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Itinerary for a 21 day rail pass

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21 days ago
2 responses

Hi, I've put together an itinerary and was wondering:
1. What rail passes would work to get me to the various destinations?
2. Is the order of destinations best for the rail pass?
3. When should I activate the pass?
It will be our first visit to Japan, and we like to see areas well rather than cover a wider area quickly. Advice on our itinerary would be appreciated too. Regards Grant
Days 1-4 Tokyo. Day trip to Kamakura
Days 5,6 Hakone
Days 7-10 Kyoto Day/ Night trip to Himeji, Osaka
Days11,12 Nara
Days 13-15 Kanazawa
Day 16 Shirakawago
Day 17-19 Takayama
Day 20,21 Kurobe Gorge and Unazuki
Day 22 Tokyo
Day 23 Nikko
Day 24 Tokyo

657 posts
13 days ago

Hi there,

I wouldn't recommend using rail passes for your itinerary due to the length of your trip - I would recommend looking into a Hakone FreePass for your time in Hakone, as the trains that connect Hakone to Odawara are not operated by the JR Group - the pass gives you access to this transport link as well as transport within the Hakone Area.

Kind regards,


2 posts
13 days ago

thanks Alex. Is it best to prebook rail tickets online before you go or just turn up on the day?
Regards Grant

657 posts
7 days ago

Hi there,

I'd try and book in advance where possible but as long as you're not travelling during peak tourist times of the year it's unlikely you'll have a problem booking seats on the day.

Good luck!

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