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Every year, many visitors to Japan purchase a JR Pass without researching it properly, and end up wasting a large amount of money. Every week, visitors to the Thorntree post questions about the JR Pass, many of which have been answered on here before.

If you are thinking about purchasing a JR Pass for your trip to Japan, please read through this FAQ before buying it or posting a question on the Thorntree:

What is the JR Pass?
What is JR?
What type of tourist is it aimed for?
What type of tourist

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Hello, planning on a trip with my family (3 adults and 1 child) in Sept - Oct as per the following.. I would love ideas on how this sounds / any other suggestions? Is Hiroshima / Hiyajama really worth two days.. etc as I heard theres a lovely Japan alps area that is totally worth checking out.

Its our first foray into Japan and its been on my bucket list for a very long time - so I want to maximize the places we can see. Is tatsuyama worth it - should any of the below be replaced? Thanks

1 Fly…

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How did you like or dislike it?

Was it very crowded that it was not that enjoyable etc? I am thinking of going there around 5 pm on a Sunday evening.

Thank you.

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Are most shops closed on that day? If you have been there on a SUnday, would you say about half of the shops are closed, or more etc?

Cheers.

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Hello,
In terms of travel practicalities and rail passes etc, we were looking for some advice regarding the following tweak to our itinerary (see below) i.e. from Hiroshima train to Takayama for 1 night (5 Jan) and then next day bus to Kanazawa (6 Jan for 2 nights) with a 3-4 hour stop to visit to Shirakawa-go. Will this detour via Takayama work? If cost and travel times would blow out then perhaps not?

EXISTING ITINERARY (with rail passes):
1. KYOTO 29 Dec - 3 Jan (6 nights)
[Buy Kansai…

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My husband and I are spending ten days in Japan, flying into Tokyo October 9. We'll be in Tokyo for four nights staying in Shinjuku.

We'll spend one night in Hakone, getting there early to late morning and leaving mid afternoon. We'll be in Kyoto for four nights, and I hope to make a day trip to Hiroshima, taking off early morning and getting back to Kyoto in the evening. On the 19th, we leave Kyoto for the long ride to Narita Airport in Tokyo. Does that sound reasonable? I know it's a lot to…

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This Fall I plan to be in-country and was wondering if I could be pointed to the Japan Rail web-site that others have used, either while in Japan or before their trip, to buy tickets. There are a couple different pages I've been on but am concerned that one might be bogus or at the very least not what I have in mind.

Thank you,

Gunnar

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I am headed to Japan in September and I am looking for advice on a trip to Hakone. My daughter and I are making our base in Kyoto and doing day trips from there. We will have a Japan Rail Pass.

On Saturday the 29th we plan on heading to Tokyo, she is interested in seeing some sites there. Wondering around the Haruka area - I have been before so don’t plan on staying very long - arrive at 10 leave by 2,

From Tokyo I plan on stopping into Hakone for the night, staying at Hakone Hostel 1914…

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Hello All,

Me and a friend are planning of climbing Fuji on either June 26, 27 or 28 - whichever day is best weather wise. I have some mountaineering experience with a few mountains in the Andes and Canadian Rockies. There is a strong preference for 27th or 28th however as we arrive all the way from Sendai on the 25th at night.

We are both Canadians, one male (me) and one female.

We aren't looking for guides - just seeing if there may be anyone thinking about doing it at the same time for…

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I am staying outside of Fukuoka, a small town called Ikisen, has anyone visited the Temple of Nanzoin in Sasaguri. It is a bit of an ordeal to get there is it worth it. This temple, built recently has the largest reclining Buddha in Japan.
Thank y ou.