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Old 20-01-2018, 09:25 AM   #7966
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yeap. I will be visiting kawaguchiko. the expressway bus has been booked!
Where can I get the suica or pasmo? Thank you again for all the kind help!
Suica - http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/suica.html#category10

Pasmo - https://www.pasmo.co.jp/en/buy/
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Old 20-01-2018, 10:09 AM   #7967
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Ah, thanks a million for it! Much appreciated!

Which of the 2 will be better? If you were to recommend one of them.
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Old 20-01-2018, 12:54 PM   #7968
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Ah, thanks a million for it! Much appreciated!

Which of the 2 will be better? If you were to recommend one of them.
I see no difference though I have three Suica cards, bought during the times when JR East had special deals (together with NEX and Tokyo Monorail) and designs for tourists.

If you're not intending to return to Japan, you could choose to do a refund. Each card has a validity of 10 years. So if you started using your card this year, it'll expire in 2028.

Note that refunding a Suica would impose a 220 yen charge if there's more than 220 yen in the balance.
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/suica.html#category06

Whereas for Pasmo, there's no extra charge for processing fee.
https://www.pasmo.co.jp/en/use/repayment/
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Old 20-01-2018, 01:39 PM   #7969
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I see no difference though I have three Suica cards, bought during the times when JR East had special deals (together with NEX and Tokyo Monorail) and designs for tourists.

If you're not intending to return to Japan, you could choose to do a refund. Each card has a validity of 10 years. So if you started using your card this year, it'll expire in 2028.

Note that refunding a Suica would impose a 220 yen charge if there's more than 220 yen in the balance.
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/suica.html#category06

Whereas for Pasmo, there's no extra charge for processing fee.
https://www.pasmo.co.jp/en/use/repayment/
That's a detailed write up. Much appreciated. I'll check it out once I reach Japan ! Thanks alot once again!
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Old 20-01-2018, 10:50 PM   #7970
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the rest of 6 days will be covered by Takayama-Hokuriku Area pass.
will cover Kanazawa, Takayama, Shirakawago Village and Nagoya
is it ok to visit these places in Dec?
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Old 21-01-2018, 04:29 PM   #7971
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some question to check with you guys for my upcoming Sakura season trip

below is the city that I will be going (accoms alr booked)

Day 1: Tokyo (reach at night)
Day 2: Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Mt Fuji
Day 5: Fuji/Takayama (travel to Takayama before noon)
Day 6: Takayama
Day 7: Takayama (Half day tour at Shirakawago)
Day 8: Kanazawa (travel to Kanazawa before noon)
Day 9: Kanazawa/Kyoto (travel to Kyoto after lunch)
Day 10: Kyoto (Half day trip at Nagoya)
Day 11: Kyoto/Osaka (Travel to Osaka after lunch)
Day 12: Osaka
Day 13: Osaka (Back home in early morning)


Is it worth it to purchase the 7 days JR Pass (starts from Day 4)?
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Old 21-01-2018, 04:45 PM   #7972
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some question to check with you guys for my upcoming Sakura season trip

below is the city that I will be going (accoms alr booked)

Day 1: Tokyo (reach at night)
Day 2: Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Mt Fuji
Day 5: Fuji/Takayama (travel to Takayama before noon)
Day 6: Takayama
Day 7: Takayama (Half day tour at Shirakawago)
Day 8: Kanazawa (travel to Kanazawa before noon)
Day 9: Kanazawa/Kyoto (travel to Kyoto after lunch)
Day 10: Kyoto (Half day trip at Nagoya)
Day 11: Kyoto/Osaka (Travel to Osaka after lunch)
Day 12: Osaka
Day 13: Osaka (Back home in early morning)


Is it worth it to purchase the 7 days JR Pass (starts from Day 4)?
If you are going back to tokyo, it will be worth to buy. check this calculator to see your transport costs: https://www.japan-guide.com/railpass/
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If you are going back to tokyo, it will be worth to buy. check this calculator to see your transport costs: https://www.japan-guide.com/railpass/
thanks for the prompt reply. Nope not heading back to Tokyo. flight back is from Kansai Airport
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thanks for the prompt reply. Nope not heading back to Tokyo. flight back is from Kansai Airport
You may want to consider this 5 days pass for Osaka to/fro Tanazawa, Takayama area: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_..._hokuriku.html
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You may want to consider this 5 days pass for Osaka to/fro Tanazawa, Takayama area: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_..._hokuriku.html
this 5 days pass dont seems to worth it right? using that is only able to cover the following days/trips

Day 8: Kanazawa (travel to Kanazawa before noon)
Day 9: Kanazawa/Kyoto (travel to Kyoto after lunch)
Day 10: Kyoto (Half day trip at Nagoya)
Day 11: Kyoto/Osaka (Travel to Osaka after lunch)
Day 12: Osaka

The "big ticket" trips are Tokyo->Fuji and Fuji->Takayama which is not covered using that pass
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Old 21-01-2018, 07:42 PM   #7976
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some question to check with you guys for my upcoming Sakura season trip

below is the city that I will be going (accoms alr booked)

Day 1: Tokyo (reach at night)
Day 2: Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Mt Fuji
Day 5: Fuji/Takayama (travel to Takayama before noon)
Day 6: Takayama
Day 7: Takayama (Half day tour at Shirakawago)
Day 8: Kanazawa (travel to Kanazawa before noon)
Day 9: Kanazawa/Kyoto (travel to Kyoto after lunch)
Day 10: Kyoto (Half day trip at Nagoya)
Day 11: Kyoto/Osaka (Travel to Osaka after lunch)
Day 12: Osaka
Day 13: Osaka (Back home in early morning)


Is it worth it to purchase the 7 days JR Pass (starts from Day 4)?
Please share your trip report when you're back! I'm planning something similar for next year's winter!
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Old 21-01-2018, 11:11 PM   #7977
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Old 22-01-2018, 04:56 AM   #7978
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this 5 days pass dont seems to worth it right? using that is only able to cover the following days/trips

Day 8: Kanazawa (travel to Kanazawa before noon)
Day 9: Kanazawa/Kyoto (travel to Kyoto after lunch)
Day 10: Kyoto (Half day trip at Nagoya)
Day 11: Kyoto/Osaka (Travel to Osaka after lunch)
Day 12: Osaka

The "big ticket" trips are Tokyo->Fuji and Fuji->Takayama which is not covered using that pass

Your Day 7....

U may wana consider continue to Kanazawa after you visit shirakawago ...
Save you time from traveling .... ( 90 mins bus ride )
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Old 22-01-2018, 01:33 PM   #7980
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Hi guys

Planning to go tokyo for a week in May...

First time to japan/tokyo!

Which stations/areas are good for a base to explore tokyo for a newbie?

Is APA Hotel Kodenmacho Ekimae or its area good?

Thanks alot!
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