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  1. Hi Takeshi-san,
    Sorry to disturb you. I would like to ask is it better to buy JR Pass or to buy other pass for my trip.
    It will be used to travel from Osaka to Shinjuku JR, Tokyo (the nearest station near my hotel) on the first day, and sightseeing in Tokyo area for the next 5 days. most probably disneyland, mount fuji, asakusa and other tourist spot in Tokyo. For the 7th day, I will be travelling from Shinjuku JR to Narita internasional Airport terminal 2. Is the JR Pass useable?

    Thank you very much.

  2. Hi Takeshi
    I will be buying a 14 day JR pass & would like to know if JR pass can be used to reach
    1) Asakusa
    2) Tsukuji Market
    3) Nihonbashihamachō
    If no JR trains are available, which is the nearest JR station i can reach and whether it is walk able to the above places from the nearest JR stations
    Many Thanks

  3. dear Takeshi San,
    Is Hokuriku Arch Pass could be used for Wide Hida Limited Train From Toyama to Takayama ?
    I have a plan to visit Narita Tokyo Takayama Shirakawago Kyoto Osaka Kansai for 8 days (also optional Hakone), shall I buy Hokuriku Arch Pass ? Or better JR Pass ?
    Would much appreciate to your advice.

  4. Hi, my husband and i plan to go from Tokyo-Toyama-Tateyama-Toyama-Shirakawago-Kawaguchiko-Tokyo.
    So all this travel from each place to other place which JR pass should i buy? or I should take bus for all my travel for the place?
    Please help….Thanks a lot.

    1. Hi,

      Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) is the best way to get Toyama. But the bus is better choice when you go to Kawaguchiko from Shirakawago. You can take a bus from Shirakawago to Takayama and Takayama to Kawaguchiko. If you take a train, you need to take a bus to Toyama or Kanazawa from Shirakawago, and then take Hokuriku Shinkansen to Tokyo and then take a bus to Kawaguchiko.

      If you take a train to Toyama and bus to Kawaguchiko, only single fare is your choice. If you take train for back to Tokyo, you can use Hokuriku arch pass.


      Takeshi /

  5. Hi Takeshi,

    I need your help for my upcoming trip to Osaka on Dec 21. My itin is as follow :

    Dec 21 ; KIX – to Rinku Premium Outlet
    Dec 22 : Osaka stay at Namba
    Dec 23 : Osaka
    Dec 24 : Osaka USJ
    Dec 25 : Osaka – Nagoya (plan to see the Nabano No Sato
    Winter Illumination) on day trip (is it possible?)
    Dec 26 : Osaka – Kobe
    Dec 27 : Osaka – Kyoto
    Dec 28 : Osaka – Kyoto
    Dec 29 : Osaka – Nara
    Dec 30 : Osaka – Hiroshima

    My questions are :

    From Osaka to Nagashima, Nagoya to see the illumination, what kind of train shoud I take? Is it Urban Liner from Kintetsu Railways? And what station do we have to stop to go to Nabano no sato. And should we take a bus again from the station?

    From Osaka KIX to Rinku Outlet, what pass should I buy?
    From Namba to USJ what kind of pass to buy?
    From Osaka to Kyoto, Kobe and nara = I plan to buy Kansai area pass for 4 days
    As from osaka to Hiroshima for a day trip, I do not have any idea what pass should I buy.

    Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Helen,

      KIX to Rinku
      Just hop on the bus.

      You should have Kintetsu rail pass and limited express train fee.
      Osaka-Namba (Kintetsu limited express Urbun Liner) Kuwana (local train) Kintetsu-Nagashima (bus) Nabana no sato
      You can do day trip but you need to leave there by 20:00.

      You need Kansai Hiroshima area pass. Kansai area pass does not cover Hiroshima.

      It covers Hiroshima and other places too. When you go to Nara, you can use either Kintetsu rail pass or Kansai Hiroshima area pass. But you need to have both.


      Takeshi /

  6. Hi Takeshi

    Need your help as my trip is in Dec 15 but yet to arrange any transport.

    Day 1 Kansai Airport to Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu, Japan
    Day 2 Osaka
    Day 3 Osaka (Universal Studio)
    Day 4 Nagoya
    Day 5 Nagoya
    Day 6 Shirakawago
    Day 7 Osaka
    Day 8 Osaka
    Day 9 Nara
    Day 10 Osaka
    Day 11 Osaka to Kansai Airport

    Q1: Intend to buy 5 days pass (JR West Rail), which day should I start using it to ensure the pass is fully utilised?
    Q2: Understand there are few mode of transports available from kansai airport to Osaka (Day 1) . Can you recommend the cheapest yet comfortable way of going to Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu, Japan as I will be travelling in a group with 2 senior citizens and kids.

    Thank you so much for your kind advice.

  7. Hi, we will be travelling from Mt Fuji to Nygoya, is it better to take train or bus. If by bus, will I be able to book the tickets online in advance ?

    We are also facing issues of where we can deposit our luggage bags, 4 of us with medium size luggage bags, as our check- in time is 4pm whereas we will arrive Tokyo in the morning. Any advice ?


    1. Hi Linda,

      If you leave from Kawaguchiko, the bus is easier.

      If you don’t like this, you need to take a bus to Mishima and then take Shinkansen to Nagoya. It’s not direct and more expensive.

      Check the fare for Shinkansen at Hyperdia:

      Please see the link below about luggage in Tokyo station:


      Takeshi /

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