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Use of japan Rail pass

Hi:

We will be visiting Tokyo, Aomori and Hakkaido in July this year for two weeks. My planned itinerary will be:

-Sapporo - Sounkyo - Furano - Otaru - Sapporo - Naboribetsu - Laketoya - Hakodate - Aomori - Hachinohe - Oirase - Hirosaki - Odate - Tokyo

My questions are :

  1. Is it worth to buy the two week pass?
  2. Will the Japan Rail pass cover all the routes that I am planning to go ?
  3. Will the Japan Rail pass include the bus from Asahikawa (or Kamikawa) to Sounikyo and bus from Hachinohe to Oirase and Towadako ?
  4. Will the Japan Rail pass cover all the local bus in all the cities that I am visiting ?

Thanks for your help in advance

Chevin from Canada

chevinlee
chevinlee

Hello there,

Before going into detail, could you let me know if you will arrive at Sapporo, do you plan on flying in or travel there by rail?
This will help me answer your first question.

2.) The JR Pass covers all rail travel between the above places.

3.) The bus to Sounkyu is not covered by the JR Pass the bus to lake Towada is covered.

4.) No, most bus transport in the places you wish to travel to is run by other companies and you'll have to purchase normal bus tickets.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi:

For Question 1 :We plan to fly from Tokyo to Sapporo and take the rail all the way through all the cities and back to Tokyo in 14 days.

For Question 4: Can you specify in which cities that we are planning to visit will the Japan Rail Pass cover the local pass ? I thought that it is stated in the Japan Rail pass website that the pass will at least cover the local bus in Sapporo. So, will it also cover place like Otaru etc. ?

Thx

chevinlee
chevinlee

Hi:

For Question 1: we will be flying from Tokyo to Sapporo and take the rail all the way through all the cities that we are plannig to visit and back to Tokyo in 14 days.

For Question 4: Can you specify in which cities will the Japan rail Pass cover the local buses ? As I saw in the Japan Rail Pass website, it states that the pass will at least cover the local buses in Sapporo. So, will it also cover other cities such as Otaru etc. ?

Thx

chevinlee
chevinlee

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