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which buses and trains are valid with the jr pass?

Which buses and trains are valid with the JR Pass?

Hello all,

I am planning a 14 day trip to Japan and am planning the following itinerary but am unsure if the JR Pass will encompass all of the buses and trains that I want to take:

Train from Tokyo to Hiroshima

Train from Hiroshima to Kyoto

Train/bus to Shirakawa-go

Train/bus back to Tokyo

Can someone tell me if the rail pass will cover all the transport needed to get to these destinations or have a link to a website where I can plan this trip out with timetables etc?

Thanks,
Faisel

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fimam001

Hi Faisel,

Here are some answers:

Can someone tell me if the rail pass will cover all the transport needed to get to these destinations or have a link to a website where I can plan this trip out with timetables etc?

The best source of timetable information for JR trains is www.hyperdia.com. We also have a video showing how to use it for JR Pass holders on our blog.

On your itinerary:

Train from Tokyo to Hiroshima

Yes - this is covered with a JRPass on all trains/bullet trains (itinerary)

Train from Hiroshima to Kyoto

Yes - this is covered with a JRPass on all trains/bullet trains (itinerary)

Train/bus to Shirakawa-go

To get to Shirakawa-go, you'll first want to get to Takayama by JR trains and bullet trains, which is simple to get to from Kyoto (Here's the itinerary).

Once in Takayama, you can easily get a bus to Shirakawa-go from the Takayama Nohi Bus centre, which is a short walk from the station. At 50 mins, the bus journey is quite short so you should be able to incorporate Shirakawa-go into a day trip from Takayama. Please be aware that this bus is not operated by JR and so you will have to buy separate tickets (¥4,300 round trip). You can find timetable information on this bus at the Nohi Bus online english timetable.

Train/bus back to Tokyo

Your return to Tokyo from Takayama is fully covered by the rail pass. Here's a sample itinerary for you.

Hope this helps!

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