questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

hakata to kyoto

Hakata to Kyoto

Hi, i am planing a trip from Osaka to Hakata then back to Kyoto by Sinkansen. From Hakata to Kyoto only has Nozomi available. Is the JRPass is not valid for this train? If so, i need to transit at Shin-Osaka station by using Sakura then suing Hikari to Kyoto? Thanks

monimoku
monimoku

Hi there,

You are right. Using the JR Pass you would make a transfer at Shin-Osaka station and from there take the Sakura Shinkansen to Hakata station. The Nozomi unfortunately is not covered by the JR Pass.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
Expert_button_2

Hi,
While you can't take the fastest Nozomi train, as long as you take the next fastest like the Sakura, the time difference is not that significant. Most people paying regular train fare naturally try for the faster Nozomi anyway, and you might get a better seat by the Sakura anyways.
Hakata is a very enjoyable, underrated place by the way, with enough to keep you busy. The Nanzoin Temple is one of Japan's finest yet almost totally unknown, plus the Yusentei and Rakusuien Gardens are very beautiful. The city has the best nightlife on the island, and the people are very proud of their tonkotsu ramen - try some at a ramen stall (yatai) at night if you have the chance. There are many great places to see, and they are not overrun by crowds of tourists like in Osaka or Kyoto. For train schedules etc, look at Hyperdia.

Toraneko
Toraneko

Hi Daniel-San, it certainly help, thanks.

monimoku
monimoku

Hi Torenako

Thanks for the advise.

Can i use the JR pass traveling in Kyushu. i am thinking of staying a night in Yufuin to enjoy its onsen, any recommendation and suggestion for onsen hotel?

thanks
monimoku

monimoku
monimoku

Hi,
Yes, you can easily use your JR Pass in Kyushu and go to Yufuin. Beppu is another possibility. Yufuin is quiet (perhaps too quiet) with nice hot springs and some quaint shopping. Beppu has some other good tourist draws though, like its Hells Tour, plus the nearby Takasakiyama monkey park/aquarium. Kurokawa in Kumamoto is another option, which is famous for its forested area and outdoor baths - but you'd need to take a bus or rental car to get there.

Another possibility is Unzen in Nagasaki - and Nagasaki City is one of the most interesting in Japan.

Toraneko
Toraneko

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