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  1. Hello Takeshi San
    What a great website – I’ve only just found it but will be reading much of it in the next few days!
    I’m confused about purchasing train passes and would love your help.
    I wish to purchase the JR Sanyo Sanin Pass for my coming trip. I’ve read online purchases for JR Passes can take a week to arrive. Is this correct for the Sanyo Sanin Pass? I leave for Tokyo on Wednesday so I need to make sure I have the Sanyo Sanin Pass before that day.
    Many thanks,
    Vickie Kalocsay

  2. My wife and I have the following itinerary. It is a two-week trip but it does not seem to make sense to have a two-week JR pass with so many days in the middle of the trip in Kyoto. Should I get a 7-day pass for the end of the trip to cover Kyoto day trips, Kyoto-Hiroshima, day in Miyajima, and Hiroshima-Nagoya and pay for the initial trip Nagoya to Kyoto? Will I need any other plan for Kyoto?

    Oct 28 arrive Nagoya airport
    29 Nagoya
    30 Nagoya to Kyoto
    31 Kyoto
    Nov 1 Kyoto
    2 Kyoto
    3 Kyoto
    4 Kyoto – day trip to Nara
    5 Kyoto
    6 Kyoto – day trip to Arashiyama
    7 Kyoto for Hiroshima
    8 Hiroshima – day trip to Miyajima
    9 to Nagoya airport

    Your help is most appreciated.

    1. Hi Daniel,

      There are several options for Nagoya-Kyoto. Platt Kodama is most recommended. Please see the link below:

      For trip to Hiroshima, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass is most affordable choice. If you make a trip to Nara on day 5, you can use this pass to visit Nara too.


      Takeshi /

  3. Dear Sir/ Madam,

    This will be the first time we are travelling to Japan and we are confused by the different kind of pass/ticket to purchase for our Osaka & Kyoto trip. Currently, we only thought of purchasing ICOCA. Could you kindly recommend us the ticket/pass for our itinerary:-

    Day 1:-
    KIX took airport Limousin bus to Hotel New Hankyu Osaka

    Day 2:-
    Hotel New Hankyu Osaka to USJ (vice verse)

    Day 3:-
    – Hotel New Hankyu to Kyoto Station
    – Kyoto Station to RESI STAY Gion Shijo

    Day 4:-
    – Nishiki Market
    – Fushimi Inari Taisha
    – Kyoto Station / Kyoto Tower
    – Back to RESI STAY Gion Shijo

    Day 5:-
    – Hozugawa River Boat Ride
    – Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
    – Kimono Forest
    – Back to RESI STAY Gion Shijo

    Day 6:-
    – Kiyomizu-dera
    – Nineizaka/ Ninenzaka
    – Back to RESI STAY Gion Shijo

    Day 7:-
    – Hiroshima
    – Namba: Red Roof Inn & Suites Osaka

    Day 8:-
    – Kuromon Ichiba Market
    – Osaka Castle
    – Owl Cafe
    – HEP FIVE Shopping Center
    – Back to Namba: Red Roof Inn & Suites Osaka

    Day 9:-
    – Cup Noodles Museum
    – Ichiran Ramen
    – Dotonbori River

    Thank you very much!

    1. Hi Hui Ling,

      You can use Kansai Hiroshima area pass for day 4 to 7. This is required for the trip to Hiroshima.

      You may use ICOCA but Kansai one pass is better choice. These are basically same but Kansai one pass offers discount at many attractions:

      Kansai Hiroshima area pass covers only JR trains. So you have to use Kansai one pass too.

      For sightseeing in Osaka, you may add other deal instead of using Kansai one pass.


      Takeshi /

  4. We plan to visit Japan in the first half of November for a DIY 8 Nights Itinerary:
    Day 1 (Wednesday) will arrive Tokyo NRT around 3 p.m. & stay at Shinjuku Hilton for 4 Nights.
    Day 2 (Thursday) Attractions in Shinjuku, Asakusa, Shibuya, Ginza …………
    Day 3 (Friday) Tsukiji Fish Market & Yokohama
    Day 4 (Saturday) Day Trip to Kamakura, Kawasaki & Kawagoe
    Day 5 (Sunday) Travel from Shinjuku to Mt Fuji & Lake Kawaguchi and will stay in Kukuna at Fujikawaguchiko for 1 night.
    Day 6 (Monday) Travel from Kawaguchiko to Osaka by Shinkansen (fastest route). Will stay in Swissôtel Nankai Osaka at Namba for 3 Nights.
    Day 7 (Tuesday) Day Trip to Kyoto & Nara from Osaka
    Day 8 ( Wednesday) Osaka Attractions
    Day 9 (Thursday) Leaving Isaka KIX around 10 a.m.

    Would the recent Kansai situation affect our Itinerary in the coming November?

    Would like to seek advices and assistance for all transportation means. Would JR 7 Days Pass works or other day passes or IC Card or individual tickets work better for our cost efficiency !

    1. Hi First Timer DIY Japan,

      JR Pass does not work. You cannot get the worth of it by only one way from Tokyo to Osaka. You must have round trip to get the worth of it.

      For Narita to Tokyo and sightseeing in Tokyo, please see the link below:

      Only regular fare ticket is a choice for Kawagoe, Kawasaki, Yokohama and Kamakura. Subway does not cover these places. You can use Suica or Pasmo instead:

      For Tokyo to Kawaguchiko and Kawaguchiko to Mishima, express bus is your choice.

      You can take Shinkansen from Mishima to Shin-Osaka. Only regular fare ticket is available. Please see the link below about a regular fare ticket:

      Kansai area pass is your choice for Nara and Kyoto.

      For sightseeing in Osaka and access to Kansai airport, please see the links below:

      Kansai airport will be restored fully in 4 weeks according to a local news.


      Takeshi /

  5. I am traveling from Osaka to Takayama on 2nd Nov, staying for 2 nights, and then travel from Takayama to Toyama. Stay in Toyama for 1 night before traveling to Narita on 5th Nov. I have a regular 7 days JR pass. I heard that some of the rail is not running due to rain and /or earthquake. Could you advice the best route and options?

    As I will be traveling quite a bit before this date and not necessarily have access to internet, when is the earliest I can reserve my seat on the train I decide to take? Can I make seat reservation online? I will be in Narita airport 1st Oct and 27th Oct though I wont start my JP rail pass till closer to 2nd Nov when I am in Osaka.


    1. Hi Wang,

      At this point, only a part of Takayama – Toyama segment is closed. Please see the link below:

      It may be fixed before you travel. Please stick around the link above. I will update when the status is changed.

      You cannot book it online but you can exchange JR pass in advance. When you exchange JR pass, you can choose the date when you want to start using it. You can pick the date within one month. So you cannot exchange it on 1st Oct but you can do it on 27th. You can start booking on 27th.


      Takeshi /

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