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  1. Hi takeshi ,im planning for a trip to Osaka by plane and thinking to visit to Hokkaido and Tokyo ,Kyoto along the way . will Jr pass be useful here ? Got no idea where to start planning , flight to osaka or Tokyo? Please advice ! Appreciate it !

    1. You can start either Osaka or Tokyo. Tokyo is closer to Hokkaido. But Hokkaido is quite far. It also depends on which part of Hokkaido you want to go. Please see the link below to find the info about access to Sapporo and Hakodate in Hokkaido.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/hokkaido-area/how-to-get-sapporo.html

      If you take train to Hokkaido, JR Pass is strongly recommended. It gives you a huge saving. But as you see the link above, it’s a long trip.

      Even if you visit just southern Hokkaido only, like Hakodate, Sapporo, Otaru, you will spend at least 3 days and 4 days is more comfy and recommended.

      So at this point, make sure which part of Hokkaido you want to visit.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hello Takeshi-san,

    I am planning a 7D6N trip to Hokkaido next month. I will spend 3 days in Furano and Biei area. Taking JR from Sapporo to Asahikawa, renting a car at Asahikawa Station then starts the journey in the next 3 days is my plan.

    According to Hokkaido JR, the “JR Station Rental Cars” scheme will give a dicount to those holders of JR rail pass. So I am pleased to buy a JR rail pass. However, it says the starting day of the renting should be within the valid period of the JR rail pass. So if I buy a 5-day rail pass, I should start the renting within the 5-day valid period. But if I would rent a car, definitely the next 3 days I will not take the JR in Furano and Biei area, that means 3 days out of the 5-day rail pass becomes useless. Same situation for 7-day rail pass.

    So i am wondering why JR Hokkaido offers such JR + car rental package. How can I best using this offer?

    http://www2.jrhokkaido.co.jp/global/english/railpass/rail04.html

    Regards,
    Wilson

    1. Hi Wilson san,

      Honestly I have never used this deal before. But in my understanding, you can start rent a car on any days of 5 days pass. In this case, you can use rail pass for the first 4 days and rent a car on 4th day. I think as long as you start using the car in valid period, you can use 3 days rent a car at the discount price. But I’m not 100% sure.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi san,

        Thanks for your reply. I share the same understanding as you. It seems that start using the car on the last day is a better way to maximize the cost of the package.

        Cheers,

        Wilson

  3. Dear Takeshi-san,

    Returning from Japan yesterday, I would like to thank you again for your valuable information about train travel there. My planning worked out very well. I loved the Shinkansen and also the diesel hauled local and limited express trains in Hokkaido were comfortable. The weather was good at most times, especially in Hirosaki (the cherry blossoms there were awesome) and the western part of Hokkaido. Between Abashiri and Kushiro we experienced some snowfall!! And back in Sapporo it was quite chilly. All together I had a wonderful time, and: I’ll be back;-)

    Cheers,
    Armin

    1. Hi Armin san,

      I’m very glad to hear that you had a good memory. I hope you will go back to Japan and visit many other places. Japan still has many many more things even though it’s small country.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Dear Takeshi san,

    I am planning for a 9D8N trip with my family of 2 adults and 3 children (all below 10) in mid Jun. My itinerary is as follow:

    Narita Airport – Shinjuku (2N)
    Shinjuku – Hakone (2N)
    Hakone – Kyoto (2N)
    Kyoto – Tokyo (2N)

    Last leg we will be staying in Tokyo Disneyland. I am contemplating if it is worthwhile to get 7 days JR Pass at the start of the trip or just go for the local deals.

    Greatly appreciate your advice. Thank you!

    Best regards,
    Marie.

    1. Hi Marie,

      JR pass 7 days is recommended for the first 7 days of your trip. But it does not give you a big saving. It will be slightly cheaper than single fares.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Dear Takeshi san,

    My proposed itinerary is as follows:
    Chubu Airport – Takayama (2N)
    Takayama – Shirakawago (1N)
    Shirakawago – Kanazawa (2N)
    Kanazawa – Alpine Route – Matsumoto (2N)
    Matsumoto – Nagoya (2N)

    Seek your advice on suitable JR Pass.

    Thank you.

    June san

  6. Dear Takeshi-san

    Thank you for setting up this site which i find extremely helpful. I’m planning for my coming July/Aug itinerary and greatly appreciate if you could please give me some advice. I plan to purchase the 21 days JR pass as i will use public transport but still debating between JR Pass and Hokkaido pass but since i’ll be travelling for 3 weeks, i think the 21 days pass will probably be best.
    Day
    1 ARRIVE TOKYO
    2 TOKYO – GHIBLI MUSEUM
    3 CLIMB MOUNT FUJI
    4 MT FUJI – BACK TO TOKYO
    5 TOKYO TO HAKODATE BY TRAIN – HALF DAY EXPLORE HAKODATE
    6 HAKODATE TO SAPPORO
    7 SAPPORO TO ASAHIKAWA – DAY TRIP TO FURANO AND BIEI
    8 ASAHIKAWA TO WAKKANAI
    9 WAKKANAI TO RISHIRI
    RISHIRI TO REBUN
    10 REBUN ISLAND EXPLORE
    11 REBUN TO WAKKANAI AND SPEND THE DAY IN WAKKANAI
    12 WAKKANAI TO ASAHIKAWA
    CATCH BUS FROM ASAHIKAWA TO ASAHIDAKE ONSEN
    13 ASAHIDAKE ONSEN EXPLORE AND BACK ASAHIKAWA BY BUS LATE EVENING
    14 ASAHIKAWA TO SOUNKYO BY BUS – SOUNKYO EXPLORE
    15 SOUNKYO EXPLORE AND BACK ASAHIKAWA BY BUS LATE AFTERNOON
    16 ASAHIKAWA TO SHIRETOKO SHARI
    SHIRETOKO SHARI TO UTORO BY BUS
    17 SHIRETOKO NATIONAL PARK EXPLORE – FIVE LAKES
    18 SHIRETOKO NATIONAL PARK EXPLORE AND BACK SHIRETOKO SHARI – CAN I STAY IN UTORO AND TRAVEL BY BUS FROM THERE TO KUSHIRO? I CAN’T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND AKAN BUS TIMETABLE.
    19 SHIRETOKO SHARI TO KUSHIRO – DAY TRIP TO LAKE AKAN?
    20 KUSHIRO TO SAPPORO
    21 DAY TRIP – OTARU
    22 SAPPORO
    23 LEAVE SAPPORO

    Thank you so much Takeshi-san 🙂

    1. Hi Thai san,

      You may use 21 days JR pass. It’s the best and the easiest choice. Hokkaido rail pass is valid for 7 days and it’s too short obviously.

      If you want to get Kushiro from Shiretoko, you have to be Rausu, not Utoro. There are 5 round trips a day between Rausu and Kushiro. I think you have checked the timetable in the link below. The first one is from Kushiro to Rausu and the second one is reverse direction. There are only two round trips (in red) a day in weekend and holidays.

      Trip to Lake Akan is not impossible but there are only 4 round trips and it takes about 2 hours.
      http://www.akanbus.co.jp/localbu/akan.htm
      (First one is from Kushiro, second one is reverse)

      Half day trip is not feasible. I recommend you to stay in Kushiro on the day before trip to Lake Akan.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Hello

    I am interested to climb up Mount Fuji in July 2016. After the climb, I would like to take the bus/train to Haneda Airport. Is that possible? My flight leaves Haneda Airport at 1145pm on 9 July 2016.

    Thank you.

  8. Hi
    We (my wife & I) are planning the following trip to Japan;
    1 Dec arrive in Tokyo from Australia
    1 – 5 Dec explore Tokyo
    6 Dec travel Tokyo to Hiroshima
    6 – 9 Dec explore Hiroshima
    9 Dec travel Hiroshima to Kyoto
    9 – 13 Dec explore Kyoto
    13 Dec travel Kyoto – Osaka
    13 – 16 Dec explore Osaka
    16 Dec fly Osaka to Sapporo then travel to Niseko
    16 – 19 Dec explore Niseko
    19 Dec Travel Niseko – Sapporo
    19 – 21 Dec explore Sapporo
    21 Dec fly Sapporo to Australia

    Should we get a 7, 14 or 21 day JR pass?

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