Nickname Gilly
Which pass did you use? Japan Rail Pass 14 Day Ordinary Pass
How long did you stay in Japan? 12 Days
Please rate Japan Rail Pass  
Overall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Easy to use ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Please rate Japan Travel Centre  
Our service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Excellent
Which city/cities in Japan did you visit? Hiroshima, Kyoto, Hakone, Aomori, Sapporo, Otaru and Tokyo
Which of these did you enjoy the most? C. People
Your review We had a great time in Japan. There are a lot of interesting things to see and it is a surprisingly easy country to travel around. The rail pass is fantastic - Japan probably has the best rail network in the world and the pass is very easy to use.

A good tip is to make seat bookings - we found the booking desks at most stations were good at dealing with non-Japanese speaking tourists. Also, if you download one of the english rail apps you can give a screen shot of the bookings you want to make and they will be able to do it for you.

The only area we had some problems with the pass was in Hokkaido - there's no shinkansen up there (yet) and the trains were much slower and very often full, meaning long trips standing in cramped conditions. However, the scenery in Hokkaido was fantastic and it's definitely worth including in your itinerary if you have time.
Would you like to visit Japan again? Yes