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  1. Hi Takeshi San,

    My friends and I will be travelling from Osaka – Tokyo as follows :
    20 Apr Arrival @ Osaka: (Staying near Shin-Inamiya Station)
    21 Apr : Kyoto Day Trip (Fushimi Inari Shrine / Sagano Bamboo Forest / Nishiki Market)
    22 Apr : Osaka (Dotonburi/ Osaka Castle)
    23 Apr : Osaka (USJ)
    24 Apr : Osaka – Tokyo (Staying at Shinjuku)
    25 Apr – 1 May : Tokyo

    We will be visiting the Fuji Shibazakura Festival during our trip @ Tokyo as well. Should we be buying the JR pass to use during our stay?

    Thank you so much for your assistance, and just want to say this site is amazing!

    1. Hi Lyn san,

      JR pass does not work. Please see the link below to get the info about Osaka-Tokyo one way trip.

      About trip to Fuji, you may find some info in the link below:


      Takeshi /

  2. Hi, I will be travelling to Gero Onsen from Tokyo with my wife on 24 April 2018. Tokyo (Shingawa station) to Nagoya will be by Shinkansen (Nozomi) and then Nagoya to Gero Onsen will be on the wide view Hida Limited Express. Appreciate if you could advise me on the following:-
    1) Is this the fastest way to get to Gero Onsen?
    2) How much is the total fare for each adult with reserved seats?
    3) Can I buy the tickets online? If not, due to the Golden week holidays beginning 28 April, will it be difficult to buy our train tickets?
    4) We will be in Tokyo from 21 April until morning of 25 April. Will it be too late for us to buy the train tickets after we arrive in Tokyo?

  3. I would appreciate your advice on whether a 7-day JR pass would be economical for this trip.
    20/3 Arrive Tokyo until 24/3
    24/3 To Kawaguchiko
    26/3 To Hakone
    28/3 To Kyoto to include Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, Aroshiyama area, Nara
    1/4 Day trip to Osaka
    2/4 Kyoto to Miyajimaguchi, Miyajima
    3/4 Hiroshima
    5/4 Return to Thailand from Hiroshima

    Many thanks

    1. Hi Audrey,

      Unfortunately you cannot get the worth of even 7 days JR pass. I recommend you to use regular fare ticket for city to city. And you may add local deals in the links below at each locations:


      Fuji/Hakone (use single fare to get Fuji and purchase the pass Odawara version)


      Kansai Hiroshima area pass for Mar 31 to Apr 4
      *You have to include trip to Nara in 5 days coverage period.


      Takeshi /

  4. Hi, I’m going on a 14-day trip and I have some questions and would like your advice on my itinerary. I’ve been to Tokyo, Nagoya and Fukuoka before so I’ve been to most of the “touristy” places –hope you can recommend side trips especially since I’ll be using a JR Pass and would like to maximize it. Also, I’ll be going around end of June/early July which I’ve read is a low season because of the weird weather. Any suggestions on how to enjoy that summer season? Are there flower fields I can still go to on this season?

    Here’s my itinerary:
    Day 1 – Wed: Late arrival at KIX – Osaka
    Day 2 – Thurs: USJ – Bus to Tokyo
    Day 3 – Fri: Tokyo Day 1
    Day 4 – Sat: Tokyo Day 2
    Day 5 – Sun: Mt Fuji [Use JR Pass]
    Day 6 – Mon: Hakodate Overnight Stay [Use JR Pass]
    Day 7 – Tues: Hakodate – Return to Tokyo – Yokohama [Use JR Pass]
    Day 8 – Wed: Train to Osaka – ?? [Use JR Pass]
    Day 9 – Thurs: Kobe – Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets (day trip from Osaka) [Use JR Pass]
    Day 10 – Fri: Osaka to Hiroshima [Use JR Pass]
    Day 11 – Sat: Osaka to Nara [Use JR Pass]
    Day 12 – Sun: Osaka to Kyoto Day 1 [Use JR Pass]
    Day 13 – Mon: Kyoto Day 2
    Day 14 – Tues: Kyoto to Osaka – Afternoon departure from KIX

    1. Hi Grace,

      If you can extend to stay in Hokkaido, that is the perfect solution to avoid rainy season. Usually Hokkaido do not have rainy season. And the weather is not hot and very comfortable to stay. If you can make two more nights in Hokkaido, you can see the lavender field in Furano/Biei area.

      This area can be accessed as day trip from Sapporo too.

      Ashikaga flower park and Hitachi seaside park are very popular to see the flower field from Tokyo.

      Kanazawa/Shirakawago is recommended to visit from Osaka to maximize to using JR pass.


      Takeshi /

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