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7 day vs 14 day pass - not sure which to get

7 day vs 14 day Pass - Not sure which to get

I am thinking of getting the 3 day pass for Hakone and Fuji. I am not sure if it makes more sense to pay for individual trips to Nikko and Yokohama plus all around Tokyo then start the 7 day pass on the 13th for the trip to Nara from Fuji till the end of my trip...Please advise! Thank you!

July 4 Arrive 3 pm Tokyo

July 5 Tokyo

July 6 Tokyo

July 7 Tokyo

July 8 day trip NIKKO
(July 8 Sleep in Tokyo)

July 9 day trip YOKOHAMA/Kanagawa
(July 9 Sleep in Tokyo)

July 10 HAKONE

July 11 HAKONE/FUJI

July 12 Fuji

July 13 Nara
(sleep in Nara)

July 14 Osaka
Sleep in Osaka

July 15 Kyoto
Sleep in Kyoto

July 16 Kyoto
Sleep in Kyoto

July 17 Kyoto
Sleep in Kyoto

July 18 Kyoto ->Tokyo (fly out of Tokyo)

turquoiseglove
turquoiseglove

Hi,
A 14 day pass would not pay off. A 7 day from days 12 or 13 to 18 would work out well, though, and you can take the Narita Express on the JR Pass. On July 4th you could possibly use a Keisei/Metro package, or use a 1000 yen bus and 3 day subway pass. There are regional passes to Hakone, the Fuji 5 Lakes area, and Nikko.
Nara is well worth seeing - the best of the city is in Nara Park, with the hungry deer, the Todaiji Great Buddha, Kasuga Shrine, Kofukuji Temple, Yoshikien and Isuien Gardens. In Kyoto the JR Pass is of limited use, but you could use it to to see the Fushimi Inari Shrine as well as getting to Arashiyama.

Toraneko
Toraneko

Hi and thank you so much for your reply!

I have heard there are problems in the Hakone area due to seismic/volcanic activity. Is this going to make the trip not worth it? I know it's just the ropeway and they have a substitute bus, but do you think the bus will add a significant amount of travel time and make it difficult to do a day trip in Hakone? Also, what part of Hakone would you recommend staying in?

I also do not know how to get from Hakone to Fuji.. Can you make a recommendation on how to get there? Do know approximately how long it will take to get from Hakone to Fuji? If I get the Hakone Free Pass, will that cover my trip from Hakone to Fuji?

Thank you for your help!

Also, when I order the JR pass, how long will it take to ship to California?

turquoiseglove
turquoiseglove

Hi,
Is this going to make the trip not worth it? Ultimately this is a question that only you can decide; there are a lot of other good places within Hakone, but Owakudani is one of the more unique ones. You can still cover the area in a day if you wish; the substitute buses will bypass the area so you'd likely get a little more time for other sights there. For where to stay, I can't give any idea of what is best for your own tastes and budget, but you should be able to find something satisfying through engines like Jalan or Japanican
The Hakone Free Pass only covers transport in the Hakone area. For seeing both there and the Fuji 5 Lakes, there is the Odakyu Fuji Hakone Pass and to get Hakone-Fuji 5 Lakes, see here (be sure to click (to/from Fuji 5 Lakes from the drop down menu).

For delivery times, please see here.

Good luck.

Toraneko
Toraneko

Thank you for your replies. I have another question... What is the best way to get from Fuji to Nara, and is there a JR line I could use if I start my pass on this day?

turquoiseglove
turquoiseglove

Hi,
As for getting from Hakone to Nara, use the same link above and instead of to/from Fuji 5 Lakes, choose Kyoto. From Kyoto you can take a train to Nara. If from the to/from Fuji 5 Lakes area, click the same link to Kyoto from this page. If you didn't set up your pass yet, you can exchange your voucher for the pass at either Mishima or Odawara Stations.

Enjoy your trip.

Toraneko
Toraneko

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