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Best route for our Japan itinerary

7 months ago
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Hi all,

We are wanting to travel to Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hakone and Osaka and are currently trying to map out the most efficient route to take using the JR pass.

Given the different trains available on some routes, the travel times vary greatly.

Can anyone advise the best order to visit these cities using the JR pass to make the most of our time there and minimise travel time between destinations?

Thank you

15896 posts
7 months ago

Hi there,

As you say the best route depends on various factors. In general, stick to the Shinkansen, these are the high-speed bullet trains that will get you from point A->B in no time.

As a bit of general advice. For travel times, I recommend learning to plan with Hyperdia this way you can find any route/timetable and more. It's a great tool for planning with the JR Pass. We also have a useful interactive map with all JR lines included.

Hope this helps,

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