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9 days in japan tokyo, hakone, nara, kyoto, osaka

9 Days in Japan Tokyo, Hakone, Nara, Kyoto, Osaka

Here is my itinerary for March 26-April 4th. Please let me know your thoughts about transportation. I think the JR Pass would be the best choice, but I am particularly confused with the Tokyo-Hakone part of our trip. I have looked at the Hyerdia site, but I am still confused as to the right choice. Should I purchase the JR Pass? Can we still do the romantic car that I have read about going to Mt. Fuji?

I would also love day trip ideas from Tokyo maybe for the 29th or 30th. We have no interest in Disney (until we come with our kiddos).

March 27th-Tokyo Take N'EX train from Narita to Shinjuku Station.

March 28th-Tokyo Tsukiji Market and night tour in Tokyo

March 29th- Tokyo

March 30th- Tokyo

March 31- Leave Tokyo head to Mt. Fuji. Ryokan is at Miyanoshita station. THIS is the confusing part. Is this a difficult interchange from Tokyo? It seems like there are many transfers to this station.

April 1- Train to Nara. Again, coming from Miyanoshita station seems to be quite complicated.

April 2- Nara-Kyoto We have scheduled a private half day tour of Kyoto to try to see as much as we can in a short time. Do you have suggestions for what to see to maximize our tour guide?

April 3-KyotoI found a great self guided tour on for Arashiyama full day tour. Is this feasible to do on our own? Then we can use the guide to help us see some temples and palaces.

April 4- Kyoto to Osaka Leaving Kyoto in the early morning and spending 4-5 hours in Osaka before flying home.

Thank you for your help and any suggestions you have.


Hi there,

I checked your itinerary and think that buying normal tickets for your trip would work better than using a JR Pass. A JR Pass works best if you travel longer distances in Japan, for instance a return Tokyo - Kyoto will quickly help you make savings.

Your itinerary basically is a one way trip from Tokyo - Kyoto/Osaka with stops at Hakone on the way.

Miyanoshita is on the Tozan-Hakone line. I would use the following route, form Tokyo take a local train or the bullet train to Odawara station. Here transfer to the Tozan-Hakone line to Miyanoshita.

Hope this helps,


Thank you so much for your assistance!



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