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isa77
isa77
over 3 years ago
3 responses

Hi,

I'm travelling with my partner to Japan in November and I just wanted to check that a 14 day JR pass is suitable for this 3 week itinerary (if we were to activate it on the 4th, when we leave Tokyo) or if any other ticket combination/pass is more economical?:

1st Nov Narita airport>Tokyo
4th Nov (activate rail pass?) Tokyo>Murodo on Tateyama Alpine Route
5th Nov Murodo>Kamikochi
9th Nov Kamikochi>Kyoto
13th Nov Kyoto>Naoshima Art Island
14th Nov Naoshima Art Island>Ominichi (cycling the Shimanami Kaido route and staying in Setoda)
15th Nov Setoda>Hiroshima
17th Nov Hiroshima>Kagoshima and ferry to Yakushima
21st Nov Flight from Yakushima to Haneda/Haneda>Tokyo
22nd Nov Tokyo>Narita airport

Many thanks for your advice and help!
Isabel

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Daniel-san
12232 posts
over 3 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi Isabel,

I was looking at your itinerary for the best option(s). However what I was wondering about is whether you'll make the approach to the Alpine route via Toyama or Shinano-Omachi? Could you please let me know which you plan on taking, this way I could find the best option for you!

Hope to hear from you!
Daniel

It's a very cool itinerary and pretty unique too!

isa77
isa77
3 posts
over 3 years ago

Hi Daniel,

Glad you like our itinerary! We were thinking of going to Murodo via Shinano-Omachi. We thought it was probably quickest that way, taking a direct train from Tokyo to Matsumoto and then travelling on from there.

Please let me know what you think

Thanks for all your help

Isabel

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Daniel-san
12232 posts
over 3 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi Isabel,

Thank you for the clarification. Now let's have a look at ticket prices and see if the JR Pass would be a good buy.

Tokyo - Matsumoto ¥ 6,900
Murodo - Kamikochi, traveled on non-JR bus/transport
Kamikochi - Kyoto, travel to Takayama by bus from there rail to Kyoto ¥ 9,960
Kyoto - Uno for ferry to Naoshima ¥ 9,130
Setoda - Mainland with ferry, you could take the train from Sunami to Hiroshima ¥ 3,570
Hiroshima - Kagoshima ¥ 17,670

For a total of ¥ 47,230 the 14 day JR Pass is ¥ 46,390, meaning you could make small savings. However since I did not know the exact transport methods you, please see this as an estimate only.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

isa77
isa77
3 posts
over 3 years ago

Hi Daniel,
Great, thank you. I think we will buy it as it gives us more flexibility
Thanks for all your help
Isabel


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