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14 Days Trip in Japan

about 3 years ago
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Anyone ever had trip from Tokyo, Kansai, Hokkaido in 14 days? I need to know the best route for this.

I'm thinking to visit these places if possible.

Tokyo, Shirakawago, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe , Nara, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Tomamu/Niseko.

And what is the best pass for my trip.

Kindly need your advise.


16605 posts
about 3 years ago

Hi there,

I've done similar (crazy) trips and it is trips like these where you get fantastic value out of a JR Pass, especially Green Class.

That said, you will spend numerous hours on the train. Personally I love getting on the train and just see the landscape pass by while reading a book, learning Japanese or doing some work. Still I realize that not everything enjoys being on the move, so you should ask yourself if you want to do so. You can use websites like www.hyperdia.com to get an idea of travel times.

The JR Pass would be your best choice here, hands down. It would cover nearly all your travel. The only part so far not included is the bus to Shirakawago from either Takayama or Kanazawa.

Enjoy Japan!

1303 posts
about 3 years ago

It's really up to the details... one possible option would be using a 7 day JR Pass along with a JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass. The latter has a validity of 14 days and it's a flex pass, making it extremely versatile. However, the pass doesn't cover Asahikawa. It's unfortunate Japan doesn't have a lot more of these types of passes. With 14 days, it would be well worth it to stop at an interesting place along the way, such as Hakodate.

Along with Shirakawago, you'd need to take a bus to get all the way to Niseko.

The other alternative would be to get the JR Pass for going to Shirakawago and Kansai, and flying from Tokyo or Kansai to Sapporo. There are dirt cheap airfares on low cost carriers like Jet Star, Peach or Vanilla Air. Then perhaps a Hokkaido rail pass would work out for you.
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 excellent.
On another evening, you could also go and see Kobe.

Good luck.

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