13 days in japan - Advise on JRPass and Iteneary
Hi, two of us will be travelling to nagoya in early December. Having been to osaka, kyoto and tokyo, we thought of visiting the Alps and Hokkaido. Please advice on Iteneary below -
should we travel hokkaido first than back to nagoya area or the other way round considering that it is early winter near nagoya and we may still catch some foliage near Kazanama and takanama
please advice if we should get a 7 day or 14 day JRPass for the proposed Iteneary below:
Travel from Sapporo to Aomori to Tokyo by overnight train
Thank you in advance for your advice.
Tey Kim Kuan
I agree with going first to Takayama and Kanazawa, this area is better visited when it's not so cold. The Hida wideview express to Takayama is covered by the JR Pass and makes for a great ride.
On day 4, you could go to Tokyo but I'd recommend traveling a bit further just to get travel out of the way. Other possible worthwhile places to stay directly on the route include Sendai, Hachinohe or Hakodate.
The Hamanasu train is completely covered by the JR Pass, as you know it's hard to book. Try to get tickets for it the moment that you are in Japan and have exchanged your JR Pass. This also applies for the route back! There's not a night service available every night (I think it's 4 times a week), so get the tickets as soon as you can.
For day 12, why not keep in simple and spend a bit of time in Kyoto. I've found that it's a great place to relax and enjoy the smaller things Japan has to offer, such as a temple visit, eating something good or even shopping.
I would advise a 14 day JR Pass, given the shear amount of travel involved. It's also great in case you may not be able to find a night service back to Tokyo, as it covers the entire route by limited express train and Shinkansen.
Hope this helps!
Thank you for the advice.
Do you know which 4 days Hamanasu is operating? Can,t seem to find info on the website. I am worry in case I could not
For day 12 you are suggesting kyoto then day 13 from kyoto straight to nagoya airport? How long does it take in the traini
For the 14 day pass, would it be of much use from day 1 to 3 of should I get a 7 day pass and activate only on day 4?
Tey Kim Kuan
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