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japan rail pass advice for 12 day itinerary

Japan Rail Pass Advice for 12 Day Itinerary

Hi,

It's my first time to Japan and I'm a little confused with the options of the Japan Rail Pass or Regional Tourist Passes. Could you please advise if I should get a Japan Rail Pass or should I get individual area/regional tourist passes (as per the below) for the following itinerary.

Day 1 Arrive Osaka - Kyoto Single ticket Osaka - Kyoto
Day 2 Kyoto - travel around Kyoto Sanyo Area Pass (4 days)
Day 3 Kyoto - Nara Sanyo Area Pass (4 days)
Day 4 Kyoto - Hiroshima - Miyajima Sanyo Area Pass (4 days)
Day 5 Miyajima - Osaka - Kanazawa Sanyo Area Pass (4 days), then Takayama-Hokoriku Area Pass
Day 6 Kanazawa - Takayama Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass (5 days)
Day 7 Takayama (Shirakawa-go) Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass (5 days)
Day 8 Takayama (Kamikochi) Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass (5 days)
Day 9 Takayama - Nagoya - Hakone Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass, then single ticket Nagoya

                                                                                       to Hakone, then Hakone Free Pass

Day 10 Hakone - Tokyo - Nikko Hakone Free Pass - 2 days, then All Nikko Pass
Day 11 Nikko All Nikko Pass
Day 12 Nikko - Tokyo (Depart Narita) All Nikko Pass

Any help would be great.

Thank you.

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I am a little confused - first, when are you traveling?
The Sanyo Area Pass will be discontinued on Feb 28th. You can go from Kansai to Kanazawa though on the Takayama-Hokoriku Area Pass, but the Takayama-Hokoriku Area Pass will be discontinued near the end of June.

You might want to see these links and make some changes if needed:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_04.html

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_kansai_hiroshima.html

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_takayama_hokuriku.html

Toraneko
Toraneko

Hi Toraneko,

Thank you for your quick reply. I arrive to Osaka on 2nd June and depart Tokyo on 13th June.

I've had a look at the links that you sent - great info.

So, the itinerary looks like the below:

Jun-02 Arrive Osaka - Kyoto
Jun-03 Kyoto - travel around Kyoto
Jun-04 Kyoto - Nara
Jun-05 Kyoto - Hiroshima - Miyajima
Jun-06 Miyajima - Osaka - Kanazawa

Jun-07 Kanazawa - Takayama
Jun-08 Takayama (Shirakawa-go)
Jun-09 Takayama (Kamikochi)
Jun-10 Takayama - Nagoya - Hakone

Jun-11 Hakone - Tokyo - Nikko

Jun-12 Nikko
Jun-13 Nikko - Tokyo (Depart Narita)

Should I get different regional / tourist passes for the different blocks or should I just get one Japan Rail Pass for the trip?

Thank you.

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Jun-02 Arrive Osaka - Kyoto
Jun-03 Kyoto - travel around Kyoto
Jun-04 Kyoto - Nara
Jun-05 Kyoto - Hiroshima - Miyajima
Jun-06 Miyajima - Osaka - Kanazawa

Jun-07 Kanazawa - Takayama
Jun-08 Takayama (Shirakawa-go)
Jun-09 Takayama (Kamikochi)
Jun-10 Takayama - Nikko

Jun-11 Nikko - Tokyo

Jun-12 Hakone day trip from Tokyo
Jun-13 Tokyo (Depart Narita)

Haruka ICOCA package for June 2, 7 day JR Pass for June 5 - 11, Hakone Free Pass for June 12
https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/travel-information/pass/icoca-haruka/ http://www.odakyu.jp/english/deels/freepass/hakone/

FK
FK

Hi there,

I had a look at your itinerary to find the best option and would recommend a 7 day JR Pass. You could make very good savings over normal tickets by using it from Jun 5 - June 11. This would cover most of your otherwise expansive travel and you could supplement the 7 day JR Pass with local tickets in Kansai (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara) and from Nikko - Narita Airport.

You can also consider a Hakone Free Pass, depending on how much travel you plan to do within Hakone. Generally the pass is used well when making a circle trough the region or if you at least spend two days there.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi FK and Daniel,

Thank you very much for your assistance. Will go with your advice.

Regards,
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