JR East Pass Nagano Niigata user guide. Flex 5-day pass in 14 days period to cover Nagano, Niigata, Tokyo and surrounding area.

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Zenko-ji temple in Nagano (left) and Yuzawa Onsen in Niigata (right)  (C) Nagano Prefecture / JNTO
Zenko-ji temple in Nagano (left) and Yuzawa Onsen in Niigata (right) (C) Nagano Prefecture / JNTO

There are two kinds of JR East Pass, Nagano Niigata and Tohoku. In this post, I would like to explain about JR East Pass Nagano Niigata in this post.

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Prices and valid period

Validity periodPurchase outside Japan
or online
Purchase inside Japan
Adult
12 years and older
17,310 yen18,330 yen
Child
6 to 11 years old
8,650 yen9,160 yen

*Child who is 5 years old and younger is free but you have to share the seat with child. If you want to have a seat for child too, you have to purchase child pass for even younger than 5 years old.

This pass is FLEX type pass. You can pick any 5 days to use in 14 days period. This is same type of pass as current JR East Pass. 14 days period is counted from the day of purchase.

One day means midnight to midnight, technically 0:00 to 23:59. Even if you start using the pass at 23:00. you will spend one full day for just one hour. So try to start in the morning. It does not make sense to start to use in the evening.

How to buy JR East Pass Nagano Niigata

You may buy it online at ACP Rail. ACP Rail is the official retailer of JR East:

JR East Pass online purchasing at ACP Rail

Coverage Area

Matsumoto castle is one of four castles which have the original tower.
Matsumoto castle is one of four castles which have the original tower.

This pass covers all JR trains in Kanto area, such as Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Yamanashi, Gumma, Ibaragi and Tochigi, and Niigata and Nagano area. And the pass also cover some places in Shizuoka, such as Izu peninsula.

This pass covers the following major spots in the area.

  • Nikko
  • Odawara (Gate station to Hakone)
  • Izu peninsula (Atami, Ito, Shimoda)
  • Katsuta (Gate station to Hitachi Seaside Park)
  • Karuizawa
  • Kusatsu
  • Kamakura
  • Kawagoe
  • Echigo-Yuzawa, Gala Yuzawa
  • Niigata
  • Nagano
  • Hakuba
  • Shinano-Omachi
  • Matsumoto
  • Niigata

This deal does not cover any places in Tohoku region, such as Sendai, Akita, Aomori. Those places are covered by another new JR East Pass “Tohoku”.

Nikko to Echigo-Yuzawa/Gala-Yuzawa on the list above are covered by Tokyo Wide Pass as well. You may compare this pass and Tokyo Wide Pass if you visit these places only.

JR East official site – Tokyo Wide Pass

I will tell you the coverage railways at next chapter.

Valid trains and lines

JR deals covers basically JR trains only. Non JR railway’s train and subway are not covered. But JR East Pass Nagano Niigata covers many “NON JR” railway trains. The following railways are NON JR companies but these are covered by JR East Pass Nagano Niigata.

  • Tokyo Monorail (Haneda-Airport – Hamamatsucho)
  • Izu Kyuko Line (Ito – Izukyu-Shimoda)
  • Hokuetsu Express Line (Muikamachi – Saigata)
  • Echigo Tokimeki Railway (Arai – Naoetsu)
  • Limited Express Nikko, Spacia Nikko, Kinugawa, and Spacia Kinugawa (Shinjuku – Tobu-Nikko / Kinugawa-Onsen)
  • Tobu Railway local trains and rapid trains (Shimo-imaichi – Tobu-Nikko/Kinugawa-Onsen)

Those covered trains are the benefit of this deal. Japan Rail Pass (a.k.a. JR Pass) covers only Tokyo Monorail. However other JR deal, Tokyo Wide Pass covers more.

When you go to Nikko, JR East Pass Nagano Niigata covers the direct limited express train from Shinjuku to Nikko or Kinugawa-Onsen but Japan Rail Pass does not. This is one of the benefits of this rail pass. Please see the post below to learn about this train:

However this deal does not cover Fujikyu Railway to get Kawaguchiko from Otsuki. Tokyo Wide Pass covers this railway. It gives you the access to get Lake Kawaguchi without any extra charge. If you want to get Lake Kawaguchi by this deal, you need to pay extra for Otsuki to Kawaguchiko on Fuji Kyuko line.

Tokaido Shinkansen
The segment of Tokaido Shinkansen between Tokyo and Atami is in the coverage area of this pass. But this pass does not cover this Shinkansen line because this does not belong to JR East but JR Central.

JR East Pass Nagano Niigata does not cover Tokaido Shinkansen. Even if you want to use this Shinkansen in JR East area, like Tokyo to Atami or Tokyo to Odawara, this pass does not cover at all because Tokaido Shinkansen is not operated by JR East but JR Central. When you want to get Odawara (Hakone) or Atami, your choice is a rapid train or the Limited Express Odoriko. These trains are covered by JR East Pass Nagano Niigata.

Compare single fare and JR East Pass Nagano Niigata

When you think about purchasing this deal, you have to make sure that you can get the worth of this pass or not. I show you some sample fares.
*All rates are based on the base fare andthe reserved seat limited express supplement in the regular season.

Trip to Nikko or Kinugawa-Onsen from Shinjuku or Ikebukuro by direct limited express train, Nikko or Kinugawa

Total fare is 4,000 yen for one way to either Nikko or Kinugawa-Onsen.

Trip to Nikko from Tokyo by Shinkansen and local train

If you stay at east side of Tokyo, like Shinagawa, Tokyo, Ueno, this route may be faster than direct express from Shinjuku.
Total fare is 5,580 yen for one way.

Trip to Otsuki from Shinjuku by Limited Epxress Azusa or Kaiji

Total fares are 2,770 yen from Shinjuku for one way.

Trip to Matsumoto from Shinjuku by Limited Epxress Azusa or Kaiji

Total fares are 6,900 yen from Shinjuku for one way.

Trip to Gala Yuzawa from Tokyo by Shinkansen

Total fare is 6,870 yen for one way.

Trip to Odawara, Atami or Izukyu-Shimoda from Tokyo by limited express train, Odoriko or Super View Odoriko

Total fare is 2,940 yen to Odawara for one way by Odoriko and 3,190 yen for one way by Super View Odoriko.
Total fare is 3,800 yen to Atami for one way by Odoriko and 4,180 yen for one way by Super View Odoriko.
Total fare is 6,260 yen to Izukyu-Shimoda for one way by Odoriko and 6,640 yen for one way by Super View Odoriko.

Trip to Karuizawa from Tokyo by Shinkansen

Total fare is 5,910 yen for one way.

Trip to Nagano from Tokyo by Shinkansen

Total fare is 8,200 yen for one way.

Trip to Niigata from Tokyo by Shinkansen

Total fare is 10,570 yen for one way.

Trip between Narita Airport and Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku or Yokohama

Total fares are 3,020 yen for Tokyo, 3,190 yen for Shinagawa or Shinjuku, and 4,290 yen for Yokohama.

Trip between Haneda Airport and Hamamatsucho by Tokyo Monorail

Single fare is 490 yen for one way.

Fares in downtown Tokyo

You can take any local trains, like Yamanote line, Chuo line, Keiyo line by this pass. But the fares in downtown Tokyo is quite reasonable. If you take a local train from Tokyo to Shinjuku, the fare is 200 yen. When you calculate the fares and compare this pass and single fare, you can ignore the fares in downtown Tokyo. It does not help to get worth very much.

Compare JR East Pass Nagano Niigata and Tokyo Wide Pass

I have compared these two deals in this post above. Because Tokyo Wide Pass is cheaper but shorter valid period and a bit smaller coverage area. Now I would like to compare these two passes by the trains and the areas.

DestinationJR East Pass
Niigata and Nagano
Tokyo Wide Pass
JR trains in
downtown Tokyo
YesYes
Narita airportYesYes
NikkoYesYes
KaruizawaYesYes
Gala YuzawaYesYes
KusatsuYesYes
KamakuraYesYes
YokohamaYesYes
NiigataYesNo
NaganoYesNo
MatsumotoYesNo
HakubaYesNo
Shinano-OmachiYesNo
Nozawa-OnsenYesNo
Joetsu-MyokoYesNo
Katsuta
nearest station to
Hitachi Seaside Park
YesYes
Tobu railway of Shinjuku to Nikko
or Kinugawa-Onsen
YesYes
Fuji Kyuko railway
to Lake Kawaguchi
NoYes
Izu Kyuko railway
to Ito, Shimoda
YesYes
Tokyo Monorail
to/from Haneda airport
YesYes
Tokyo Rinkai line
to Odaiba
NoYes
Hokuetsu Express lineYesNo
Echigo Tokimeki Railway

 

YesNo

Both passes do not cover the subway, non JR trains other than the companies on the list above. And both pass do not cover outside Kanto and JR East area, such as Hokkaido, Tohoku region, Toyama, Kanazawa, Takayama, Shirakawago, Nagano, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Hiroshima, Shikoku and Kyushu. But you can access to Takayama, Shin-Hotaka, Kamikochi from Matsumoto by bus. And also you can access to Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route from either Shinano-Omachi or Nagano. But the pass does not cover any transportation on Alpine Route and any bus services to Takayama, Kamikochi and Shin-Hotaka.

Assessment

Tokyo Wide pass is sold at 10,000 yen for 3 days. JR East Pass Nagano Niigata is sold at 17,000 yen for any 5 days in 14 days period. JR East Pass Nagano Niigata gives you 2 more days and a bit wider coverage area than Tokyo Wide Pass. If you visit Niigata or/and Nagano area, this pass will be recommended. Otherwise Tokyo Wide Pass is enough for you. If you want to have bigger coverage area, consider to use JR pass or Hokuriku Arch Pass.

I hope you have found that this deal suits your trip plan or not. Enjoy your trip.

Comments

  1. Christy says:

    Hello, Takeshi-san. It seems I need another help with my trip. So, in my earlier post, you suggest me to buy a 3 days Kansai Thru Pass for sightseeing in Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe area. Turns out I can’t buy them because the redemption point is at Osaka, while my Kansai journey starts from Kyoto.

    Below, I’ll tell you the details of my Kansai trip:
    Day 9: Arashiyama – Kinkakuji – Gion – Kiyomizudera – go to Osaka start from Kawaramachi station – arrived at Namba area
    Day 10: Nara (Nara Deer Park, Todaiji Temple) – Osaka Castle – Tenjinbashisuji – Sakai – Shinsaibashi
    Day 11: USJ – Shinsekai
    Day 12: Kobe (Nankinmachi, Nunobiki Herb Garden, Kitano) – back to Namba to go to Kansai Airport

    Currently, I think of buying 1 day Kyoto subway pass and 2 days Kansai Thru Pass (so I can redeem them at Osaka and use it for day 10 and 12). My concerns are:
    1. Is my choice of pass already correct? Is it worth it to buy both of them to explore the above areas?

    2. Can the Kyoto Subway Pass cover my trip to Osaka? If not, can I use Suica to pay for the trip or do I need to buy single trip ticket?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. alice liew says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I am going to Japan during the Golden Week (poor planning), my main idea was to see the flowers in Hitachi Seaside Park, the wisteria in Ashikaga, the zhibasakura in Mt Fuji.
    My itinerary as follows:-
    April 26- 28 in Tokyo
    April 29 Day Trip to Nagano and Karuizawa
    April 30 Day Trip to Hitachi Seaside Park
    May 1 Day Trip to Ashikaga
    May 2 Overnight Trip to Matsumoto
    May 3 From Matsumoto to Mt Fuji.
    May 4 Back to Tokyo
    May 5 Holiday End

    Based on my itinerary, I intend to get the JR East Pass (Nagano, Niigata) taking shinkansen and trains from Ueno JR station. Are all the train ride for this sector covered by the Pass? I know I have to pay extra for Otsuki to Kawagaguchiko and the return express bus to Shinjuku.
    Looking forward to hear from U. Thank You

  3. Nic says:

    Hi、I would like to know what is the route from tokyo to snow monkey、snow monkey to hakuba、hakuba to niigata、niigata to tokyo. Please advise on change of route if the above takes too many transfers as I have 2 kids.
    I would like to take the special art train or a wide view train if possible.
    Thank you.

  4. Ramon Jorge says:

    Hello Takeshi-san,
    How do I use the JR east Nagano Niigita If I plan to go to:
    Gotemba Premium Outlet
    Hakone
    Madarao

    Thank you,

    Ram

  5. Yuvi says:

    Hi,Takeshi

    I’m planning to visit odaiba, In hyperdia shows there are direct train from shinjuku to tokyo teleport using jr saikyo line. Can i use my jr east pass for the entire trip from shinjuku to tokyo teleport or i can only use the pass until osaki?

    Thank u in advance.

  6. Johannes says:

    Hi Takeshi,
    I would like to ask you
    this is my itinerary (my planning is around mid april)
    Day 1-4: osaka-kyoto
    Day 5:tokyo – gala yuzawa
    Day 6: tokyo – nikko
    Day 7: tokyo- tateyama alpine
    Day 8: kawaguchi, festival shibazakura
    day 9: tokyo – haneda
    which one is better for me to use for tokyo trip? JR east pass nagano nigata or tokyo wide pass regarding single ticket outside JR pass?
    thanks alot

    • Hi Johannes,

      JR East Pass is the best choice. But even if you use this pass and if you want to go through Alpine route, you have to add a fare for Toyama-Joetsumyoko. A base fare and a Shinkansen ticket are around 5,000 yen.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Evon says:

    Hi Takeshi,
    Would like to seek your advice. We will be buying the Takayama Hokuriku pass. On Day 5, we will travel from Kanazawa to Nagano. The Takayama Hokuriku pass will only cover from Kanazawa to Toyama. I’m looking at getting the JR East Pass Niigata and Nagano for the rest of our trip in Nagano. Would like to find out if

    1) I could combine both passes (Takayama Hkuriku pass and JR East Niigata Nagano) for journey from Kanazawa to Nagano and pay for the segment from Toyama to Joetsu Myoko which is not covered?

    2) Do I have to break the journey up or can it be a seamless trip from Kanazawa to Nagano?

    Many thanks for your advice!

    • Hi Evon,

      1. That’s right.

      2. If you get all passes and tickets for Toyama to Joetsu-Myoko, you can get Nagano from Kanazawa directly. However you can exchange or purchase a pass in JR East area only. I don’t think you will be JR East area before you reach Nagano. That means you cannot get JR East Pass before you get Nagano, and you have to pay for Toyama to Nagano.
      http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/eastpass_n/index.html

      So you will purchase Toyama to Nagano ticket at Kanazawa station or you can get it earlier before you reach Kanazawa at other major JR stations. And you will purchase or exchange JR East Pass at Nagano and start using it.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      • Evon says:

        Hi Takeshi-san,

        I’m so glad I sought your advice! I overlooked the part about exchanging the order for the JR East Pass at Nagano, so I can’t use it for that part of the trip.

        Now I need to relook to see what other passes I can use. My itinerary to be covered under the Takayama Hokuriku pass over 5 days is as follows :

        Day 1 Nagoya to Takayama
        Day 2 Takayama to Kanazawa
        Day 3 Kanazawa to Shirakawago (return trip)
        Day 4 Kanazawa sightseeing (so pass not used)
        Day 5 Kanazawa to Nagano (only Kanazawa to Toyama is covered)

        Looking for a pass to cover the rest of the trip

        Day 6 Nagano / Snow Monkey
        Day 7 Nagano to Karuizawa
        Day 8 Karuizawa
        Day 9 Karuizawa
        Day 10 Karuizawa to Tokyo

        I’ve considered a 7-day JR pass to cover for Days 1-7 but the trips do not cover the cost of the pass. I thought the JR East Pass could be useful but I guess not 🙁
        So would appreciate your advice.
        ありがとうございます !

  8. Christy says:

    Hello Takeshi-san.

    I need your help on guiding which rail passes should I buy for my next trip to Japan in February. Also there are other questions which might not related to passes. I apologized for long post ahead since I piled up some questions before decided to post.

    So far, this is my current itinerary:
    Day 1: Arrived in Sapporo
    Day 2: Sapporo – Asahikawa – Sapporo
    Day 3: Sapporo – Otaru – Sapporo – Tokyo(by plane)
    Day 4: Inner Tokyo (for example: Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza, etc)
    Day 5: Some Inner Tokyo area and outer Tokyo (Yokohama in morning, Odaiba at night)
    Day 6: Leaving Tokyo – Matsumoto – Yudanaka Onsen – Takayama
    Day 7: Takayama – Shirakawago – Hirayu Onsen – Takayama
    Day 8: Leaving Takayama – Kyoto – Uji – Kyoto (planning to visit Kiyomizudera)
    Day 9: Kyoto (Arashiyama, Kinkakuji temple, Fushimi Inari) – Osaka(by train)
    Day 10: Half Day trip to Nara (Deer Park, Todaiji temple) – Osaka (planning to visit Osaka Castle, Shinsaibashi, Sakai, Tenjinbashisuji)
    Day 11: Universal Studio – Shinsaibashi/Kuromon Ichiba
    Day 12: Half Day trip to Kobe (Meriken Park, Nankinmachi, Kitano, Nunobiki Herb garden, and if possible Nada Sake Breweries & Mount Rokko) – Osaka – departure to Kansai Airport

    As for accomodation location (I’ll just mention the nearest station):
    1. Sapporo (Hosui Susukino)
    2. Tokyo (Hikawadai)
    3. Takayama (Takayama)
    4. Kyoto (Kawaramachi)
    5. Osaka (Namba)

    My questions:
    1. I already plan to buy 7-days JR Pass for day 2 until day 8. Which pass should I buy for the rest of my trip? or do you have better suggestion?

    2. I have a friend who will join me from day 5 to day 10. I initially thought to buy her 7-days JR Pass also, but lately I’ve been thinking is there any pass that would be suitable for her with cheaper price than JR Pass? But the consequence is if that pass is not JR type, then we might not be able to take same trains or she might end up paying more than me. Can you give me solution to my problem? Should I just stick to buy her 7-days JR Pass?

    3. Regarding IC cards. I plan to buy Suica initially. But I got confused when I read the IC card article here which stated “If you use IC card, you must complete your trip in same coverage area from departure to arrival”. If you look at my current itinerary, can you point if there’s problem related to the quoted line? Cause I can’t imagine if I need to buy different IC cards for each area

    4. If I use any of the passes, is the fare already include reserve seat fee? How many days in advance can I book for the seat? And also, is bus ride included?

    5. Which type of train that allow passenger to eat food inside?

    6. If I check the train schedule for certain route, but it is still for, let’s say 6 months in advance, will it stay the same til my departure date?

    7. Do you have any suggestion on where to temporarily store my large luggage in Sapporo area beside the coin lockers in station?

    8. I arrived at Tokyo Haneda airport from Chitose airport. Is 30 minutes gap enough to get into train station to city? With the fact that I need to wait for my luggage coming out from the plane

    9. On the first day, I land at Haneda then I need to transfer plane to go to Sapporo. Do I need to transfer from international terminal to domestic? If yes, will 1.5 hours gap be enough?

    10. Just want to confirm if the above route is already okay. Though I can’t really change much since hotels already booked

    Currently this is all I want to ask. Looking forward to your reply. Cheers!

    • Christy Wijaya says:

      Hello Takeshi-san.

      Sorry to bother you, but do you mind replying to my questions in this post?

      Cheers.

      • Hi Christy san,

        Sorry for making you wait. I remembered this inquiry and I wrote a reply but it’s not shown. I probably forgot to submit it. Please find the answers as follows:

        My questions:
        1. I already plan to buy 7-days JR Pass for day 2 until day 8. Which pass should I buy for the rest of my trip? or do you have better suggestion?

        A) Use a regular fare ticket on day 1 and 11. Kansai thru pass 3 days is recommended for day 9, 10 and 12.
        https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-use-kansai-thru-pass-compare-pass-and-single-fare.html

        2. I have a friend who will join me from day 5 to day 10. I initially thought to buy her 7-days JR Pass also, but lately I’ve been thinking is there any pass that would be suitable for her with cheaper price than JR Pass? But the consequence is if that pass is not JR type, then we might not be able to take same trains or she might end up paying more than me. Can you give me solution to my problem? Should I just stick to buy her 7-days JR Pass?

        A) Unfortunately your friend cannot get the worth of JR pass. And also you will use Kansai thru pass for day 9, 10 and 12. Kansai thru pass covers other than JR and JR pass covers only JR. If your friend use JR Pass, you and your friend cannot travel together. Regular fare ticket is better choice for her.

        3. Regarding IC cards. I plan to buy Suica initially. But I got confused when I read the IC card article here which stated “If you use IC card, you must complete your trip in same coverage area from departure to arrival”. If you look at my current itinerary, can you point if there’s problem related to the quoted line? Cause I can’t imagine if I need to buy different IC cards for each area

        A) You can use any cards in any areas. It means you cannot travel one area to other area, such as Tokyo to Osaka. As long as you use a card in the cities, it’s no problem. But you may not have many chances to use IC card. I think you don’t really required.

        4. If I use any of the passes, is the fare already include reserve seat fee? How many days in advance can I book for the seat? And also, is bus ride included?

        A) Yes. You can book anytime after you exchange the pass. Bus is not covered.

        5. Which type of train that allow passenger to eat food inside?

        A) Technically you can bring food in any trains. But usually only long distance train, such as Shinkansen, Limited Express train accept it. If you bring some food in a short distance train, such as Namba to Nara, a train is a commute train. You may need to stand up. There is no tables. So when you take train with a reserved seat, you can bring it.

        6. If I check the train schedule for certain route, but it is still for, let’s say 6 months in advance, will it stay the same til my departure date?

        A) It may be different slightly. But it’s not a big change. You can use a current timetable to make your plan.

        7. Do you have any suggestion on where to temporarily store my large luggage in Sapporo area beside the coin lockers in station?

        A) Only coin lockers are available. In some peak seasons, temporally luggage storage may be opened, such as snow festival period. But I cannot confirm it.

        8. I arrived at Tokyo Haneda airport from Chitose airport. Is 30 minutes gap enough to get into train station to city? With the fact that I need to wait for my luggage coming out from the plane

        A) Maybe. It depends on the arrival gate. If your flight arrives at the end of terminal, you have to walk more. And if the ticket counter or vending machine is crowded, you have to spend 5 to 10 minutes. So it’s hard to say but 30 minutes is not a plenty of the time.

        9. On the first day, I land at Haneda then I need to transfer plane to go to Sapporo. Do I need to transfer from international terminal to domestic? If yes, will 1.5 hours gap be enough?

        A) Yes. You have to go through immigration, custom, baggage pick up and then you have to check in your luggage again. As long as your flight will arrive on time, it will be fine. But if it’s delayed, it may be challenging.

        10. Just want to confirm if the above route is already okay. Though I can’t really change much since hotels already booked

        A) I recommend you to switch Kiyomizudera and Fushimi. Fushimi is located on the way to Uji.

        Cheers,

        Takeshi / JPRail.com

        • Christy says:

          Hello Takeshi-san.

          Sorry it took me long time to say thank you for your answers earlier as I only have time now to look at my itinerary again. Currently, I have some new questions. Would be glad if u can also help me with it.

          1. Can you check for me if it is true or not that the earliest train from Takayama station to Kyoto station on Feb 17th is at 4.44 am? Cause I have a slight argument with my friend. She claimed that the earliest train is around 6.30 am, since she asked from JR station staff when she went there 2 weeks earlier. On the other hand, I’ve checked Google map, Hyperdia, Japan Official Travel App which stated there are train to Kyoto at 4.44 am. I need to know which one is true since 2 hour difference will end up affecting my whole itinerary for that day

          2. If I check on a train timetable, and it says it is a JR train with no Reserve/ Unreserve seat option, will I still eligible to use JR pass on it? And do I just show my pass to the gate staff?

          3. If a certain route is a combination of JR and non JR train, and I happen to have a certain pass, maybe like a Kansai thru pass or Kyoto subway pass (which is not eligible for JR trains), do I need to tap on again when I change train?

          Looking forward to your reply. Thanks!

          • Hi Christy san,

            1. You win. 4:44 departure is the earliest one. I have checked the timetable at JR Central official website. You can get Gifu by this train at 7:34 am. Hyperdia shows train from Takayama to Minoota and Minoota to Gifu separately. But this train goes to Gifu directly.

            2. You can take this train by JR pass. But this train is a local commuter’s train. The seat cannot be reserved. You may have to stand up if it’s full. But I don’t think it happens because it’s very early morning train.

            3. It depends on the situation. In some cases, you have to exit and reenter.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

  9. Grace says:

    Hello Takeshi

    I plan to visit Shizuoka. Can I use the pass to take
    Shinjuku – Odawara by ODAKYU LTD. EXP. HAKONE 53 reserved

    and buy single ticket unreserved from Odawara – Shizuoka ?
    Is this the cheapest way to do this ? I need to reach Shizuoka by 12 noon.

    Many thanks
    Grace

  10. Michael Knight says:

    Hi Takeshi,
    I would like to hear your advice on whether should we buy JR pass Nagano – Niigata or JR pass for our 11 day in Japan.
    Our itinerary as follows :
    8 Nov : Arrive in Tokyo (from Narita airport)
    9 Nov : Odaiba & Tokyo tower
    10 Nov : Disneyland
    11 Nov : Akihabara
    12 Nov : Travel to Tateyama
    13 Nov : Kamikochi
    14 Nov : Shirakawago
    15 Nov : Snow Monkey
    16 Nov : Travel back to Tokyo
    17 Nov : Nikko
    18 Nov : Ginza
    19 Nov : Travel to Narita Airport

    Thank you ! 🙂