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

Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto and Osaka are covered by this deal. (C) ©Sue Ann Simon (upper left), Osaka Government Tourism Bureau (lower left), Yasufumi Nish (upper right), Kanazawa City (lower right) and JNTO (all photos)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto and Osaka are covered by this deal. (C) ©Sue Ann Simon (upper left), Osaka Government Tourism Bureau (lower left), Yasufumi Nish (upper right), Kanazawa City (lower right) and JNTO (all photos)

This brand new pass will be released in April, 2016. This pass covers Narita airport, Tokyo, Nagano, Toyama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Kansai airport. It does not cover Tokyo – Osaka/Kyoto via Nagoya direct route by Shinkansen. It is valid for consecutive 7 days. Valid period is same as Japan Rail Pass (a.k.a. JR Pass) 7 days. Price is cheaper than JR Pass 7 days but coverage area is much smaller. Is this a good deal and worth using for Tokyo-Kanazawa-Kyoto-Osaka trip?

In this post, I would like to show you the detail of this pass. And I show you some sample rate and compare the pass value and single fares. You may find this suits your plan or not.

Prices and valid period

Tokyo-Osaka Hokuriku Arch Pass 7 days

Purchase outside Japan or online Purchase inside Japan
Adult 24,000 yen 25,000 yen
(6-11 years old)
12,000 yen 12,500 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 will be available from April 1st, 2016. But I think this pass will be available online in advance at JR East official site and JR West official site.

This pass is valid for 7 days only. There is no Green pass choice.

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.

Coverage area

Coverage map of Tokyo-Osaka Hokuriku Arch Pass (Click to view large)
Coverage map of Tokyo-Osaka Hokuriku Arch Pass (Click to view large)

This pass covers the trip between Narita airport and Kansai airport via Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hokuriku area. This pass covers the following major spots in the area.

  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Kanazawa
  • Toyama
  • Nagano
  • Karuizawa
  • Nara
  • Kobe

The following places are not located in the coverage area. You CANNOT use this pass to access these following places.

It seems to cover whole part of the trip between Tokyo side and Osaka side via Kanazawa and Toyama. But there are some restrictions. Please see next chapter about valid trains.

Valid trains and lines

The press release from JR East and JR West said the following JR trains are covered by this pass.

  • Narita Exress between Narita airport and Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro
    You cannot get Yokohama because it is outside coverage area.
  • Hokuriku Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kanazawa
  • Limited Express Thunderbird between Wakura Onsen, Kanazawa and Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, Osaka
  • Limited Express Haruka between Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, Tennoji and Kansai airport
    But only non reserved seat is covered by this pass.
  • Local and Rapid train in downtown Tokyo area
  • Local, Rapid and Special Rapid train in Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara)
  • Etsumi-Hokusei line between Fukui and Kuzuryuko
  • Nanao line between Tsubata and Nanao
  • Himi line between Takaoka and Himi
  • Johana line between Takaoka and Johana
  • Takayama line between Toyama and Inotani
  • Oito line between Itoigawa and Minami-Otari

I have checked the press release several times. I could not find any other express trains in coverage trains list. But in my understanding, the following express and rapid trains are covered.

  • Rapid Airport Narita between Narita airport and Kinshicho, Tokyo, Shinagawa
  • Limited Express Shirasagi between Kanazawa and Maibara
  • Limited Express Wide View Hida between Toyama and Inotani
  • Limited Express Noto-Kagaribi between Kanazawa and Wakura-Onsen
  • Limited Express Hanayome-Noren between Kanazawa and Wakura-Onsen
  • Limited Express Dinastar between Kanazawa and Fukui

Rapid Airport Narita runs on exactly same route as Narita Express. And if you leave from Narita Express in early morning and late night, you may not be able to take Narita Express. In this case, this rapid train is your choice.

Rapid Airport Narita

The other trains are ordinary limited express trains and run in coverage area. I cannot find any reasons why those trains are not covered. In my opinion, you can take these trains by this pass. But even though Limited Express Shirasagi and Limited Express Wide View Hida are covered, you cannot get Nagoya by Shirasagi and cannot get Takayama by Wide View Hida either. These places are not in coverage area.

JR deals covers basically JR trains only. But Tokyo-Osaka Hokuriku ArchPass covers some “NON JR” railway trains. The following railways are NON JR companies but those are covered by Tokyo Wide Pass.

  • Tokyo Monorail (Haneda-Airport – Hamamatsucho)
  • IR Ishikawa Railway between Kanazawa and Tsubata
  • Ainokaze-Toyama Railway between Toyama and Takaoka
  • Noto Railway between Nanao and Wakura-Onsen

If you arrive in or depart from Haneda airport, trip by Monorail is fully covered by this pass. But the JR ticket service desk is open from 7:45 to 18:30 only.
JR East Travel Service Center Haneda

You may not be able to exchange your pass at Haneda from early arrival and late departure.

You cannot make any stopover when you take IR Ishikawa Railway and Ainokaze-Toyama Railway. These coverage are connecting to Himi line, Johana line and Nanao line from Toyama and Kanazawa for your convenience.

Noto Railway is covered but it is only one station between Nanao and Wakura-Onsen. Many trains run from Kanazawa to Wakura-Onsen via IR Ishikawa Railway, JR Nanao line and Noto Railway. This is reason why this train is.

In Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, subway is not covered by this pass. You have to add single fare or city deal.

Compare many discount tickets and passes for sightseeing Tokyo. How to choose the right tickets?

Kyoto city sight seeing card (subway and bus pass), Kyoto all day bus pass

Osaka city subway deal

Compare single fare and Tokyo-Osaka Hokuriku Arch Pass

When you think about purchasing this deal, you need to know this is paid off in your trip or not. I show you some sample.
*All rates are based on base fare and reserved seat limited express supplement in regular season.

Trip from Narita airport to Kansai airport with stopover at Tokyo, Kanazawa, Shin-Osaka

Actually if you purchase single fare ticket and limited express surcharge ticket for Narita Express (Narita airport to Tokyo), Hokuriku Shinkansen (Tokyo to Kanazawa), Limited Express Thunderbird (Kanazawa to Shin-Osaka) and Limited Express Haruka (Shin-Osaka to Kansai airport), total fare is around 23,000 yen. In this case, you have to purchase surcharge ticket for each segments. But you can use one base fare ticket and make stopovers. The ticket is valid for 6 days.

If you use the pass, you can use JR trains when you are in Tokyo and Osaka. So even though single fare and express surcharge combination is cheaper, pass will be cheaper and will be paid off. But this pass does not give you a big saving for this itinerary.

Trip between Kanazawa and Tokyo by Hokuriku Shinkansen

Total fares is 14,120 yen for one way. If you have round trip between Tokyo and Kanazawa, it is paid off.

Trip between Nagano and Tokyo by Shinkansen

Total fare is 8,200 yen for one way. You need to have some more trips if you want to use this pass.

Trip between Karuizawa and Tokyo by Shinkansen

Total fare is 5,910 yen for one way. This is not enough to use this pass by only this trip.

Trip between Kanazawa and Osaka/Shin-Osaka by Limited Express Thunderbird

Total fare is 7,650 yen for one way. If you will have round trip to Kanazawa from Osaka and do not visit Tokyo, Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass is better choice.
Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass. Perfect deal for the traveller who wants travel to Kansai, Kanazawa and Toyama.

You may think about using Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass if you intend to visit Shirakawago and Takayama too.
Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass. Perfect deal to get Takayama, Kanazawa, Toyama, Shirakawago from Nagoya or Osaka

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

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

Trip between Haneda Airport and Hamamatsucho by Tokyo Monorail

Single fare is 490 yen for one way.

Trip between Kyoto and Osaka/Shin-Osaka by Special Rapid, Rapid or Local

Single fare is 560 yen for one way.

Trip between Kyoto and Nara by Rapid or Local

Single fare is 710 yen for one way.

Trip between Nara and Osaka/Shin-Osaka by Rapid or Local

Single fare is 800 yen for one way.

Trip between Sannomiya (Kobe) and Osaka/Shin-Osaka by Special Rapid, Rapid or Local

Single fare is 410 yen for one way.

Trip between Kyoto and Kansai airport by Limited Express Haruka

Single fare is 2,850 yen for one way. This fare is based on non reserved seat. Because this pass covers only non reserved seat on this train.

Trip between Shin-Osaka and Kansai airport by Limited Express Haruka

Single fare is 2,330 yen for one way. This fare is based on non reserved seat. Because this pass covers only non reserved seat on this train.

Fares in downtown Osaka and Kyoto

You can take any local trains, like Osaka Kanjo line (to Tennoji, Osakajo, JR-Namba), Yumesaki line (USJ), Sagano line (to Arashiyama) by this pass. Fares to take local trains within city is very affordable, such as a few hundred yen. You do not need to think about these costs when you compare the pass and single fare.

Fares in downtown Tokyo

You can take any local trains, like Yamanote line, Chuo 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.


This deal suits the following plan.

  • Narita airport (or Haneda airport) – Tokyo – Kanazawa/Toyama – Tokyo – Narita airport (or Haneda airport)
  • Round trip between Tokyo and Kanazawa
  • Narita airport (or Haneda airport) – Tokyo – Kanazawa/Toyama – Osaka/Kyoto/Nara/Kobe – Kansai airport
  • Narita airport (or Haneda airport) – Tokyo – Kanazawa/Toyama – (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route) – Nagano – Tokyo
    *Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and bus from Shinano-Omachi to Nagano are not covered by this pass.
  • Kansai airport – Osaka/Kyoto/Nara/Kobe – Kanazawa/Toyama – Nagano – Osaka/Kyoto/Kobe/Nara – Kansai airport

Honestly I am not very impressed by this deal because this pass price is not much different from one way transfer from Narita airport to Kansai airport via Hokuriku region. JR pass 7 days is only 29,100 yen and it covers throughout Japan. This pass is 24,000 yen and covers only Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Hokuriku region. Honestly speaking, it is a bit overpriced. But this is the first pass to cover the trip to Kanazawa from Tokyo fully other than JR Pass. It is a good news for the travellers who are looking for the deal to Kanazawa from Tokyo. As you showed above, this deal can be used for visiting Kanazawa, Toyama, Alpine route and Nagano from Tokyo too.

But this pass does not cover other big names, like Fuji, Hakone, Nikko, Himeji, Takayama and Nagoya. You have to be careful when you plan your itinerary by this pass.

You might get bigger savings than that I showed above by this pass. It is cheaper than JR pass anyway. This pass may be considered for your trip.

I hope this post will help you to pick up the right deal for your trip!

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

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    Thank you for taking the time with all of these comments and answering questions. I am headed to Japan from December 29th-January 5th. We are landing in Narita and staying in Tokyo until January 1st. Our trip is currently open after that, looking for recommendations on what rail pass to purchase and where to go- we were looking at the Hokuriku Arch Pass and possibly staying in Kanazawa and Kyoto? Thank you for any suggestions!

    1. Hi Dan,

      Hokuriku arch pass is okay. But if you visit Kyoto after staying in Kanazawa, you need to go back to Kanazawa. There is Kyoto to Tokyo direct Shinkansen route but Hokuriku arch pass does not cover this route. The difference between direct route and Kanazwa route is trip time and train change. It takes 5.5 to 6 hours with one train change at Kanazawa. If you take direct route, it takes less than 3 hours without any train changes.

      If you want to take direct route, you need JR pass 7 days instead of Hokuriku arch pass.

      Price is a bit higher but you will get more convenience. You may choose whichever you like.


      Takeshi /

  2. Hi Takeshi-san,

    I have a general itinerary/JR pass enquiry and I was hoping you’d be able to advise. My trip plan (in November) is as follows;-

    Day 1 – 4: Osaka/Kobe/Nara/Kyoto
    Day 5 – 6: Kanazawa area/Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
    Day 7 – 10: Tokyo/Mt Fuji/Hakone/Yokohama

    For days 5 – 6, I’m actually open to any location between Osaka and Tokyo – except Nagoya (or should I visit Nagoya?)
    Does this seem like a feasible itinerary, and if so – should I opt for a

    Osaka Amazing pass (2 days) + JR pass (7 days) + other single tickets

    Osaka Amazing pass (2 days) + Kansai Thru pass (3 days) + Tokyo subway pass + and for the rest of the trip, purchase single tickets.

    My concern is that I’m not sure if the savings would be significant, and also I don’t want to limit my trips to only JR services. Do correct me if my understanding of the transport system is wrong though, it is quite complicated!

    Thank you!!

    Puay Hoon

    1. Hi Puay san,

      I recommend you to use Hokuriku arch pass for day 1 to 7.

      This pass covers JR trains only. You can get Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka by JR trains. But you may need to add other deal or single ticket because you need to ride subway or city bus.

      As long as you take the route Osaka-Kanazawa-Tokyo, Hokuriku arch pass is better choice than JR pass. I don’t think Nagoya is not better choice than Kanazawa. Kanazawa is more attractive. But in November, Alpine route is completely under winter condition. It’s open until the end of November. But it’s not surprised if it’s closed by winter weather. It sometimes happens.

      You can take a bus from Kanazawa to Takayama via Shirakawago. This route is not covered by Hokuriku arch pass. But it’s substitute plan if you give up alpine route.

      You may use subway pass or single ticket in Tokyo. You can find the deal in the link below for Fuji and Hakone.


      Takeshi /

  3. Dear Takeshi
    So sorry I missed out the earlier part of my itinerary – Dec 18 Tokyo Haneda => Sapporo ( will be using the new Hokkaido Pass => Tokyo, then to Osaka from Dec 25. The reason I am back in Narita is where I split with the group who will return to home, and then to Osaka on my own. Thank you.

    1. Hi KC,

      The group who go back from Narita on Dec 25 can use JR East-South Hokkaido Railway pass which you meant, I think.

      You will add JR pass 21 days. This is only choice to cover your trip.


      Takeshi /

  4. Dear Takeshi
    I am travelling from Tokyo Narita from December 25=>Osaka (3days) => Kyushu (6days)=>Yamanouchi Nagano (2days)=>Kyoto (4days)=>Tokyo . What passes should I get please? Thank you. Cheers, kc

  5. Hi Takeshi,
    I’ll travelling to japan from 22Dec-06jan 2018 and i plan to visit kanazawa , takayama, shiragawa-go, kyoto , osaka during 30dec – 4 jan 2018 .

    30 dec – tokyo – kanazawa
    31 dec – kyoto
    01 jan – nara- osaka
    02 jan – osaka
    03 jan – kanazawa
    04 jan – takayama-shiragawa-go
    ( stay at takayama)
    05 jan – Kanazawa – tokyo .

    my main place that i want to visit are takayama , shiragawago, kanazawa and kyoto. But i am confuse how to arrange my itinerary.
    1) is it any problem with my itinerary ?
    2) the hokuriku arch pass suitable for me ?
    3) takayama and shiragawago will open during the public holiday ?
    4) there still have bus transit between kanazawa to takayama and shiragawago during public holiday ?

    Thank you for your help in advance.

    1. Hi Ginny,

      1. 30 Dec is expected to be the busiest day in the year. Train will be very very crowded. If you can leave one or two days earlier, you should do it. You may not be able to book a seat if you travel on 30th.

      Your itinerary is okay but you will get Kyoto directly from Tokyo. Please see next.

      2. I recommend you to use JR pass 7 days. You can get Kyoto from Tokyo directly. Trip time is 2.5 hours faster than Tokyo-Kanazawa-Kyoto route. And also you can go back to Tokyo from Takayama via Toyama or Nagoya. If you use Hokuriku Arch Pass, you need to take a bus to go back to Kanazawa. it costs 3390 yen. Even though Hokuriku arch pass is cheaper than JR pass, this extra cost will be added on Hokuriku arch pass. If you use JR pass, you can take train from Takayama. JR Pass is cheaper in the result.

      3. Yes.

      4. Yes. You have to make reservation in advance. It’s busy season and you cannot get a seat there if you don’t make a booking.


      Takeshi /

      1. Hi Takeshi ;
        if i go to Kyoto on 31 dec will be better ?
        or which date would you recommend ( except 28-29dec) because i cant leave earlier .


  6. Hi Takeshi,

    I’m planning to travel 9 days to Japan during winter, jan 2018.

    Start from Osaka – Kyoto – Kanazawa – Shirakawa – Tokyo

    Is it affordable to use Hokuriku Arch Pass??

    Do i need such amazing osaka pass or kyoto pass there.

    I plan to use tokyo subway pass for the balance days that i have in tokyo.

    Is it possible??

    Im really confuse and dont understand which pass is the great choice and im not wasting my money.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Yatie,

      Hokuriku arch pass is a right choice. You can take a local train in Osaka and Kyoto but these are not enough to cover the places in these cities. Please see the link below to find the coverage.

      You also need to add a bus fare for Kanazawa to Shirakawago. This is not covered either.

      However Hokuriku arch pass is the best choice for your trip anyway.


      Takeshi /

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        This is my itinerary without adding Kanazawa and Shirakawa.

        Day 1 (KUL – KANSAI) 6 JAN 2018
        Depart from KLIA 2 to Osaka at 1415 pm and arrive at Kansai International Airport at 2145 pm
        Stay and overnight at the airport.

        Day 2 (KIX – KYOTO) 7 JAN 2018
        Depart from KIX to Kyoto station early in da morning. After arrive at left our bag in da locker at the station n start our journey.
        1) Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – From Kyoto Stn, Take the JR Sagano/San-in Line to Saga-Arashiyama Station and walk for about 10 minutes.
        2) Tenryuji Temple – near to Arashiyama Bamboo Groove
        3) Kiyomizudera Temple – JR Sagano – Nijo (Tozai Subway) – Higashiyama Stn – Walk
        4) Ninen Zaka Sannen Zaka
        Depart back to Kyoto station n take all the bag n go to Hostel at Osaka by Shinkansen. Take rest.

        Day 3 (OSAKA + KYOTO) 8 JAN 2018
        Early depart to Mount Kongo, for snow. Stay until lunch and depart to Kyoto.
        – Walk from Nagahoribashi stn – Namba Stn (Nankai Railway) – Kawachinagano stn

        1) Fushimi Inari – Fushimi Inari Stn (Keihan Line) from Kyoto Stn.
        – 3-minute walk from JR Inari Station on the JR Nara Line
        – 5-minute walk from Keihan Railway Fushimiinari Station

        Day 4 (OSAKA) 9 JAN 2018
        Day trip to Osaka.
        1) Umeda Sky Building – 10 / 15 minutes from Umeda Station / Osaka Station
        2) Tempozan giant Ferris Wheel – Nagahoribashi stn – Sakaisujihommachi (Osaka Subway Chuo Line) – Osakako Stn
        3) Osaka Castel – Osakako Stn (Osaka Subway Chou) – Morinomiya Stn – walk 1.1 km – Osakajokoen stn
        4) Osaka Museum of House & Living – Osakajokoen Stn (Osaka Loop) – Tennoji Stn (Osaka Subway Tanimachi) – Tenjimbashisujirokuchome (Exit 3)
        5) Dotonbori – Tenjimbashisujirokuchome (Osaka Subway Sakaisuji) – Nippombashi Stn (Exit 2)
        6) Shinsaibashi – suji – walk from Dotonbori – Namba Stn – walk straight to shopping street

        Day 5 (OSAKA – TOKYO) 10 JAN 2018
        Full day at Universal Studio Japan,
        Depart to Osaka Stn for midnight bus to Shinjuku, Tokyo.
        Day 6 (TOKYO) 11 JAN 2018
        Arrive at Shinjuku, Tokyo and left our bag at locker and start our journey at Tokyo.
        1) Shinjuku
        – Explore Shinjuku for breakfast
        2) Harajuku (2-3 hrs)
        – Explore iconic “Takeshita Street” & try Japanese Crepe
        – Explore Daiso – almost 100 ¥
        – Lunch at “Hanada Rosso” (vege rest)
        – Stroll “Meiji Shrine”
        3) Shibuya (2-3 hrs)
        – Shopping at Shibuya area
        – Scramble “SHIBUYA CROSSING” – Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit
        – Dinner at Gyumon / Hanasaka-jisan
        Day 7 (LAKE KAWAGUCHI / MOUNT FUJI) 12 JAN 2018
        Depart early in the morning to take a bus bound for Lake Kawaguchi.

        Day 8 (TOKYO) 13 JAN 2018
        Breakfast n start journey.
        1) ASAKUSA (2-3 hrs)
        – Shop at stalls along Nakimise + “Ningyo-yuki” (tiny baked doll cakes stuffed with red beans)
        – Buy Japanese halal snacks
        – Explore “Sensoji Temple”
        – Lunch at “Naritaya (ramen) / sushi ken / Sekai cafe / Ippin (ramen)
        2) AKIHABARA (1-2 hrs)
        – Electronic Stores
        – Manga Fans
        3) OMOTESANDO
        – Omotesando Hills
        – Visit Flagship Kiddy Land (Japanese Character)
        By train:3-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Meiji-jingumae Station Exit 4

        Day 9 (TOKYO – KUL) 14 JAN 2018
        Checkout and left our bag at station n start last day journey.
        1) GINZA (1-2hrs)
        – Shopping at Uniglo Store
        – Shop along Ginza Road
        – Visit “Ito-ya” famous n larges stationary shop

        2) SHINJUKU
        – Lunch at “Menya Kaijin” seafood based Ramen
        – Shopping 4 last b4 depart
        3) SHIBUYA
        – Last walk around b4 depart to airport.
        – Dinner at Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka
        Depart to Haneda International Airport from Shinjuku Station to Kuala Lumpur

        This is our place to stay in Osaka and Tokyo:

        2) AZIKERO APARTMENT C-705, Osaka

  7. Hi, can i use this jr hokoriku to travel to disney sea and disney land ? As i aware only few station that covered by this jr. Tks

    1. Hi Siska,

      You need to add 140 yen. Maihama is the nearest station to Disneyland but it’s outside coverage area. Kasai Rinkai Koen station is on the way to Maihama and this is border station. Actually Maihama is just one station away from Kasai Rinkai Koen. 140 yen is required for this one station move.

      You can pay this fare when you exit at Maihama. You can show the pass and pay this fare.


      Takeshi /

  8. Hi, i’m planning to go from Tokio to Kyoto and then to Osaka , and finally i will return to tokyo 2 days before head to Narita to take my flight back.
    The itinerary would be
    day 1 tokio to kioto
    day 2 kioto
    day 3 kioto to Osaka and return to Kioto at the end of the day
    Day 4 Kioto
    Day 5 Kioto to Tokio
    Day 6 Tokio
    Day 7 Tokio to Narita

    Can i do that with the 7 day hokuriku pass?
    It allows to do this hop on hop off? 🙂

    1. Hi Gaston,

      I recommend you to use JR pass 7 days.

      Hokuriku Arch Pass is okay. But you have to take the route via Kanazawa. It takes 5 to 6 hours with changing trains at Kanazawa. If you use JR pass, you can take Tokyo-Osaka direct route which is 3 hours. JR Pass is more expensive than Hokuriku arch pass but I think it’s worth to pay more to get JR Pass than Hokuriku arch pass. Both passes allow you to hop on and off the trains.


      Takeshi /

  9. Hi Takeshi,

    I am planning 11 days trip flying in and out Narita. In between will visit Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. This Hokuriku Arch pass should be most suitable. But does this pass also covers NEX to Tokyo? I plan to start to activate the card on Day 2 from Tokyo and ends on Day 8 midnight so that I can spend just 2 days in Tokyo when I return before flying back home. What is your comment or suggestion to fully utilize the Arch pass? Any change around of dates require?
    My itinerary is:-
    Day 1 – Arrive Narita at 2.30pm
    Day 2 & 3 – Kanazawa
    Day 3 & 4 – Kyoto
    Day 5 – Osaka
    Day 6 – Osaka to Kobe
    Day 7 – Osaka back to Tokyo (late at night)
    Day 8-10 – Tokyo
    Day 11 – Narita airport and flight back

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Jaclyn,

      You can take Narita Express by Hokuriku Arch Pass, so you can start using it on day 1 and it will cover until you get Tokyo on day 7.

      After day 8, you may add other deal, like subway pass. Please see the links below to find more info:


      Takeshi /

  10. Hello,

    I am travelling to Japan in upcoming Nov

    Nov 29 arrive at Narita airport 5pm
    Nov30 Toyko,
    Dec1-3 Osaka/Kyoto/Nara
    Dec 4 Leave Osaka to Toyko for flight for 3:15

    Would you recommend JR pass or Hokurkiu Arch Pass. I know you probably would recommend the JR pass because of the time saved. But does the JR pass include the train from Narita airport to Toyko and train within Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto/Nara like the Arch pass does. Mind you I won’t stay in Toyko for too long, just one day. probably want to visit Tsukiji fish market. and do some nearby shopping. so for Toyko, I just more concern about the transportation between the airport and Toyko. thanks

    1. Hi Cindy,

      Actually I don’t recommend both passes because you cannot get the worth. If you go back to Tokyo by train, JR pass is recommended. But one way trip is not enough to get the worth of 7 days pass. Hokuriku arch pass is same. You cannot get the worth of even this pass. Please see the links below to find other options:


      Takeshi /

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