Sample itinerary Tokyo to Osaka one way trip with Alpine route, Takayama, Shirakawago, Hiroshima, Osaka and Kyoto 9 days by JR Pass 7 days

Kurobe dam (C) Nagano Prefecture/JNTO

I would like to show you 9 days sample itinerary which includes very popular places with Tokyo to Osaka one way trip. The basic plan is Tokyo arrival and Osaka departure. I show you how to convert the reverse plan, Osaka arrival and Tokyo departure. And also you may find the way to change Tokyo arrival/departure and Osaka arrival/departure.

This itinerary has been created by timetable in March, 2018. If you try to do this plan, please check the updated timetable before you go.

Day 1 Narita or Haneda to Tokyo

Do not start using JR pass until you leave Tokyo. There are so many deals available which includes airport access and Tokyo subway pass. You may find the deal in the links below:


e.g. Narita airport arrival, Shinjuku stay
Tokyo Subway 24-hour Ticket + One-way Limousine Bus Ticket from Narita Airport at 3,400 yen for adult (1,700 yen for child)

You can use subway pass portion on day 2.

Day 2 Tokyo

Enjoy sightseeing in downtown Tokyo by Tokyo Subway Ticket. Tokyo subway system covers most part of downtown Tokyo

Please find the information about Tokyo train network in the link below:

Day 3 Tokyo to Nagano to Toyama

The new fleet, E7/ W7 series run on Hokuriku Shinkansen.

You will start using JR pass on this day. And also you have to purchase Tateyama Kurobe option ticket before you go. This ticket covers all part of trip from Nagano to Toyama via Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. I recommend you to purchase this in advance because you will leave Tokyo in early morning.

On this day, take early morning Shinkansen to Nagano and travel to Toyama via Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. I show you a sample trip plan below.

Sample trip plan
Tokyo 07:20 (Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki 503) 08:45 Nagano
Nagano 09:00 (Express Bus) 10:45 Ogizawa
Ogizawa 11:00 (Kanden Tunnel Trolley Bus) 11:16 Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam (walk 15-20 minutes) Kurobeko
Kurobeko 12:00 (Kurobe Cable Car) 12:05 Kurobedaira
Kurobedaira 12:20 (Tateyama Ropeway) 12:27 Daikanbo
Daikanbo 13:00 (Tateyama Tunnel Trolley Bus) 13:10 Murodo
*Lunch and walk at Murodo
Murodo 15:40 (Tateyama Highland Bus) 16:30 Bijodaira
Bijodaira 16:40 (Tateyama Ceble Car) 16:47 Tateyama
Tateyama 17:30 (Toyama Chiho Railway) 18:37 Toyama

In Nagano station, transfer time is only 15 minutes. It is tight but you can make it. Please find the information about Nagano station in the link below. You can find the direction to get the bus stop.

You cannot reserve a seat on this express bus. However usually this bus picks up all passengers in Nagano station. You can use Tateyama Kurobe option ticket from this point. You do not need to exchange the pass. You can show your ticket to bus driver when you are on board.

Inside of Ogizawa terminal

At Ogizawa, you will have 15 minutes only too. At this point, you have to go to the window and show your Tateyama Kurobe option ticket. And you will be assigned which trolley bus you will be on. You may not be able to take 11:00 departure. In this season’s schedule, next one is 11:30 departure. If you take this, your time in Murodo will be 30 minutes shorter. But you will still have 2 hours. If you think, it is too late to eat lunch, you can have a lunch time in Kurobe Dam or Kurobedaira. Kurobedaira station offers dining space too.

I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this itinerary is made by the timetable when I wrote this post. Please find the updated timetable in the links below before you go.

Hokuriku Shinkansen (Tokyo to Nagano)
Express bus and Alpine route (Nagano to Toyama)

I traveled on Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route from Toyama to Nagano in summer, 2017. Please find the trip report in the link below:

Visiting Snow Monkey Park – winter substitute plan

Monkeys enjoy natural hot springs in Snow Monkey Park.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is closed from December to mid April. If you want to use this sample itinerary for your trip in winter period, you can visit Snow Monkey Park instead of Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Please see the below to find the sample trip plan to Snow Monkey Park.

Sample trip plan
Tokyo 08:36 (Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki 505) 10:01 Nagano
Nagano 10:15 (Express Bus) 10:57 Snow Monkey Park
Walk to Snow Monkey Park
Snow Monkey Park 14:05 (Express Bus) 15:00 Nagano
Visit Zenkoji temple in Nagano
Nagano 17:48 (Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki 511) 18:35 Toyama

Please read the following my trip report to learn more about trip to Snow Monkey Park.

JR pass does not cover any transports to Snow Monkey Park from Nagano. As I mentioned in the trip report, Snow Monkey Pass is recommended.

Day 4 Toyama to Takayama and day trip to Shirakawago

Very popular scene of Shirakawago from Tenshukaku view point

On this day, you will move to Takayama from Toyama, and visit Shirakawago. But there are three choices to get Takayama and Shirakawago. You will take Nohi bus and/or Kaetsuno bus. JR Pass does not cover these bus lines. Please learn more in the link below:

Option 1, Round trip to Shirakawago from Takayama

This is the simplest plan. You will take Limited Express Wide View Hida to Takayama and drop off your luggage at the place to stay. And then take Nohi bus to Shirakawago.

Sample trip plan
Toyama 08:00 (Limited Express Wide View Hida 6) 09:31 Takayama 10:50 (Nohi bus) 11:40 Shirakawago 16:15 (Nohi bus) 17:20 Takayama

Option 2, Visit Shirakawago directly from Toyama

You will take Nohi bus from Toyama and get Shirakawago directly. This trip makes extra time in Shirakawago or Takayama.

Sample trip plan
Toyama 08:50 (Nohi bus) 10:10 Shirakawago 14:35 (Nohi bus) 15:25 Takayama

Option 3, Gokayama and Shirakawago

You will get Takaoka first and catch World Heritage Bus to get Ainokura, Suganuma area. These places are located on the way to Shirakawago from Takaoka. You will drop by Shirakawago. You will visit all part of World Heritage site. After visiting all places, you will go to Takayama.

Sample trip plan
Toyama (Ainokaze Toyama Railway local train) Takaoka 08:10 (Kaetsuno bus) 09:28 Ainokura 10:38 (Kaetsuno bus) 10:53 Suganuma 11:43 (Kaetsuno bus) 12:20 Shirakawago 16:15 (Nohi bus) 17:20 Takayama

I visited Shirakawago in 2016 winter. Please see the link below to find my trip report.

Day 5 Takayama to Osaka

Preserved path in Takayama. It is very popular tourist district in Takayama.

You may stay in Takayama until lunch time. After lunch time, take Limited Express Wide View Hida to Nagoya and change to Shinkansen to Shin-Osaka.

Sample trip plan
Takayama 13:29 (Limited Express Wide View Hida 12) 16:04 Nagoya 16:19 (Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 517) 17:26 Shin-Osaka

You can stay anywhere in downtown Osaka. If you have no idea about the place to stay, Shin-Osaka is recommended. Shin-Osaka is not located in downtown core of Osaka. But it is only one station away from Umeda (JR Osaka station) by JR local train. Shin-Osaka is connected with Namba by Osaka Metro Midousuji line. Please learn more about Osaka’s train system in the link below:

Day 6 Osaka to Kyoto to Osaka

Torii gates in Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto
Torii gates in Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto

You can visit Arashiyama, Nijo, Fushimi Inari shrine and Uji by JR pass. But you need to pay extra fare or buy day pass to get other places, such as Gion by bus and subway. Please see the links below to find the detailed information in the following links:

Guide to take trains in Kyoto. How to choose the best route by train to get the major spots?
How to choose the best train pass for sightseeing in Kyoto

I show you one day sample itinerary in Kyoto. This includes most of big names in Kyoto, such as Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari, Kiyomizu-dera and Gion.

Sample itinerary
Shin-Osaka 08:16 (Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 512) 08:32 Kyoto 08:48 (local train) 09:03 Sagaarashiyama

Sagaarashiyama station is located in Arashiyama. It is not located in the center of Arashiyama but you can walk to most of places in Arashiyama. You have 4 hours for sightseeing and lunch in Arahsiyama.

Sagaarashiyama 13:08 (local) 13:24 Kyoto 13:37 (local) 13:42 Inari
After Arashiyama, proceed to Fushimi Inari shrine. Inari station is located just in front of Fushimi Inari shrine.

Fushimiinari 15:08 (Keihan Railway / 210 yen extra) 15:14 Kiyomizu-Gojo (Walk 1.7 km / 20 minutes) Kiyomizu-dera temple
Even if you take a bus from Kiyomizu-Gojo station, you need to walk about 1 km. There is no buses to get Kiyomizu-dera directly. If you do not walk or travel with senior, do not hesitate to take a taxi. It costs less than 1,000 yen.

Kiyomizu-dera temple (walk about 2km) Gion
There are sightseeing spots, like Sanneizaka, Ninenzaka, Yasaka no Tou (pagoda) between Kiyomizu-dera and Gion. I highly recommend you to walk to Gion.

In my estimation, you stay in Kiyomizu-dera about 1 hour (15:45 to 16:45) and spend 2 hours from Kiyomizu-dera to Gion. If you want to visit more temples from Kiyomizu-dera to Gion, I recommend you to shorten the time in Arashiyama or start your trip earlier. Some of temples are closed by 17:00. You should leave Arashiyama by 12:00 and make one extra hour after Kiyomizu-dera.

Gion (city bus 15 to 20 minutes ride / 230 yen extra) Kyoto

You can take Shinkansen, Limited Express Haruka or Special Rapid. Even though Special Rapid is a sort commute train, it takes less than 30 minutes from Kyoto to Shin-Osaka. Of course you can take Shinkansen in 10 minutes from Kyoto to Shin-Osaka.

Day 7 Osaka to Hiroshima/Miyajima to Osaka

One of well known places in Japan, World Heritage Site, Miyajima Itsukushima shrine. ©Hiroshima Prefecture / ©JNTO

Please access the link below. You can get all information about day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima:

Day 8 Osaka

You can use JR pass to take JR local train to visit many places in downtown Osaka. Please see the link below to find the coverage of JR pass in Osaka:

You may add other deal, such as Osaka amazing pass if you visit many sightseeing spots. Please learn more in the link below:

Day 9 Osaka to Kansai

You can take Limited Express Haruka from Shin-Osaka. If you stay in other place, you may catch Limited Express Haruka at Tennoji too.

Cost breakdown

Exact cost is varied by the choice of deals and routes. These following costs are rough estimation.

Limousine bus (from Narita airport) and 24 hours Tokyo Subway Pass deal – 3,400 yen
JR Pass (Japan Rail Pass) 7 days – 29,110 yen
Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket – 9,000 yen
Nohi bus round trip between Shirakawago and Takayama – 4,420 yen
Keihan railway from Fushimi-Inari to Kiyomizu-Gojo – 210 yen
Kyoto city bus from Gion to Kyoto station – 230 yen
Total 46,360 yen

By the way, JR Pass 7 days covers the following trips.
Tokyo to Nagano one way trip by Hokuriku Shinkansen – 7,990 yen
Toyama to Takayama one way trip by Limited Express Wide View Hida – 3,360 yen
Takayama to Shin-Osaka via Nagoya one way trip by Limited Express Wide View Hida and Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari – 10,600 yen
Shin-Osaka to Saga-Arashiyama by Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari and local train – 3,090 yen
Saga-Arashiyama to Inari by local train – 240 yen
Kyoto to Shin-Osaka round trip by Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari – 2,810 yen
Shin-Osaka to Miyajimaguchi one way trip by Sanyo Shinkansen Sakura and local train – 10,550 yen
Miyajimaguchi to Miyajima return by ferry – 360 yen
Miyajimaguchi to Hiroshima one way trip by local train – 410 yen
Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka one way trip by Sanyo Shinkansen Sakura – 10,230 yen
Shin-Osaka to Kansai airport by Limited Express Haruka – 2,850 yen

It costs 52,490 yen if you do not use JR pass. JR Pass 7 days is 29,100 yen. You can save more than 23,000 yen.

If you want to do Osaka in and Tokyo out

In this case, do not use JR pass for the first 2 days. There are lots of deals for Kansai airport to Osaka and sightseeing in Osaka. Please see the link below:


You can use JR Pass from day 3 and it will cover until you get Narita or Haneda.

This is just a sample itinerary. You can arrange or make some changes, whichever you like. I hope this sample itinerary will give you some thoughts to build your trip plan.

22 thoughts on “Sample itinerary Tokyo to Osaka one way trip with Alpine route, Takayama, Shirakawago, Hiroshima, Osaka and Kyoto 9 days by JR Pass 7 days”

  1. Hi Takeshi san,

    May I please have your advice/suggestions on my forthcoming visit to Japan from 16th November to 29th November 2018. It is my intention to get a 7-day JR Pass together with some other transportation arrangements for the duration of my trip. Here is a draft itinerary:-

    Day 1 (16/11) Arrv KIX at about 5pm. Taking the train to Kyoto.
    Day 2 (17/11) Kyoto
    Day 3 (18/11) Kyoto
    Day 4 (19/11) Kyoto
    Day 5 (20/11) Kyoto to Osaka
    Day 6 (21/11) Osaka to Hiroshima/Miyajima (Start using JR Pass)
    Day 7 (22/11) Hiroshima to Okayama (worth visiting?)
    Day 8 (23/11) Okayama to Osaka
    Day 9 (24/11) Osaka to Takayama/Shirakawago (Nite in Takayama?)
    Day 10 (25/11) Takayama to Tokyo
    Day 11 (26/11) Tokyo (May be Yokohama or Kamakura)
    Day 12 (27/11) Tokyo to Kusatsu Onsen
    Day 13 (28/11) Lake Kawaguchiko (Separate ticket)
    Day 14 (29/11) Depart either from Narita or Haneda. Flight departs 11pm.

    Is my itinerary too rush? Just want to make full use of the 7-day Pass!! I am actually not too sure of the Shirakawago and Takayama part – a little confused on how best to travel from Osaka (to Kanazawa first?) to these places and finally to Tokyo.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    1. Hi Nee Juan san,

      Your itinerary is okay. The way of using JR Pass is good. You will make a big saving.

      Okayama is nice city. But Kurashiki is more recommended. It’s just a few stations away from Okayama.
      https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5750.html

      You can stay overnight in Okayama and make a small trip to Kurashiki.

      You can access to Shirakawago from Takayama. Kanazawa is okay if you want to visit Kanazawa. Otherwise Takayama is your base to visit Shirakawago.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hello Takeshi San,

    We are visiting Toyama, Alpine Route and Tokyo during the 2nd week of June. We have some questions about the travel passes and local transportation. Our itinerary is :

    Day 1 : Arrive at Narita Airport from Malaysia at 07:40am
    a) from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station by NEX express
    b) from Tokyo Station to Toyama by Hokuriku Shinkansen
    Question : Is it necessary to reserve seats for (b)? If so, how?

    Day 2 : Toyama, Shrikawago, Kanazawa
    a) from Toyama to Shirakawago by Nohi Bus
    b) from Shirakawago to Kanazawa by Nohi Bus.
    Already purchased bus tickets from JTB Malaysia.
    c) from Kanazawa to Toyama by Hokuriku Shinkansen

    Day 3 : Toyama, Unazuki Onsen and Kurobe Gorge
    a) from Toyama to Kurobe Unazukionsen Station by Hokuriku Shinkansen.
    b) Take the Toyama Chiho Railway from Shin-Kurobe Station (across the street from Kurobe Unazukionsen Station) to Unzauki Onsen
    c) Visit Kurobe Gorge
    d) Return to Toyama in the late afternoon or evening

    Day 4 : Alpine Route (Part 1)
    Stay overnight at Hotel Tateyama

    Day 5 : Alpine Route (Part 2) & Omachi Onsenkyo
    a) Complete the Alpine Route along the way down to Ogizawa
    b) from Ogizawa Station to Omachi Onsenkyo by Alpico Bus
    Question : Is (b) covered by Alpico Bus covered by the Tateyama Route Option Ticket?

    Day 6 : Omachi Onsenkyo, Ogizawa and Tokyo
    a) from Omachi Onsenkyo to Omachi Shinano by Alpico Bus
    b) from Omachi Shinano to Nagano JR Station by Alpico Bus
    Question : Are both (a) & (b) covered by Alpico Bus covered by the Tetayama Route Option Ticket?
    c) from Nagano to Tokyo by Hokuriku Shinkansen.

    Day 7 : Tokyo
    Day 8 : Depart from Narita Airpor for Kuala Lumpur

    Question : Will the 7-Day Hokuriku Arch Pass be the best option for the above itinerary?

    Thank you very much.

    Penny Lee
    from Malaysia

    1. Hi Penny san,

      First of all, Hokuriku arch pass and Tateyama Kurobe option ticket are the best choice.

      All trips from day 1 to 7 other than Nohi bus trip and Toyama Chiho Railway are covered by these two passes.

      Reservation is required to take the fastest Hokuriku Shinkansen train “Kagayaki”. You have to book a seat when you exchange Hokuriku arch pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Dear Takeshi San,

    Your post on this website is very helpful, we are a group of 6 people (4A and 2C) visiting Japan in June. My itinerary is as follows, please could you help which passes should I purchase and the most economical.

    15th June
    Arriving Tokyo Narita Airport , checking in Centurion Hotel Grand Akasaka Mitsuke Station

    16th June
    Site seeing in Tokyo city

    17th June
    Tokyo Disneyland

    18th June
    Mt.Fuji, Hakone, and Gotemba premium outlet, pls can you suggest how we should plan this route…We want to visit Gotemba PO and return back to our Tokyo hotel

    19th June
    Alpine Route, stay at Takayama or Kanazawa

    20th June
    explore Kanazawa in the morning and Shirkawago village , leave for Kyoto

    21st June
    Kyoto Site seeing

    22nd/23rd June
    Osaka, Hiroshima and Nara

    24th June
    Depart from Osaka Airport

    Your expert opinion in this regards will be much appreciated.

    1. Hi Murtuza san,

      You may use JR pass 7 days for the last 7 days. There are lots of dealfor Narita airport access and subway pass. Please see the link below to find more info:
      https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/airport_bus/index.html

      You can find the info about day trip to Fuji in the links 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
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Dear Takeshi,

    We will be in Japan in November. We are flying into Narita Airport and intend to do the full Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route from Tokyo. We would like to see the Snow Wall, Kurobe dam, Kurobedaira, Daikanbo, Murodo and the Mikurigaike pond. Can you advise the best/most economical way to do the full route from Tokyo, and from the Alpine route back to Tokyo? Can you share if we can buy passes for a round trip? Is 2 full days sufficient? We do not intend to purchase a Jr Rail Pass as it is too expensive. Thank you for your advice.

    1. Hi Charlene,

      Please see the link below. You may find the day trip itinerary from Tokyo.
      https://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/sample-itinerary-of-day-trip-to-kurobe-tateyama-alpine-route-from-tokyo.html

      It is day trip itinerary but you can spend two days. You also find the info about the deal.

      Actually November is winter season in Tateyama Kurobe alpine route. Please do not expect fall scenery there. I think it will be snow up there.
      Snow Wall cannot be seen in fall/early winter. It can be seen from April to June. Alpine route is open until the end of November but please keep it in your mind. If you go there, prepare winter clothing. Snow boots is suggested.
      https://www.alpen-route.com/en/about/climate.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi Takeshi,

    I’m planning my trip to japan next year in sakura season and already booked our tickets. Problem is we bought Osaka in and Osaka out since it is the cheapest flight option in Malaysia. But we planned on touring Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and planning to slip in Hakone as well.

    1. Do you think the above is possible to cover in 9 days? since I still haven’t figure out the places location.

    2. Should we purchase the all JR pass 7 days/regional pass or would it not be economical to purchase it at all? told my friend we should probably buy it, but she disagrees. If you can please help me break down the costs. Thank you thank you!

    Thank you very much, this blog saved lots of confused people. Hope you have good blissful days.

    1. Hi Ainni,

      1. Yes, you can. Kyoto and Nara can be done as day trip from Osaka. Of course you can stay in each cities. But if you want to minimize to move with luggage, just make day trips to Kyoto and Nara from Osaka.

      Hakone can be squeezed easily between Tokyo and Osaka. 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

      2. You should have JR Pass 7 days. 7 days pass price is almost equal to Tokyo-Osaka round trip by Shinkansen.
      You may use it for Osaka-Tokyo-Hakone-Osaka, and day trip to Kyoto and Nara. You may not use it for sightseeing in Osaka. There are lots of local deals available:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. Hello Takeshi,

    Its my first time to Japan and my hubby and I planning to Japan this year Nov.

    Places are Tokyo, hakone, Osaka and Okinawa.

    I will skip kyoto( I know its along the way but this round we want to give it a miss)

    Do you have any advise how should I plan my route?(I know Okinawa is via domestic flight). After seeing your posts, JR pass is not wise for my route right?

    Will you be able to share with me how do I go about for Tokyo, hakone, Osaka and okinawa(sequence is I stated is flexible)

    Appreciate if you could email your advise to me.

    Thank you
    Kathryn

      1. Hello Takeshi San,

        I have read thru your info. I am much clearer now but may I double check my understanding/confusion:

        1) will be taking romance car from Shinjuku station. Hence am I right to say I will have to proceed to Odakyu sightseeing service centre West exit to buy the Hakone free pass Odawara departure and also Romance car ticket(add on limited express surcharge) all can be done at the Odakyu sightseeing service center at Shinjuku station correct?

        2) Any suggestion do we buy online before reach Japan or I should buy once I reach Japan? Dont intend to buy on the day of departure as worry not available.

        3) Pardon my silly question. Romance car depart from Shinjuku station and arrive directly to Hakone Yumoto station? Then from there i can proceed to all the tourist destinationsuch as taking train to Gora station, cable car or ropeway etc correct?

        4) Since I am skipping Kyoto and following your guide(very helpful indeed), hence after Hakone, am I right to say I should proceed to Odawara Station Or Hakone Yumoto station to take a bullet train(Shinkansen) to Shin Osaka?

        5) Am I allow to buy the 1 way bullet train ticket to Shin Osaka on the day of departure?

        6) Last question, any suggestion which type bullet train from Hakone to Osaka(or only has 1 type)

        My apology for the list of questions and pardon me if they sound stupid.. After reading your info shared with me I am having clearer picture But certain part i am kind of confused still.

        Thank You
        Kathryn

        1. Hi Kathryn san,

          1,2. That’s right. But you can book Romancecar ticket online.
          https://www.odakyu.jp/english/romancecar/

          3. Yes.

          4. You cannot take Shinkansen at Hakone-Yumoto. You must go to Odawara.

          5. You can do if you want. But I recommend you to purchase and book it in advance. You can book Shinkansen ticket at any major JR station. In Tokyo, you can book and purchase it at most of JR station, such as Shinjuku.

          6. I gave the link below in the previous reply.
          https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html

          Please see the chapter of “Tokyo to/from Nagoya, Kyoto or Shin-Osaka with stop at Odawara or Mishima by JR pass” in this link. You can learn about it there.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Hi Takeshi,

    We are a party of 4 people. Is it worth it to buy the 7- day JR pass for the following trips?
    Flying into Narita Airport to Tokyo
    Tokyo (2 days) ->Hakone (stay 1 day and leave to Osaka)
    Osaka (3 days with side trips to Kyoto (maybe Kobe), then I will be flying from KIX airport.

    Thank You. Have a great day!

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        I am still confused about going to Hakone part. If I want to get to my hotel by 4pm, is getting the Hakone Free Pass still worth it since I will be traveling to my hotel by bus. However I might not have time to be traveling around or explore the area. From Hakone, do I purchase the JR nozomi train? Since its the fastest? Sorry for all the questions!

        1. Hi Gloria,

          As long as you will travel whole part of Hakone, Hakone Free Pass is required. It offers a good value for even day trip. It doesn’t matter you will use it on arrival day. Hakone Free Pass is available from 2 days as you know.

          You can purchase Nozomi ticket in advance when you are in Tokyo. You can purchase it in Odawara station too.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

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