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north to south in 4 weeks

North to South in 4 weeks

Japan experts, need your wisdom on this almost month long itinerary.
Can not determine which pass or passes are best?

Averaging 2 nights in each city. Suggestions to add or delete stops, or sequence are welcomed. Thank you immensely!

Day 1- Fly into Aasahikawa - after spending time in Tokyo
Day3 - Sapporro + possible day trip to Otaru day4
Day 5 - Hakodate
Day 7 - Aomori
Day 9 - Nagano/Karuizawa
Day 11 - Kanazawa/Takayama (bus travel likely?)
Day 13 - Matsumoto
- Longest day here I guess - Day 15 - Hiroshima
Day 17 & the next 7 days:
Koysan (package tour from Osaka a good idea? 2 nts)
Kyoto
Osaka
Fly out of Kansai

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It seems pretty simple - a 21 day pass works very well from Asahikawa down to Hiroshima and back to Kansai, yielding you well over 30,000 yen in savings, and more if you add some other worthwhile side trips to Himeji, or a day trip to Nikko before going to Hokkaido, etc. For your last week or so in Kansai, you could use regular tickets to travel around the area, or there is a good regional pass you could use. For Koyasan there is also the Koyasan World Heritage Ticket - I think you can enjoy yourself more on your own freedom and schedule without joining some tour.
Aside from, Kyoto, don't miss Nara either, and Kobe is worth at least half a day too.

Toraneko
Toraneko

Thank you Toraneko. I needed that validated by someone. So even if I have days, I don't step on a train, the 21day pass repays itself.

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