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itinerary check 11 nights including tateyama kurobe route

Itinerary check 11 nights including Tateyama Kurobe route

Hallo, I wonder if you could comment on this itinerary and if it's all covered by JR pass

16 Nov arrive Tokyo
17 Nov Tokyo
18 Nov Tokyo ... any day trip suggestions Nikko
19 Nov Tokyo
20 Nov Osaka
21 Nov Osaka .. day trip to Nara and bamboo forest
22 Nov Osaka
23 Nov Kanazawa or Toyama whichever is more convenient for the next
day travelling Tateyama Kurobe route
24 Nov Takayama
25 Nov Takayama
26 Nov Tokyo
27 Nov fly home..... have a booking at Gibhli museum at 10am and flight home at 8pm

Many thanks


Hi there,

While most of the itinerary looks good, there's one point that certainly needs reviewing. That is travel from the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route to Takayama. You will finish the route at Shinano-Omachi if you start near Toyama. The problem is that it is not easy to get from Shinano-Omachi to Takayama. Here's a map to give you an idea of the route. My advise would be to stay near Shinano-Omachi or maybe Matsumoto and travel on the following day.

Nearly all rail travel in your itinerary is covered, only travel from Toyama to and on the Kurobe Alpine route is not included.

Hope this helps,

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Thank you for your quick reply!

Regarding the Kurobe alpine route.. I was thinking of travelling in from Toyama to Tateyama and as far as the Kurobe dam .. then back tracking back to Toyama and down to Takayama. Does that sound ridiculous?
Would you advise a JR pass for the whole itinerary?

Many thanks


Hello again!

Yes that would make more sense. It is hard to say exactly how far you could travel but I think you should consider going back after 3 to 3.5h of travel on the alpine route.

Will you be traveling to Osaka on the 20th? In that case I think a 7 day JR Pass would suit your itinerary best. Given that you'd use it from Nov 20th - Nov 26th.

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