questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

kyoto to nagano

Kyoto to Nagano

Hi, we will be travelling from Kyoto to Tsugaike on 21st December. Using google map we can either take the:
1. JR Thunderbird then Hokuriku-Shinkansen (at Kanazawa Station) to Nagano then a bus to Tsugaike or
2. Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen then JR Shinano (at Nagoya Station) to Nagano then a bus to Tsugaike

A. Which options is more scenic? Mountain vs Seaside?
B. Both Hokuriku-Shinkansen and Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen can use JR pass?

Thanks. JC


Hi there,

1.) I think option 2 is better when it comes to scenery. Especially the part after Nagoya station.

2.) Both are covered by the JR Pass, you could make a round trip to decide for yourself which is better :)

A third option would be to take the Tokaido Shinkansen all the way to Tokyo and Hokuriku Shinkansen from there to Nagano. You can see Fuji flash by on a beautiful day from the Tokaido.

Hope this helps,

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