questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

can we use jr pass?

Can we use JR pass?

Hi :)
we will be going to Japan this September.
We will arrived at Narita Airport > Osaka
Can i ask how to get to Kitanoda Station ?

Narita > Tokyo > Osaka >Nankai Koya Line > Kitanoda Station
1.What trains/ lines do we need to use ?
2. Are these covered by JR pass?

thank you

jcassie
jcassie

Hi,
If you are only going one way and not returning to Tokyo, then a 7 day pass would not be cost effective for you.

You can see regular fares, routes and schedules on Hyperdia.

Toraneko
Toraneko

thanks for the reply :)
we will be back to Tokyo after a few days after Osaka ^
is this covered by JR pass ?Nankai Koya Line > Kitanoda Station

jcassie
jcassie

Hi,
Nankai is not JR - it is a private railway line, so unfortunately it is not covered by the pass.

Best of luck.

Toraneko
Toraneko
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Hello,
Unfortunately you cannot take the Nozomi with the JR Pass. So to see schedules, follow your last example and uncheck "Nozomi.." from the More Options. Hikari is perfectly fine though.
It's a bit unclear what you plan to do in Kitanoda. Most people pass through it to go to Koyasan, which is a nice overnight trip. Sakai City does have the Daisen Koen Gardenthat you might like though.
Since you are already seeing Tokyo, you can largely skip Osaka during the day. After the temples of Kyoto close down around 5PM, you can zip over to Osaka for the evening. At night the city comes alive and has some great places to see, such as Dotonbori, plus the night views from the Umeda Sky Bldg, and Abeno Harukas Bldg are wonderful.
The best of the area is really in Kyoto and Nara. Plus Himeji Castle nearby is the finest in the country. In Kyoto you could spend weeks there and not see everything. The three best sights though are the Kinkakuji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Fushimi is the most time consuming; you could spend a couple of hours to over half a day if you want to romp over all the trails. And the Otagi Nenbutsuji is one of the most humorous and whimsical places you could visit in Japan - well worth visiting, even for kids.
Nara is often neglected by some tourists, which is a shame. Missing the Todaiji Great Buddha in Nara is like going to India and skipping the Taj Mahal. Nara Park has a lot of great places, such as Kasuga Shrine, Kofukuji Temple, and feeding the many deer in the area.
A few other great places missed out even by those who go to Nara though are the Isuien and Yoshikien Gardens. They are gorgeous and not crowded at all.
In addition, there are other numerous great places you can visit in the area. Okayama is not far and it is famous for its castle, plus Korakuen, one of Japan's Top 3, and also the Handayama Garden. If you'd like to get off the beaten trail for a while, the half day hike up to Konpirasan in Kotohira is stunning. Going to Takamatsu is also nice - it has one of Japan's finest gardens also, called Ritsurin.
Hiroshima also has a number of good places. Miyajima is the most famous, and aside from Hiroshima itself, Onomichi with its temple tour and Kosanji Temple is spectacular. Just beyond Miyajima also lies Iwakuni with its historical bridge and castle on top of the mountain. Taikodani is also a beautiful shrine in Tsuwano, Shimane. Hagi Castle was actually delightful, and the preserved samurai district and Mori related temples a rarity. One of the very best is the Akiyoshi Limestone Cave, a 300 million year old wonder with huge caverns and underground river running through it. You should have plenty to see and enjoy.

Toraneko
Toraneko

Hi :) thank you so much for the reply and suggestions

I would like to ask how to get to Esaka Station from Narita airport ?
Is it posiible to get there with the use of JR pass ?

I tried Hyperdia ( X nozomi, X Private line , X airplane ) but can't find it .
Is midosuji line covered by Jr pass?
http://www.jrpass.com/images/map/osaka_metro_map.pdf

Our hotel is located at Esaka .

Next question :)
We will be roaming around in Osaka ~
Can we use JR pass for this place?
Dotonburi
Universal Studio
Osaka Castle
Kyoto : Arashiyama, Inari shrine, kinkakuji, Gion

jcassie
jcassie

Hi,
The reason why you're not finding the route is because the Midosuji Line is part of the Osaka subway system and not covered under the pass.
You can see it correctly here:

http://bit.ly/1CSeO57

It is actually very easy and convenient to get to Esaka - just change at Shin-Osaka Stn. For your other destinations in Osaka, yes you can use JR to go to Dotonbori, see info here or just take the Midosuji subway all the way there, and USJ here, but not for Osaka Castle - see here
For Kyoto, yes from Kyoto Stn you can go to Arashiyama and the Inari Shrine, but not Kinkakuji and Gion. For Arashiyama you might want to see these half day and full day itineraries, but feel free to modify them as you like.

Good luck

Toraneko
Toraneko

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