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travel from osaka to the japan alps

Travel from Osaka to the Japan Alps

Hi,

I need your advise on whether is this route is feasible and also do I really need to buy the JR Kansai Pass or JR Railway pass.

I will arrive in Osaka and straight from here, I will go to Kanazawa for a night stay and then to Shirakawago (i night stay) and Takayama (1 or 2 nights stay) and then back to Kyoto (3 nights stay) and then back to Osaka and Kansai airport.

I am trying to see how to save on my transportation as I have 8 people on this trip in December 2012.

Looking forward to your advise.

Thanks

Janet

janeteu
janeteu

Hi Janet!

As the JR Kansai passes don't cover travel up to Kanazawa/Takayama, I think you'll be looking at the difference between a 7 day Japan Rail Pass or separate JR tickets. Lets take a look:

  1. Kansai airport > Kanazawa: ¥10150, (222mins, 324km)
  2. Takayama > Osaka: ¥10310, (220mins, 357km)

TOTAL: ¥20460 for 3 legs

To get to and from Shirakawa-go in your itinerary, you'll need to use the Nohi bus service which runs from Kanazawa through Shirakawago to Takayama. Please be aware that this bus is not operated by JR and so you will have to buy separate tickets. You can find timetable information on this bus at the Nohi Bus online english timetable.

As the total JR charges for your route come to less than a 7 day rail pass (¥28,300) I don't think I can recommend for your party. You should aim to use basic JR tickets for your trip, and top up with local passes such as the Kansai Through Pass as needed.

The Kansai Through pass (Surutto Kansai) is a 2-3 day pass you can purchase for easy travel in the Kansai area including Osaka and Kyoto. The pass covers both metro, city buses and also local trains between cities, although you will be unable to use JR service. For more on the surutto Kansai, please see the official site.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Many thanks for your advise!!!

So it is not advisable to purchase the 7 day then....ok..then i will consider the Surutto Kansai..

Appreciate your help on this matter.

Best

Janet

janeteu
janeteu

Yes, thats' correct. I think the single ticket option will be best for your trip.

Hope you have a great time!

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mari
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