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JR EAST PASS – Two Areas  Enjoy an Early Summer Excursion!

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UpdateFebruary 27, 2018
ReleaseFebruary 27, 2018

These tickets have been very popular among travelers since their launch on April 1, 2016.
The period after the new green leaves in spring and before the heat of midsummer is perfect for escaping the city for beautiful highlands and mountains to discover something new and fascinating about Japan.
A Oirase Stream
Towada City, Aomori Prefecture
Walk a 14-km walking path along the mountain stream pouring out from Lake Towada.
The lively stream with its waterfalls and clear water and the deep natural forests covered with ferns and moss create breathtaking scenery.
Access: 70 minutes by JR bus from JR Hachinohe Sta.
B  Dakigaeri Valley
Senboku City, Akita Prefecture
This area offers stunning views of various geographical features - including oddly-shaped rocks, mountain streams, and various waterfalls - from well-maintained walking paths.
One of the best places for seeing beautiful fresh green leaves and colored leaves in Japan. Enjoy the superb view from the suspension bridge.
Access: 15 minutes by car from JR Kakunodate Sta.
C Urabandai Goshikinuma
Kitashiobara Village, Yama County, Fukushima Prefecture
Take a walk on a 3.6-km walking path, which connects the Goshikinuma volcanic lakes, with their beautiful gradation of blues. 
The view of Mount Bandai from the largest of the five lakes, Lake Bishamon, is one of the most beautiful views in the Urabandai area. Rental boats are available.
Access: 30 minutes on Bandai Toto Bus from JR Inawashiro Sta. starting from JR Koriyama Sta.
D Takase-kyo Gorge
Akumi County, Yamagata Prefecture
A popular, easy trekking course where you can enjoy waterfalls, mountain streams, and fresh green leaves. You can find various seasonal wild plants here, including gorgeous golden-rayed lilies.
Access: 15 minutes by car from JR Yuza Sta.
E  Kamikochi
Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture
The landscape – with Taisho Pond, magnificent mountains, and surrounding woods and waters – viewed from Kappa Bridge on the Azusa River is designated as a national cultural property (Special Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument). It is known as a great hiking spot and has remained one of the most popular early summer scenic areas in Japan since the 19th century.
Access: By route bus (7 to 17 → operations a day) from Shinshimashima Sta. on Kamikochi Line starting from JR Matsumoto Sta.
F Karuizawa
Karuizawa City, Nagano Prefeuture
A walking path from the Mine-no-chaya café to the Shiraito-no-taki and Ryu-gaeshi-no-taki waterfalls passes through a fresh wooded area, including beautiful Japanese larch trees.
Access: 35 minutes by bus to Mine-no-chaya bus stop from JR Karuizawa Sta.
G Nikko Senjogahara
Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture
This huge marsh area is filled with blossoming alpine plants from June to August, along with various kinds of wild birds. It is said that you can enjoy the most beautiful night sky near Tokyo here.
Access: 50 minutes by bus from JR Nikko Sta.
H Mt. Moto-Shirane
Tsumagoi Village, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture
You can take a ropeway ride up to the peak of Mt. Moto-Shirane and walk along the mountain ridge. Enjoy the wonderful views of Kagami Pond and Mt. Asama.
Access: 30 minutes by bus from Naganoharakusatsuguchi Sta. on JR Agatsuma Line starting from JR Takasaki Sta.
About “JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)”
Validity: Flexible for 5 days (any five days within 14 days of issuance)
Prices: From overseas: Adults 19,000 yen, Children 9,500 yen / Within Japan: Adults 20,000 yen, Children 10,000 yen
Purchase at: – JR EAST Travel Service Center (Tokyo, Shinjuku, Haneda Airport International Terminal, Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2-3)
– Stations (Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2-3)
– Travel Service Centers (View Plaza) (Shinagawa, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Yokohama, Mito, Fukushima, Sendai, Yamagata, Morioka, Hachinohe, Aomori and Akita)
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/eastpass_t/
※Purchasing locations subject to change. Information on pp. 12-13 is current as of May 2016.
About “JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) ”
Validity: Flexible for 5 days (any five days within 14 days of issuance)
Prices: From overseas: Adults 17,000 yen, Children 8,500 yen/ Within Japan: Adults 18,000 yen, Children 9,000 yen
Purchase at: – JR EAST Travel Service Center (Tokyo, Shinjuku, Haneda Airport International Terminal, Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2-3)
– Stations (Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2-3)
– Travel Service Centers (View Plaza) (Shinagawa, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Yokohama, Mito, Niigata and Nagano)
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/eastpass_t/
※Purchasing locations subject to change. Information on pp. 12-13 is current as of May 2016.