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haneda - tokyo - lake kawaguchi - gotenba - kyoto - osaka - kansai in 8 days

Haneda - Tokyo - Lake Kawaguchi - Gotenba - Kyoto - Osaka - Kansai in 8 days

Dear Daniel-San,
I'm in group of 5 adults and 2 children (11 & 12), arrive in Haneda at 21 June 2015 and staying in Asakusa. We are looking for your advise if we should buy 7-days JR pass or not, wheater it is more efficient for us or not. Below is our detail itinerary:
21 June - Arrive Haneda midnight
22 June - travel to Asakusa - buy 1-day common pass for Haneda -Asakusa - Harajuku - Shibuya - Akihabara - Asakusa
23 June - Asakusa/Ueno - Maihama - Disney Sea - Maihama - Asakusa (exchange JR pass in this day if using JR Pass?)
24 June - Asakusa/Ueno - Lake Kawaguchi - Gotenba - Ueno/Asakusa
25 June - Ueno (Tokyo) - Tsukiji Market
26 June - Tokyo - Kyoto --> Ueno-Kyoto (05:29am-08:02) by JR Keihin Tohoku Line + Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen Is this valid schedule ? (is this Sanyo Shinkansen COVERED by my 7-day JR Pass?)
26 June (continued) - Arashiyama - Kiyomizudera Temple - Higashiyama District - Gion District - Nishiki Market - (any coverage by JR Pass in this section?)
27 June - Kyoto Station, travel to Osaka by Shinkansen (is this Shinkansen Kyoto - Osaka covered by JR Pass?)
27 June (continued) - Osaka Castle - Shitennoji Temple - Universal Studio area - Shinosaka Hotel (any coverage by JR Pass in this section?)
28 June - Change hotel to Namba Area (Osaka Station - Minami Senba Area - any coverage by JR Pass in this section?)
28 June (continued) - Sightseeing around Minami (Namba area) - Dotonburi Tenjinbashi suji - Sinsaibashi street - some in Umeda ( Kita)
29 June - Namba Area to Kansai Airport - (any coverage by JR Pass in this section?)

Sorry for the detail question, I'm looking forward to your kind response.

Regards,
Lulu

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lwinata

Dear Lulu,

That's a very nice and detailed itinerary.

I checked your itinerary to see if a JR Pass would be useful. However I would recommend buying normal transport tickets for your itinerary, because the cost of normal tickets is below the price of a 7 day JR Pass.

A 7 day JR Pass would have been very useful if you made a return Tokyo - Osaka or Tokyo - Kyoto but does not pay of since you travel only one way.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Dear Daniel-San,
Thank you for your super fast response, I appreciate it.
May ask you furthermore about the use of JR Pass, which is my main point of the question. Let me try again:

If I have a JR Pass:

  1. can I ride the local service JR trains example: JR Chuo/Sobu Line Local Service, JR Keiyo Line Rapid, etc, (except for Nozomi, Mizuho)
  2. can I ride the JR Sanyo Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto? Tohoku line?

Question no. 1 and 2 above means using JR 7-day pass, no additional charge (except for subways, metros, buses)

I hope I made it clearer for you.

Thanking you in advance, Daniel-San

Regards,
Lulu

lwinata
lwinata

Hi Lulu,

1.) Yes all of these are covered by the JR Pass.

2.) Yes all shinkansen lines are covered by the JR Pass.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you Daniel - San!
You are very helpful. I'm looking forward to visit Japan this month.

Arigato,
Lulu

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