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  1. Please take a look at our Japan Rail Pass Value Calculator: https://www.japanstation.com/japan-rail-pass-value-calculator/ Add the locations on your trip and click “Calculate Value” to find out if getting a JR Pass is worth it.
  2. Japan Bus Online offers an overnight bus from Katsuura Onsen to Tokyo: https://japanbusonline.com/en/CourseSearch/11100120002 There are several other online booking companies listed on this page: https://highway-bus.jnto.go.jp/en/
  3. Yes, you will need to exit at manned gate in Kanazawa and show your un-stamped pass together with Kyoto-Tsuruga ticket.
  4. Hello Kitty Shinkansen operates as "Kodama 730" from Hakata to Shin-Osaka. Departing Hakata at 6:40am and arriving at Shin-Osaka at 11:13am. You can buy tickets at any JR ticket office in Japan. It's a good idea to make ticket reservations as soon as you arrive in Japan because this train is very popular. You can find the details, including operation days, in this news release: https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/pdf/press_20180601.pdf
  5. When you enter ticket gates for the first time using your pass it gets stamped. If you use a regular ticket at Kyoto station, remain on board at Tsuruga and exit at Kanazawa you may be questioned why you don't have a stamp. Keep the Kyoto to Tsuruga ticket in case of any questions. It shouldn't be a problem as long as you can show the Kyoto to Tsuruga ticket.
  6. Nankai Airport Express is the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to travel from Osaka Namba to Kansai Airport: https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/
  7. We cannot predict whether a seat will be available or not. The tickets on this train are frequently sold out in advance. We recommend making alternative plans in case the tickets are not available on the same day.
  8. You can make a reservation at any JR ticket office in Japan. We recommend making a reservation as soon as you arrive in Japan. The tickets are frequently sold out in advance.
  9. The Sunrise Seto & Sunrise Izumo – overnight sleeper trains from Osaka to Tokyo. Some basic compartments are covered by JR Pass. Private cabins require additional payment. https://www.osakastation.com/the-sunrise-seto-sunrise-izumo-overnight-sleeper-trains-from-osaka-to-tokyo/
  10. Chuo Line Rapid Service is the fastest connection between Tokyo Station to Shinjuku. https://www.shinjukustation.com/jr-chuo-sobu-line-for-takao-mitaka-nakano-akihabara-ryogoku-tokyo/
  11. You can take the subway Midosuji line from Shin-Osaka to Namba. It’s not covered by JR Pass but it’s only 280 yen ($2.50)
  12. JR Pass doesn’t cover subway. Limited Express Haruka connects Kansai Airport to Kyoto and it’s covered by JR Pass: https://www.kyotostation.com/traveling-between-kyoto-and-kansai-international-airport/
  13. The fastest way to travel from Osaka-Namba to Kyoto is to take the subway Midosuji line to Umeda (Osaka Station) and take an express train to Kyoto from there. You can find more information on this page: https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-from-osaka-to-kyoto/
  14. You can take Tokaido Shinkansen line from Kyoto to Tokyo. https://www.kyotostation.com/the-tokaido-shinkansen/
  15. Tokaido Shinkansen line goes from Tokyo to Osaka and it's covered by JR Pass. You can find more information on this page: https://www.osakastation.com/the-tokaido-shinkansen-for-kyoto-nagoya-tokyo/
  16. The JR Hokkaido bus website is only available in Japanese: http://www.jrhokkaidobus.com/sp/ There are several English language sites listed on this page that may be helpful in your research: https://highway-bus.jnto.go.jp/en/
  17. The fastest way to travel from KIX to Nankai Namba is by Nankai Airport Express Rapi:t. This train has dedicated luggage space. It is not covered by JR Pass. https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/ If you choose to take a bus you can find the schedule for the bus to OCAT on this site: https://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/access/bus/ For general information regarding traveling between Osaka and Kansai International Airport visit: https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-between-osaka-and-kansai-international-airport/
  18. Kansai One Pass is just a special version of ICOCA card. Both Suica and ICOCA are accepted all over Japan. Kansai Thru Pass is similar to JR Pass, but offers unlimited travel on non-JR railways in Kansai region for a set number of days. You can use either ICOCA or Suica to travel from Osaka to Shugakuin. Both are accepted on Keihan and Eizan lines. You can find more information about IC cards here: https://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/ Eizan Line: https://www.kyotostation.com/the-eizan-electric-railway-for-kibune-kurama-mount-hiei/ Keihan Line: https://www.osakastation.com/the-keihan-main-line-traveling-to-kyoto-from-yodoyabashi-station/
  19. Sanyo Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima is currently operating on schedule. You can find the latest status on the JR West website: http://global.trafficinfo.westjr.co.jp/en/sanyo
  20. http://www.kate.co.jp/en/timetable/detail/UH
  21. It is a good idea to buy the bus ticket in advance. For more information about Chuo Bus visit: http://teikan.chuo-bus.co.jp/en/
  22. You will need to buy a ticket for the Chuo Bus. From Sapporo to Otaru you can use a Kitaca card. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitaca
  23. You can take an airport bus to Hotel Nikko, it's very close to Arrow Hotel, or take Nankai Airport Express to Namba and walk or taxi from there. You can find the hotel location on this map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Arrow+Hotel/@34.6709291,135.4987161,15z/data=!4m7!3m6!1s0x0:0x4cf6e4ed02170dc1!5m1!1s2018-07-10!8m2!3d34.6709291!4d135.4987161
  24. Kintetsu Nara Line Rapid Exp. for KINTETSUNARA is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. On Hyperdia you can uncheck "Private Railway" in search options to select only JR lines that are covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
  25. Nankai KOYASAN World Heritage Ticket is only valid for return trips within 2 days. https://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/koyasan.html If you are planning to stay for 4 days we suggest buying one way tickets from Nankai Namba to Koyasan and from Koyasan back to Nankai Namba. You can find more information about Nankai Koya line on this page: https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-koya-line-for-koyasan-mount-koya/