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  1. We would like to plan our trip as below schedule.
    Do you think we should get JR pass to cover from 26 Dec to 1 Jan?
    1 Day – Tokyo – Mt. Fuji by Tour
    1 Day – Tokyo DisneySea – 7 days pass
    1 Day – Tokyo – Kamakura – 7 days pass (This pass can use for Enoden electric train?)
    Day 1 – Tokyo – Nagoya – Kyoto – 7 days pass
    Day 2 – Kyoto – Osaka – 7 days pass
    Day 3 – Osaka – 7 days pass
    Day 4 – Osaka – 7 days pass
    Day 5 – Osaka – 7 days pass
    Day 6 – Osaka to Sapporo – Lake Toya – MRT card/Rent Car
    Day 7 – Lake Toya – Niseko – Rent Car
    Day 8 – Niseko – Sapporo – Rent Car
    Day 9 – Sapporo – Otaru- Rent Car
    Day 10 – Sapporo – Rent Car
    Day 11 – Sapporo – Tokyo – MRT card
    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Fang Fang

    1. Hi Fang Fang,

      Unfortunately JR pass does not work. If you have a big one day trip when you are in Osaka, it works. But trip must be a long day trip, like day trip to Hiroshima.

      Day trip to surrounding area, such as Nara, Kobe, is not enough to get the worth. At this point, you may use single ticket and/or local deals.

      Single ticket to Disney


      Single ticket or Platt Kodama for Tokyo-Nagoya, Nagoya-Kyoto


      Single ticket to Osaka from Kyoto


      JR pass does not cover Enoden.


      Takeshi /

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    I will be going to Japan on the 11th of March 2018. I have planned a day trip to Gala Yuzawa by using the JR East Pass (Tohoku Area).

    1) Can I use the JR East Pass (Tohoku Area) to reach GALA Yuzawa Station?

    2) Do I need to purchase any entrance fee to enter the Resort?

    Please advise.

    Best Regards,


  3. Hi Takeshi

    I plan to go to Japan with my family. In total, there are 9 of us with young children and elderly. We are going to stay for the entire visit at an AirBnB near Kasai station apart from 2 nights in Hakone.

    My plan is to get the Tokyo Wide Pass from 16-18 Dec, but I was wondering if you have any comment how to make the most of my time by maybe changing the destination or getting a different pass?

    Fri 8-Dec 2130 Arrive Tokyo
    Sat 9-Dec Tsukiji, Asakusa, Skytree, Ueno, Ikebokuro
    Sun 10-Dec Meiji, Yoyogi, Harajuku, Omotesando, Shibuya
    Mon 11-Dec Yokohama
    Tue 12-Dec Kawasaki
    Wed 13-Dec Hakone
    Thu 14-Dec Kawaguchiko
    Fri 15-Dec Odaiba
    Sat 16-Dec Nikko, Kinugawa
    Sun 17-Dec Kawagoe, Omiya
    Mon 18-Dec Kusatsu Onsen/Gala Yuzawa
    Tue 19-Dec Disneysea
    Wed 20-Dec Shinjuku, 1930 Depart

    1. Hi Chana,

      You may use one of the deals in the link below:

      Tokyo wide pass is your choice but you may gather Kaawguchiko, Nikko and Kusatu/Gala in three days.

      You can use subway pass for sightseeing in Tokyo. You can find subway pass + airport access deal in the link above.

      You can use Hakone Free Pass for day trip to Hakone.

      You may use the deal for Yokohama in the link below:

      Single ticket or using Suica is okay for the rest of your trips.


      Takeshi /

  4. Hi Takeshi-san

    My family and I are planning to visit a few places in Japan end of this week.
    While my Mom and I will travel for 9 Days, so we consider to buy the JR Pass, but my dad who will only spend 5 days, we are unsure which ticket we should buy for him.

    We will arrive in Narita on October 21st early morning and will spend 3 days in Tokyo. We are thinking to go to Nikko between these dates.

    On october 23st, we will catch the bus to fujikawaguchiko from otsuki station and stay in fuji for one night.

    on October 24th we will travel to Osaka, spend there one night.

    My dad will fly back home on October 25th from KIX while my mom and I will travel to Kyoto and spend one night as well.

    On 26th we will go back to Osaka and stay there until we fly from KIX on October 29th. while staying in Osaka, we would like to go to Kobe and if Possible to Takayama as well.

    The question is, for my dad who will spend 3 days in Tokyo and travel to Nikko, then stay in Fuji for One night and Osaka one night, which ticket would you suggest?

    Meanwhile for my Mom and I, when do you think is the perfect time to validate our 7Days JR Pass?
    1. Once we arrive in Tokyo and then spend the last two days in Osaka using another ticket
    2. or, we spend two days in Tokyo and validate the JR Pass on third day until 9th day?

    should we consider tokyo wide pass since we are going to Fuji and Nikko?

    Thank you
    Really Appreciate your help


    1. Hi Corry san,

      If you want to make your trip be easier, everybody get 7 days JR Pass. If you start using JR pass when you arrive in Narita and take Narita Express to Tokyo, roughly total fares of your father’s trip plan will be almost same as 7 days JR pass. If you and your mother will go to Takayama, it makes a huge difference. You will get a huge saving. But trip to Kyoto, Kobe do not make a big difference. One way fare from Osaka to Kyoto is less than 1,000 yen.

      So if you go to Takayama, try to make it in 7 days period. You may add other deals in the links below after JR pass expires.


      Takeshi /

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