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15 day trip may/june 2012

15 day trip May/June 2012

Hi we are planning trip to Tokyo arriving 25th May and leaving 8th June.

This is what i'm proposing

25th May arriving morning, straight on train (JR pass for 14 days) to Hiroshima overnight
26th May Hiroshima then trip to Miyajima overnight in a Ryokan
27th May Miyajima to Kyoto overnight Kyoto
28th May Kyoto an overnight Kyoto
29th May Train Nara then onto Mt Koya, Koya-san overnight in a temple
30th May somehow? from Koya-san to Takayama via Nagoya? with wide view train to Takayama is this all doable on JR Rail pass or not? overnight Takayama
31st May all day takayama
1st June bullet to Nagoya then to Mishima and coach to Hakone overnight Hankone
2nd June tour of Hakone and last thing back to Tokyo overnight Tokyo near Shinju station
3rd June Tokyo overnight Tokyo
4th June side trip to Kamakura overnight Tokyo
5th June Tokyo
6th June Tokyo to Nikko side trip overnight Tokyo
7th June Tokyo
8th June Tokyo to London Heathrow


Love to hear someones thoughts on how comprehensive and doable all this is?

Many thanks


Hello there!

Well, that trip looks awesome, and very doable with the rail pass. A couple of points:

  1. I see you're coming from London. While the Bullet train down to Hiroshima is very comfortable, the jetlag may make the first few days tough (depends on your constitution!). You could consider staying in Tokyo at the start rather than at the end of your trip to give you a chance to rest up and acclimatise before you move on. This shouldn't affect the overall cost of the travel for your trip.
  2. For Mt Koya you'll need to use non-JR services. Please see our blog post for more on getting to Koyasan by train.
  3. Yes, the WideView train to Takayama is totally covered by the JR Pass. You may want to reserve seats on it when you arrive in Tokyo however as it is a popular route.
  4. For Hakone, unless you are set on travelling by coach, I recommend using the Hakone Free Pass from Odawara. This pass will give you free travel on all the Odakyu operated lines and cablecars around Hakone, and will also give discounted access to many parts of the area. Whichever way you choose to visit the area, be sure to sit on the left side of the bullet train as you travel up from Nagoya for a view of Mt Fuji :).

Hope this helps!


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