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help please! 14 days in japan

Help Please! 14 Days in Japan

Hi All,

We are travelling to Japan in November, I would like to check my itinerary to make sure it is the best an most efficient route of travelling around the country:

Tokyo > Takayama (stopping at Matsumoto castle)
Takayama > Kanazawa
Kanazawa > Miyajima Island/Hiroshima > Osaka (is this all possible in one day? We are planning to get to osaka late night just to have dinner and sleep)
Osaka > Koyasan
Koyasan > Kyoto
Kyoto > Hakone
Hakone> Toyko

We are confused and want to know whether this is the best order to do things.

Thanks,

Mandi

mandi
mandi

Hello Mandi,

In general the itinerary looks good and has many of Japans best highlights included. However in terms of routing, I would suggest making some changes.

To start with Tokyo - Matsumoto - Takayama, this is quite a bit of travel in a single day. Personally I would suggest making a stop at Matsumoto for the night and then travel on the following morning. Though you could technically do it in one way if you like.

Kanazawa - Hiroshima/Miyajima - Osaka in a single day really is too much. I would suggest at least one night in Hiroshima. Otherwise you simply don't have any time to look around and enjoy yourself. You could also visit Osaka first and make a trip from there to Hiroshima/Miyajima.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi,
You can see regular fares, routes and schedules on Hyperdia. But be sure under "More Options" to deselect "Nozomi..." since you can't ride that on the Pass.

I would not recommend trying to to Takayama and Matsumoto from Tokyo all in one day either. It's about 4½ hours from Tokyo to Takayama, and about another 4½ hours from Takayama to Matsumoto by train. You could get there from Takayama in about 2½ hours by a direct bus, but that is not covered by the pass. Either way it's a crushing trip if you try it in a single day.

Kanazawa to Miyajima would be nearly 5½ sitting on trains. Breaking up your trip with shorter rides would make your vacation much more enjoyable, and far, far less tiring.

Best of luck.

Toraneko
Toraneko

Thank you so much for your reply.

I have amended the itinerary to break up the journey time..

Tokyo > Matsumoto
Matsumoto > KamiKochi > Takayama
Takayama > Kanazawa
Kanazawa > Kyoto
Kyoto > Hiroshima/Miyajima
Hiroshima > Himeji > Osaka
Osaka > Koyasan
Koyasan > Hakone
Hakone to Toyko

Is this the best route to travel? Which routes are included and which routes are not?

Thanks,

Mandi

mandi
mandi

Hi there,

Yes that looks much better!

All routes are covered except for travel between Osaka - Koyasan. This is only a minor part and a one way ticket is about ~1,200-1,400yen.

Looks like an amazing trip to make like this!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you, very excited now!
What is the bets route between Matsumoto and KamiKochi? Then KamiKochi to Takayama?

Thanks,
Mandeep

mandi
mandi

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