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worth the jr pass for upcoming trip in a couple of weeks.

Worth the JR pass for upcoming trip in a couple of weeks.

Hi there.

I am just wondering if it's worth me getting a JR pass for my trip to Japan. I am planning the following route

Tokyo-Matsumoto-Takayama-Kanazawa-Tokyo

With side trips to Kamikochi (is it better to do day trip from Matsumoto or Takayama?) and Shirakawago. I know these are prob not covered by the pass. However, are the other routes covered? I get confused with hyperdia website as not sure if some LTD exp trains are covered like the shinano and hida.

I would really appreciate your help with this and hope to hear from you at your earliest opportunity, and hopefully that is fairly soon as I would like to lock in hotels, etc as well. Thanks so much.

danstro
danstro

Hello there,

Yes, a JR Pass is well worth considering for this route (if you can return to Tokyo in 7 days). Both the Shinano and Hida ltd. express trains are included in the JR Pass.

Bus travel to Kamikochi (I recommend going from Matsumoto) and to Shirakawa-go, are however not included.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you so much for this. Really helped me out. Very much appreciated.

Do you think 2 days in Matsumoto and 2 days in Takayama and 2 days Kanazawa? Or is any of those place worth seeing for longer than others?

I look forward to your advice and answer. Thanks in advance and hope to hear from you again soon. Thank you.

danstro
danstro

Hi there,

I think 2 days in every city is nice, Takayama is a bit small though. So you could look at making a day trip from there. Think of Shirakawago.

Hope this helps :)
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you so much!

And do you think I should do a day in Nagano in my itinerary somewhere? Maybe on way back to Tokyo? Or in between the other destinations? This will most likely be my last question. Thanks so so much for your efforts!

danstro
danstro

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