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almost 4 years ago
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I will arrive in Japan on Saturday march 22nd (9 am) at Chubu Int. / Nagoya and leave from Tokyo narita on Wednesday april 2nd (10 am). I stay in Nagoya (Kasugai) from 24-26th due to business and have a hotel in nagoya area until then. I came up with the following itinerary:

sat - Nagoya
sun - Kyoto
mon - Kyoto or Magome Nakasendo
tue - wed Nagoya/Kasugai
thu - leaving early to Takayama (and to Ainokura)
fri - same area probably or tateyama (snow walls)
sat - to tokyo
sun - tokyo
mon - nikko ???
tue - Tokyo
wed - departure

I was checking railway passes and it looks like the JR pass equals the costs for normal tickets so I would just buy one to have less hassle like having to wait at the ticket office/machine (or is it the other way round ?). I'm a bit confused about the nagoya-takayama rail, I read somewhere that it is operated privately but shows up on maps as operated by JR. In principal I would take the fastest connections (or most scenic) and not only JR. I would use the JR pass from sun (to Kyoto) to sat (to Tokyo). Would like to include a Onsen but don't know where and when I can fit it in my itinerary.

Is this itinerary alright ? Too many days in Tokyo / more in Kyoto ? straight to Kyoto from Chubu int. ? I'm rather into nature than temples but interested in samurais, shoguns and anything that is crazy and weird as well..

ciao and merci

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almost 4 years ago
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Hi there!

Looking at your itinerary I think that you'd actually be able to make good savings as you visit both Kyoto, Takayama and Tokyo. Remember that you can also use it for a day trip (such as Nikko) and you are golden. The JR Pass works as one ticket for all your travel and you can get on any train just by showing it to the JR Staff, this makes travel a lot easier because you don't have to buy tickets all the time.

For an Onsen visit there are a couple of good option near Takayama. You could either visit Gero Onsen which is directly on the route between Nagoya and Takayama or visit Okuhida which is just north of Takayama and offers some amazing views over the area. The JR Pass covers the train to Takayama which is the fastest and also the most scenic route, it's actually one of my own favorite routes in Japan.

I would certainly recommend a visit to Nikko btw, as it houses the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu which was one of the most important Shogun ever, it is very impressive.

Hope this helps!

2 posts
almost 4 years ago

ありがとう! Exactly the information I was looking for. Heiko

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