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Itinerary possible using just the JR Rail pass?

missbunni
missbunni
about 4 years ago
5 responses

Hello, I will be traveling to Japan in Feb and was wondering if this itinerary was possible by usingo nly the JR Rail Pass? Thank you

3 1/2 days in Tokyo- travel mid-day to Kyoto (5 hrs) - over night in Kyoto

2 days in Kyoto - travel to Osaka (1 hr) - overnight in Osaka

1 day in Osaka - travel to Hiroshima (3 hours) - overnight in Hiroshima

1 day in Hiroshima and night in Hiroshima

Travel day to Nagasaki (5 hours) - Overnight in Nagasaki

Day in Nagasaki - travel later in the day to Beppu (5 hrs)

Overnight in Beppu and day in Beppu

Train to Tokyo later in the day - overnight in Tokyo - fly out the next day

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Daniel-san
12223 posts
about 4 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi there!

Yes the JR Pass covers all routes and it looks like one great trip!

Let me know if you have other questions - I am here to help! :)
-Daniel

missbunni
missbunni
5 posts
about 4 years ago

Thank you so much, Daniel! I wish I had more time as there is so much to see and do there. I thought Beppu would be a nice stop over on the way back to break up the long trip back. I tried to map it out as best as I could with the estimated timetables. The website is a little hard to read for where the stations are, etc.

missbunni
missbunni
5 posts
about 4 years ago

I was considering buying the 7 day pass but it looks like I might need to purchase one or two more segments in addition to that.

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Daniel-san
12223 posts
about 4 years ago
Expert button 2

You could also consider a 14 day JR Pass, you would still be making great savings with the amount of travel which you plan to do. The trip Nagasaki - Buppu is quite a ride (but well worth making).

missbunni
missbunni
5 posts
about 4 years ago

I will definitely buy the 14 day pass. That looks like a much better option. Is there a big difference between the green and ordinary seats? I read that you have to make reservations for the green prior to boarding or you can always ride in the ordingary ones with no reservation. Are they a lot more comfortable?

Is it a big trek to Beppu? I am very tahnkful that you mentioned it above! I am unsure of all the stops/transfers to get there. Ideally I'd like to Eight Hells there.

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Daniel-san
12223 posts
about 4 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi Again,

The difference between green and ordinary seats is that green seats offer about 50% more space and have more luxurious seats. The real reason to consider traveling by Green car is that a lot less people travel by green car. This is great to avoid some of the traveling crowd and makes for a much more relaxed traveling experience. With the JR Green pass you can also make use of normal reserved or non reserved seats. Personally I love green class but I think that ordinary class will suffice for most people.

The trip to Beppu does take 5 hours but it is not hard to make. First take the limited express train from Nagasaki - Hakata (Fukuoka). At Hakata take the Shinkansen for a short trip to Kokura from where you can take the Sonic limited express to Beppu. I have made the trip several times myself and enjoy making the train trip by itself.

missbunni
missbunni
5 posts
about 4 years ago

Thank you so, so much for the help! I will buy the upgraded ticket. That will be nice for such a long journey up and down Japan. Beppu sounds great for a stopover in between Nagasaki and Tokyo! I wanted to get there somehow and that may work out the best. Thanks again very much!


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