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16 days in japan

16 days in japan

Our itinery is as follows

Arrive Wednesday 9am at Narrita Airport and travel into tokyo
TOKYO
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Monday get train to Hakone and stay overnight in Hakone
Tuesday spend day in Hakone and get train back to Tokyo

Wednesday in Tokyo

Thursday get train to Nikko and stay overnight in Nikko
Friday spend day in Nikko and get train back to Tokyo

KYOTO
Saturday train to Kyoto
Sunday
Monday DAY TRIP TO NARA
Tuesday
Wednesday

Thursday train to Tokyo and then to Narita Airport Hotel overnight

Friday fly to uk at 11am

Should I buy the 14 days pass

If so should I start it on the first Friday I am in japan so I can use it on my last Thursday when I travel by train from Kyoto to Tokyo

Can I get a 2 day pass to use on Wednesday when I arrive in japan and the next Thursday before I start to use my 14 day pass on Friday

Do you get any 14 days to use or do you only get 14 consecutive days

Clive cass
Clive cass

Hi there!

The JR Pass is valid for consecutive periods and counted in full days.

I took some time to look at options available and see what would suit your travel best. You've got a nice amount of time to explore Tokyo, however travel around Tokyo is not very expansive and I would recommend start using the JR Pass when you start to travel around the country.

Taking the above into mind I think that a 7 day JR Pass would be the best option for your travel, supplemented with normal tickets to cover local travel in Tokyo. I would recommend to start using the pass on your 2nd Friday when you depart from Nikko to cover all of your travel to Kyoto and back to Narita Airport, this would give you some impressive savings.
One thing I should note is that you can't activate the JR Pass at Nikko station, I would recommend doing so before
you travel at Tokyo station or Narita Airport, you can select a first day of use when you activate your JR Pass.

For Hakone, consider the Hakone Free Pass this is a regional pass for Hakone that allows travel on all kinds of transport and you can quickly make savings with it, in addition it also covers travel from Tokyo (Shinjuku) - Hakone.

I hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel

thanks that is a very full and helpful reply

for my first 5 days in tokyo only including getting from narita to tokyo what are my best options

is there a tokyo only day ticket or 2/3/4/5 day ticket

would a tokyo day ticket include getting to tokyo from narita and if not what is the best way to get to tokyo from narita, not necessarily the cheapest as with luggage i do not want to kill myself trying too hard

do i only need to buy the 7 day JR pass in advance from UK and then buy any local day tickets or hakone tickets in tokyo

Clive

Clive cass
Clive cass

Hi Clive!

For your arrival consider buying a Suica + Narita Express package. This consists of a prepaid travel card (the Suica card) and a discounted ticket on the Narita Express which is the best way to get to Tokyo, especially if you carry luggage. It's kinda familiar to the Gatwick Express but more modern and convenient.

You can use the Suica card later on to pay for your local travel in Tokyo, as it is valid on the metro as well as JR and other companies.

When in Tokyo also consider buying an all day metro pass which is 710yen and allows for unlimited travel on the Tokyo Metro for a full day. This make for easy budgeting and you can make some savings on the way too.

Lastly you can buy the Hakone Pass in Japan at Shinjuku station.

Hope this helps too!
Daniel

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thanks

we return from Nikko 7 days before we travel from kyoto to tokyo so that will all be covered by the 7 day pass but we go to Nikko a day earlier so what are the options for getting to Nikko. I assume just a single train fair to Nikko ? Any Better Ideas ?

Clive cass
Clive cass

Hi Clive!

Good that you ask about it!
Going to Nikko by JR can be a little pricey because part is traveled on the Shinkansen. Instead I would recommand taking the Tobu line from Asakusa. This is the most economic way to get there, if you don't have a JR Pass.

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