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  1. Hi, Takeshi

    Thanks for last time give comment advise for the Osaka trip. My trip is going very smooth, but this time need your advise for my Fukuoka trip which is 8D7N

    Day 1-2 : Fukuoka
    Day 3-7: We prefer to walk around Kyushu Area. any advise?

    I only find out the JR Kyushu Rail pass and Fukuoka Tourist City Pass and Fukuoka City Subway, or I better rent a car for this trip?

    we got 6 travelers together.


    Ms Wong

    1. Hi Apple,

      It’s hard to say about walking. I don’t have any experiences to walk in Kyushu.

      If you prefer to take trains, Kyushu rail pass is recommended but you have to decide where you go first. Otherwise you cannot find the best deal.

      I cannot say about rent-a-car either. Because I haven’t driven in Japan for more than 10 years.


      Takeshi /

  2. I am travelling to Tokyo end of March to first week of April2019; planning to cover the below by train.

    Days 1 and 2 : Tokyo
    Days 3 to 6 Mishima – Mishima Skywalk, Odoriko Trail
    Days 7 and 8 Kyukamura Fuji
    Days 9 and 10 Gotenba – Mount Fuji 5 lakes area
    Day 11 and 12 Tokyo

    Which JR pass covers all/some of the above areas? What are the best form of transportation to get to these areas? Appreciate your suggestions.


    1. Hi CC,

      Unfortunately there is no deals to cover whole part of your trip.

      For Tokyo
      You may find some deals for airport to Tokyo and subway ride in Tokyo in the link below:

      For Mishima
      There are several deals to cover bus route:
      Many PDF files are shown in Japanese only. There is Tokai Bus branch at Mishima station. Please ask them to find the best one for you.

      At Fuji Five Lakes
      Please see the link below:

      Regular ticket is your choice for other part of your trip.


      Takeshi /

  3. Dear Takeshi

    I plan to visit Osaka for 4 days with plan as follows:
    Day 1: Osaka city
    Day 2: Day trip to Kyoto
    Day 3: Day trip to Wakayama
    Day 4: Osaka city

    Given the limited time, I would prefer to take express or rapid trains to Kyoto and Wakayama. Can you recommend the best pass that I should buy that allows me to use for local bus/subway in Osaka/Kyoto/Wakayama? Many thanks for your help!


  4. HI Friends ,

    I’m going to abashiri station from Asahikawa station.
    my friend will drop me at Asahikawa station on 12:30 then I have to take my luggage from locker, is it enough time to catch train to abashiri on 12:41 ?
    How far the luggage locker to platform 3 or 4 ?

    1. Hi Santi,

      It’s not impossible but very tight. I recommend you to ask your friend to drop you off 20 minutes before the departure time.

      There are some lockers in Asahikawa station. All lockers are located outside the ticket gate at north side walkway.


      Takeshi /

  5. Dear friend,
    You have helped me a great deal in the past and I am heading back to Japan soon! This time we will spend time in Kyushu and then on the Kii peninsula. We want to travel by train from Hakata to Wakayama stopping in Okayama on the way. The plan is Hakata to Okayama 26th March and then Okayama to Wakayama 28th March. While we are staying in Okayama we would want to visit places around there, probably Kurashiki and out to Bitchu Takahashi, or over to Naoshima and maybe Takamatsu…
    Would it be best to buy a JR Sanyo San’in area pass or just buy tickets as we need them? We would of course like to travel on Shinkansen wherever possible.
    Would we be able to use JR pass for the trips out of Okayama too?
    Your advice would be great for us again!
    regards Kathy

    1. Hi Kathy,

      You can use Sanyo Sanin Area Pass for your trip. It covers Kurashiki, Bitchu Takahashi, Takamatsu. And when you go to Naoshima, you can get Uno. After Uno, you will take a ferry but this is not covered.

      You can take the Shinkansen all the way to Shin-Osaka from Hakata via Okayama. For the trip to Okayama, you can take the Limited Express Kuroshio.


      Takeshi /

  6. Hi Takeshi san!

    I am travelling to Tokyo this mid-April for 8 days.
    This is my first time using the JR east pass (Tohoku). I understand that I can use this pass on any 5 days within the 14 day period. I will be based in Tokyo and am planning to use them on:

    1. Narita to city
    2. City to Aizu-wakamatsu & Ouchijuku (2way)
    3. City to Nikko (2way)
    4. City to Takasaki & Kawagoe (2way)
    5. City to Narita

    Are these day-trips feasible? Is the JR east pass worthwhile? Should I put in more day trips? Will be glad to hear any input/suggestions you might have for me!

    Cheers! (:


    1. Hi Ting san,

      You may use JR East Pass Tohoku. But I recommend you to use other deal.
      For Narita to/from, there are several deals which includes Tokyo-Narita round trip + Tokyo subway pass. Please see the link below:

      You can use Tokyo Wide Pass for 3 days.

      Aizu Wakamatsu and Yunokami Onsen (Ouchijuku) are not in the coverage area. But even if you use JR East Pass, you have to pay for Aizu-Wakamatsu to Yunokami Onsen. You can get Kinugawa onsen by Tokyo Wide Pass. You may add the fare for Kinugawa Onsen – Yunokami Onsen – Aizu Wakamatsu.

      I had very similar trip before. Please see the link below to find more info:


      Takeshi /

      1. Thanks for the advice! I went through the other option you provided and worked out my itinerary:

        Day 1 to 3 NIKKO ALL AREA PASS

        Day 4 to 6 TOKYO WIDE PASS

        Day 7 to 8
        Relax in the city

        Since I need to go to Asakusa from Narita for the ride up to Kinugawaonsen, I don’t think I can make use of Narita Express or Keisei Liner.

        These are not necessarily the cheapest options to get to the airport, right?

        Would love to hear any comments you might have. Thanks.

        1. Hi Ting,

          You don’t need any passes and just pay as you go from Narita to Asakusa. Some of Keisei trains go directly to Asakusa from Narita.

          For Nikko, Ouchijuku, Kinugawa onsen and Aizu Wakamatsu, you can use Yuttari Aizu Tobu Free Pass. This is valid for 5 days and it covers all places from day 1 to 3. The price is 7,260 yen. It does not include limited express surcharge. Please add if you take it. This deal is not shown in Tobu Railway English site. I put Japanese link. Please use some translation service to see this page.

          You can purchase this at Tobu Railway Asakusa station.


          Takeshi /

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