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  1. Sally says:

    Hi Takeshi San,

    I will be travelling to Japan end of this month & would like to seek your assistance on my trip.
    I am travelling to either Kanazawa or Takayama (which would you recommend?) on 29/3 staying 2 nights before heading to Shirakawa-go, staying over for a night on 30/3 (I have booked the place to stay). Also is it better to fly to Osaka or Tokyo to get to Takayama or Kanazawa?

    Leaving Shirakawa-go on 31/3 heading to Yamanashi on 31/3, what is the best way in terms of shortest time to reach Yamanashi?

    Also should I get the JR pass for this trip?

    Thank you.

  2. Sucheera says:

    I plan to use JR North Kyushu Pass for my Kyushu trip next month. I want to visit Aso but I’m not sure JR Hohi Line is included in JR North Kyushu Pass or not. Plus, could you please tell me what site I can check Aso Boy Timetable. Thank you

  3. Chan says:

    Hi,

    May I seek for your advice on the following case:

    1. I will buy JR East Kanto Area Pass
    2. I want to take shinkansan from Tokyo to Ueda
    3. Ueda is outside usage area of Kanto Area Pass

    How much do I need to pay for the separate fee? Just the fare difference between Tokyo to Ueda and Tokyo to Saku Daira (the last station within usage area of Kanto Area Pass) or the full fare between Saku Daira and Ueda?

    Your kind assistance is highly appreciated

    Thank you.

  4. Jade says:

    Hi Takeshi, firstly thank you for sharing your wealth of information. It is really a good source of reference for ppl like me, trying to plan our hols in Japan. I would like to seek your advice on my below itinerary.

    D1 Sat (16th May)
    travel from KIX to Kobe
    – around Kobe
    Stay in Kobe

    D2 Sun (17th May)
    travel from Kobe to Hiroshima
    – around Hiroshima
    Stay in Hiroshima

    D3 Mon (18th May)
    travel to Miyajima Island and back to Hiroshima
    travel from Hiroshima to Himeji
    -around Himeji
    travel from Himeji to Kyoto
    -around Kyoto
    Stay in Kyoto

    D4 Tues (19th May)
    -around Kyoto
    Stay in Kyoto

    D5 Wed (20th May)
    travel from Kyoto to Arashiyama
    -around Kyoto
    Stay in Kyoto

    D6 Thurs (21st May)
    travel from Kyoto to Fushimi Inari
    travel from Fushimi Inari to Osaka
    -around Osaka
    Stay in Osaka

    D7 Fri (22nd May)
    -around Osaka
    Stay in Osaka

    D8 Sat (23rd May)
    Departure from KIX

    1) Which rail pass will make more sense for the duration – JR Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, JR Pass 7 days, JR Kansai Thru Pass or something else? Looking at Shinkansen for the long distance eg Kobe – Hiroshima – Kyoto

    2) The quickest/cheapest route from KIX to Kobe is ferry or limousine bus?

    3) For Osaka I shld get the ICOCA to travel around major tourist spots? Or Subway Ecopass/Unlimited Pass? Not planning to visit USJ in Osaka.

    4) For Kyoto I shld get the ICOCA to travel around major tourist spots? Or shld I look at the Kyoto sightseeing 2 day pass?

    Any additional input is much appreciated. Thank you for your time..
    Rgds, Jade

    • Hi Jade,

      1) Kansai Hiroshima Pass is the best choice. You can use it for day 2 to 6. But this pass does not cover Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Kyoto. When you go back to Kyoto from Hiroshima, you have to get off Shinkansen at Shin-Osaka and transfer to Special Rapid train. Shinkansen on this segment belong to other JR company, JR Central.

      2) Ferry is the best choice.
      http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/play/event/140101_kobeferry/index.html

      3) If you intend to take subway more than 5 times, subway pass will be cheaper. ICOCA is okay. But it does not give you any discount.

      4) It’s same situation as Osaka. If you go for bus pass one day at 500 yen, 3 rides is enough to pay off.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  5. Linda Silvana says:

    Dear Takeshi…this is a very helpful site indeed. I need your opinion about my itinerary for Dec 26, 2015 to Jan 9, 2016. I’ll be travelling w/ my husband and 2 kids… Which is better, a 14 day JR Pass or the 7 day pass + other passes.

    Dec 26 : Tokyo to Kyoto (sightseeing…Kyoto by night)
    Dec 27 : Kyoto (around Kyoto..Arashiyama..or else)
    Dec 28 : To Hiroshima, Miyajima (overnight at Hiroshima)
    Dec 29 : Osaka (day trip to Kobe…Osaka by night)
    Dec 30 : Osaka : USJ
    Dec 31 : To Takayama
    Jan 01 : Daytrip to Shirakawago and maybe Kanazawa
    Jan 02 : Takayama – Nagoya (overnight at Nagoya)
    Jan 03 : Around Nagoya then go to Tokyo
    Jan 04 : Disneyland
    Jan 05 : Disney Sea
    Jan 06 : Hakone (daytrip)
    Jan 07 : Around Tokyo…museums/parks… maybe to Odaiba
    Jan 08 : Yokohama..some shoppings
    Jan 09 : Leave Tokyo via Narita

    Would really appreciate your help and advice …Thanks a lot

    -linda-

    • Hi Linda,

      14 days pass is a good. 7 days pass is too short to cover your trip. But even 14 days pass is way cheaper than single fares.

      As probably you know, Japanese go back to hometown to stay with family during New Years period. So trains are super busy and very crowded before and after this period. In your itinerary, Jan 03 Nagoya to Tokyo will be super busy. If you want to go back to Tokyo on this day, book the seat right after you arrive in Japan.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  6. furryrabbit says:

    Hi Takeshi, I need some help/idea from you.

    I’m going Japan next month from 10 to 24 March, and I’m thinking of getting the seishun 18 kippu as a way to get around.

    Day 1: KIX – Sasayama (host driving, no train needed!)
    Day 2: Sasayama – USJ – Sasayama (est. 2,640 yen, day 1 of seishun 18)
    Day 3: Sasayama – Ryoanji (+walk to Arashiyama area) – Sasayama (est. 3,800 yen, day 2 of seishun 18)
    Day 4: Sasayama – Nagoya (est. 4,430 yen, day 3 of seishun 18)
    Day 5, 6, 7: possibly Hikone, Magome and Inuyama region, not yet confirmed
    Day 8 – Day 15: Tokyo (one of the days would be Kamakura+Enoshima)

    Now the big question! I read online that there is an overnight train from Western Japan to Tokyo called “Moonlight Nagara”. I also understand that it’s a seasonal train & reservation is required (at 520 yen or so). However, I can’t find any updated English information on it.

    I would like to know:
    1 –
    Is Moonlight Nagara available during my travel period? (I couldn’t understand the Japanese page)

    2 –
    How can I book a seat on Moonlight Nagara in advance, if the answer to 1 is yes? I read that it’s a very popular ride.

    3 –
    How should I go about riding it so that I will only use 1 slot of seishun 18 (to max. the worth)?

    4 –
    If the answer to 1 is no, what would be a more economical way for me to travel? Originally I intended to get Willer Express’s Japan Bus Pass (3 days, 10,000 yen) but other than Osaka-Nagoya (2,500 yen) and Nagoya-Tokyo (4,500 yen), I can’t think of what to do with the “last day” and I will be better of with buy the bus tickets as it is if I’m not utilising the last day.

    Would really appreciate your help and advice because I’m completely lost on how to use seishun 18! Thank you!

  7. Nic says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    Happy New Year and thank you for all the effort you put in this site. It’s extremely useful!

    As with most people, I just have a question on what passes would be most efficient for a Kansai family trip we have coming up.

    Rough itinerary below:
    Day 1 – arrive at Kansai airport at 9pm, train to Kyoto
    Day 2-3 – Kyoto sightseeing
    Day 4 – Train from Kyoto to Kinosaki onsen
    Day 5 – Train from Kinosaki onsen to Osaka
    Day 6 – Day trip to Hiroshima/Miyajima (or overnight stay in Hiroshima, still undecided)
    Day 7 – Universal Studios
    Day 8 – Himeji castle / Kobe day trip
    Day 9 – Train from Osaka to Kansai airport

    I can move around the days as I haven’t booked accomodations yet, if there will be a more efficient schedule

    Wanted to get your advise on what combination of passes we should get? The Kansai Hiroshima area pass looks like it makes the most sense, but it’s only 5 days, so would need to use that in combination with another pass.

    Right now, I’m thinking to just use get the ICOCA/Haruka round trip ticket to for the KIX to Kyoto and Osaka to KIX legs, just pay local fares during the 2 days we’re in Kyoto (using the ICOCA card), and get the 5-day Kansai Hiroshima pass. Does this make sense?

    Thank you very much

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