Sample itinerary of day trip to Kanazawa and Shirakawago from Tokyo

Higashichayagai area is one of most popular spots in Kanazawa. (C) Kanazawa City / JNTO
Higashichayagai area is one of most popular spots in Kanazawa. (C) Kanazawa City / JNTO

I have just written about day trip to Kanazawa and Shirakawago from Osaka and Kyoto on the previous post. Some readers have asked me day trip to Kanazawa from Tokyo. Thanks Hokuriku Shikansen. It reduce drastically the trip time to Kanazawa from Tokyo. Now you can do day trip to Kanazawa from Tokyo easily.

I would like to show you the sample itinerary of day trip to Kanazawa and Shirakawago in this post.

From Tokyo to Kanazawa

The new fleet, E6 / W6 series run on Hokuriku Shinkansen.
The new fleet, E6 / W6 series run on Hokuriku Shinkansen.

Tokyo 6:16 – (Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki 501) – Kanazawa 8:46
Tokyo 7:20 – (Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki 503) – Kanazawa 9:54

I recommend you to see Kanazawa first. Because the next bus leave for Shirakawago at 10:50.

Nohi Bus timetable (Kanazawa – Shirakawago)

Even if you take the earliest train, Kagayaki 501, you have only two hours. I thing even two hours is not enough to see Kanazawa. You can spend whole morning in Kanazawa and take a bus to Shirakawago after lunch time.

Return trip to Shirakawago

World Heritage Site, Shirakawago (C)Akimasa Yuasa / JNTO
World Heritage Site, Shirakawago (C)Akimasa Yuasa / JNTO

Kanazawa 13:15 – (Nohi Bus) – Shirakawago 14:30
Shirakawago 17:30 – (Nohi Bus) – Kanazawa 18:45

As you see Nohi Bus timetable, 17:30 is the last bus to go back to Kanazawa. You have three hours in Shirakawago. The next bus to Shirakawago after 13:15 is 14:40 departure from Kanazawa and arrival Shirakawago at 16:05. I think this is too late to arrive Shirakawago. You have less than 1.5 hour. It is too short to see Shirakawago.

Go back to Osaka or Kyoto from Kanazawa

Kanazawa station was renovated before Hokuriku Shinkansen opened.
Kanazawa station was renovated before Hokuriku Shinkansen opened.

There are two runs of Hokuriku Shinkansen from Kanazwa to Tokyo after coming back from Shirakawago.

Kanazawa 19:39 – (Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki 516) – Tokyo 22:12
Kanazawa 21:00 – (Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki 518) – Tokyo 23:32

So if you want to eat dinner in the restaurant, you can take the last Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki 518. You will have two hours. There are many restaurants in Kanazawa station building.

If you want to go back to Osaka or Kyoto as soon as possible, take earlier departure Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki at 19:39. You can grab some foods at Kanazawa station and eat on board. On board sales is available on the train. But the price of on board sales is mostly higher than than shops at the station.

Suggested deal

Hokuriku Arch Pass is most affordable deal. It is cheaper than round trip fare by Hokuriku Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kanazawa. Please see the link below to find the information about this pass:

Tokyo-Osaka Hokuriku Arch Pass user guide. Clarify valid trains, coverage area and compare single fare and pass.

But you need to add single fare to get the bus to Shirakawago.

Japan Rail Pass is also recommended. Round trip fare by Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kanazawa is almost same as 7 days JR Pass price. Even if it does not cover bus to Shirakawago, Japan Rail Pass still work for this trip.

Nohi Bus to Shirakawago is not covered by either Hokuriku arch pass or JR pass. The extra fare is 3,290 yen for return.

Japan Rail Pass user Guide. How to use JR Pass to it’s maximum.

Don’t forget to check the timetable before you go

The above sample itinerary is built by timetable of September 2015. When you use this sample itinerary, please check the updated timetable.

Hyperdia (check the train timetable)
Nohi bus (check the bus timetable)

229 thoughts on “Sample itinerary of day trip to Kanazawa and Shirakawago from Tokyo”

  1. Takeshi san, I’ll be travelling with my parents next year April 9th-19th. Will travel by flight to Haneda and reach by 9th evening from there planning to stay at a nearby hotel to Tokyo station. So my itinerary is messed up at this point since want to cover too many spots at once. But a somewhat rough itinerary:
    Day 1 & 2(9th and 10th): Tokyo local sightseeing
    Day 3(11th): Daytrip to Hakone from Tokyo

    In the rest of the days want to squeeze 2 days Kyoto, 1 day hectic Osaka trip(not planning to stay in Osaka), Himeji, Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Hiroshima and Miyazaki, Chichibu garden/Kawachi Fujien wisteria/Hitachi seaside(which would be best?), Tateyama Alpine route,Koyasan/Kawaguchiko.
    Want to use 7 day JR Pass as much as we can. Please suggest the most optimal plan. Don’t mind a slightly hectic schedule.

    1. Hi Lina san,

      It is very hard to cover the place on your wishlist in 7 days period. You will spend 3 of 7 days in Osaka and Kyoto. You also have to spend one day to visit Koyasan from either Kyoto or Osaka. Hiroshima is 2 hours away from Kyoto. You have to spend at least one day there. You may be able to drop by Himeji on the way to Hiroshima. And Miyazaki is quite far. It takes 6.5 hours from Osaka and 5 hours from Hiroshima. You will spend 2 days to visit Miyazaki at least. Now you spend all 7 days but you still have Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Alpine route, Kawaguchiko, and one of the garden.

      In my opinion, Miyazaki is the biggest issue to complete your trip. If you give up there, your trip will be slightly easier but it’s still tight.

      I have never been to Chichibu garden. I cannot comment about it. Kawachi Fujien is nice but it’s 2 hours away from Hiroshima. Hitachi Seaside Park is easier to squeeze.

      And Kawaguchiko should be combined with Hakone. If you are okay with very tight schedule, you can make Kawaguchiko and Hakone in one day:
      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

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Thanks for replying, Takeshi san!
        It seems like I mistyped Miyazaki for Miyajima! I dont plan on visiting Miyazaki at all…I kept Koyasan or Kawaguchiko as an option as I plan to visit only one of them. I feel like its better to leave Kawaguchi lake since Hakone and the lake in one day seems very tiring to me. I want you to recommend the order in which I could visit the various places from Day 4 onwards after Hakone on day 3?
        Should I start with Kyoto from 4th day? Please tell me in what order could I visit these places. Also JR pass and what other pass/cards you recommend to purchase to economize the trip?

        1. Hi Lina san,

          You can use one of my sample itineraries.
          https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/sample-itinerary-tokyo-to-osaka-one-way-trip-with-alpine-route-takayama-shirakawago-hiroshima-osaka-and-kyoto-9-days-by-jr-pass-7-days.html

          You may add Koyasan when you are in Osaka or Kyoto. Osaka is closer to Koyasan than Kyoto. I recommend you to stay in Osaka as well.

          The day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima is in the sample but you can stay there if you want. Himeji can be squeezed between Osaka and Hiroshima as I mentioned.

          You may add Tokyo Wide Pass for Lake Kawaguchi and Hitachi Seaside Park:
          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

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. It was such a well planned out sample itinerary but I want Hakone to be included in the trip. Mr. Takeshi, I want to consult with you a rough itinerary I have planned so please tell if its alright.
            Day 1 &2- Tokyo local sightseeing with 2 day Subway pass.
            Day 3- Hakone day trip where I start using JR Pass
            Day 4- Tokyo to Kanazawa to Shirakawago then back to Kanazawa and take shinkansen to reach Kyoto at night
            Day 5 &6- Kyoto sightseeing on both days and leave for Osaka on day 6
            Day 7- Hiroshima Miyajima day trip from Osaka
            Day 8- Osaka tour and take Sunrise Seto to Tokyo
            Day 9- Tokyo to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route
            I have flight on day 10 morning at 9am Haneda airport. I wonder if I’ll get worth of the 7 day JR Pass.
            Please tell me how I can squeeze Himeji between Osaka and Hiroshima in my plan? Also any way to include Hitachi seaside park OR Koyasan in this plan?

            1. Hi Lina san,

              You mentioned that day 1 is 9th in the first reply. But in this trip plan, day 1 is 10th and day 10 is 19th. So you have just 9 days to make trips.
              If so, I don’t think you can add any more places. You need to one full day to visit Koyasan from Osaka. You also need one full day to visit Hitachi Seaside Park. So you have to give up one day in Tokyo and/or Kyoto. Otherwise you cannot make it.

              It is hard to squeeze Himeji in the day trip to Himeji. If you stay in Hiroshima, you can do but it is too much to squeeze into the day trip plan. If you really want to go there, spend half day to visit Himeji and half day in Osaka. This is only realistic way.

              You can get the worth of 7-day JR pass easily. Actually the worth is more than 14-day pass even though you don’t need to use it.

              Cheers,

              Takeshi / JPRail.com

              1. You are right, Takeshi san. It seems I miscalculated the trip days in my first message. Indeed I’ll reach on 9th evening so that day is pretty much a waste.
                So, day 1 starts from next day i.e. 10th
                And return date is indeed 19th morning so I get 10 to 18th April to decide on my itinerary. So I might reduce 1 day Kyoto to accomodate Himeji in one day but that seems too much to do for just Himeji. I heard many people manage to get major spots in Kyoto in just one day! May I replace that 2nd Kyoto day with a trip to Koyasan then if I leave for Osaka one day early?

                Anyways Takeshi san, does my trip plan sound alright? Also, you said in some article that Sunrise Seto has too much rush since its booked one month in advance. So, is there any hope to get Nobi Nobi seats if I book 9 days in advance or is it too risky?

                1. Mr. Takeshi,
                  This would be my last query.
                  I know its a bit of a stretch but by replacing one day in Kyoto is it possible to do Himeji and koyasan in one day from Osaka?? Then that would be the best thing ever! I can stay the night at Koyasan on that day and return to Osaka the next day.
                  Also, just to verify the only passes I book in advance is JR 1 week pass, Subway pass, Hakone free pass, Tateyama Kurobe option ticket and Osaka one day amazing pass since all other trips can be covered by minimal fares.

                  1. Hi Lina,

                    You cannot make Himeji and Koyasan in one day. It is too much and the directions are completely different. Please see my trip report to Koyasan. You can find how much you have to spend to visit there:
                    https://jprail.com/travel-informations/trip-report/2017-fall-mt-koya-and-wakayama/two-days-trip-to-koyasan-mt-koya-and-wakayama-from-osaka-part-1-namba-to-koyasan.html

                    Koyasan is not covered by JR pass. You have to add Koyasan World Heritage Ticket on top of JR pass and other deals which you mentioned.

                    Cheers,

                    Takeshi / JPRail.com

                2. Hi Lisa san,

                  You can add Himeji and Koyasan as you like. You know how busy your trip will be. So that’s okay.

                  I cannot say about Sunrise. Sometimes you can make it in 9 days before and sometimes not. It is gamble anyway. So in case that you cannot make it, you have to prepare the back up plan. If you cannot make it, you have to take the last Shinkansen to Tokyo. It is easy to get a seat on the Shinkansen. And you have to find the accommodation in Tokyo after you arrive in Japan. This is not hard either. But if you don’t want to rearrange your trip after you arrive in Japan, just give up Sunrise and take the Shinkansen to Tokyo and stay there.

                  Cheers,

                  Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    I’m hoping to maximise my 7-day JR pass to cover the following areas and my tentative itinerary for my 11 days trip is as follows:
    Tokyo (use IC card) – 3 nights > Takayama & Shirakawago (activate JR Pass) – 3 nights > Kyoto (to stay 1 night or make day trip from Osaka?) > Osaka (spend remaining nights here) > Haneda Airport (travel direct from Osaka to airport to catch mid-night flight).

    I’ve been doing lots of research from your website and find the info extremely useful. But would appreciate your advice on the following questions:

    #1 – Which is a better way to get to Takayaman/Shirakawago from Tokyo? From Tokyo to Kanazawa, visit Shirakawago first before heading to Takayama? Or from Tokyo to Takayama via Nagoya, then take Nohi bus to Shirakawago for a day trip the next day?

    #2 – I’m trying to minimise the change of hotels and thinking of travelling straight from Takayama to Osaka without overnight stay in Kyoto. Would you advise this? Day trip to Kyoto from Osaka is possible? If so, how do I get from Takayama to Osaka?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Rgds
    Agnes

    1. Hi Agnes,

      1. You can go to Takayama first and then make a day trip to Shirakawago. It is easier and you can get there without luggage.

      2. You can go to Nagoya and then go to Osaka. But there is only one train goes to Osaka directly from Takayama. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-access-to-takayama-by-trains-and-buses.html

      You can make a day trip to Kyoto from Osaka very easily. Many travelers who don’t want to move with luggage do day trip to Kyoto from Osaka.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi Takeshi,

    I am planning to travel to the chubu region from Tokyo for 5 days in April 2019, and final destination is Nagoya. I will fly back home from Nagoya. I am wondering if the national JR pass would cover all the trips or there are other better pass that suit my travel plan. My itinerary is as followed:
    Apr.18 Tokyo-Kanazawa-Himi
    Apr.19 Himi- shirakawa-go-Takayama
    Apr. 20 Takayama-Echizen
    Apr. 21 Echizen-Nagoya
    Would that be too rush or do you think I have enough time?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Minnie,

      JR pass is the best choice to cover your trip.

      Your trip plan is okay. But if you can make small adjustment, it will be easier and more time efficient.

      Apr 19 Tokyo – Echizen
      Apr 20 Echizen – Kanazawa – Himi
      Apr 21 Himi – Shirakawago – Takayama
      Apr 22 Takayama – Nagoya

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi! I’m planning my Japan trip between May 8 and 23.
    Proposed sequence: Tokyo, Shirakawa-go, Hiroshima (including Miajima), Kyoto (including Nara and Osaka), Tokyo.
    I’m worried logistics are too complicated to and from Shirakawa. What do you think?
    Also, I was considering sleeping 2 nights att Shirakawa. But you wrote that 3 hours is enough, so maybe it’s too much?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Ricardo,

      It’s totally up to you. 3 hours is minimum to stay in Shirakawago. If you want to stay more, that’s okay. Especially if you want to visit Suganuma,
      Ainokura, you will spend many more hours. If you arrive in Shirakawago late afternoon, you will spend one full day next day. So 2 night 3 days stay is okay.

      So please make sure what you want to do and where you want to visit there.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Thank you very much!
        I will search about those places and decide.
        And what about going from Shirakawa directly to Hiroshima? Would you recommend to avoid this long trip? Or is it ok?

        1. Hi Ricardo,

          It takes 7-8 hours trip. You have to take an express bus to get Kanazawa, limited express train from Kanazawa to Shin-Osaka, and then Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima. If you are okay with it, you can go to Hiroshima from Shirakawago.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Konichiwa Takeshi
    I am planning to Kanazawa at 9th & 10th March 2019 (Saturday & Sunday)
    Is there any Bus Tour to Shirakawago Village & Takayama Old Town for 1 day from Kanazawa Station?
    Arigatōgozaimasu

  6. Hi Takeshi,
    We plan to visit shirankawago from Kanazawa on 25/01/2019
    We have JR pass,but I don’t think it covers that route.
    Do u think we can just show up and buy the bus tickets for 3 pax on spot from Kanazawa station?
    We tried to book on Japan bus online,but they HV no seats available for 3.
    Pls advise…
    Thank you…

  7. Hello Takeshi,

    Wanted to gather your advice on below;

    On day#9… Google map has suggested as below,
    Kanazawa Station > Shin-Osaka > Shinsaibashi Station > walk 10 minutes to Hotel

    I found that the nearest train station to Hotel is NAGAHORIBASHI so,

    @ SHIN-OSAKA >> SHINSAIBASHI with [OsakaMetro Midosuji Line for TENNOJI] [16 mins]
    @ SHINSAIBASHI >> NAGAHORIBASHI with [OsakaMetro Sakaisuji Line for TAKATSUKISHI] [1 min]
    @ Walk 4 minutes to Hotel.

    Question:
    Given my hotel is Dormy Inn Premium Namba Annex, walking from Shinsaibashi Station with luggage is easier or would you advice having train interchange at Shinsaibashi station then walk from NAGAHORIBASHI station would be better?

    Thank you very much!

    Cheers,
    Terry

      1. Thanks for your suggestion Takeshi!

        Having found the nearest station from my hotel now, I was initially having below plan on last day which heading to Kansai Airport in the early morning…

        @ Walk 15 minutes from Hotel to NAMBA(NANKAI) Station> (Nankai-Limited Express Rapit Alpha @ 34 min) Kansai Airport

        1. I guess it would be easier if I do as below as well?

        @ NAGAHORIBASHI station >> TENGACHAYA Station with [OsakaMetro Sakaisuji Line for TENGACHAYA]
        @ TENGACHAYA Station >> KANSAI AIRPORT with [NANKAI LTD. EXP. RAPIT 3]

        2. If so, is there any Passes I shall buy or just go with Kansai One Pass / ICOCA?
        3. Do you think we should pay for reserve seat? (Being found from Hyperdia that there is reserve seat, so non-reserve seat on ordinary seat would be good for us?) (we plan to depart from NAGAHORIBASHI at 6.49am )

        Thanks again!

        1. Hi Terry,

          It’s same thing as Shinsaibashi or Nagahoribashi choice. If you don’t want to walk for 1km with luggage, Nagahoribashi is better choice.
          If you go to Namba, you can get KIX directly. If you take Nagahoribashi, you have to change trains at Tengachaya. Actually it’s not that hard to change trains at Tengachaya.
          https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/station-information/tengachaya-station-guide-how-to-transfer-among-nankai-railway-and-subway-line.html

          If you take rapi:t from either Namba or Tengachaya, you can use the deal in the link below:
          From Namba
          https://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/webtoku.html
          *You can use this deal from Tengachaya but you have to exchange it at Namba.
          From Tengachaya
          https://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/tokuwari.html
          *The price is higher but you can buy this at Tengachaya station on the spot.

          If you do not take rapi:t, you will take a rapid train. It’s a sort of commute train. You may need to stand up in the train.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hi Takeshi,

    Me and my friends will be travelling to Japan on end of December and need your expertise advice on following draft plan. Could you also suggest the passes that we shall get and there are some questions inline just thought if you could help with 🙂

    Arrival: Kansai Airport, 31st Dec 2018 (05:40)
    Departure: Kansai Airport, 11th Jan 2019 (09:55)

    Kyoto Hotel: 3 minutes walk to kawaramachi Station

    Day#1:
    ~ Kansai Airpot > Kyoto [ Haruka + ICOCA ? ]
    [ Question: Which options below would you suggest? ]
    > Limousine:
    Option#1: Kansai Airport > ( ¥2550 @ 1 hour 44 min) Shio Omiya > walk 2 minutes to Omiya Station > ( ¥150 @ 5 mins) Kawaramachi Station > walk 3 minutes to Hotel
    Option#2: Kansai Airport > ( ¥2550 @ 1 hour 44 min) Shijo Karasuma > walk 13 minutes to Hotel
    [ Question: Is walking from station with luggage on street to hotel doable and convenience? ]

    > Haruka:
    Option#1: Kansai Airport > ( ¥1600 @ 1 hour 18 min) Kyoto Station > walk 5 minutes to Shiokoji Takakura Bus Stop > (10 minutes) Shijokawaramachi Bus Stop > walk 3 minutest to Hotel
    [ Question: Do we allow taking local buses with luggages? Will that be inconvenience? ]
    Option#2: Kansai Airport > ( ¥1600 @ 1 hour 18 min) Kyoto Station > (¥210 @ 3 min) Shijo > Walk 4 minutes to Karasuma > (¥150 @ 2 min) > ( ¥150 @ 2 mins) Kawaramachi Station > walk 3 minutes to Hotel

    Yasaka Shrine > Chion-in
    [ Question: We are planning to experiencing new year eve in Japan, and searching through, both of the shrine above are near to where we’ll be staying, and I suppose both shrine are nice to be visited during new year eve? Will there be still transport available after 12am midnight in order for us go back to hotel? ]

    Day#2:
    [ Question: Is there any particular places normally Japaneses will go on 1st day of the year? ]
    ~ Kyoto [ Passes? ICOCA? ]
    Morning: (Arashiyama) Togetsukyo Bridge > Tenryuji > Bamboo Forest >Nonomiya Shrine
    Option#1: Kawaramachi Station > (¥150 @ 4 min) Omiya > walk 4 min to Shijo-omiya > (¥220 @ 25 min) Arashiyama
    Going to take Hankyu to Omiya and transfer to Randen as suggested in https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
    Option#2: Kawaramachi Station > (¥220 @ 7 min) Katsura > (7 min) Arashiyama (Hankyu Line)

    Noon: Kinkaku-ji
    Arashiyama (Randen Arashiyama Line) > (¥220 @ 8 min) Katabiranotsuji > (12 min) > Kitanohakubaicho > walk or taking bus to Kinkaku-ji

    Day#3:
    ~ Kyoto [ Kyoto City Bus Pass 1 day? ICOCA? ]
    Kiyomizu-dera > Nineizaka > Sanneizaka > Hōkanji Temple > Ishibei-koj
    – Probably taking bus to Kiyomizu-dera then walking along the places

    Day#4:
    ~ Kyoto > Nara > Kyoto [ KINTETSU RAIL PASS 1day ?]
    Nara Park > Tōdai-ji > Kasuga-taisha > Fushimi Inari

    Day#5:
    ~ Kyoto > Osaka > Kyoto [ Takayama-Hokuriku Pass Day 1 ]
    (Not sure if really want travel to Osaka, just thought to utilize the Takayama-Hokuriku pass)

    Day#6:
    ~ Kyoto > Kanazawa [ Takayama-Hokuriku Pass Day 2 ]
    Walk 4 minutes from Hotel to Shijokawaramachi Bus Stop > (¥230 @ 10 min – Bus. No 205) Shiokoji Takakura Bus Stop > walk 5 minutes to Kyoto Station > (Tayakama-Hokuriku Pass @ 1 hour 16 min – Thunderbird) Kanazawa

    Day#7:
    ~ Kanazawa > Shirakawa-go [ Takayama-Hokuriku Pass Day 3 ]
    Kanazawa Station > (Tayakama-Hokuriku Pass @ 1 hour 18 min – Nohi Bus) Shirakawa-go
    (This is the only day available for a stay in Shirakawa-go and so the itinerary above adjusted due to this.. :-p, will that be crowded? )

    Day#8:
    ~ Shirakawa-go > Takayama > Kanazawa [ Takayama-Hokuriku Pass Day 4 ]
    Morning: Shirakawa-go > (Tayakama-Hokuriku Pass @ 50 min – Nohi Bus) Takayama
    Noon : Takayama > (Tayakama-Hokuriku Pass @ 1 hour 30 min – Hida) Toyama Station > (Tayakama-Hokuriku Pass @ 23 min – Hokuriku-Shinkansen) Kanazawa Station

    Day#9:
    ~ Kanazawa to Osaka [ Tayakama-Hokuriku Pass Day 5 ]
    Option#1 (Google Map): Kanazawa Station > (Tayakama-Hokuriku Pass @ 2 hour 36 minutes – Thunderbird) Shin-Osaka > (¥230 @ 14 min) Shinsaibashi Station > walk 10 minutes to Hotel
    Option#2 (Hyperdia) : Kanazawa Station > (Tayakama-Hokuriku Pass @ 2 hour 33 minutes – Thunderbird) Osaka > Walk 5 minute to UMEDA > (¥230 @ 7 min) Shinsaibashi Station > walk 10 minutes to Hotel
    [ Question: In Hyperdia, there is no route that suggested by google map, should Hyperdia more reliable? ]

    Day#10:
    ~ Osaka [ Osaka Amazing Pass Day 1]
    Osaka Castle > HepFive > Umeda Sky Building > Tennen Onsen Naniwa-no-yu

    Day#11:
    ~ Osaka [ Osaka Amazing Pass Day 2]
    Nifrel > Tsutenkaku Tower > Tempozan Ferris Wheel > Tombori River Cruise

    Day#12:
    ~ Heading to Kansai Airport from Hotel in early morning [ Passes ? ICOCA? ]
    Walk 15 minutes from Hotel to NAMBA(NANKAI) Station> (Nankai-Limited Express Rapit Alpha @ 34 min) Kansai Airport
    [ Question: A bit confused with the Nankai Railway, should I buy any pass when I arrive Kansai Airport on first day or just use ICOCA card instead? ]

    Million THANKS !! 🙂 Do also let me know if anything we shall specially looking at 🙂

    1. Hi Terry,

      Day#1:
      ~ Kansai Airpot > Kyoto [ Haruka + ICOCA ? ]
      [ Question: Which options below would you suggest? ]
      Limousine is better option. It’s not hard to walk for 13 minutes. It’s same as walking on the street in your country. As long as weather is good, it’s okay.
      [ Question: We are planning to experiencing new year eve in Japan, and searching through, both of the shrine above are near to where we’ll be staying, and I suppose both shrine are nice to be visited during new year eve? Will there be still transport available after 12am midnight in order for us go back to hotel? ]

      Train, subway and city bus run all night long. But city bus will be very very crowded. Try to take a train or subway as much as you can.

      Day#9:
      [ Question: In Hyperdia, there is no route that suggested by google map, should Hyperdia more reliable? ]
      You can use Shin-Osaka route. You can change the trains at Osaka/Umeda. But Shin-Osaka is easier.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/station-information/shin-osaka-station-guide-how-to-change-shinkansen-haruka-thunderbird-and-local-train-access-to-osaka-umeda-and-namba.html

      Day#12:
      You may use Kansai one pass instead of purchasing a regular ticket.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Thanks so much in answering my questions Takehshi 🙂

        I’m having further questions after further reading through your details articles 🙂

        1. By reading the “Visit Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe for 5 to 7 days sample itinerary” article at https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/7to9-days/visit-kyoto-osaka-nara-and-kobe-for-5-to-7-days-sample-itinerary.html , the “Day 2 & 3” is somehow more or less same as the places we wanted to go and thought I may make use of “Kyoto City Sightseeing Card 2 days pass” for my “Day 2 & 3” as well, what do you think? I thought wanted to read further on the passes on page, however, the link for the “Kyoto Sightseeing One and Two-day Pass Card” in https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html#Kyoto_Sightseeing_One_and_Two-day_Pass_Card can’t be accessible, I tried to find from google, but I only could see following two links which I’m not sure it’s what the article referring to..
        > https://www.keihan.co.jp/travel/en/tickets/special/
        > https://www.discoverkyoto.com/visitors-guide/day-pass-ticket/

        2. Do you think “KINTETSU RAIL PASS 1day” suitable for our usage on Day#4?

        Thanks again! 🙂

        1. Hi Terry,

          You can use Kyoto sightseeing card 2 days for day 2 and 3. They changed URL. Please see the link below to find the info:
          https://www2.city.kyoto.lg.jp/kotsu/webguide/en/index.html

          Kintetsu rail pass is not recommended because you cannot get Fushimi inari by Kintetsu railway. Just purchasing a regular ticket or using Kansai one pass instead.
          https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/what-is-ic-card-suica-icoca-pasmo-how-to-use-these-cards.html

          In Kyoto, you may use Kansai one pass too. If you take a bus lots and not much subway ride, you can go for one day bus pass in Kyoto and use Kansai one pass instead.

          You might take trains (JR, Keihan, Hankyu, Randen) more than subway in Kyoto but these trains are not covered by Kyoto sightseeing pass. There is no deals available for these trains + bus + subway. Please see the link below to find more info about train system in Kyoto in the link below:
          https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Good that you have pointed out the Kyoto sightseeing card doesn’t cover Hankyu and Randen line which most probably we will be travel with them on Day#2, I wasn’t aware of that, thanks again for the heads up! Which it meant I shouldn’t get Kyoto sightseeing card! Appreciated for that 🙂

              1. Hi Takeshi,

                On our Day#8, we will be travelling from Takayama back to Kanazawa at evening time, looking at the hyperdia, there are two types of Train, i.e. JR Takayama Line and LTD EXP (WIDE VIEW) HIDA, do you know what is the different between them? I’ve bought 5 Days Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass, could I use the pass to ride on LTD EXP (WIDE VIEW) HIDA train? As we probably thinking to taking the train at the time of 17:19 which shall reach INOTANI at 18:14 and taking Hokuriku-Shinkansen to Kanazawa.

                The train timetable that I’m referring:
                http://www.hyperdia.com/en/cgi/en/intervaltime.html?dep_node=TAKAYAMA&arv_node=INOTANI&search_target=intervaltime&diagram=21020&year=2019&month=1&day=7&searchday=20190107

                http://www.hyperdia.com/en/cgi/en/search.html?dep_node=TAKAYAMA&arv_node=KANAZAWA&via_node01=&via_node02=&via_node03=&year=2019&month=01&day=07&hour=17&minute=00&search_type=0&search_way=&transtime=undefined&sort=0&max_route=5&faretype=0&ship=off&lmlimit=null&search_target=route&facility=reserved&sum_target=7

                1. Hi Terry,

                  You may take Limited Express Wide View Hida by Takayama Hokuriku area pass. The other choice is a local commute train. It’s slow and stop at all stations. Wide View Hida has much nicer accommodation and it skips many stations and fast.

                  Cheers,

                  Takeshi / JPRail.com

                  1. Hello Takeshi,
                    Didn’t get email notification and just noticing your reply, just wanted to thanks for confirming about that ! 🙂

  9. Hi Takeshi,

    I am thinking to buy takayama hokuriku tourist pass for my 5 days Nagoya trip.
    Actually, I wish to join the Shirakawa -go light up on 14/1. But could’t get the nohi bus ticket . I am thinking to avoid the crowd in takayama since I can’t join it.
    In your opinion, can advise me which date shall I visit Shirakawa to avoid the crowd for Japan holiday (14/1)…..
    Worry the train too full also …
    My trip is 9/1-19/1 which stay in
    Kyoto 10-12/1, 12/1-13/1 Kanazawa
    13/1-14/1 takayama 14/1-15/1 Nagoya
    15/1-16/1 Kanazawa 16/1-19/1 Osaka
    Thinking to use the 5 days pass from 12-16/1… is that suitable ?

    Please advise …
    Thank you so much ..

    1. Hi Angela,

      I think 15th or 16th is the best day to visit there. 12th and 13th are weekend. 14th is busy even in day time.

      You can use Takayama Hokuriku area pass from 12th to 16th as you think.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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