Do not use Japan Rail Pass for the transfer to downtown Tokyo from Narita airport because most of tourists stay in Tokyo for the first several days. You will start to use your pass when you leave from Tokyo. There are lots of deals available for Narita to Tokyo.
Day 1 Tokyo – Nagoya – Takayama
07:33 Depart from Tokyo by Tokaido Shinakansen “Hikari 503”
09:17 Arrive at Nagoya
09:39 Depart from Nagoya by “Wide View Hida 5”
12:23 Arrive at Takayama
After arriving at Takayama, enjoy sightseeing in very traditional Japanese town.
(Overnight in Takayama)
Day 2 Takayama – Shirakawa-go – Kanazawa
08:50 Depart from Takayama for Shirakawa-go by Nohi Bus.
*This bus is not covered by Japan Rail Pass. The bus fare 2,470 yen. Reservation is not required.
09:40 Arrive at Shirakawa-go
Enjoy sightseeing UNESCO world heritage site Shirakawa-go.
12:20 Depart from Shirakawa-go for Kanazawa by Nohi Bus
*Reservation is required to take Shirakawago to Kanazawa bus. Don’t forget to make a reservation. This bus is not covered by Japan Rail Pass. The bus fare 1,850 yen.
13:35 Arrive in Kanazawa
After arrival in Kanazawa, enjoy exploring in Kanazawa city
(Overnight in Kanazawa)
Day 3 Kanazawa – Osaka
You can depart for Osaka anytime. In this sample, I pick an early departure train because I try to maximize the time in Osaka.
Enjoy exploring downtown Kanazawa in the morning.
08:05 Depart from Kanazawa for Kyoto by Limited Express “Thunderbird 26”.
10:35 Arrive at Shin-Osaka
Enjoy sightseeing in Osaka after arrival.
(Overnight in Shin-Osaka)
Day 4 Shin-Osaka – Hiroshima – Miyajima-guchi – Miyajima – Hiroshima
08:04 Depart from Shin-Osaka for Hiroshima by Sanyo Shinkansen Sakura 547
*Don’t forget to reserve a seat for Sakura. It has some non reserved seat. But the reserved seat is much more spacious than non reserved seat. Please see the link below to learn more:
09:33 Arrive at Hiroshima
09:50 Depart from Hiroshima for Miyajima-guchi by local train
10:18 Arrive at Miyajima-guchi and transfer to the ferry to Miyajima. The ferry terminal to Miyajima is 5 minutes away from the station. Please refer the link below to learn more.
The ferry takes you to Miyajima in 10 minutes. This ferry is fully covered by JR Pass.
After arriving at Miyajima, enjoy sightseeing in Miyajima until dusk.
Take ferry and local train to go back to Hiroshima.
(Overnight in Hiroshima)
Day 5 Hiroshima – Shin-Osaka – Kyoto
JR pass covers sightseeing bus, “Meipuru-pu”. You can visit most of places in Hiroshima by this bus.
14:22 Depart from Hiroshima for Shin-Osaka by Sanyo Shinkansen Sakura 544
15:48 Arrive at Shin-Osaka and transfer to another Hikari for Kyoto
15:33 Depart from Shin-Osaka for Tokyo by Tokaido Shinkansen Kodama 670
16:07 Arrive at Kyoto
You can depart of Kyoto anytime you want. You can even skip a free time in Hiroshima if you want to have more time in Kyoto.
Day 6 Kyoto
You may explore Kyoto until taking the last Shinkansen to Tokyo.
20:53 Depart from Kyoto to Tokyo by Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 538
23:26 Arrive at Tokyo
*You may stay in Kyoto and move to Narita airport on day 7 if your flight departure time is late afternoon or evening.
Day 7 Tokyo – Narita airport
Take Narita Express to Narita Airport.