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busy schedule

Busy schedule

Hi.

My wife and I are flying to Osaka on the 10th June. On the 11th we travel to Kyoto and stay until the 15th. We travel to Himeji then on the 16th to Hiroshima. From there we travel to Nagano on the 18th, departing for Fuji-san on the 20th. On the 21st we go to Tokyo, flying home on the 27th.

I have a few questions.

  1. Does it make more sense to pay for a Kansai thru pass for the osaka/kyoto stint, then a 7 day JR pass to get me to Tokyo, then just pay for local subway costs, or get the 14 day pass but have to pay for lots of extras?

  2. Will i realistically have much time left for exploring nagano and fuji-san after the travel? (Do trains leave early enough?)

  3. Do yor trains cover all these routes if I had a pass, and what extra costs could i expect on the routes that don't?

Many thanks.

George

Grossglockner
Grossglockner

Hi George,

Its indeed a busy schedule :) but not too busy I think.

1.) You are going a lot of travel and even a 14 day JR Pass would help you make savings. Though I think the best option would be to use a 7 day JR Pass from the 16th to the 21st. This would cover all your Shinkansen travel and you will make amazing savings.

2.) The trip Hiroshima - Nagano is quite a killer, even so its a beautiful trip to make. Especially if you use a limited express from Nagoya - Nagano, instead of using the Shinkansen via Tokyo. You'll have enough time to explore Nagano before traveling on to Fuji. Getting to Fuji could be a bit tricky though, many of the famous areas are on the other side coming from Nagano. They key here is to visit a place that is not too hard to access from Nagano.

3.) All routes are covered, though you still make require local transport at times that is not included in the JR Pass.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Cheers. Very helpful. So will i need to make extra payments for the shinkansen from hiroshima to nagano, and nagano south to fuji?

Grossglockner
Grossglockner

The JR Pass covers travel from Hiroshima - Nagano fully and most likely to Fuji as well but this does depend on what station you will travel to.

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Daniel-san
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Every train from Hiroshima to Takayama includes the Nozomi shunkansen. I thought this wasn't included in the pass so what are my options and how much extra can I expect to pay?

Also, we're now thinking about going to Takayama instead of Nagano, then to the five lakes i.e. fujisan. The travel seems rediculous. Is there any routes which dont go through Tokyo?

Cheers

Grossglockner
Grossglockner

Hi again!

From reading your post, I get the impression that you plan using Google Maps? Unfortunately Google does not show all trains and therefore you may only see the Nozomi. I suggest using Hyperdia this way you know all routes covered by the JR Pass.

About visiting Fuji, its not that strange traveling via Fuji. Otherwise you'd have to go straight through Fuji. You could also visit the Hakone area instead, its much easier to access.

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Daniel-san
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