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Which rail passes to buy?

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Which rail passes to buy?

Option 1: JR West Rail Pass Kansai Hiroshima (5 days at 13,500 yen)

PLUS the Horuriku Arch Pass for 7 days at 24,000

Option 2: JR national rail pass for 14 days at 46,390 yen.

Option 3:other?

For the start of trip at Kyoto and end of trip in Tokyo, if I don't have enough days on pass to cover city transport should I buy a city pass?

Itinerary

Fly into Kansai 29 jan 6 nights in Kyoto

4 Jan train to Hiroshima - 2 nights

6 Jan train to Kanazawa - 2 nights

8 Jan train and\or bus to Akakura(myoko kogen)- 3 nights.

(If pass requires travel through or near Matsumoto I would add a night here I.e 11 Jan or 8 Jan.)

Train to Tokyo - 6 nights (with day trip or overnight to hakone or Nikko.

17 Jan fly out of Narita.

Based on type of train that can be used and value, which option would you suggest? I am still unsure which train lines can be used for

for Kanazawa, Akakura (Myoko) and on to Tokyo? (Possibly Matsumoto).

Thanks

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1. Re: Which rail passes to buy?

A 14-day Pass (46,390 Yen) either doesn't pay off, or it's breakeven at best.

Cheapest combination involves the use of 3 passes:

1. Kansai Hiroshima Pass from Jan 2 to Jan 6. Note that KHP only covers you as far as Tsuruga;

2. On Jan 6, get the Hokuriku Area Pass which covers Tsuruga onwwards to Kanazawa.

3. On Jan 8, use the HAP to ride Shinkansen from Kanazawa to Kurobe-Unazukionsen. You will then need to pay a supplement to reach of 3,160 Yen to reach Joetsumiyoko. At Joetsumiyoko, change to Echigo TOKImeki Railway for Arai, which you need to pay 410 Yen extra. Once you reach Arai, use JR East Pass Nagano/Niigata to Myokokogen. From Myokokogen onwards, you need to pay for the bus ride yourself.

For the rest of your trip, JR East Pass will cover the journey from Miyoko-Kogen to Tokyo, the Nikko day trip, and Narita Express ride back to NRT airport.

Total pass cost of the above is 13,500 Yen (KHP) + 5,000 Yen (HAP) + 17,000 Yen (JR East Nagano/Niigata). Add the 3,600 Yen or so supplemental rail fare listed above (not counting buses), for 40,000 Yen, you will get all your long journeys covered.

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For the KIX to Kyoto journey, get the ICOCA & Haruka discount:

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2. Re: Which rail passes to buy?

Thank you so much for untangling the rail pass web for me. Much appreciated!

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