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The train is the best way to explore in Japan. Because it’s so reliable, punctual and fast. Japan Rail Pass gives you the unlimited travel with very small restriction. They operate Shinkansen (=Bullet train) that is the high speed trains, Overnight trains, Limited express trains throughout in Japan. They also operate the local train and the commuter trains throughout in Japan as well. JR Group also operate buses and ferries.

This website JPRail.com is unofficial website. JPRail.com does not have any connections with Japan Railways. But this website explains you how to use Japan Rail Pass and assists you to use Japan Rail Pass to its maximum! When I started to handle this website, I did not expect travellers to use the rail passes other than Japan Rail Pass. But the reality is completely different. Readers are looking for other rail passes and discounted tickets. So I started to write about other rail passes, like JR East Pass, Hokkaido Rail Pass, Tokyo Metro Pass, Kyoto City Pass and many other rail passes.

If you have any questions about Japan Rail Pass or rail travel in Japan, don’t hesitate to leave your response. If you cannot find any information in regards to the rail travel that you are looking for, please leave your comment on Forum page. I am very happy to give you some advice. But I am not your personal travel agent. Please don’t ask me to make your travel plan. In my understanding, planning is the first step of your travel and it is lots of fun!

If you like this site, I always welcome your help and motivate me to keep writing very useful post for Japan Rail Pass users.





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Administrator and Webmaster, JP Rail.com
Takeshi Shimomura (下村猛)

111 thoughts on “About JP Rail.com”

  1. Hi Mr. Takeshi, I’m just planning our trip to Japan. Can you tell me which train connection from Tokyo to Odawara we can take with the Japan Rail Pass?

  2. Hello, Mr. Takeshi
    I will be traveling from KIX to Kyoto for a 3-night stay, and then traveling to Tokyo for a couple days, and then departing back to US via Haneda. Should I purchase 7-day JRP?

    1. Hi MOORE-MESTAS, KIM,

      JR Pass is too expensive than single fare. You may purchase Haruka discount ticket at 1,600 yen for KIX to Kyoto.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/icoca-and-haruka-ticket-very-flexible-and-good-deal-for-tourist-who-stay-in-kansai.html

      After arrival Kyoto, you may add city deal. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

      One way fare from Kyoto to Tokyo by Shinkansen is around 15,000 yen. If you want to save your cost, try to use Platt Kodama.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/platt-kodama-one-way-deal-among-tokyo-nagoya-kyoto-and-shin-osaka-by-shinkansen.html

      In Tokyo, you can add subway ticket or other deals:
      https://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

      Single ticket is only way to get Haneda. The cost is varied by your place to stay. But it’s less than 1000 yen by train from most of places in downtown Tokyo.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hello Sir,

    My wife and I will be travelling in April from the 13th till the 25th.
    We have booked 3 nightsTokyo -day trip to Nikko .4 nights in Kyoto day trips to Nara ,and Himeji.Then off to Hiroshima for one night and back to Osaka for one night.From there to Hakone and finishing with two nights at Tokyo Bay.
    I guess my main question is the 14day JR pass the best option in regards to traveling to these destinations, does it cover most travel to these places.

    Thank you so much for any assistance you can provide as we attempting to be as prepared as we can.

    Sincerely Greg

    1. Hi Greg,

      14 days pass is the best choice for your trip. It covers most part of your trip.

      You may need to add the deal or single fare ticket in cities and Hakone. Because this pass does not cover subway, city bus and non JR trains.

      In Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, there are some places where you cannot get by JR trains. Please see the links below:
      https://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
      https://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
      https://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
      https://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

      Other parts of your trip are covered and 14 days pass is the best choice anyway.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. I hope to use my JPRail pass to travel to Naoshima fro Narita in March. How much of the trip will be possible using the pass?

    Cheers

    Larry

    1. Hi Larry,

      You can get Uno by JR Pass.
      Narita airport (Narita Express) Shinagawa
      Shinagawa (Shinkansen) Okayama
      Okayama (local train) Uno

      These above trips are covered. After these trips, you need to take ferry. This is not covered by JR pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi Mr. Takeshi,

    I will in Osaka in March 2017 and below is my itinerary for the trip. Kindly advice whether the itinerary is in proper order. Please bear with me as it is going to be a long message

    20th March 2017:(Kyoto)
    650am : Arrived Kansai Intl Airport
    800am : Proceed to 2nd floor, JR Kansai Train station located at end of corridor (Ticket Office in Green).
    Collect ICOCA & HARUKA (KIX – Kyoto – One way) ¥3,600 (75mins)
    930am : Arrive Kyoto Station. Take train to Shijo Station (Karasuma Line), walk to Karasuma Station then change to Hankyu Kyoto Line to Kawaramachi Station
    1000am: Check into Super Hotel Shijo Kawaramachi (booking ID: 113681908)
    1100am: Walk and lunch at Kawaramachi/Gion
    1200pm: Take Bus from Shijo Kawaramachi to Kiyomizu Dera (清水寺) via Bus 206 (15 mins)
    1215-145pm : Kiyomizu Dera (清水寺) 90mins
    145-230pm : Jishu Jinja Shrine (地主神社) 45mins
    230-330pm : Sannenzaka (二年坂·三年坂) 60mins
    330-345pm : Walk to Yasaka Jinja (八坂神社) (1km@15mins)
    345-445pm : Yasaka Jinja (八坂神社) (60mins)
    445-450pm : Walk to Hanami Koji (花见小路) (400m@5mins)
    450-520pm : Hanami Koji (花见小路) (30mins)
    520-830pm : Gion (衹园) (190mins) (including Dinner at Pontocho Area)
    (Kamogawa River (鸭川) (optional) (To replace Hanami Koji only if sakura season))

    21st March 2017:(Kyoto)
    800am : Take train at Kawaramachi (Hankyu Kyoto Line) to Katsura Station, then transfer to Hankyu Arashiyama Line to ARASHIYAMA (30mins).
    830-930am : Arashiyama Monkey Park (猴子公園) (60mins)
    930-1000am : Togetsukyo Bridge(渡月桥风景区) (30mins)
    1000-1030am : Tenryuji (天龙寺) (45mins)
    1045-1130am : Sagano Bamboo Forest/Okochi Sanso Garden (嵯峨野竹林) (45mins)
    1130-1200pm : Sagano Train Ride (30mins) (optional)
    1200-100pm : [LUNCH]
    100pm : Walk to Arashiyama Station, take train to Kitanohakubaicho Station (Keifuku Dentetsu-Arashiyama line) transfer via Katabiranotsuji Station (40mins)
    140-200pm : Take Bus to Kinkakuji from Kitanohakubaicho Station (Bus102, 204 and 205)
    200-300pm : Kinkakuji (金阁寺) (60mins)
    300-345pm : Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine (北野天满宫) (45mins)
    345-430pm : Hirano Shrine (平野神社) (45mins)
    430-515pm : Walk to Kitanohakubaicho Station, take train to Sai Station (TRANSFER via Katabiranotsuji Station), then from Sai-In (Hankyu Kyo Line) back to Kawaramchi Station. (45 Mins)
    515-700pm : Nishiki Market (including Dinner) (1hr45mins)

    22nd March 2017:(Kyoto/Osaka)
    800am : Take train from Gion Shijo Station (Keihan Line) to Fushimi Inari Station (10 Mins)
    815-1115am : Fushimi Inari (3 hours)
    1115am : Take train back to Gion Shijo Station (10 Mins)
    1130am : [LUNCH] at Gion or Kawaramachi area.
    1230pm : Check Out Hotel
    1245pm : Walk to Kawaramachi Station to Oyamazaki Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line) (30 Mins)
    115-315pm : Suntory Yamazaki Distillery Museum. (2hrs)
    315pm : Take train from Oyamazaki Station to Minamikata (Hankyu Kyoto Line), then walk to Nishinakajimaminamigata Station (Midosuji Line), then to Shinsaibashi Station (60mins)
    415pm : Check in to Nishitetsu Inn.
    600pm: Shinsaibashi / Dontonbori Dinner & Shopping

    23rd March 2017:(Osaka)
    830am : Take train at Shinsaibashi Station to Osaka Business Pak (Osaka City Subway NagahoriTsurumiryokuchi Line ) (25mins)
    900-1130amm: Osaka Jo (大阪城公园) / Osaka Castle (大阪城公园天守阁) (2hours 30mins)
    1130-1230pm : Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden (西之丸庭园) (60mins)
    1230-130pm : Lunch
    130pm : Take train from Temmabashi to Higashi Umeda Station (Osaka Subway Tanimachi Line) (15 Mins)
    145-445pm : Lure Ichiban (3hrs)
    445pm : Walk to Umeda Sky Building (梅田蓝天大厦) (20mins)
    505-730pm : Umeda Sky Building (梅田蓝天大厦) (2hrs25mins)
    730pm : Walk to Umeda Station and take train to Shinsaibashi Station (Midosuji Line) (25mins)
    800-930pm : Walk around Shinsaibashi / Dontobori (shopping) (90mins)

    24th March 2017:(Kobe)
    800am : Take train from Shinsaibashi Station to Umeda (Midosuji Line), then from Umeda (Hankyu Kobe Line) to Kobe Sannomiya Station (1hour)
    900-945am : Ikuta Shrine (生田神社) (45mins) (10 mins walk to North from Sannomiya St)
    945-1015am : 星巴克北野异人馆店 (30mins) (10 mins walk to North from Ikuta Shrine)
    1015-1115am :Kitano Ijinkangai (北野异人馆) (60mins)
    1115am : Walk to Nankinmachi (南京街) (20mins)
    1135-200pm : Nankinmachi (南京街) (2 hours25mins)
    200-300pm : Kobe Port Tower (神户塔) (60mins) (10 mins walk from Nankinmachi)
    300-500pm : Port of Kobe (神户港) (2hrs)
    500pm : Take train at Motomachi (Hankyu Kobe Line) to Umeda and then to Shinsaibashi Station (Midosuji Line) (1hour)
    600-930pm : Walk around Shinsaibashi / Dontobori

    25th March 2016:(Osaka)
    800am : Walk to Honmachi Station. Take train from Honmachi Station to Osakako (Osaka Chuo Line)(30mins)
    830-1200pm : Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (大阪海游馆) (3hours30mins)
    1200-100pm : Lunch (60mins)
    100-130pm : Tempozan Ferris Whee (天保山摩天轮) (30mins)
    130pm : Take train from Osakako Station to Sakaisujihommachi (Osaka Chuo Line), then to Nipponbashi Station (Osaka Subway Sakaisuji) (30mins)
    200p-430pm : Kurumon Market (2hrs30min)
    430pm : Take Train from Nipponbashi Station (Kintetsu Namba Line) to Namba Station, then transfer to Midosuji Line to Shinsaibashi Station (10mins)
    440pm : Walk around Shinsaibashi / Dontobori

    26th March 2017: (Nara)
    800am : Shinsaibashi to Namba Station (midosuji Line), then transfer to Kintetsu Namba Line to Shinomiya (Nara) (45mins)
    845am : Walk to Wakakusa Hill (若草山) (20mins)
    905-1030pm : Wakakusa Hill (若草山) (85mins)
    1030-1130am : Todai-ji (东大寺) (60mins)
    1130-100pm : Nara Koen (奈良公园) (90mins)
    100-200pm : Lunch
    200-330pm : Kohfukuji Temple (兴福寺) (90mins)
    330-500pm : Nara-machi (奈良町) (90mins)
    500pm : Shinomiya (Nara) (Kintetsu Namba Line) to Namba Station, then transfer to Midosuji Line to Shinsaibashi Station(45mins)
    545pm : Shinsaibashi / Dontobori

    The above is my schedule & itinerary, please kindly let me know if the route or programme is not feasible (In term time consuming and cost wasting). If there is any place not to be missed and not included in my itinerary, kindly let me know as well.

    Your prompt reply and advices is very much appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Regards,
    wayne (malaysia)

    1. Hi Wayne,

      I’m impressed by your planning and research. You’ve done superb job!
      I don’t have many things to tell you. Just want to add a few things.

      1. KIX to Kyoto
      Around your arrival time, Haruka departs at 7:55, 8:45 and 9:16. I think 7:55 is too early to catch. You will take 8:45 or 9:16. If you take 8:45, you will arrive Kyoto at 10:04. It will be a bit behind your schedule. If you take 9:16, you arrive 30 minutes later. JR Kansai airport station is busy in these days. You might spend many minutes to wait. Please keep it in your mind.

      2. trip to Kobe
      You also can take Hanshin railway from Osaka-Namba to Kobe-Sannomiya.
      http://www.hanshin.co.jp/global/en/
      Especially when you go back to Shinsaibashi from Kobe and eat dinner in Osaka, you can go to Namba by Hanshin railway. You can get Osaka-Namba from Motomachi without transfer. As you probably know, you can walk between Namba and Shinsaibashi. It’s connected by shopping arcade.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Mr. Takeshi,

        Thank you very much for your kind advice on the train schedule. We will amend our schedule to suit the timing. Its a free and easy trip. So it’s easy to change.

        Anyway, thanks for your reply.

        Regards,
        wayne

  6. Hi Takeshi san,

    It is a joy seeing your website that will properly ease our stress in planning a family trip to Japan this winter.

    Duration of stays:
    20-21/12: Tokyo
    21-26/12: Osaka
    26-28/12: Kyoto
    28-31/12: Tokyo

    Above stated is plan of our stays. We do not have a specific itinerary yet as we were kind of stumbled by the transport system in Japan.

    May i request that you advise on the type of transport we should that with places of interest incoporate in it.

    Thanks ahead!

    1. Hi Sammi san,

      You can take Shinkansen (buleet train) between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-departure-arrival-stations/stations-in-tokai/nagoya-toyohashi/what-is-shinkansen-bullet-train.html

      You may use 7 days JR pass from 21 Dec to 27 Dec if you can shrink your stay in Osaka and Kyoto, and come back to Tokyo on 27 Dec.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/japan-rail-pass-user-guide-how-to-use-jr-pass-to-its-maximum.html

      But if you want to keep your itinerary, you cannot use JR Pass because it does not cover round trip between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto. Round trip is required to use JR pass 7 days otherwise you cannot get the worth.

      You can take Shinkansen and take JR local trains in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. But JR Pass does not cover subway, city bus and Non JR trains. Please find more info about the coverage of JR pass in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto in the links below:
      https://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
      https://jprail.com/destinations/how-to-transfer-among-kyoto-osaka-and-kobe-compare-japan-railway-and-private-lines.html
      https://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
      https://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

      If you don’t use JR pass, your choice is single ticket to take Shinkansen. And you will use local deals in each cities. There are many info about local deals in the links above.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Dear Mr. Takeshi,

    What a delight to have found your sight. Thank you in advance for your assistance!

    My mom and I will be traveling from KIX to Kyoto for 4 nights (possibly visiting Nara and other side trips); Then, from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko for 2 nights (to enjoy Mt. Fuji); After which, we will be heading to Tokyo for 8 nights (traveling to Hachioji, and everywhere in the Tokyo area to explore. I am trying to decide if it is wise for us to purchase the JR pass for 14 days in order to save money considering our routes are not set on free days.

    Could you please advise us as to whether or not it would be a good idea to purchase the JR pass and if so, which one in particular?

    Thank you so much.

    Sincerely,
    Kat

    1. Hi Kat,

      Actually even 7 days pass will not suit your plan. 7 days pass price is almost same as Tokyo-Osaka round trip fare. Even if you use the pass when you are in Kyoto and Tokyo, the fare is around a few hundred yen. It does not help much to use the pass.

      Please see the link below to find a sample itinerary:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/7days/sample-itinerary-of-osaka-kyoto-hakone-fuji-and-tokyo-classic-route.html

      You can use this itinerary for the first half of your trip.

      When you go to Fuji Kawaguchiko, you can get there from Kyoto directly if you want. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

      You can get there from Tokyo side too. But if you get off Shinkansen at Mishima and take bus to Kawaguchiko, it’s a bit faster.

      So mostly, your choice is local deal in each cities and single trip ticket. This is cheaper than JR pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hi Takeshi San,

    My itinerary is as follow.

    13 July Arrive at Haneda, connecting flight to Sapporo. Go to shiroi koibito factory and then tour sapporo downtown.

    14 July Furano, Tomita Farm, back to Sapporo

    15 July Either Otaru / Lake Toya, back to Sapporo

    16 July Early Flight back to Haneda, then make my way to Shinagawa station for Shinkansen to Osaka. Dotonbori evening till night.

    17 July Universal Studio, Bay Area

    18 July Osaka castle, Umeda sky tree, Tigers vs Giants baseball game

    19 July Shinkansen to Kyoto, kiyomizudera + fushmi inari

    20 July Arashigawa area, then explore city

    21 July Shinkansen to Tokyo, asakusa, harajuku, shinjuku, shibuya,

    22 July tsukiji (taxi), odaiba whole day

    23 July Disneyland whole day

    24 July Akihabara, Tokyo tower, roppongi at night

    25 July Open, take night train to Haneda

    26 July 06:15 early flight back home

    ——

    1) If I purchase a 14 days pass will it be worth it to use in Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka area?

    2) if I purchase a 7 days pass, I should be activating it only when I take Shinkansen to Osaka to cover my then return trip to Tokyo?

    3) suica for the rest of duration in Tokyo?

    4) is it worth it to get a Hokkaido pass if I do opt for 7 days JR pass only?

    Domou Arigato, Takeshi San

    1. Hi Jonny san,

      14 days pass is considerable. Because 7 days pass (29110 yen) + Hokkaido rail pass 3 days (16500 yen) is only 780 yen cheaper than 14 days JR pass (46390 yen). So this 7 days + 3 days combination is not a good choice.

      If you really sure to visit Lake Toya, 14 days pass will work. if you don’t go to Lake Toya and visit Otaru only, it’s hard to get the worth of 14 days pass.

      14 days pass seems to be the best choice for your trip at this point. You will have unlimited travel of JR trains by JR pass. You will have one open day in Tokyo. Try to visit outside Tokyo. Nikko, Kanazawa, Nagano and many more cities can be accessed from Tokyo as day trip. If you want, you can visit even Hakodate in Hokkaido as day trip from Tokyo. 🙂
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/how-to-access-to-nikko-from-tokyo-there-are-three-ways-from-tokyo-shinjuku-and-asakusa.html
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1-day/sample-itinerary-of-day-trip-to-kanazawa-and-shirakawago-from-tokyo.html
      https://jprail.com/destinations/hokkaido-area/how-to-get-sapporo.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  9. Hi Mr. Takeshi,

    Following the advice, I am making some slight changes to the itinerary and be buying Yokoso Osaka Ticket for day 1, and using Kansai through pass for day 2, 4 and 5, and I will get the Osaka Amazing Pass for day 6. For day 3, I will get single trip JR and Railway tickets to USJ and then Dotonbori. For last day I will get single trip tickets to Airport from Hotel.

    I just have a question on buying of tickets, upon arrival to airport, can I get all the Yokoso Osaka Ticket, Kansai through pass and Osaka Amazing Pass all at the Airport Travel Information Center? I understand Kansai through pass is sold there, but can I get Yokoso Osaka Ticket and Osaka Amazing Pass there as well during my arrival?

    For the single trip tickets, I will just need to purchase them through the machine when I am at the JR/Railway/Subway stations, am I right?

    Thank you very much for all the help.

    Rgds,
    Louis Ng

  10. Hi Mr. Takashi,

    Thank you very much for the response and this wonderful website. I came out with below itinerary and I hope to get your advice if any of the routes planned is not feasible. I will be staying in same Hotel throughout the trip. I know it is a very long message, please bear with me.

    Day 1 –
    1) Kansai Airport to Hotel iL Grande Umeda – Take Nankai-Limited Express from Airport to Tengachaya Station, then take Tengachaya Subway Station to Minamimorimachi Subway Station. Walk to the Hotel.
    2) Hotel to Museum of Housing and Living – Take Subway from Minamimorimachi station to Tenjimbashisujirokuchome station.
    3) Tenjinbashi Shopping Street to Hotel – Take Subway from Ogimachi Station to Minamimorimachi Subway Station.
    4) From Hotel to Umeda Sky Building – Take Subway from Minamimorimachi Subway Station to Higashi-Umeda Subway Station, then walk to Sky Building.
    5) From Umeda Sky Building to Hotel – Walk from Sky Building to Higashi-Umeda Subway Station, take Subway to Minamimorimachi Station.

    Day 2 –
    1) From Hotel to Arashiyama (Kyoto) – Take subway at Minamimorimachi Station, take till Awaji Station.
    Change from Subway to railway at Awaji Station and take Hankyu-Kyoto line to Katsura Station, then take Hankyu-Arashiyama line to Arashiyama Station.
    2) From Arashiyama to Tenryu-ji – Walk
    3) From Tenryu-ji to Kinkaku-ji – Take City Bus 93 then change to City Bus 204
    4) From Kinkaku-ji to Kitano-Tenman-gu Shrine – Take City Bus 101
    5) From Kitano-Tenman-gu Shrine to Nijo Castle – Take City Bus 101
    6) From Nijo Castle to Higashiyama – Walk to Nijojo Mae Subway Station, take to Higashiyama Subway Station
    7) From Higashiyama to Pontocho District – Take Subway from Higashiyama Subway Station to Sanjokeihan Station
    8) From Pontocho District to Hotel – Walk to Gion-Shijo Station, take Keihan Line to Kitahama Station, then walk back to Hotel from station.

    Day 3 –
    1) From Hotel to Universal Studio Japan – Walk to Temma Station, take JR Osaka Loop Line to reach Nishikujo Station. Change and take JR Sakurajima line to reach Universal City Station.
    2) From Universal Studio Japan to Dotonbori – Take JR Sakurajima Line from Universal City Station to Nishikujo Station. Change and take railway, Hanshin-Namba line to Osaka Namba station.
    3) From Dotonbori to Hotel – Take Subway from Nippombashi to Minamorimachi Subway Station.

    Day 4 –
    1) From Hotel to Nara Park – Take Subway from Minamorimachi Subway Station to Nippombashi Subway Station. Change to Railway at Kintetsu Nippombashi Station, take Kintetsu-Nara line to Kintetsu-Nara Station. Then walk to the park.
    2) From Nara to Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine – Take railway from Kintetsu-Nara Station, take Kintetsu-Kyoto Line, reach Kintetsu-Tambabashi Station, talk to Tambabashi Station, then take Keihan Line to Fushimi-Inari Station.
    3) From Fushimi-Inari Station to Higashiyama – Take Keihan Line (For Demachiyanagi) Sub-Express to Sanjo Station. Change to Sanjo Keihan Subway Station, take subway to Higashiyama Subway Station.
    4) From Higashiyama to Pontocho District and from Pontocho District to Hotel follow the same route in Day 2.

    Day 5 –
    1) From Hotel to Kitano Ijinkan – Take subway at Minamimorimachi Subway Station to Higashi-Umeda Subway Station. Then walk to Umeda Station, take Hankyu-Kobe line to Kobe-Sannomiya Station and walk to Kitano Ijinkan.
    2) Kitano Ijinkan to Ikuta Shrine to Chinatown – Walk
    3) Chinatown to Kobe Harborland – Walk to Motomachi Station, take JR Tokaido-Sanyo Line to Kobe Station.
    4) From Harborland to Kobe Port Tower to Merikan Park – Walk
    5) From Merikan Park to Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park – Walk to Motomachi Station, take Hanshin Line to Kasuganomichi Station, then walk to Memorial Park.
    6) From Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park to Minami (Osaka) – Walk to Kasuganomichi Station, take Hanshin Line to Mikage Station, then take Hanshin-Umeda Line to Umeda Station. Change from Umeda Station to Umeda Subway, take till Shinsaibashi Subway Station
    7) From Minami to Hotel – Take subway from Nippomabashi Subway Station to Minamimorimachi Subway Station.

    Day 6 –
    1) Hotel to Osaka Museum of History – Take subway at Minamimorimachi Subway Station to Tanimachi 4-Chrome and walk to Museum.
    2) From Museum of History to Osaka Castle – Walk
    3) From Osaka Castle to Osaka Business Park – Walk
    4) From Osaka Business Park to Umeda Sky Building – Take Subway from Osaka Business Park Subway Station to Shinsaibashin Station. Then change subway to Umeda Station and walk over to Umeda Sky Building.
    5) From Umeda Sky Building to Hotel, same route as day 1.

    Day 7 –
    1) From Hotel to Kansai Airport – Walk to Minamimorimachi Subway Station, take subway to Tengachaya Subway Station. Then change to Tengachaya and take Nankai-Limited Express to Kansai Airport.

    During the journey, I will buy the 3 days Kansai Through Pass and use it on Day 1, 2 and 4 (Airport to Osaka, Osaka to Kyoto, Osaka to Nara/Kyoto). Day 6 I will be in Osaka full day and I will be taking Enjoy Eco Card.

    For Day 3, going to Universal Studio, I will buy Single Trip tickets – JR from Temma Station to Universal City Station, JR from Universal City Station to Nishikujo Station, Railway Ticket for Hanshin-Namba Line from Nishikujo Station to Osaka Namba Station and lastly Subway ticket from Nippombashi to Minamimorimachi

    For Day 5, I will get single trip ticket from Minamimorimachi to Higashi-Umeda Station, Umeda Station to Minamimorimachi Station, Railway ticket for Hankyu-Kobe Line from Umeda Station to Kobe-Sannomiya Station, Hanshin Line from Motomachi Station to Kasuganomichi Station, Hanshin-Umeda line from Kasuganomichi Station to Hanshin-Umeda Station, and JR ticket for Tokaido-Sanyo Line from Motomachi Station to Kobe Station.

    For Day 7 to buy Single trip tickets for Subway Minamimorimachi Station to Tengachaya Station, then railway ticket for Nankai-Limited Express from Tengachaya Station to Kansai Airport station.

    Above is my full itinerary, please kindly let me know whether any of the route is not feasible (Much more time consuming/expressive) and whether the way I am using the Kansai Through Pass and Enjoy Eco Pass is correct. And whether Day 3, 5 and 7, any other alternative then buying the single trip tickets. Thanks a million for reading through the long message and thanks in advance for your response. Really appreciate it.

    1. Hi Louis,

      Your itinerary is so detailed and I don’t have many things to tell you. It’s a superb job!

      Your itinerary is feasible. But I would like to mention to you about the pass. For arrival day, you may use Yokoso Osaka ticket.
      http://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/yokoso.html

      It says limited express Rapi:t is included from KIX to Namba. But it also have subway pass. You can get off rapi:t at Tengachaya and start using subway pass. It also gives you discount at many attractions. So try to get as many as possible on arrival day.

      And you can use one of 3 days Kansai thru pass for trip to Kobe on day 5. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/osaka-kyoto-kobe-and-nara/guide-to-take-trains-in-kobe-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      You can take Hanshin, Hankyu, Kobe subway. In your plan, you walk a lot. But if you use Kansai thru pass, it makes your trip in Kobe be much easier.

      For day 6, you may use Osaka Amazing Pass. It covers all attractions where you want to visit. It’s cheaper than Eco card. If you visit Museum of Housing and Living on day 6, this pass gives you a great saving.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Mr. Takeshi,

        Thank you very much for the great help, really appreciate it. Will look into the advice and make necessary changes. Look forward for my upcoming trip. Once again, thanks a lot for all the help.

        Rgds,
        Louis Ng

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