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japan holiday - december and january

Japan Holiday - December and January


I needed some help to see if we should purchase rail passes for 2 people. We will be flying in to Tokyo on 27 December before going skiing for a week and traveling to Kobe, Osaka, Narra and Kyoto. Our itinerary is:

27 Dec- 6 nights Tokyo
2 Jan- travel to Nozawa Onsen (by train or bus? Can we pre-book this?)
8 Jan- Train from Nozawa Onsen to Kobe
10 Jan - Day trip Kobe to Osaka
11 Jan - day trip Kobe to Narra
13 Jan - Travel Kobe to Kyoto
16 Jan - travel Kyoto to Tokyo

Thank you!



Hello Zoe,

I checked your itinerary for the best option and would advise buying normal tickets for this itinerary.

A 7 day JR Pass would have worked very well if Nozawa - Kobe [...] Kyoto - Tokyo was traveled in 7 days. However it is better to buy normal tickets, given the luxury of time.

For travel to Nozawa, either bus or rail works and tickets can be booked one you reach Japan. Access details can be found HERE.

Hope this helps,


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