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14 days or 7 days?

14 days or 7 days?

Hello,

I'm just looking for a check on an itinerary me and my husband have been sketching out for our trip next month. I'd be really grateful if someone could let me know what they think?

Land in Tokyo March 13th and stay in Tokyo until the 22nd, with possible day trips to Nikko, Mt. Fuji, Kamakura, and possibly Naoshima (sound sensible?).

On the 22nd travel to Takayaam, Kyoto (with trips to Nara), and then to Osaka, where I fly out the 29th.

Does this all sound doable? Is it worth it to buy the 14 day Japan rail pass? Or am I better with just the 7 day one, and activating it on the 22nd when I go to Takayaam?

Any advice would be very appreciated.

jessie
jessie

oops - I mean Takayama, not Takayaam. Sorry!

jessie
jessie

Hi Jesse,

I've moved the Naoshima journey to the second part of your trip, as it's much easier to get to and from Osaka/Kyoto. Lets have a look at the possible legs and costs you may have for your trip:

First portion

  • Narita (guessing here, if it's Haneda this will be cheaper) > Tokyo - ¥2,940
  • Tokyo > Nikko (return) ¥10,860
  • Tokyo > Mt Fuji (return to odawara - see http://goo.gl/Y6qiz) ¥6,880
  • Tokyo > Kamakura (return) ¥1,780
  • Tokyo Yamanote line ¥500

cost: ¥22,960

Second portion

cost: ¥40,080

Review

The total cost of all legs comes in at ¥63,040. If you are going to do all this in 9 days, then a 14 day Japan Rail Pass would be well worth it. However, it's quite a busy schedule to fit into 9 days, and you'll be doing an awful lot of travelling.

I'd recommend you think about reducing your itinerary here. Perhaps spend a bit more time in Tokyo initially, then activate a 7 day pass for the traveling down to Kansai Airport. You could consider doing a few less day trips from Tokyo, and maybe cut out the Naoshima journey (though awesome, you really should stay overnight for the full experience, and that means 2 days).

Not only will you have more chance to soak up the atmosphere, and travel at a slightly slower pace, it will mean that you will save a lot of money just using a 7 day instead of a 14. Money that you could use on a nice meal, or a hotel upgrade.

Having said all that, if you still want to get to Naoshima, I wrote another post using the Japan Rail Pass to get to Naoshima that may help.

Anyway, the choice is yours! Hope this helps!

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Thanks so much for the advice! I think we'll trim our trip a little to get a 7 day instead of a 14. We're still gonna try and get to Naoshima though! (thanks for the guide by the way)

jessie
jessie

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