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7 day or 14 day pass for 11 day trip to tokyo, kyoto, nara, osaka, and then back to tokyo

7 day or 14 day pass for 11 day trip to Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and then back to Tokyo

Hello,

Can anyone please help me in determining if a 7 day pass or a 14 day pass would be more beneficial for my trip. The itinerary is below. Also any suggestions or modifications to my itinerary would also be appreciated! Thanks

April 1 (Tuesday):
- Depart Honolulu, Hawaii

April 2 (Wednesday):
- Arrive Narita Airport (NRT) Tokyo, Japan - Check in Hotel

April 3 (Thursday):
- Tsukiji Fish Market - Ueno Park - Asakusa District

April 4 (Friday):
- Hakone or Nikko Day Trip

April 5 (Saturday):
- DisneySea (maybe switch out with a week day to be less busy?)

April 6 (Sunday):
- Travel to Kyoto - Arrive Kyoto - Check into Hotel - Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion - Gion: Kyoto’s Geisha District

April 7 (Monday):
- Fushimi Inari Taisha - Nara Park - Todaijii Temple - Nishiki Market or Central Kyoto

April 8 (Tuesday):
- Arashiyama or Philosopher’s Path - Head to Osaka - Check in to hotel in Osaka

April 9 (Wednesday):
- Maybe Aquarium or Minami (Namba) - Spend time with relatives - Anything that must be seen?

April 10 (Thursday):
- Head to Tokyo - Tokyo Skytree (if not busy) - Anything else that must be seen?

April 11 (Friday):
- Shibuya (shopping) - Harajuku (shopping) - Shinjuku (shopping)

April 12 (Saturday):
- Shibuya cont. - Harajuku cont. - Shinjuku cont. - Leave back home - Depart Narita Airport (NRT) Tokyo, Japan

jcool808
jcool808

Aloha!

I'd take a 7 day JR Pass for your trip and use it to visit Kyoto, Osaka and make a day trip from Tokyo to either Hakone or Nikko.

You could make the following savings this way:

Tokyo - Kyoto ¥ 13,420
Kyoto - Nara ¥ 690
Nara - Kyoto ¥ 690
Kyoto - Osaka ¥ 540
Osaka - Tokyo ¥ 13,950
Tokyo - Nikko ¥ 5,630
Nikko - Tokyo ¥ 5,630
And much more!

This adds up to about ¥ 40,550 or ¥ 12,250 in savings and this is only a start you can also use the JR Pass for local travel within Tokyo and Osaka but also for other things such as travel back to Narita Airport or a visit to Arashiyama in Kyoto.

I would also recommend changing your visit to Disneyland to a week day, this way you can skip on the crowds and enjoy the park even better.

Some other cool tips:
When in Osaka, swing by Shinsekai it is a neighborhood build before the second World War with an image of what the future would look like, after the war however it was not developed any further. Now it has an old fashioned futuristic atmosphere (I know, it sounds strange), but it's pretty interesting and well worth a visit!

When you are in Tokyo:
Call me a little nostalgic but consider changing a visit to the Skytree with Tokyo Tower. Yes the Skytree is higher but Tokyo Tower has a lot more history behind it and the view is amazing. During a clear day you can see Fuji on one side and look out over Tokyo Bay on the other side. It is also amazing after dark.
Further more, I would recommend a visit to Asakusa, the local temple (and food) is not to be missed!

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Thanks for the help Daniel,

I modified my itinerary based on your very helpful tips and will activate the 7 day pass on April 5 (Saturday).

April 1 (Tuesday):
- Depart Honolulu, Hawaii

April 2 (Wednesday):
- Arrive Narita Airport (NRT) Tokyo, Japan - Check in Hotel

April 3 (Thursday):
- DisneySea

April 4 (Friday):
- Tsukiji Fish Market - Ueno Park

April 5 (Saturday):
- Hakone or Nikko Day Trip

April 6 (Sunday):
- Travel to Kyoto - Arrive Kyoto - Check into Hotel - Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion - Gion: Kyoto’s Geisha District

April 7 (Monday):
- Fushimi Inari Taisha - Nara Park - Todaijii Temple - Nishiki Market or Central Kyoto

April 8 (Tuesday):
- Arashiyama or Philosopher’s Path - Head to Osaka - Check in to hotel in Osaka

April 9 (Wednesday):
- Maybe Aquarium or Minami (Namba) - Spend time with relatives - Shinsekai

April 10 (Thursday):
- Head to Tokyo - Tokyo Tower and Asakusa District

April 11 (Friday):
- Shibuya (shopping) - Harajuku (shopping) - Shinjuku (shopping)

April 12 (Saturday):
- Shibuya cont. - Harajuku cont. - Shinjuku cont. - Leave back home - Depart Narita Airport (NRT) Tokyo, Japan

Would you recommend for our days in Tokyo for transportation to get the Suica & NEX pass from JReast?

Again thanks for all your help!

jcool808
jcool808

Hi again,

Great update! Also the Suica + N'EX is something you can't go wrong on! I guess you may already know what it is but in case you don't: it is a discounted ticket for the Narita Express and a preloaded Suica travel card which you can use to pay for your local transport in Tokyo.

Have a great trip and let me know if I can assist with anything else!
Daniel

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