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14 day or 21 day pass for this itinerary ?

HelenMaya
HelenMaya
9 days ago
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HI Daniel,
greetings again. Still not clear on which pass to use on the following itinerary re days and when to start. This is my first visit to Japan and I'm travelling with my teenage daughter.

My itinerary so far is as follows:
December 3 Narita Airport terminal 2. to Tokyo (evening)
Dec 8 tokyo to Nagano and on to Yamanouchi (yudanaka station) for snow monkeys overnight
dec 9-11 Kanazawa (not sure if we do should take side trip on way)
dec11-13 Takayama
DEc 13 19 Kyoto (Including day trip to Nara)
Dec 19-21 Hirosima (with day trip by ferry to Miyajima )
Dec 21-24 Osaka ..( with possible day trip to mt Koya)
24 December Osaka to Narita Airport terminal 2 (Plane leaves at 7.20 pm so I think we have enough time to get there)
Should I get 21 day or 14 day pass?
Once I have the pass I have some questions about which trains to take in the Nagano/Kanazawa/Takayama area and whether I should include a stop at Shirakawa (bis?..does JRPass cover this)
Thankyou once again.
Kind regards Helen

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Daniel-san
16277 posts
5 days ago
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Hi Helen,

I would suggest using a 21-day JR Pass. You will be travelling for a period longer than 14-days and the price difference to upgrade to a 21-day JR Pass is less than the cost for a one way to Tokyo.

Personally I love Kanazawa and there's plenty to see and do (Kanazawa castle, Kenrokuen garden, downtown wandering & shopping, the old Geisha quarter, the list goes on...).

Shirakawa-go is beautiful but quite small, you could do it as a half a day trip. Note that the bus to Shirakawa-go is not included in the JR Pass.

Kind regards,
Daniel


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