questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

best use of pass

Best use of pass


I am reaching osaka on 18th march and am in japan till March 25th with the following iti based from osaka I.e. I return to osaka everyday

18th Osaka -

19th Osaka - kyoto - osaka

20 th Osaka- Yoshinoguchi

21st Osaka - mt. Koya - stay overnight

22nd Mt. Koya - fujikawaguchiko -

23 and 24th fujikawaguchiko and around
25th fujikawaguchiko to osaka for flight back on 25th evening

I will be buying the 7 day pass- will it make sense for me to activate my pass on the 19th so that I. Can maximize it's use as on 18th I will be mostly in osaka. Also what is the best way to travel from Mt. koya to fujikawaguchiko using jr pass.



Hello there,

You could certainly be able to make savings with the JR Pass if you make your way to Fuji-Kawaguchi-ko and back. It is quite a trip from Osaka to Kawaguchiko, so spending two nights there is a good idea. The best way from Mt-Koya to Kawaguchiko with the JR Pass is to use local services from Mt. Koya (station name is Gokurakubashi) to Shin-Osaka or Kyoto station and use the Shinkansen to Yokohama and again local trains from there via Otsuki to Kawaguchiko.

A full route would look something like this. As you can see it's quite a trip to Kawaguchiko. A faster alternative may be a visit to Hakone which is much easier to access from Kansai.

Hope this helps,


Hi Daniel,

Thanks for your prompt reply, just wanted to understand the fare details. If I go by the details of the route in option 1, the fare shown is yen 18,290. Is this fare in addition to the jr pass or part of it is covered by the jrpass. I am also considering the idea of staying in Hakone. Would you be able to recommend a place in hakone which is well connected and easy for women travelling alone to manage.

Really appreciate your help.




Hi Vandana,

The JR Pass will cover most of the route. The parts that are not covered are between Mt. Koya - Osaka(¥870) and from Otsuki station to Kawaguchiko (¥1,140). The rest is all covered.

The Shinkansen station for Hakone is Odawara. You can use this as a base to explore Hakone as well as make easy day trips with the Shinkansen. An other nice play to stay at is Hakone-Yumoto, which is also easily accessible form Odwara.

Hope this helps too :)


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