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  1. Dear Takeshi san
    Thank you for the informative site.
    My family (parents and 1 teen) will be in Japan during the Olympics and we hope to go to Izu peninsula.
    Wed – Yokohoma to Enoshima
    Wed – Enoshima/Fujisawa to Ito (overnight Ito)
    Thu – Explore Ito (Jogazaki coast, Omuro volcano cone, maybe Shimoda)
    Fri – explore Ito (morning) – back to Tokyo by afternoon
    Is it worth to take Tokyo Wide Pass or buy individual ticket or rental car is better?

    Domo domo arigatou

    1. Hi April san,

      You may use Tokyo Wide Pass. You can get the worth of it. But you have to add the fare to get Enoshima. You will take Eno-den train there. It is not covered by Tokyo Wide Pass.

      If you can drive, rental car may be better idea. It is more flexible especially in Izu Peninsula. But you want to take a train, Tokyo Wide Pass is a good choice anyway.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi san
    I have a question about train from Toyama to Tateyama in the morning hours. In Hyperdia I see several lines:
    1. LTD. EXP TATEYAMA 1
    2. Toyama Chiho Railway Fujikoshi/Kamidaki Line for IWAKURAJI plus Toyama Chiho Railway Tateyama Line for TATEYAMA
    3. Toyama Chiho Railway Tateyama Line for TATEYAMA
    4. LTD. EXP TATEYAMA 1
    Is anyone of them covered by JR pass?
    Thank you very much
    Igal

  3. Hello Takeshi-san
    I am planning two weeks vacation from April 14 to April 27. Here is my itinerary:
    14 April – landing at Osaka, going to Kyotu
    15, 16 – Kyoto
    17 – Miyajima island – one full day, no sleeping, back to Kyoto on the same day
    18 – travel to Takayama
    19 – travel to Toyama
    20 – doing Alpen route, sleep in Matsumoto
    21, 22 – travel to Hakone
    23 – 26 – Tokyo
    I want to ask your kind advice about the transportation:
    1. I was thinking about JR pass for 7 days for April 17 – 23. Is it a right choice?
    2. in the Hyperdia, it’s hard to understand which trains are covered by JR pass and which are not covered. How can I know that?
    3. What’s the recommended travel pass in Tokyo for 3 days?
    Thank you very much
    Igal

    1. Hi Igal san,

      1. It’s the right choice. You may use Kansai one pass and Haruka for 14th to 16th:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/icoca-and-haruka-ticket-very-flexible-and-good-deal-for-tourist-who-stay-in-kansai.html

      You also have to add Tateyama Kurobe option ticket and Hakone Free Pass:
      http://www.jrtateyama.com/e/
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html

      2. Basically your long distance train rides are covered by JR Pass, such as Kyoto-Hiroshima-Miyajimaguchi-Miyajima, Kyoto to Takayama, Takayama to Toyama, Shinano-Omachi to Matsumoto, Matsumoto to Tokyo to Odawara, and Odawara to Tokyo.

      By the way, when you go to Hakone from Tokyo, you have to go to Tokyo and then proceed to Odawara. This is the shortest route to get Hakone from Matsumoto. You may purchase Hakone Free Pass at Odawara.

      When you check the timetable at hyperdia, you may uncheck “Private Railway”. There are some exceptions but you can find the train route which is covered by JR Pass. When you check the timetable for Miyajima, you also need to uncheck “Nozomi, Mizuho, Hayabusa” too. Nozomi and Mizuho runs on this segment and these are not covered by JR Pass.

      3. Tokyo Subway Ticket is most convenient deal:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/compare-many-discount-tickets-and-passes-for-sightseeing-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-right-tickets.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi Takeshi
    I will be like travel on 11/02/2020 Tuesday, so please kindly confirm the train availability timings.

    Best regards

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        I would really like your help with the train and which would be more cost effective my myself, my husband, 15 year old daughter and 3 year old son.
        This will be our itinerary
        3 nights Tokyo 29Apr-1 May
        2 nights Hakone 2-3 May
        4 nights Kyoto 4-7 May
        3 nights Hiroshima 8-10 May
        2 nights Osaka 11-12 May
        1 night Tokyo 13 May
        Thank you!

        1. Hi Xavier,

          JR pass 14-day is the best one for you:
          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

          There are only adult and child (6-11 years old). There is no student price. So you have to buy an adult pass for 15 years old daughter. For 3 years old son, it is free of charge if one of you share the seat with him. If you want one seat for him, you have to buy a child rate pass even his is 3 years old.

          By the way, you can use 14-day pass for the last 14 days of your trip. You can find other deal which include airport to downtown Tokyo and Tokyo Subway ticke. Please see the link below to find the deal:
          https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/haneda/how-to-access-from-haneda-airport-to-downtown-tokyo.html
          https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/narita/the-list-of-deals-for-access-to-downtown-tokyo-from-narita-airport.html

          And Hakone is not covered by JR pass. You can get Odawara by JR pass and you may buy Hakone Free Pass at Odawara. Please see the link below:
          https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html

          You may take JR local train in downtown Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. Please find the detailed info in the links below:
          https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/best-way-efficient-how-much-can-we-use-japan-rail-pass-in-downtown-tokyo.html
          https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-use-japan-rail-pass-in-downtown-osaka.html
          https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-use-japan-rail-pass-in-kyoto.html

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Thank you so much Takeshi!!!
            You have made our travel arrangements so much easier and for that I am very grateful.

            Kind regards,
            Xavier

  5. Hello Takeshi-san,
    I am planning a 15 day trip to Tohoku in early April. I would like to use the JR East Nagano/Niigata pass to visit Nikko, Niigata, and Tsuruoka, then the JR East Tohoku pass to visit the rest of the area (Akita, Hirosaki, etc). Is it possible to have both passes at the same time (using 3 days of the Niigata pass before the Tohoku Pass outside the Niigata area)? Can I exchange for both at the same time in Tokyo but with different start dates, even though those dates will overlap?

    Thank you for your advice.

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