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  1. Hi Takeshi,

    I am planning my trip from 9-22 Feb, 2017 in Japan as below (arrive in Kansai airport – Osaka and depart from Haneda airport – Tokyo). May you advise me which kind of JR Pass/Transportation I should buy to use in the most effective way? Or any adjustment I should do with my planning, I would appreciate your advice. Thank you very much in advance.

    Day 1 Kansai Airport (Osaka) – Kanazawa
    Day 2 Kanazawa – Shirakawago – Takayama
    Day 3 Takayama – Toyama
    Day 4 Toyama – Alpine route – Toyama or Kanazawa
    Day 5 Toyama or Kanazawa – Osaka or KIX or Kyoto
    Day 6 Koya-san
    Day 7 Kiso Valley
    Day 8 Kiso Valley
    Day 9 Nikko
    Day 10 Nikko
    Day 11 Tokyo
    Day 12 Kamakura
    Day 13 Yokohama
    Day 14 Tokyo

  2. Hi Takeshi.
    We are travelling to Japan in March 2017.We have purchased a Green 14 day JR Pass.We will arrive at Narita airport at 5pm on 15 March 2017 and plan to activate the pass at that time.Could you please tell me exactly when the pass expires.Thanks

  3. Hi there, just wondering if it’s possible to buy 2 ‘Kansai wide’ passes and use them one after another? Is it ok to buy more than one per person?

    Arigatou gozaimasu

    1. Hi Dianne san,

      I think it’s allowed. It was not allowed and mentioned it in official website before. But it does not mention anything now. In my understanding, that restriction was lifted.


      Takeshi /

  4. Hello Takeshi-san,
    We are a family of 5 visiting Japan for the first time in June. Our itinerary will be as follows:
    3 nights in Tokyo
    4 nights in Kyoto
    Our daughter will leave Japan from KIX airport after Kyoto.
    The rest of us will go to Osaka for 3 more days.
    Should we buy the 7-day JR pass for all of us?
    Thank you,

  5. Ohayo gozaimasu Takeshi-san

    I wish to ask you about the best train routes from Tokyo Station to Iiyama Station(to go Nozawa Onsen). Can you kindly advise the name of the shinkansen train and how much it will cost us?

    Domo arigato gozaimasu!

  6. Hello Mr. Takeshi,

    We are visiting Japan for the first time at the end of April (2 adults, 1 child – 4yrs old) for 15 days and I would like to seek your help and advise whether our itinerary is worth the 14-day JR Pass or the 7-day would suffice (will start to use for Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima/Miyajima travel). The rest of our time will be spent around Tokyo Here is our planned itinerary:

    Day1: Arrival at HND, check in to Hotel Sunroute Shinjuku
    Day2: Hakone, Mt. Fuji day tour (is JR Pass valid?)
    Day3: Tokyo all day
    Day4: Shinkansen to Kyoto (Fujiya Ryokan)
    Day5: Kyoto all day
    Day6: Kyoto all day
    Day7: Travel to Osaka (Osaka Airbnb near Shinsaibashi)
    Day8: Osaka all day
    Day9: Hiroshima/Miyajima day trip, travel back to Osaka
    Day 10: Shinkansen to Tokyo, checkin to Tokyo Stay Ginza
    Day 11-14: Tokyo area (Ginza, Asakusa, Shibuya, Odaiba, Disney)
    Day 15: Fly out from Narita

    1. Hi Michelle,

      14 days works for your trip. But 7 days gives you much greater saving. As you think, you can use 7 days pass from day 4 to 10. There are some deals available for Narita to/from Tokyo. Some deals offers airport access and subway unlimited ride pass. Please see the links below:

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


      Takeshi /

      1. Arigatōgozaimashita, Mr. Takeshi! We will go with the 7-day JR Pass and will consider the Hakone Free Pass instead of joining a tour to Mt. Fuji.

  7. Hi Takeshi,

    We will be leaving for Japan next week for our 2nd visit, We want to take the scenic train ride of the Tadami Line.

    I have been googling how to get there from Tokyo station up to aizuwakamatsu station but can’t seem to find answers , is the JR Tokyo Wide Pass valid on the tohuku shinkansen as well as the Tadami line?

    I’m really looking forward to your help Takeshi, thanks a lot!


    1. Hi Chinchin,

      You can take Tohoku Shinkansen to Koriyama and then take local train on Banetsu West line to Aizu Wakamatsu. Please try using Hyperdia. You can find the route:

      This is outside coverage area of Tokyo Wide Pass. Tokyo Wide Pass covers Tohoku Shinkansen up to Nasu-Shiobara. Koriyama is two stations away from Nasu-Shiobara on Shinkansen line. If you pay extra for Nasu-Shiobara to Aizu-Wakamatsu, it costs around 5000 yen.

      JR East Pass Tohoku covers the trip to Aizu-Wakamatsu and Tadami line to Tadami.

      But if you go through Tadami line, after Tadami is not covered.

      Only JR pass covers all part of the trip, Tokyo to Aizu-Wakamatsu, all part of Tadami line and on the way back to Tokyo.

      But it’s way more expensive.


      Takeshi /

      1. Wow that’s very expensive if without the jr pass 🙁

        I’ll have to re-think our itinerary then. Thanks a lot Takeshi!


  8. Konnichiwa Takeshisan!

    Firstly thank you for the very informative website. It solved alot of my queries!

    After reading through the many pages, I have decided on this transport route, but need your expertise to see if there are better alternatives.

    Day1 (JR Kansai wide area pass 5days)
    Arrived KIX in early morning
    Take Haruka to Kyoto (JR pass)
    Day 2
    Kyoto – JR pass
    Day 3 (staying 1 night in Kinosaki Onsen)
    Take Kinosaki Ltd express from Kyoto to Kinosaki Onsen (JR pass)
    Day 4 (staying 1 night in Mt Koya)
    Take Konotori Ltd Express to Osaka (JR pass)
    Namba to Mt koya (koyasan world heritage ticket)
    Day 5
    Mt Koya to Namba (koyasan world heritage ticket)
    Day 6
    Namba to Nara (icoca)
    Day 7
    Osaka amazing pass or icoca depending on final itinerary
    Day 8
    Namba to KIX (Rapi:t)

    Do you think my itinerary is too rush too? should i cater 1 more day in Kyoto?

    Thank you! =)

    1. Hi Ai Kiat san,

      I have only one thing to tell you. If you make a trip to Nara on day 4 or 5, you can use Kansai Wide Area Pass and save your cost. If you can’t, that’s okay. It’s not an issue. But this change gives you about 2000 yen saving.

      Your itinerary is okay. There are many places to see in Kyoto. But 1.5 days is okay to see major spots.


      Takeshi /

      1. Thank you Takeshi san for you quick reply. I will consider your suggestion =)

        Do you know is it common for hotels in Osaka to help their patron keep their luggage overnight for 1 day before checking in?

  9. Hi Mr.Takeshi /

    I’m Kelvin From Singapore, from 14 october – 21 october 2017 me & my one friend will go to kyoto N osaka and i will like to know which railway And pass card or ticket is the best choice for us!!!

    Our schedule is something like this:
    15 oct will reach KIX Airport than we will go straight to kyoto for one night(16 oct 2017)!
    16 oct Morning will went back from kyoto station to osaka namba station
    than from the rest of the day(16-20 october) we will take or walk /bus/train around the osaka by ourself (like go Osaka Castle, USJ N Dotonbori N Etc………..)
    the last day 21 october we will went from namba station to airport for go home.

    So i would like to know which train and passcard or ticket suitable us!!!
    If can kindly tell me the prices range as well…. oh one more thing do we buy the ticket from online or at KIX Airport????

    Thanks alot for finding some time to read my question! hopefully can recieve reply from you.

  10. Hi Takeshi,

    I want to seek some help. Im from philippines and we will be visiting japan on a very short dates, thats from 2-feb until 5-feb 2017. We are 7 adults and 2 kids (ages 3 and 1.5 years). We are to stay in ikebukuru Itabashi from Airbnb (UR urban facility itabashi view tower is the name of the accommodation).. Since we have a 4days3nights stay in japan, and is very congested to visit all the tourists spots there, may i ask for a good place for tour in 4days.. Hope you can help me with this. Thank you in advance

    1. Hi Joyce,

      It’s hard to say.
      You can spend all four days just for Tokyo. There are many places to see. And also you can go outside Tokyo and go surrounding places, like Nikko, Yokohama, Kamakura, Fuji, Hakone and many more.
      So make sure where you want to go and what you want to do. You may find some info at Japan Guide.


      Takeshi /

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