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best route - and what to add

Best route - and what to add

Hi there
I am visiting Japan in July and staying for 11 days. I have booked 3 nights in Tokyo already.
In addition to Tokyo, I would like to see:
- the Snow Monkeys -Matsumoto - Kamikocha -Kyoto, with side-trips to Nara (and maybe Mount Koya) - stay at least one night in a ryokan

Can you please tell me whether this is too ambitious or whether I could add something else. I have a 7 day JR pass and so would like some advice on the best route to maximise time and the pass.

thanks very much
regards
Rhys

Rhys
Rhys

Hello Rhys,

It feels like a bit much but I do think that you can do it. I would do it in the following order Tokyo - Nagano (for Show Monkeys) - Matsumoto (and trip from there to Kamikochi) - Kyoto (&side trips) and then return to Tokyo. I think you should take a minimum of 6 days for all of the above, however you could use the 7th day of the JR Pass to visit something extra. For instance how about a visit to Hiroshima or Nikko?

Either way, you are making great use of your JR Pass.

Happy travels!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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