Transportation from Tokyo to Kamikochi/Tsumago/Magome

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Mah Male Hong Kong 2019/06/03

Hi, I would to cover both Kamikochi and Tsumago/Magome from Tokyo in 5 days. I plan the followings:

day 1 – tokyo station to Kamikochi (via Matsumoto)

day 3 – Kamikochi to Tsumago (via Matsumoto/Nagiso)

day 4 – Nagiso to either Matsumoto or Nagoya 

day 5 – back Tokyo to fly out from Haneda

 

1. Is Jr East pass the best option?  It only covers Tokyo-Matsumoto and part of Matsumoto- Nagiso?

2. Should I stop over in Matsumoto or Nagoya on day 4 before returning Tokyo, from both perspectives of train cost and things to see?

Thanks in advance 

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Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2019/06/03

Hi Mah,

Thanks for your question.

With your current plan, a JR Pass would not be economical. The portion of your trip from Matsumoto to Kamikochi is run by a private railway and is not covered by any JR Pass. In addition, the JR East Pass does not cover the JR Chuo train line that runs from Matsumoto to Nagiso and Nagoya. I’ve included an example of your transportation fares for both itineraries below:

1) Tokyo – Kamikochi – Nagiso – Matsumoto – Tokyo
Tokyo-Matsumoto via Ltd. Exp. Azusa (Oneway: 6,500 yen) x2
Kamikochi-Matsumoto (Roundtrip: 4,550 yen) x1
Matsumoto-Nagiso (Oneway: 1,490 yen) x2
Total: 20,530 yen
Amt. Covered by Japan Rail Pass: 15,980 yen
Amt. Covered by JR East Pass: 13,000 yen

2) Tokyo – Kamikochi – Nagiso – Nagoya – Tokyo
Tokyo-Matsumoto via Ltd. Exp. Azusa (Oneway: 6,500 yen) x1
Kamikochi-Matsumoto (Roundtrip: 4,550 yen) x1
Matsumoto-Nagiso (Oneway: 1,490 yen x1
Nagiso-Nagoya (Oneway: 1,660 yen) x1
Nagoya-Tokyo via Shinkansen (Oneway: 10,360 yen) x1
Total: 24,560 yen
Amt. Covered by Japan Rail Pass: 20,010 yen
Amt. Covered by JR East Pass: 6,500 yen

As you can see, neither the Japan Rail Pass nor the JR East Pass will cover enough of your trip to be worth the price.

As for whether to travel to Nagoya or Matsumoto during your trip, Matsumoto would be somewhat cheaper than the former. I can’t speak to which is better to visit sightseeing-wise, but you can see some options for enjoying Matsumoto on this post.

I hope that helps answer your question!

-Blair

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