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round trip kansai - hokuriku itinerary & suitable jr pass advice help

Round trip Kansai - Hokuriku itinerary & suitable JR Pass advice help

Hi,

We are planning our trip to Japan, this is our second time visit to Japan. Previously we visit Kyoto and Osaka in Kansai region, this time we want to extend our visit to Hokuriku region. Our travelplan from 23 Aug. till 2 Sept. 2016 is as follow

  • day 0 arrive @ Osaka >> Kyoto
  • day 1 Kyoto: Nara daytrip
  • day 2 Kyoto: (Otsu or Uji)?? daytrip which place is better?
  • day 3 Kyoto depart heading Kanazawa
  • day 4 Kanazawa
  • day 5 Kanazawa depart heading Takayama: Citytrip Old town
  • day 6 Takayama: Shirakawa & Gokayama daytrip
  • day 7 Takayama: Kamikochi daytrip
  • day 8 Takayama heading to Kyoto
  • day 9 Kyoto
  • day 10 Kyoto to Osaka KIX heading home

Q1: We want to buy a JR pass and we are considering the Hokuriku JR 5 day pass, is this the most suitable choice?

Q2: Is it better to start at Kanazawa and go to Takayama, returning Kyoto via Nagoya (schedule above) OR start via Nagoya to Takayama and visit Kanazawa at the return way?

Q3: At Kanazawa we want to visit 1.Higashi Chaya, 2.Ninjadera, 3.Nagamachi, 4.Omicho market, 5.Kenrokuen and 6.Kanazawa castle. If we divide this into 2 days (day3 and day4), which sightseeings is the best to group together in a day?

Q4: Any suggestion on public transport of day 6 Shirakawa & Gokayama from Takayama? Any restaurant recommendations?

Q5: Any suggestion on public transport of day 7 Kamikochi from Takayama? Any restaurant recommendations?

Q6: Is the Hokuriku pass for the journey Kyoto to Osaka airport still valid if it is outside the 5 days. In our case, JR pass start at day3 and end at day8 but we are heading to airport on day 10.

Any suggestion, advice or idea are welcome. Thanks in advance for your response.

Travel greetings from a traveler.

Ryokosha
Ryokosha

Hi there,

1.) Yes, that looks like the best option, though it does not cover travel to all places, such as Kamikochi.

2.) The route Nagoya - Kyoto is not covered by the Hokuriku pass. So my advise would be to return via Kanazawa.

3.) Kanazawa is not that big and you could actually do all of that in 1 day. The order also does not matter much, again because distances in Kanazawa are small and you can use a 100yen city bus.

4.) You can either use the bus from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-go and on to Takayama or rent a car. There are not many restaurants in Shirakawa-go, but there is a great local burger joint in Takayama.

5.) I've not visited Kamikochi yet myself, let me know how it was!

6.) No, its only valid for the stipulated validity period.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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