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7 Days Japan Rail Pass Itinerary

Shoppinglindawati
Shoppinglindawati
7 months ago
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Hi Daniel,

I plan to go to Japan with the following itinerary:
20 Oct - Kansai International Airport
21 Oct - Osaka
22 Oct - Osaka
23 Oct - Osaka to Nara (Round Trip)
24 Oct - Osaka to Tokyo
25 Oct - Tokyo - Karuizawa (Round Trip)
26 Oct - Tokyo
27 Oct - Tokyo to Nikko
28 Oct - Nikko to Tokyo
29 Oct - Narita International Airport
I will use the pass to cover my last seven (7) days in Japan (i.e. 23-29 Oct).

23 Oct - Osaka to Nara (Round Trip)
Even though I will activate my pass on this day, I will probably not use any JR train at all because the access from my hotel to Nara is easier by Kintetsu line.

24 Oct - Osaka to Tokyo
I will use shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo by Hikari.
When will be the fastest day I can reserve my seat for Hikari? Is it 23 Oct (i.e. when I activate my pass)?

25 Oct - Tokyo - Karuizawa (Round Trip)
I will use Hokuriku Shinkansen Hakutaka to travel to and from Karuizawa.
Reservation is mandatory on Hokuriku Shinkansen.

26 Oct - Tokyo
I plan to go to railway museum at Omiya and will utilize shinkansen to go there since my son is a fan of shinkansen.
I plan to ride Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa and Akita Shinkansen Komachi.
Reservation is mandatory for Tohoku Shinkansen but not mandatory for Akita Shinkansen.

27 Oct - Tokyo to Nikko
28 Oct - Nikko to Tokyo
I plan to ride Tohoku Shinkansen Tsubasa to go to Utsunomiya and then continue with JR Nikko Line.
How could I make a reservation for JR Nikko Line? Can I use the green machine or at any JR ticket office as well?

29 Oct - Narita International Airport
I plan to use NEX to go to Narita International Airport.

Based on the rides that I plan, I need to make a lot of reservations.
Should I make all reservations in advance at one go since my itinerary is quite fixed?

Thanks in advance, Daniel!

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Daniel-san
18835 posts
7 months ago
Expert

Hello there,

Thank you for the detailed itinerary, let me know if I got all your questions covered!

" When will be the fastest day I can reserve my seat for Hikari? Is it 23 Oct (i.e. when I activate my pass)?" You can do so from the day that you activate the pass, which could be the first day that you arrive in Japan. Even if you plan on starting the pass later on.

" How could I make a reservation for JR Nikko Line? Can I use the green machine or at any JR ticket office as well?" The JR Nikko line are mostly just local trains and won't have seat reservations but with the JR Pass you can use the Shinkansen with a reserved seat between Tokyo and Utsunomiya.

Kind regards,
Daniel


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