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  1. Dear Takeshi san

    kindly advise the following itinerary and which pass to buy for travelling
    welcome to change any of itinerary.
    6th March Day 1: Arrive Osaka at 3.10pm
    7th March Day 2: Osaka
    8th March Day 3: Osaka to Koyasan Temple stay
    9th March Day 4 Koyasan to Kii-katsuura
    10th March Day 5 Kii-katsuura : Am Dorokyo Gorge Jet Boat Tour PM: Nachisan and waterfall
    11th March Day 6 Kii-katsuura to Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail and Yunomine onsen
    12th March Day 7 Nachi to Kyoto
    13th March Day 8 Kyoto
    14th March Day 9 Kyoto to osaka
    15th March Day 10 Day trip to Himeji Castle
    16th March Day 11 Day trip to Kobe
    17th March Day 12 Day trip to Arima Onsen
    18th March Day 13 Osaka
    19th March Day 14 Osaka
    20th March Day 15 Back home
    thank you
    Karel

    1. Hi Karel san,

      You don’t need to change your trip plan. It looks okay.

      The following deals are recommended:

      Day 1
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html

      Day 2
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      Day 3 and 4
      Use 2 days of Kansai thru pass 3 days.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-use-kansai-thru-pass-compare-pass-and-single-fare.html

      You have to go back to Osaka after Koyasan on day 4. After arrival in Osaka, you may start using Kansai Hokuriku area pass 7 days.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/kansai-hokuriku-area-pass-perfect-deal-for-the-traveller-who-wants-travel-to-kansai-kanazawa-and-toyama.html

      I also thought about Kansai wide area pass 5 days.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/the-newest-jr-west-rail-pass-for-kansai-and-okayama-kurashiki-kinosakai-and-shingu-area-kansai-wide-area-pass.html

      This is cheaper and this covers Kii Katsuura too. But if you use Kansai Hokuriku area pass, it’s valid for 7 days and you can get Himeji by Shinkansen. It’s fast and more comfortable. If you take non reserved seat on Shinkansen, round trip fare between Osaka and Himeji is more than 6,000 yen. That is why I recommend you to use Kansai Hokuriku area pass even if you don’t go to Kanazawa.

      Both Kansai Hokuriku area pass and Kansai wide area pass do not cover any local transportation in Kii-Katsuura. I recommend you to use 3 days bus pass (Kumano Kotsu Yuyu 3 days pass). Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/trip-report/2018-fall-trip-to-aomori-and-nachi/visiting-kumano-sanzan-kumano-three-important-shrines-in-one-day.html

      On day 11, you can use one of Kansai thru pass 3 days. Just pay as you go to Arima onsen on day 12.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi San
    I would like to seek your kind advice on whether to purchase the JR West Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass or just purchase the tickets in Osaka as our itinerary is as follows:

    Day 1 – Kansai International Airport to Osaka Namba
    Day 3 – Namba to Shin Osaka to Kyoto (return back to Namba, day trip only)
    Day 5 – Namba to Shin Osaka to Hiroshima (return to Namba, day trip only)
    Day 7 – Osaka Namba to Kansai International Airport

    Thank you in advance
    Tony

    1. Hi Tony san,

      Kansai Hiroshima area pass is recommended. Even if you use it for only day trip to Hiroshima, you can get the worth of it. JR-Namba station is not located in the center of Namba. But it covers Namba too. Please make sure the coverage of this pass in Osaka and Kyoto in the links below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/station-information/namba-stations-guide-how-to-change-the-trains-among-nankai-kintetsu-hanshin-subway-and-jr.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-transfer-among-kyoto-osaka-and-kobe-compare-japan-railway-and-private-lines.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi Takeshi,

    I sent you a message yesterday but realised I may not have given you sufficient information to help me.

    Here’s my travel itinerary…

    Dec 27 – Arrive Nagoya
    Dec 28 – Nagoya
    Dec 29 – Shizuoka
    Dec 30 – Shizuoka (day trip to Kawaguchiko)
    Dec 31 – Shizuoka (day trip to Yokohama)
    Dec 1 – Shizuoka
    Jan 2 – Hamamatsu
    Jan 3 – Nagoya for return flight

    Appreciate your help in finding the most suitable travel pass.

    Thank You!

    Regards
    Tracy

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    I would like to seek your advice on the best rail pass for the following travel… Arrive in Nagoya (2nights) to Shizuoka (3 nights) to Hamamatsu (1 night) with possible day trips to Lake Kawaguchiko and Yokohama and finally back to Nagoya for our return flight.

    Appreciate your help in finding the most cost and time efficient travel between the places I’ve mentioned.

    Thank you & Regards
    Tracy

    1. Hi Tracy,

      There is no deals to cover whole part of your trip. But you may think about using Mt. Fuji-Shizuoka tourist pass mini.
      http://touristpass.jp/en/fuji_shizuoka/

      This is valid for 3 days only and it does not cover Nagoya. But if you may use this pass after you get Shizuoka. It does not cover Yokohama either. You have to add the fare for Atami to Yokohama.

      There are many restrictions. But there is no deals available other than this.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Dear Takeshi,

    We will be coming to Tokyo via Narita airport and staying in Shinagawa (close to Oimachi station) for 13 days in January. My plan is to sightsee in Tokyo, maybe go to Yokohama. I wanted to maybe try the bullet train, but haven’t decided yet. Is it worth getting a JP rail pass, or am I better off just getting a Pasmo, or a similar card?

    PS I posted a question 2 days ago but don’t see it above – maybe i did something wrong.

  6. Dear Takeshi,
    We are going to visit Osaka/Umeda in May 2019 via arrival at Kansai Airport.I I I would like ask:
    1. What is different between Special Rapid Service and Kansai Airport Rapid Service (Red R square symbol)?
    2. What is different between Blue A square symbol & S blue square symbol that display on LED information board?
    3. Which train should I take for Osaka/Umeda station: RAPID (Red) or HARUKA (Blue)?
    4. Would Kansai Area Pass covered for the both above trains (at Q. 1)?
    Thank you in advance,
    Ky

    1. Hi Ky,

      1. Kansai airport rapid runs between Kansai airport and Osaka. Special rapid runs between Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Himeji.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/rapid-service-network-in-kansai-area.html

      2. Sorry, but I don’t understand what you ask me about. What do “Blue A” and “Blue S”?

      3. Haruka does not go to Osaka (Umeda). If you take Haruka, you have to change trains at Tennoji or Shin-Osaka and then change to a local train to get Osaka. Kansai airport rapid go to Osaka without changing trains.

      4. Both trains are covered.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JRPail.com

      1. Dear Takeshi,
        Thank you so much for your quick reply to my inquiries.
        2. Sorry, but I don’t understand what you ask me about. What do “Blue A” and “Blue S”?
        The Blue squares background, A & S in white letters that appear on LCD screen that displayed on the trains showing the type of train. However it is OK. I got your answer.
        Kind Regards,
        Ky

    2. Dear Takeshi,
      Thank you so much for your quick reply to my inquiries.
      2. Sorry, but I don’t understand what you ask me about. What do “Blue A” and “Blue S”?
      The Blue squares background, A & S in white letters that appear on LCD screen that displayed on the trains showing the type of train. However it is OK. I got your answer.
      Kind Regards,
      Ky

  7. Hello Takeshi-san, i’m Ferdi.
    Im planning for our family trip on june 2019 we are 3 adults.
    Can you help and suggest about my plan below, and advise about suitable transportation pass for this trip.
    Im open for any sugesstion.

    Day 1. narita – arrival in the morning – proceed to osaka (stay in osaka around shin osaka station or osaka station)
    Day 2. Kyoto (stay in osaka)
    Day 3. Usj (stay in osaka)
    Day 4. Nara half day trip, (nara station and jr nara station is different? Which station covered by jr pass?) back to osaka then proceed to kanazawa or you can advise which city that can make our trip more efficient, considering our plan for day 5 and 6 (stay in kanazawa around kanazawa station)
    Day 5. Tateyama alpine (stay in kanazawa)
    Day 6. Shirakawago (stay in kanazawa)
    Day 7. Proceed to tokyo (stay in tokyo – can you suggest suitable area)
    Day 8. Tokyo 1 day trip to mt fuji hakone. Then back to tokyo (stay in tokyo)
    Day 9. Disneysea (stay in tokyo)
    Day 10. Narita flight to home country departure 11am

    Thank you so much for kind help.

    1. Hi Ferdi san,

      JR pass 7 days is required for the first 7 days.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/japan-rail-pass-user-guide-how-to-use-jr-pass-to-its-maximum.html

      Regarding Nara, please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/subway/how-to-access-to-nara-by-japan-rail-pass-if-you-dont-use-jr-pass-kintetsu-railway-is-more-convenient.html

      Kanazawa is okay for day 5 and 6.

      If you want to visit both Hakone and Fuji in one day, please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/fuji-hakone-one-day-trip-sample-itinerary-you-can-visit-both-lake-kawaguchi-and-hakone-by-day-trip-from-tokyo.html

      No deals are available for day 9 and 10. Just use a regular fare for these 2 days.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi-san. My family (3 adults and 2 children) will be travelling to Japan from 19 to 31 December 2018. We would like your kind advice on our itinerary & transportation/passes. Planning to visit :

        1) Tokyo/Shinjuku/Shibuya
        2) Lake Kawaguchi / Best view of Mt Fuji
        3) Skiing
        4) Shirakawa-go
        5) Takayama

        Thank you very much for your help.

        CC

        1. Hi Carmen san,

          I want to see the detailed itinerary. Otherwise I cannot find the best deals.
          Especially I need arrival/departure airport, how many days you will spend at each locations, where you will ski.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hi Takeshi san,

            Would like to get some suggestions and comments on our itinerary and passes we should get.

            19Dec – Arrival Tokyo Haneda airport
            20-22Dec – Sightseeing in Tokyo/Shinjuku/Shibuya
            23Dec – Day Trip to Nikko
            24Dec – Skiing at GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort
            25-27Dec – i) Lake Kawaguchi / Mt Fuji
            ii) Shirakawa-go
            ii) Takayama
            28-30Dec – Sightseeing in Tokyo
            31Dec – Depart Tokyo

            Thank you for your reply
            Carmen

            1. Hi Carmen san,

              If you are really sure to visit Takayama and Shirakawago, JR Pass is required. In this case, you may use 7 days pass and put everything other than Tokyo in 7 days period. But it seems like that you visit Takayama and Shirakawago as day trip from Tokyo. It’s very tight. These two places are close each other. You should visit two places at same time. But it may be tight. Even if you leave Tokyo very early morning, you will get Takayama around 11:00. And it takes one hour by bus to get Shirakawago. Please see the link below to find the timetable of the bus. You may find train timetable at hyperdia:
              https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/shirakawago.pdf
              https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-access-to-takayama-by-trains-and-buses.html
              https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

              The bus to Shirakawago is not covered by JR Pass. And also reservation is required to take a bus to Shirakawago.

              If you give up to visit Takayama and Shirakawago, you can use Tokyo Wide Pass for Nikko, Gala and Fuji.
              https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/tokyo-wide-pass-is-newer-version-of-kanto-area-pass-nikko-fuji-gala-yuzawa-and-odaiba-are-covered-by-this-pass.html

              There are some deals available for Haneda access and subway pass for staying in Tokyo.
              https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/airport_bus/index.html

              Cheers,

              Takeshi / JPRail.com

              1. Hi Takeshi san

                Thank you so much for your quick reply.

                Would this be a better option if we use the Tokyo Wide Pass (3 days)
                19Dec – Arrival Tokyo Haneda airport
                20-22Dec – Sightseeing in Tokyo/Shinjuku/Shibuya

                23Dec – Day Trip to Nikko
                24Dec – Skiing at GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort
                25Dec – Lake Kawaguchi / Mt Fuji.

                25-27Dec – from Kawaguchi to Takayama & Shirakawago (Stay 2 night in takayama)

                27Dec – then return back to Tokyo
                28-30Dec – Sightseeing in Tokyo
                31Dec – Depart Tokyo

                Would appreciate your advice for the passes & itinerary.

                Best regards
                Carmen

                  1. Hi Takeshi san,

                    We will be buying Tokyo Wide Pass for the following Itinerary. Would appreciate your kind advice for our trip.

                    23Dec – Day trip to Nikko
                    24Dec – Day trip to Gala Yuzawa
                    25Dec – Day trip to Mt Fuji

                    Can use Tokyo Wide Pass for Kanazawa?
                    25Dec – Kanazawa (stay 1 night)
                    26Dec – sightseeing Shirakawago & stay 1 night in Takayama
                    27Dec – Takayama to Tokyo

                    What is the transport from Takayama to Tokyo?

                    Thank you so much.

                    Carmen

                    1. Hi Carmen san,

                      Kanazawa is way far away from the coverage area of Tokyo wide pass. If you do this, don’t use Tokyo wide pass and need JR pass. I think you are concerned about the cost of JR pass. But if you go to Kanazawa or Takayama, one way train fare is almost 15,000 yen. You can get the worth of JR pass by only Kanazawa and Takayama. And you can use it for Nikko, Gala and partially to Fuji. Even if you feel it’s pricey, it’s a great deal. Kanazawa and Takayama is not close to Tokyo.
                      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-access-to-takayama-by-trains-and-buses.html

                      Cheers,

                      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hello Takeshi-san. Our family (3 adults and 3 children) will be travelling to Japan later this month and we would like your kind advice on passes we should get.

    Day 1 – arrival in Nagoya
    Day 2 – sightseeing in Nagoya
    Day 3 – Nagoya to Takayama
    Day 4 – Takayama to Mont Deus Hidakuraiyama Snow Park and back
    Day 5 – Takayama to Shirakawago and back
    Day 6 – Takayama to Honokidaira Ski Resort and back
    Day 7 – Takayama to Nagoya
    Day 8 – Nagoya to Nara and back
    Day 9 – sightseeing in Nagoya
    Day 10 – depart Nagoya

    Is it worth it to get a JR pass for Days 3 to 8? We may or may not go to Nara. I read that Nagoya to Nara cannot take the direct train route

    Thank you very much for your help

    Regards. Edward

    1. Hi Edward,

      JR Pass does not work. You cannot get the worth of it. You may use Shoryudo bus pass for day 3 to 7. It covers all of these 5 days.
      https://www.meitetsu.co.jp/eng/ticket-info/shoryudo4.html

      Most realistic choice for trip to Nara is a regular fare ticket to take Shinkansen from Nagoya to Kyoto and a local train from Kyoto to Nara. It costs around 6000 to 7000 yen for one way.

      You may add subway pass in Nagoya as you need. There is no deals for Chubu airport to Nagoya.
      http://www.kotsu.city.nagoya.jp/en/pc/TICKET/TRP0001071.htm

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. thank you Takeshi-san for your helpful advice

        – Is there also a Shoryudo bus pass for children?
        – Can we also use the Shoryudo bus pass to go from Nagoya to Nabana no Sato on Day 7?

        1. Hi Edward san,

          Child rate is not available. You have to pay same amount as adult because even child use one seat. If your child is very small and you don’t need a seat for him/her, it’s free. But you or your other adult traveler must share the seat.

          Nabana no Sato is not in the coverage area.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  9. Hi Takeshi san,

    Below is my planned trip next Jan-Feb and would like your advice for the train passes to get.

    Day 1: Arrive Nagoya, 1 night stay in Nagoya
    Day 2-4: Travel to Takayama & Shiragawago
    Day 5-6: Kyoto
    Day 7-8: Osaka

    Thks!
    Rae

      1. Hi Takeshi-san,

        Happy New Year!

        Thk for your advice!

        I’ll like to seek your further advice to confirm if my understanding is correct.

        As I will only travel from Kyoto to Osaka on the 6th day of my trip, in such case I will not be able to use the Takayama Hokuriku Area pass, I will need to purchase a single way fare right?

        Also for the route from Takayama direct to Kyoto, the pass also does not cover this area, I will also need to purchase additional single fare right?

        What would be the best pass to purchase for the above 2 routes which I’m unable/not covered by the pass?

        Thks & Rgds
        Rae

        1. Hi Rae san,

          You have to purchase a regular ticket for Kyoto to Osaka.

          I gave the link below in the previous reply. Please see the chapter of “Train which is not covered at all or partially”. You will find the extra fare.
          https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/takayama-hokuriku-area-pass-perfect-deal-to-get-takayama-kanazawa-toyama-shirakawago-from-nagoya-or-osaka.html

          There is no deals to cover these above two routes unfortunately.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  10. Hello Takeshi,
    We are now planning our Japan trip for a family of 2 adults with 3 young kids (aged 3 to 8) in June 2019 for 12 days. We will be arriving and leaving Japan on the 12th day morning at 10.25am via Hiroshima Airport.
    Would like to get some suggestions and comments on my itinerary and passes we should get.
    We have gathered 2 groups of transportation passes below for your comments
    Group 1:
    “7 days Sanyo-Sanin Area Pass”
    “Wakayama Dentetsu 1 day pass”
    “Amanohashidate day pass”
    “Visit Hiroshima Tourist Pass” for both the small and wide area (we are not sure if the wide area pass will be available by June 2019)

     Group 2:
    “5 days Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass” plus
    “5 days Hiroshima Yamaguchi area pass” plus
    “Wakayama Dentetsu 1 day pass”
    “Amanohashidate day pass”
    “Visit Hiroshima Tourist Pass” the small area.

    Here is our planned itinerary:

    Day 1 – Arrive at Hiroshima Airport morning 9am. Activate the Sanyo-Sanin Area pass. 2 nights at Wakayama. Visit Marina City, Kuroshio Ichiba Market and the Tama train (Wakayama Electric Railway). If time and energy permit we will have a quick view of Wakayama castle and Ohashi Roka Bridge.

    Day 2 – Day trip to Kyoto from Wakayama. Visit the Kyoto Railway Museum and Amanohashidate area.
    => Question: how can we utilize the Sanyo-Sanin Pass to get to Amanohashidate economically? Is it advisable to get the Amanohashidate pass even we may not have the full day for Amanohashidate?

    Day 3 – Leaving Wakayama city for Kumano. Staying 1 night at Katsuura. Driving from Wakayama station to visit Yunomine Onsen district, Kawayu Onsen, *Maruyama Senmai Rice Field and Nachi Falls.
    => Question: Any experience driving trip to Maruyama Senmai to share?
    => Should we take the inland route or the coastal route towards Kii-Katsuura from Wakayama city in the month of June?

    Day 4 – Leaving Katsuura for Shirahama sightseeing then to Okayama for 2 nights. Visit Scannbeki Cavern, Senjojiki, Shirahama Beach, Engetsuto. Return car at Shirahama station. Leaving Shirahama for Okayama via Ltd Ex *Kuroshio train before 18:00.
    => Question: Hyperdia shows it will takes 1.5 hour longer if it is not via Ltd Ex Kuroshio? Please share if there are shorter alternative route like Kuroshio from Wakayama to Okayama on a weekday evening?

    Day 5 – Day trip from Okayama to Kobe. We like to do Shin Kobe Ropeway, Mt Rokko, Mt Maya and Nunobiki Waterfall, and Habourland. If time is concern, which would you recommend to do and in what sequence?

    Day 6 – Visit Grand Seto Bridge via the Seto-Ohashi Line. Is Mt Washuzan Observatory worth a visit? Leaving Okayama for Hiroshima. Staying 6 nights until we leave Japan. Try not having to change accommodations too much.

    Day 7 – Last day of Sanyo-Sanin Area Pass usage. Day trip from Hiroshima to Yamaguchi. Rent car from Shin Yamaguchi station to drive to Akiyoshio cave and Tsuenoshima Ohashi Bridge. Will visit Motonosumi Inari Shrine if time permit.
    => Question: Could you share the best route to drive between these 3 places? Are these places worth the time and effort to go?

    Day 8 to Day 11 – Activate Visit Hiroshima Tourist Pass – Small and Wide Area Pass. Wide Area Pass: To go out of Hiroshima city. Visit Shimanami Kaido/Onomichi via Flower Line, Tomonoura and Takehara town preserved district.
    => Question: If the Wide Area Pass is not available, what is the economical route to visit Shimanami Kaido and Onomichi from Hiroshima city? Any 1 day pass we could get?
    Small Area Pass: To explore Hiroshima city sightseeing tourist spots / Miyajima / Iwakuni bridge.
    ==> Question: What are the best deals of transport to cover day 8 to day 11 if Visit Hiroshima Tourist Pass is not available after 31 March 2019?

    Day 12 – Leaving for Hiroshima Airport. Our flight leaving at 10.25am

    Lastly, do we need a ICOCA card or any pass for our trip?

    Thank you in advance for any suggestion and advise which we greatly need and appreciate.

    1. Hi Christina,

      First of all, I haven’t driven in Japan for the last 20 years. So I cannot answer any inquiries about a rent-a-car trip.

      => Question: how can we utilize the Sanyo-Sanin Pass to get to Amanohashidate economically? Is it advisable to get the Amanohashidate pass even we may not have the full day for Amanohashidate?

      I recommend you to use Kansai Wide Area Pass.
      http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/ticket/pass/kansai_wide/

      A part of the coverage area of Kansai Wide Area Pass and Sanyo Sanin area pass are overlapping. But Kansai Wide Area Pass covers Tama train too. You can get the worth of this pass by trip to Amanohashidate and riding Tama train. But if you meant that you intend using Amanohashidate Marugoto Pass (3,090 yen), Kansai Wide Area Pass is not required. Because Amanohashidate pass includes train ride between Fukuchiyama and Amanohashidate. Using both Kansai Wide Area Pass and Amanohashidate Marugoto Pass does not make senses. If you use Amanohashidate Marugoto Pass, just add a regular fare for Sonobe to Fukuchiyama.

      It’s hard to say that you can get the worth of Amanohashidate Marugoto Pass or not. Your schedule is very tight. You will be Amanohashidate after lunch time. I’m afraid that you don’t have enough time to see there.

      => Question: Hyperdia shows it will takes 1.5 hour longer if it is not via Ltd Ex Kuroshio? Please share if there are shorter alternative route like Kuroshio from Wakayama to Okayama on a weekday evening?

      There is no other faster routes. You should take Kuroshio and Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Okayama.

      ==> Question: What are the best deals of transport to cover day 8 to day 11 if Visit Hiroshima Tourist Pass is not available after 31 March 2019?

      I have no idea that Hiroshima Tourist Pass will be available or not after March 31 or not. You will find it sometimes in March 2019. If this will not be available, there is no other choices available at this point. Just use a regular ticket for outside Hiroshima city and Miyajima. You may use one day pass for Hiroshima and Miyajima

      I don’t think you need ICOCA or other IC cards. Most part of your trip will be covered by some area passes. And local transports are not covered by IC card very often.

      Other part of your trip by train look good.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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