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11 days trip to japan

11 days trip to Japan

Hello all!

We are going to Japan for 11 days with a friend and we are hesitating between 2 itineraries:

OPTION 1:
Day 1: Arrival 3 PM Tokyo
Day 2: Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Kamikochi
Day 5: Kamikochi
Day 6: Kamikochi
Day 7: Kyoto
Day 8: Kyoto
Day 9: Kyoto
Day 10: Osaka
Day 11: Osaka Departure mid-day

( We wanted to do Nikko as well but we cancel this city for this option as it might be too much)

OPTION 2:
Day 1: Arrival 3 PM Tokyo
Day 2: Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Day trip to Mt Fuji 5 lakes
Day 5: Day trip to Niko
Day 6: Kyoto
Day 7: Kyoto
Day 8: Kyoto
Day 9: Osaka
Day 10: Osaka
Day 11: Osaka Departure mid-day

We would like to see the Japanese Alps as we've heard the sceneries are amazing but we are afraid it will be a lot of transport in option 1 so that's why we are hesitating with option 2 which is a more common itinerary...

(We are not interested to see too many temples or buddhas (I live in China and seen too many...), we want to see beautiful Autumn scenery, some nature and experience the Japanese modern city atmosphere and food!!).

Any advice? Also is the JR Pass good for both trips? Our budget is a bit tight.

Thank you for your help and advice! We are leaving in 5days, it's kind of a last minute trip planning, hope we take the good decision!

Sarah

Saritam
Saritam

Hi Sarah,

Both itineraries look good to me. However in option one I would add a 2nd place to visit around Kamikochi, as I am not sure if it has enough to offer to keep you busy for 3 days. Kamikochi is pretty easy to reach, you can use a direct train from Shinjuku, Tokyo to Matsumoto and a bus from there to Kamikochi. You could for instance visit Matsumoto for a day or Takayama.

I would advise buying normal tickets for both trips are there's not that much money involved of ticket prices. The JR Pass does cover most travel in both trips, although some travel, such as the last part to Fuji 5 lakes is not included.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi Daniel,

Thank you very much for your reply.

I thought the 7 days JR pass could be more economical on both itineraries days 3 to 9, but if not, then we'll just go with the regular tickets!

One other question, I will arrive Day 1 in Ibaraki airport. The easiest way to reach the City center of Tokyo seems by bus. However, I've seen that the direct bus I would need to take in the afternoon is already fully booked. So, in order to avoid waiting for the next bus 4 hours later, I am thinking maybe to go by train. Could you advise what is the easiest way to go from Ibaraki airport to Tokyo Station ?

Thanks again.
Sarah

Saritam
Saritam

Hi Sarah,

Ibaraki Airport is best traveled to and from by bus. If this does not work out, you can travel by rail. First travel to Ogawa station by local bus or taxi, from there you can use train travel into Tokyo.

You can find access map here:
http://www.ibaraki-airport.net/en/access/index.html

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Daniel-san
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