questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

tokyo to osaka vv osaka to tokyo

Tokyo to Osaka vv Osaka to Tokyo


Im visiting Tokyo on 25th to 28th nov 2015 (3days in TYO) and thereafter to Osaka from 28th to 30th Nov 2015 (3days in KIX).

1)Would i be able to use the JR pass to travel from TYO to KIX, and what type of JR pass should i purchase for this route.

2)I would be visiting Mt Fuji in 27th Nov, what is the chances of going up to 5th level during this time of the year?

Thank you very much



For #1
If you are only going one way and not return to Tokyo, a JR Pass world not be cost effective.

There is no interesting scenery or anything to do on the 5th station. If you want to see Mt Fuji, it is better from a distance, from places like Hakone or the Fuji 5 Lakes Area. Sometimes the weather does not cooperate and visibility of the mountain in not good, but even if that is the case, the 2 areas both offer other good things to see and do. There are regional passes for both.


If you are willing to add a couple of side trips, you could actually make a 7 day pass pay off. Nikko is one place north of Tokyo that is very beautiful and popular. Himeji near Kyoto is also very good and has Japan's best castle. Beyond the Kansai area is also a whole number of good places.
Both Hakone and the Fuji 5 Lakes Area can give good views of Mt Fuji when the weather is cooperating, but unfortunately it frequently does not.
In such a case, Hakone provides a lot of other things you can see and do.
In Tokyo a few of the best places to see are the Tsukiji Fish Market, plus the site that every last tourist goes to see, the Sensoji Temple. If you are in Tokyo on a Sunday afternoon, be sure to go visit Harajuku to see the youth with their wild fashions. Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park are next to it and well worth seeing also. And be sure not to miss the Shibuya Hachiko intersection especially on a weekend when it looks like half the city is crossing the street all at once.
In Kyoto you could spend weeks there and not see everything. The three best sights though are the Kinkakuji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Fushimi is the most time consuming; you could spend a couple of hours to over half a day if you want to romp over all the trails. And the Otagi Nenbutsuji is one of the most humorous and whimsical places you could visit in Japan - well worth visiting, even for kids.
Nara is often neglected by some tourists, which is a shame. Missing the Todaiji Great Buddha in Nara is like going to India and skipping the Taj Mahal. Nara Park has a lot of great places, such as Kasuga Shrine, Kofukuji Temple, and feeding the many deer in the area.
A few other great places missed out even by those who go to Nara though are the Isuien and Yoshikien Gardens. They are gorgeous and not crowded at all.
Since you are already seeing Tokyo, you can largely skip Osaka during the day. After the temples of Kyoto close down around 5PM, you can zip over to Osaka for the evening. At night the city comes alive and has some great places to see, such as Dotonbori, plus the night views from the Umeda Sky Bldg, and Abeno Harukas Bldg are wonderful.
In addition, there are other numerous great places you can visit in the area. Okayama is not far and it is famous for its castle, plus Korakuen, one of Japan's Top 3, and also the Handayama Garden. If you'd like to get off the beaten trail for a while, the half day hike up to Konpirasan in Kotohira is stunning. Going to Takamatsu is also nice - it has one of Japan's finest gardens also, called Ritsurin.
Hiroshima also has a number of good places. Miyajima is the most famous, and aside from Hiroshima itself, Onomichi with its temple tour and Kosanji Temple is spectacular. Just beyond Miyajima also lies Iwakuni with its historical bridge and castle on top of the mountain. Hagi Castle was actually delightful, and the preserved samurai district and Mori related temples a rarity. One of the very best is the Akiyoshi Limestone Cave, a 300 million year old wonder with huge caverns and underground river running through it. There should be no shortage of places to enjoy.


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