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itinerary check for 25 days

itinerary check for 25 days


I would like a check on my itinerary, i find it hard to get from matsumoto to takayama, maybe i can move things or something?

11 June - Lax Out
12 June - Haneda In, sleep there
13 June - Nagoya
14 June - Matsumoto
15 June - Takayama
16 June - Kanazawa
17 June - Kanazawa
18 June - hiroshima - Miyajima
19 June - hiroshima
20 - 26 June - Kyoto - Sidetrips to nara, osaka, himeji
27 June to 7 July - Tokyo - Sidetrips to Nikko, kamakura, kawagoe

I have never been to japan and im mostly interested in cities and old japanese culture. i dont know if i should include a trip to mt koya?

Also should i get the 2 week or 3 week pass?


Hi there,

It is really nice that you can come to Japan for such a long Holiday! Also the places you plan to visit include some of my personal favorites.
The trip from Matsumoto to Takayama is not very hard but it takes about 5 hours by limited express trainand involves just one transfer @ Nagoya station. If you don't want to be that long in the train you could perhaps plan a stay @ Nagoya, alternatively Kyoto is a good option too, as it only adds a minimum of extra travel time.

A visit to mount Koya?
I think this place is best visited by (married) couples to spend the night in a temple and enjoy the beautiful sights it has to offer. Of course if you just want to see the famous sights and enjoy the hiking trains you will be fine. To me it always felt like Koya was best shared with someone. Instead I would recommend a night's stay at Kinosaki onsen that can easily be reached from Kyoto by ltd. express train and you can enjoy some of Japans finest Onsen Culture.

14 Day Pass or 21 Day Pass?
I think a 21 Day Pass could be worth it for you. This for two reasons, NR 1 being that 14 days may just be a little too short for all your plans. If you used it on your first day of Shinkansen Travel (13th) it would be valid until the 26th, one day short until you go to Tokyo.

Reason number two would be savings, the difference between the 14-day JR Pass and 21-Day Pass is 12600 yen, basically if you can do this amount of travel in 7-days, it becomes worth the upgrade. With your side trips alone you would be over this amount compared to normal JR-Tickets and you get to ride the Shinkansen partly between Nikko and Kawagoe! Lastly the extra freedom you get to take any train you want for 21-days is well worth it!

Hope this helps!


Hi there!

Just one extra thing to add to Daniel's comment. If you want to keep Matsuyama and Takayama in the same order and don't mind spending a little on travel, I recommend looking into the non-JR Nohi bus service that runs between Matsumoto and Takayama for ¥3100 in 2hr 20m.

I hope this helps!


Ok! Maybe i can make time for mt. koya.

Yes, thats the problem with matsumoto and takayama, i dont need to keep that order, should i change order to get most of my time? I dont mind moving matsumoto, takayama, kanazawa, nagoya. Should i change matsumoto as a sidetrip?

Also, should i visit nagoya? The only thing i know there is nagoya castle.

I just need to sort this part of my trip, is the most confusing.


Hi Again,

Nagoya is indeed more a city for business than tourism, it does however make for a good base to make day trips to other places or as a nights stop over.

What you could do it go to Matsumoto first, then to Nagoya and spend half a day there to see the city and maybe the castle, before heading on to Takayama and lastly Kanazawa. It is very easy to reach Matsumoto by Nagano Shinkansen, you can find the route here.


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