I will be traveling in Japan for 3 weeks starting April 23rd. I already ordered my 21-days JR pass from this website and will be using it mostly from a base in Kobe (with a few days in Hokkaido if I can).
After playing with Hyperdia a bit, I have a few questions:
I'm having trouble finding overnight trains. Is there a particular trick to use in Hyperdia to accomplish that? From the results I've obtained it looks like there are very few routes where that is an option, but looking in this forum I get the feeling there should be much more. Alternatively, is there a rail map that highlights such routes?
I'd like to do a few day trips from Kobe, possibly as far away as Tokyo. Is that overly ambitious? I realize I would be spending 7+ hours on the train and only a few hours in the city (without Nozomi it looks like there are few choices for early trains and late trains back). I guess I'd like to hear others' experiences doing something like that.
I don't see an option to show only routes that have Green cars. Is there another resource I could look at?
Thanks a lot!
P.S: There are many places online to order a JR pass and the price is pretty close everywhere. I chose jrpass.com because of the quality of the forums and the very helpful, knowledgeable and quick replies from the staff. Keep up the good work!