questions & answers: general japan travel

10days trip :)

10days trip :)

good day :)
i would like to ask for suggestions about our itinerary
we are planning if a 7day JRpass is okay
we will be there on sept.
18- arrival at narita station (11:20am)- osaka
19-osaka
20-kyoto
21- (we will still sleep in kyoto) we might visit Nara ? or can you suggest but we will be back in kyoto to sleep
22-nagoya
23 tokyo
24 tokyo (jr pass expiration ?)
25tokyo
26tokyo
27- narita

how much is the train ticket to tokyo-narita ? what line should we use ?
any good places you could recommend ?
thanks for the help

jcassie
jcassie

forgot to ask ^
the jr pass will also expire on the same time we activate it ?
ex. sept 18 - 12nn until sept 24- 12nn also ?

jcassie
jcassie

Hi,
If you activate your JR Pass to use from the 18th, it would expire at midnight at the end of the 24th. A day starts and stops at midnight, so your first "day" is just 12 hours, from what you write. As for getting back to Narita airport, the cheapest is by bus:

http://accessnarita.jp/en/home/

Since you are already seeing Tokyo, you can largely skip Osaka during the day. After the temples of Kyoto close down around 5PM, you can zip over to Osaka for the evening. At night the city comes alive and has some great places to see, such as Dotonbori, plus the night views from the Umeda Sky Bldg, and Abeno Harukas Bldg are wonderful. Instead, you might go see Himeji Castle, which is Japan's finest and newly renovated. It's also unclear why you'd go to see Nagoya - it's the most boring of all the big Japanese cities. Nearby Inuyama Castle is nice, but if you want to see something nice, go farther to visit Takayama and Shirakawago, to see some old style dwellings that are still very much in use.
And since you are spending 4 days in Tokyo, and really 3 is enough, on your last day of your Pass you could take a day trip to see Nikko which is a fabulous place to visit.

Toraneko
Toraneko

noted :)
thanks for this one http://accessnarita.jp/en/home/ we will use this

questions:
Can we use Jr pass to get around in Osaka and Kyoto ?
is there a night train from Nagoya to Tokyo ?

on sept 23: it will be tokyo to nikko then tokyo

jcassie
jcassie

Hi there,

Yes the JR Pass can be used around Osaka and for a limited extend around Kyoto. A full map of Kansai can be found here.

There's no night train from Tokyo - Nagoya as the distance can be traveled in about an hours with the Shinkansen.

Nikko is also one of my top recommendations :)

Enjoy Japan!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
Expert_button_2

The JR Pass is of limited value in Osaka/Kyoto. You can use it for the Loop Line in Osaka or in Kyoto from Kyoto Stn. to go see Arashiyama (western Kyoto) but little else.
Unfortunately as said there is no night train.
For Nikko, you might look into some passes to get around the area:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2358_002.html

Toraneko
Toraneko

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