko and Mt. Fuji can be covered by other deal or single ticket. Kamakura is very close. You don’t need pass. I think the best option is 14 days pass from Apr 23 and Jigokudani must be included in this 14 days.


      Takeehi / JP Rail

  3. Melody says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    This will be my first solo trip to Japan, and this is my itinerary. I’ll just like some feedback regarding the purchase of passes.. I’m looking at the most affordable option available, and would appreciate your comments on it, thank you very much!

    Day 1: JR East Kanto Area Pass Day 1 (EKAPD1)Tokyo
    Day 2: JR EKAPD2. Nikko
    Day 3: JR EKAPD3. Nikko then back to Tokyo by evening.
    Day 4: Tokyo (No pass
    Day 5: JRPD1: Hiroshima.
    Day 6: JRPD2: Miyajima
    Day 7: JRPD3: Move to Kyoto.
    Day 8: JRPD4: Kyoto.
    Day 9: JRPD5: Kyoto.
    Day 10: JRPD6: Kawaguchiko.
    Day 11: JRPD7: Tokyo.
    Day 12: Take whatever transport to Narita Airport


    Day 1: Stay at Shinjuku
    Day 2: Tokyo
    Day 3: Nikko (Maybe through Tobu)
    Day 4: Return back to Tokyo in the evening
    Day 5: Tokyo
    Day 6: Move to Hiroshima (Start JRP)
    Day 7: Miyajima
    Day 8: Move to Kyoto (Visit Himeji)
    Day 9: Kyoto
    Day 10:Kyoto
    Day 11: Leave for Fuji five lakes (leave luggage at Kawaguchiko Stn) , leave for Tokyo in evening
    Day 12: Take N’EX Limited Express to Narita Airport

    Which one is more affordable and not too time consuming (for travelling to and fro)? The places can be changed as I’ve not booked any accommodation.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

  4. SASIN says:

    Hello Takeshi san

    When the final station are outside of IC card area how
    go out from platform (If use IC card at departure station).


    • Hi Sasin san,

      You cannot use IC card to go outside coverage area. If you use it accidentally, you have to talk to the conductor right away.
      Otherwise you cannot use IC card to enter the station next time.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  5. Winkie says:

    I want to know the price for a single fare from Fukuoka airport to beppu does anyone know how much?

    Also what would be the fare from Kumamoto to Fukuoka airport?

    Also Kumamoto to Osaka One way?

    I am planning to get the 5 days North Kyushu pass but understand that doesn’t cover the Hakata to kokura line. I am going to be in Kyushu for more than 5 days so some days I need to get single fare.

    Any advise please? Thanks.

  6. Chin Heong Peng says:

    Dear Takeshi/JP rail,
    Thanking in advance for answering my following questions:
    1) when will Furano/Biei Lavenda begins its daily operation from Sapporo?
    2) when will Furano /Biei Norokko Local sight seeing train begins operation?
    3) from CTS airport can I buy Sapporo Airport Express and the Lavenda express to Furano on the same day ?
    4) when will the Tinkle bus operation begins?
    We are arriving on 22/6/15 at CTS airport.
    Ariosto Gozaimasu ,
    Dr. Peng.

  7. Vasanthi says:

    Dear Takeshi San,

    Thank you very much for your advise.

  8. Vasanthi says:

    Dear Takeshi San,

    Thank you very much for the information provided.

    I need your advise whether it is worthwhile getting the Suica card. I will be staying to Nihonbashi, to travel to either Nikko or the Mt Fuji trip I would need to take the rail or subway to Tokyo Station or Asakusa station or should I just buy the rail tickets on that day for that trip?

    For the Nikko trip if I were to get the Tobu 2 day pass, you said that it will include the bus trips, does it include the bus to the shrine?

    Thank you again

  9. pinky says:

    We are travelling to japan during May 2015.

    Reach Osaka: 05 May 2015, 0715hrs
    Leaving Osaka: 13 May 2015, 1100hrs.

    Intended to visit below places during our stay.

    Hokkaido (3 days)
    -noboritbesu, hakodate, Sapporo otaru

    Tokyo (3 days)
    – Tokyo tower, Ginza, Tsukishima, yurakucho, kanda, shibuya, harajuku,asakusa, mt fuji, meiji shrine, sensoji, tsuki market

    Osaka (2 days)
    – Nijo Castle, kigomizudera temple, higashiyama, namba

    Need your advice whether it is possible to make it and what kind of jr pass do we need to purchase, there are four of us, all adult, and we do not plan to rent car.

    Thank you.

    Best regards,

    • Hi Pinky,

      You will be able to make it. But it is super busy trip. Especially Hokkaido is quite far. Please find the info at the link below:

      I have also sample itinerary that includes Hokkaido and Kyoto in 7 days.
      I use overnight train “Sunrise Seto”. But you cannot book this in advance. So I don’t recommend to use it in your plan. Just take Shinkansen from Osaka to Tokyo. It takes 2.5 hours between Osaka and Tokyo.

      If you can move to Tokyo on arrival day, that will be perfect. You can start to use 7 days JR Pass on arrival day. If you can’t, stay in Osaka on first and last night. You can start to use JR Pass either 1st day or 2nd day.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

    • Empel says:

      Hi Pinky,

      I have another idea for your itinerary:

      As you want to see very much in little time, you might save some time by using a night train. Limited Express Cassiopeia from Ueno to Sapporo runs on your day of arrival in Japan. But keep in mind that this train often runs fully booked. So you can not count on it On the other hand, cancellations tend to be last minute so you might get lucky. Departure from Ueno would be at 16:20 and arrival in Sapporo 11:15 the next day. It is a wonderful train but be prepared to pay additional fees.

      From Osaka to Tokyo you can’t take any Nozomi trains with your pass so you will take about 3 hours.

      Best regards,

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