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  1. JR Nara Line for Tofukuji, Inari, Uji & Nara is the best way to go to both Inari and Nara.


    Please note that only Local trains stop at Inari station, Express doesn’t stop there. Going from Kyoto Station you will need to take a Local train to Inari, then Local train to Nara. Coming back from Nara you can take an Express train to Kyoto Station.


  2. Although you can use ICOCA card on Osaka subway, it is not sold at subway stations. You can get one at any JR station, including Kansai airport.

    Your 3-year-old niece doesn't need a card, infants under 6-years-old travel for free.

    IC cards (ICOCA, Pasmo, Suica) in Japan can be used in any region in Japan. In Kansai region you can use an ICOCA card for all transportation in Osaka and Kyoto, and to travel between nearby cities: Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara.

    You can find more information about IC cards in this article: https://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/

  3. Unfortunately, our Japan Rail Pass calculator doesn’t include all the destinations in Japan, only the most popular ones. Traveling from Nagano to Iiyama on regular lines and Hokuriku Shinkansen is covered by the Japan Rail Pass. You can find the cost on Hyperdia and add it to the JR Pass calculator total.

  4. The best way to travel from Kansai Airport to Namba area (close to Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi) is Nankai Airport Express to Nankai Namba station: https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/

    There are lots of coin lockers around Nankai Namba station, if your luggage doesn't fit in a locker, there is also a luggage storage facility nearby: https://www.osaka-info.jp/en/facilities/cat37/luggage_storage_osaka_namba.html

    Going to Kyoto from Namba you will need to take the Midosuji subway line to Umeda (connected to Osaka Station) or Shin-Osaka station and take a JR train to Kyoto from there. https://www.osakastation.com/the-midosuji-subway-line/

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  5. Normally traveling from Kansai Airport to Koyasan takes about 2 hours via Nankai Airport Express and Nankai Koya Line Express.

    Some areas of Nankai Koya Line and the cable car are currently not accessible because of typhoon damage in 2017 and there is a substitute bus service running from Hashimoto to Koyasan station. Taking the substitute bus can extend the journey time by 1 to 2 hours.

    You can find more information about the substitute bus service here: http://www.nankaikoya.jp/en/images/pdf/for_passengers_201711.pdf

    Traveling from Osaka to Mount Koya (Koyasan) https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-from-osaka-to-mount-koya-koyasan/

    Returning from Koyasan you can take the substitute bus to Hashimoto Station and Nankai Koya Line to Namba Station, which is close to Dotonbori.

  6. If you are not taking Shinkansen the easiest will probably be to take a bus from Disneyland to Shinjuku (about 1 hour) and take a Spacia Kinugawa Limited Express to Nikko.

    However, Spacia Kinugawa from Shinjuku only runs four times per day (7:30, 10:30, 13:00 and 17:30 on weekdays) Full schedule

    If this does not fit your schedule you can take a local train with two subway transfers to Tobu Asakusa station (about 30 minutes but will involve some walking to make the transfers) and take a limited express train from there.


    Express trains from Tobu Asakusa station to Nikko run more frequently.

    Returning from Nikko to Shinjuku Spacia Kinugawa Limited Express is the best option.





  7. After activating your JR Pass you can make seat reservations at any JR ticket office at any JR station in advance or on the day of travel.

    At Hakodate station JR ticket office and Twinkle Plaza are next door to each other (green sign is the ticket office and pink is the Twinkle Plaza)




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  8. Shinkansen fares consist of base fare, express surcharge and reserved seat charge. Base fare and express surcharge are mandatory for all shinkansen rides, reserved seat charge is optional.

    Base fare covers point-to-point travel on local trains (slow commuter trains). It is possible to travel from Osaka to Hiroshima on local trains, but it will take significantly longer than shinkansen and involve several transfers.

    Faster limited express and shinkansen train fares require an express surcharge to be added to the base fare.

    For more details please refer to the "Reserved seats and tickets" section of our Guide to Rail Travel in Japan: https://www.japanstation.com/guide-to-rail-travel-in-japan/ 

  9. There is a substitute bus running between Hashimoto and Koyasan stations. If you buy a Nankai ticket to/from Koyasan or have a rail pass that covers Nankai Railway then the bus is free.

    Take a train from Nankai Namba to Hashimoto and follow the signs to substitute bus to Koyasan. Taking a bus may prolong your journey by up to one hour.

    When returning from Koyasan take the same bus back to Hashimoto and continue on Nankai Koya line to Osaka Nanmba.

    More details about the substitute bus service: http://www.nankaikoya.jp/en/images/pdf/for_passengers_201711.pdf

    and about Nankai Koya line: https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-koya-line-for-koyasan-mount-koya/

  10. It is not necessary to buy a Japan Rail Pass if you are taking only one day-trip.

    You can buy a ticket at any JR ticket office at any JR station in advance or on the day of travel. The trains on this route run very frequently (every 10-15 min).

    Without a Japan Rail Pass you can take any shinkansen train from Shin-Osaka station to Hiroshima. This includes Nozomi, Sakura and Mizuho trains.

    One way fare with a reserved seat is 10,440 yen.

    You may find this article useful: https://www.japanstation.com/guide-to-rail-travel-in-japan/

    You can also order shinkansen tickets to be delivered to your hotel from Voyagin

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  11. You can check seat availability on the Sagano Romantic Train website: https://sagano-kanko.co.jp/en/kuseki.php

    Tickets can be bought on the day of travel, but during peak periods, the trains are very busy, so it is a good idea to reserve tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. You can do this up to one month in advance at an JR West ticket office. It is also possible to reserve tickets for the train at major travel agencies throughout Japan.


  12. The station nearest to Yokohama cruise port is NIHON-ODORI on Minatomirai Line.

    From this station you can take a train to Yokohama station and from there take JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line directly to Shinjuku.

    Alternative route is to take Minatomirai Line all the way to Shibuya and then take Yamanote line from Shibuya to Shinjuku.

    You can see all the possible connections on Hyperdia site (enter your travel date and time): http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi/en/search.html?dep_node=NIHON-ODORI&arv_node=SHINJUKU(JR)&via_node01=&via_node02=&via_node03=&year=2017&month=11&day=28&hour=09&minute=16&search_type=0&search_way=&transtime=undefined&sort=0&max_route=5&faretype=0&ship=off&lmlimit=null&search_target=route&facility=reserved&sum_target=7

    From Shinjuku station go out of JR South Exit to the street level, turn right and walk along the Koshu Kaido street. The Washington Hotels will be on your right (around 8 minutes walking distance).