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  1. Mr Takeshi,

    Thank you for all the information you have provided. We are planning to visit Japan from Nov 9 thru Nov 20. Our itinerary is as follows

    Nov 9 Arrive Tokyo and stay for 4 nights
    Nov 13 Visit Takayama, stay one night
    Nov 14 Visit Kanazawa, stay one night
    Nov 15 – 17 Kyoto stay 3 nights,
    Nov 18 Hiroshima, stay one night
    Nov 19 Osaka , stay one night
    Nov 20 return flight from Osaka

    Please, help me with the JR pass for 7 days, how to use the fast train and where do I need to get other passes.

    Thank you very much

    Suren

    1. Hi Suren,

      So you will start using JR pass on November 13 and complete on November 19. Please see the links below which train you need to take.
      http://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-departure-arrival-stations/stations-in-tokai/nagoya-toyohashi/what-is-shinkansen-bullet-train.html
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-access-to-takayama-by-trains-and-buses.html
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-get-kanazawa.html

      You can reserve your seat anytime after you exchange JR pass. It covers reserved seat fee. I usually complete all bookings when I exchange the pass. But you can do it later if you want. You can book it at most of JR stations. You also can exchange JR pass before you start to use. For example, you will start it on Nov 13. But if you have a time, you can exchange it at airport station when you arrive in Japan. Once you get an actual pass, you can book your seat even though you haven’t started to use it yet.

      JR pass covers most part of your trip. But it does not cover subway, city bus and local transportation. Please see the links below:
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      At last, you can find other deals for Tokyo and get KIX.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/tokyo-kanto-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-best-deal-and-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi

    I will use the JR East Pass (5 day flexi) to get from Hakuba to Nagano, where I will check into a hotel. Then I still want to use the JR East for that same day to get to Togura Station and visit the onsen town there, before going back to Nagano the same day. Is the JR East Pass valid for use from Nagano to Togura fully, or partly (how much?), or not at all?

    (The next day, I will not be using the JR East Pass at all, as I will be visiting Zenkoji and Togakushi.)

    Thank you!

  3. Hello Takeshi san

    Captcha code was incorrect so I am submitting another inquiry.

    I am taking my family, 3 adults and 2 children both age 5, to visit the Alpine route and Mt. Fuji. We’ll start from Nagoya on Oct.4rd. We’ll rent a car and drive up to Yoyama and return our car there. Spend one night at Gero and one at Shiragawa. On the 7th, we’ll take train from Yoyama to Tateyama and spent a night at Omachi hot spring. From 8th morning, we’ll take train to see Mt. Fuji. Maybe rent a car at Otuski and spend one night at Kawaguchiko. Next day morning, take train to a hotel an airport hotel, APA Hotel Keisei Narita Ekimae. Next day, fly back to Taiwan. While we at APA, we’ll want to do some shopping nearby. APA is close to Keisei Main Line.
    What is the best way to buy tickets from Toyama to Narita? That’d be from Oct. 7th to Oct. 10th.

    Thank you for your time.

  4. Hello Takeshi san,

    I would like to seek your advice on the best method to go to Minoh Park from Shin Osaka. Is it cheaper to buy Hankyu 1 day tourist pass. I intend to spend the day in the Park and around Umeda Station and back to Shin Osaka for accomodation.

    I will arrived to Shin Osaka around 11:00 am from Kyoto on 4th Dec 2016 (Sunday) with the JR Special Rapid train at JR Kyoto Line. Will this train be packed on Sunday?

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

    Regards,
    Pete

    1. Hi Peter san,

      Single ticket is cheaper. Round trip fare to Minoo from Umeda is less than 600 yen. You have to take JR train from Shin-Osaka to Osaka (Umeda) and this segment is not covered by Hankyu rail pass. So single ticket is the best solution for all trips.

      Special rapid is always busy actually in these days. Many standing passengers are in the car even other than peak hours.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi san,

        Thank you for your fast response.
        Noted on your advice for Minoo Park.

        What is your recommendation for Kyoto to Shin-Osaka as the Special Rapid will be crowded? I will be travelling with my family, (wife with 3 teenagers along with 3 mid-size luggages)
        Any alternative train that is economical?

        Thank you again.
        Regards, Pete

        1. Hi Pete san,

          There is no other choices. Even though special rapid is crowded, it’s still the best way. In these days, I have seen many overseas tourists who have suitcase in the trains. If you take Shinkansen, it’s much better but it doesn’t make sense to pay 3000 yen for just 10 minutes ride.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hi Takeshi san,

            Thank you again for your valuable advice. Looks like we have to travel using the Rapid service.

            Best regards,
            Pete

  5. Dear Takeshi-san,

    We are going to be traveling from Kanazawa to Okiyama then on to Uno and Kurashiki and briefly at Himeji – a total of 5 days before we reach Kyoto. Is it possible to leave luggage in the Kyoto train station when we transfer at Kyoto for that long? If not, can we send one suitcase on to Kyoto and just travel with a carryon bag for the 5 days – we are seniors and two suitcases seems a lot to lug as we have learned that smaller stations do not have escalators or elevators.

    Thanks

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