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Traveling to Japan in March 2014

kayaker_dave
kayaker_dave
over 4 years ago
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We will be staying 14 days. I have my flight and hotels booked, but wanted to check the train transportation. We will arrive in Narita and use it for a base to travel to Tokyo, Kamakura and Nikko. Then travel to Kyoto, use it as a base and travel to Takayama, Nara, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Then from Kyoto back to Narita to fly out. So I have a few questions. It does not appear that we can get to Miyajima by train, so what is our best option and the Himeji Castle is under construction, is this a place to see with our limited time? And can we reach all of these cities from Narita and Kyoto by train using the JR Pass? Thank you in advance.

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Daniel-san
12267 posts
over 4 years ago
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Hi there,

All places you wish to visit are covered by the JR Pass, this even includes a visit to Miyajima.
To reach Miyajima, take a local train from Hiroshima station to Miyajimaguchi. You can board the ferry to Miyajima island itself, the great part is that the ferry is also covered by the JR Pass.

I think a quick stop over at Himeji it is something I would skip for now, the castle is reaching the final stages of the reconstruction but the castle is closed to public because of this. If you do want to make a stop somewhere consider a visit to Kobe instead, this is only one stop away from Himeji and has a lot of interesting spots.

I hope this helps!
Daniel

kayaker_dave
kayaker_dave
2 posts
over 4 years ago

Sorry for the delayed response. Thank you very much for the help and advice.


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