Wakkanai, Rishiri and Rebun 3 days sample trip plan. The trip to the farthest land in northern Hokkaido

The limited express train “Super Soya” runs into the rural area of northern Hokkaido.

Wakkanai is located at the northernmost place of not only Hokkaido but also Japan. Honestly it is not very accesible place and I have never been there yet. But this area has been in my bucket for a long time. This farther place has been attracting me.

This time, I would like to show you the 3-day trip plan. Actually this is a part of my future trip plan. This plan covers these following spots in the very isolcated area of northern Hokkaido:

✔ Wakkanai (the northern most city in Japan)
✔ Cape Soya (the nothern most place in Japan)
✔ Cape Noshappu
✔ Rishiri island
✔ Rebun island

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Sapporo and Otaru 2-day sample trip plan

Odori Park
Odori Park is located in the center of Sapporo.

I will show you 2-day trip plan of Sapporo and Otaru. But this trip plan consists of Sapporo day trip plan and Otaru day trip plan from Sapporo. You may use one of these two days.

This 2-day trip plan covers these following highlights in Sapporo and Otaru:

☑Odori Park
☑Clock Tower
☑Former Hokkaido Government Office
☑Shiroi Koibito Park
☑Hokkaido Jingu Shrine
☑Nijo Market

☑Moiwayama (Mt. Moiwa)
☑Kitakaro
☑Otaru Canal
☑Kitaichi Glass
☑Funamizaka
☑Sankaku Market
☑Sakaimachi Street
☑Orgel Doh

If you use JR Pass or Hokkaido Rail Pass, you may use it for the round trip to Otaru. But the one way fare for Otaru is 750 yen. In Sapporo, you will make the trips by a tram, a subway and a bus. But these are not covered by both JR Pass and Hokkaido Rail Pass. These pass are not essential for this 2-day trip.

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Shiretoko, Lake Mashu, Lake Akan and Kushiro Marsh 4 days sample trip plan. Eastern Hokkaido 4-day highlights

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Shiretoko mountains in the winter time

I will show you 4-day sample trip plan of the eastern Hokkaido from Sapporo. This trip plan covers these following spots:

✔ Abashiri
✔ Shiretoko Five lakes
✔ Shiretoko cruise
✔ Kushiro Marshland
✔ Lake Akan
✔ Lake Mashu
✔ Lake Kussharo

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Asahikawa, Biei and Daisetsuzan 3 days sample trip plan. Central Hokkaido 3-day highlights

Very typical scenery in Biei and Furano area

I will show you 3-day sample trip plan of the central Hokkaido from Sapporo. This trip plan covers these following spots:

✔ Asahiyama Zoo
✔ Biei and Blue Pond
✔ Daisetsuzan and Sounkyo

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Hakodate, Noboribetsu, Lake Toya 3 days sample trip plan. Southern Hokkaido 3-day highlights

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The limited express train “Hokuto” is running by Onuma lake.

This 3-day trip plan covers these following spots in the southern Hokkaido:

✔ Noboribetsu Onsen
✔ Lake Toya (Toyako Onsen)
✔ Hakodate
✔ Onuma Park

You can make this 3 days trip from either Sapporo and Tokyo.

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Very cheap trip of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka from Narita to Kansai for less than 10,000 JPY (100 USD)

Dotonbori is located within a walking distance from Namba.

I will show you how to make one way trip from Narita to Kansai airport with the sightseeings in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka for less than 10,000 yen. You may not be able to imagine the value of 10,000 yen. I coverted 10,000 yen into the following currencies. (as of April 20th, 2020)

  • 93 USD
  • 148 AUD
  • 86 EUR
  • 133 SGD
  • 408 MYR
  • 659 CNY
  • 721 HKD
  • 114686 KRW
  • 2795 TWD
  • 132 CAD
  • 3029 THB
  • 4723 PHP

I just focused on the cost for the modes of transpotation for a budget traveler.

This sample itinerary includes the following:

☑Narita airport to Tokyo station by a bus
☑48 hours Tokyo subway pass
☑Tokyo to Kyoto overnight bus
☑Train fares for the sightseeing in Kyoto and Kyoto to Namba
☑Osaka subway pass
☑Train fare for Namba to Kansai airport

It does not include the accommodations, the meals and the admission fees. But I will tell you the attractions which you can enter without an admission. I also give you the tips for the cheap hotels and the foods. You will find a rough total cost of the trip.

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Hakone and Izu, Kawazu Zakura early cherry blossom viewing 2-day sample trip plan

Owakudani
The trails are well maintained. It is very easy to walk for anybody in Owakudani.

This 2-day trip plan is designed for viewing Kawazu cherry blossom from mid February to early March. And Hakone and some more places in Izu are combined with Kawazu in 2 days.

This trip plan includes these following places:

✔ Hakone (1 hour walking in Owakudani, Open Air Museum, Pirates Ship lake cruise, Hakone shrine)
✔ 30 minutes walking in Jogasaki Kaigan
✔ Ride on Izukyu Railway sightseeing train “Resort 21”
✔ Kawazu cherry blossom festival day time and evening light-up
✔ Visit the town of Shimoda

You can enjoy both mountain and ocean sceneries.

Most train rides are covered by JR Pass or JR East Pass Nagano Niigata, JR East Pass Tohoku, JR East-South Hokkaido Rail pass and Tokyo Wide Pass. But you cannot get your money worth by this 2-day trip. You may use this sample as the part of your trip.

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Tottori, Kinosaki, Amanohashidate and Ine 2-day sample itinerary

Ine is sometimes called ”Venice of Japan.”

This 2-day trip plan covers these following highlights in Tottori, norther Hyogo and northern Kyoto prefectures in just 2 days:

☑The Tottori Sand Dune
☑Overnight in Kinosaki Onsen
☑Biking on Amanohashidate
☑Bird-eye view of Amanohashidate from Kasamatsu Park
☑Cruise in Ine
☑Cruise in Amanohashidate

If you use JR Pass, you have to add some fares to take trains. If you use Kansai Wide Area Pass, all train trips are covered. I will explain you other deals which you have to add on JR Pass or Kansai Wide Area Pass. I will also tell you about the coverage of other deals.

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Ashikaga Flower Park and Hitachi Seaside Park in 12 hours. Two spectacular parks 1-day sample trip plan

Ashikaga flower park
Ashikaga flower park is very famous as four tall wisteria trees.

I will show you how to visit two popular flower parks in 12 hours from Tokyo.

☑2 hours in Ashikaga Flower Park
☑2 hours in Hitachi Seaside Park

This is such a busy trip. But if you want to visit both but you have only one day, this trip plan will fit in your trip plan.

All train trips are covered by JR Pass, JR East Pass Tohoku, JR East Pass Nagano Niigata, Tokyo Wide Pass and JR-East South Hokkaido Rail Pass. You have to add bus fares for visiting Hitachi Seaside Park only.

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Alpine route, Kurobe gorge and Shin-Hotaka 3-day sample trip plan. Three best scenic mountain routes with Shirakawago and Takayama

Kurobe Gorge Railway trains go along the deep valley,

This 3-day trip plan covers these following mountain routes and spots in Japan Alps mountain range:

✔ Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route
✔ 1 hour walking in Murodo
✔ Ride on Kurobe Gorge Railway
✔ 2 hours sightseeing in Shirakawago
✔ Visit Takayama morning market
✔ Shin-Hotaka Ropeway

Two train rides are covered by JR Pass or JR East Pass Nagano Niigata. But you cannot get your money worth by this trip. You may use this sample as the part of your trip.

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Japanese trains suspension due to COVID-19

Covid-19, mask

Train operations in Japan are now almost normal.

The government of Japan have lifted the state of emergency in all prefectures. But the trip to Japan is not appropriate yet.

Many railway companies have announced that they will be operating more frequently in June and will resume the currently canceled trains, but the situation is still in flux.

The train information below may change without notice, and the information may be complicated, so please be sure to check the latest information yourself before boarding.

Please find the detailed information below:

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Resort Shirakami and Lake Towada 2-day sample trip plan

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The route which Resort Shirakami runs on is one of most scenic train routes in Japan. This is Resort Shirakami Buna train set.

This 2-day trip plan covers these following highlights in Akita and Aomori prefectures.

☑Ride two types of Resort Shirakami
☑1 hour hiking and a tea break at Juniko in Shirakami mountain
☑Biking along Oirase stream
☑Cruise in Lake Towada

Most train and bus rides are covered by JR Pass, JR East Pass Tohoku, JR-East South Hokkaido Rail Pass and JR-Tohoku South Hokkaido Rail Pass.

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Uno station and Uno port transfer guide. How to get to Naoshima from Uno and Okayama

Marine liner
Maline Liner is the rapid train which connects Okayama and Takamatsu via Seto Ohashi bridge. You can take this train between Okayama and Chayamachi.

There are two access ways to get to Naoshima. The first one is taking the ferry from Uno. The second one is taking a ferry from Takamatsu.

In this post, I will show you the access to Uno port and Uno station which is the nearest train station to Uno port.

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How to get to Shin-Hodaka Ropeway from Takayama, Matsumoto and Toyama

The second ropeway of Shin-Hodaka is a by-level gondola. This will be replaced in this coming summer but new one will be a by-level one too.

Shin-Hodaka is very popular to see the view of Japan Alps mountains. You can get the top of the mountain by the by-level ropeway. Anyone can get there easily.

You can get there by the bus from Takayama, Matsumoto and Toyama. I will explain about these accesses in this post.

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Kansai airport to/from Uehommachi, Tanimachi 9-chome, 6-chome, 4-chome access route. 5 ways of transfer for KIX-Namba

Osaka Uehommachi station (C) Own work [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]
Kintetsu Railway Osaka-Uehommachi station building. It is same location as Tanimachi 9-chome station of Osaka Metro. (C) Own work [CC BY-SA]

Uehommachi and Tanimachi 9-chome (Tanimachi Kyuchome) are same location. Osaka Metro station name is Tanimachi 9-chome and Kintetsu Railway station name is Osaka-Uehommachi. This area is a few stations away from Namba and Tennoji. This is a convenient location to stay and there are some hotels in this area.

In this post, I show you several ways to get Uehommachi and Tanimachi 9-chome area. You can find the best route which is most suitable for you.

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Kansai airport to/from Nippombashi, Nagahoribashi, Ebisucho access route. Tengachaya is better location than Namba to change trains.

Nankai Railway’s Rapi:t is the fastest way to get Tengachaya.

There are a few routes to get Nippombashi, Nagahoribashi, Ebisucho and some more stations on Osaka Metro Sakaisuji line. The best route is Nankai Railway and Osaka Metro via Tengachaya.

But if you use JR Pass and want to maximize using it, you can take the other route.

I will explain you how to get Nippombashi, Nagahoribashi, Ebisucho and Sakaisuji-Hommachi in this post:

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Kansai airport to/from Namba access route. 5 ways of transfer for KIX-Namba

Namba is one of downtown cores in Osaka. There are JR (train), Nankai Railway (train) and Airport Limousine bus to get Namba from Kansai airport.

Access route map (Click to view large)

In this post, I will show you these three ways and you can find which one is the best one of your trip.

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Odaiba access guide. How much can we use JR Pass or other JR deals to get to Odaiba?

Odaiba night view

Odaiba is one of most popular tourist places in Tokyo. There are lots of entertainment and shopping complex in Tokyo Bay harbour area.

In this post, I will show you how to access to Odaiba from major stations in Tokyo. Let me tell you in adcance, JR Pass does not cover the access to Odaiba fully. But you can find how much you can use it in this post If you use JR East Pass, Hokuriku Arch Pass, JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass, you can use same way.

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The limited express Kawasemi Yamasemi train guide

The limited express Kawasemi Yamasemi (left) and the limited express Isaburo / Shinpei (right) at Hitoyoshi station (C) そらみみ [CC BY-SA 4.0 from Wikimedia commons]

The limited express Kawasemi Yamasemi runs between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi. This train is also known as one of JR Kyushu’s sightseeing trains. It runs along Kumagawa river and it is very scenic. Kawasemi Yamasemi are the name of birds. Kawasemi is a common kingfisher and Yamasemi is a crested kingfishter.

I would like to explain about this train in this post.

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Summary of 2019-20 winter seasonal trains of JR train

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Tadami line in Fukushima (C) kenkou hoshi/JNTO

Winter is cold in Japan but it is still very popular season. Especially northern and mountain areas, such as Hokkaido, Shirakawago, Echigo-Yuzawa are very popular for Asian tourist to see the snow. And New Year’s holidays from late December to Early January is the busiest season in Japan. This is very challenging to book a seat in New Year’s holidays period. Early February is busy season in Hokkaido because of Sapporo winter festival. And also many Asian tourist come over Japan in Chinese New Years period.

In this post, I show you many seasonal trains that will run in major tourist spots from December 2019 to February 2020.

*If you are looking for fall seasonal train schedule (September to November), please see the post, Summary of 2019 fall seasonal trains of JR trains.

*2020 spring seasonal train schedule (March to May) will come up in late January in 2020.

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2020 busiest period to travel by train. Tips to book your seat in even during the busy period

Hatsumoude is the first visit a shrine or a temple of the year to pray and make a wish on New Year’s day. This photo was taken in Senso-ji temple, Asakusa.

You must know that your travel period is a peak season or a shoulder season. I would like to show you the busy period in 2020. You also find some tips when you travel in the peak season in this post.

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Summary of 2019 fall seasonal trains of JR trains

The Sanyo Shinkansen in fall season

Autumn and spring are the good season to travel in Japan. In fall season, you may see the fall foliage in most part of Japan. You will be impressed by this amazing scenery.

JR Group companies operate lots of seasonal trains in the fall season. In this post, I show you many seasonal trains that will run in major tourist spots in October and November.

*The schedule of some trains, such as Resort Shirakami are not available yet. I will update it when it is available.

*Winter seasonal train schedule (December to February) will come up in late October. But you will find all JR Kyushu seasonal trains’ schedules until February, 2020.

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Flex Rail Ticket, The Tokaido Shinkansen round trip deal between Tokyo, Shin-Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka for all of you

Tokaido Shinkansen and fuji

I usually recommend you use the 7-day JR Pass if you make a round trip between Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka because the round trip fare for Tokyo to/from Shin-Osaka is almost the same as the 7-day JR Pass price. But the JR Pass is available for the short term stay tourist only. The residents cannot buy it.

But a new deal “Flex Rail Ticket” has been introduced by JR Tokai Tours. This is available for the residents too. If you are not Japanese but live in Japan as a resident, you can buy this.

I would like to explain to you this new deal “Flex Rail Ticket” in this post.

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Itami (Osaka) airport access guide

Itami is one of two airports in Osaka. This airport is a domestic flight airport. If you arrive in Osaka by the international flight, you will be Kansai airport. Please find the information in the post below:

If you take a domestic flight to get Osaka, your flight may arrive in this airport, Itami. But some domestic flight arrive in Kansai too. Please make sure which airport you will arrive in Osaka.

In this post, I will tell you about the terminal building of Itami airport and the access to/from downtown Osaka.

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2 days Trip to Kinugawa Onsen and Edo Wonderland

I visited Edo Wonderland in Kinugawa Onsen in March, 2019. I visited there with my family member who are from Canada. Some of them do not understand Japanese at all. I also took a few children from 7 years old to 10 years old. In this post, I would like to tell the story from the point of the view of the traveler with the foreign tourist and young children.

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