questions & answers: general japan travel

looking for advice for a single traveller

Looking for advice for a single traveller

Hi there,

I arrive in Tokyo in Feb 2013 for 18 days. I was planning on getting a 2 week JR Pass and heading down right to the south of Japan first and then making my way back up to spend a last few days in Tokyo. I was wondering if you could give me any ideas on where is best to get off and what not. In addition, if I am leaving arriving in February when would be the best date to book my JR pass online?

You have a great site which has been very helpful.

Look forward to hearing from you,
Andy

Andyc
Andyc

Hi Andy,

The Japan Rail Pass can be activated in Japan any time up to 3 months from the date of purchase. This means that if you intend to travel to Japan in February, you should look into purchasing a JR Pass from the start of Dec '12.

About a route... Here's a good recommendation for your 14 day journey:

  1. Tokyo > Hiroshima: ¥17850, (295mins, 894km)
  2. Hiroshima > Miyajima-guchi: ¥400, (26mins, 21km)
  3. Miyajima-guchi > Osaka: ¥10540, (148mins, 367km)
  4. Osaka > Kinosaki-onsen: ¥5250, (161mins, 183km)
  5. Kinosaki-onsen > Kyoto: ¥4510, (156mins, 158km)
  6. Kyoto > Nara: ¥690, (44mins, 41km)
  7. Nara > Kanazawa: ¥7810, (204mins, 286km)
  8. Kanazawa > Takayama: ¥3980, (161mins, 148km)
  9. Takayama > Tokyo: ¥14000, (273mins, 532km)
  10. Tokyo > Nikko: ¥5630, (121mins, 150km)
  11. Nikko > Tokyo: ¥5630, (117mins, 150km)

JR ticket cost: ¥76290 for 11 legs

  • 14 day rail pass (¥45,100) saving: ¥31190

Note that from Osaka you can also visit many local sights, such as Himeji or Koyasan which are well worth a visit. Note that Koyasan is not 100% accessible by JR so you will need to pay an additional fee from Osaka.

Hope this helps!

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Thanks for the reply.Much appreciated. Cannot wait to go now.

Thanks again,
Andy

Andyc
Andyc

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