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draft planning travelling japan

Draft Planning travelling Japan

Hi all,

I would be travelling to Japan with my wife this September. Right now our draft itinerary are as follows:

Day 1: Arrived Narita Airport(early morning) - Tokyo
Day 2: Tokyo - Lake Kawaguchi - Kyoto (if possible, if not will stay 1 night here and then going to Kyoto on Day 3)
Day 3: Kyoto
Day 4: Kyoto
Day 5: Half day Kyoto - Takayama - Shirakogawa - Tokyo (if possible, if not stay 1 night here and going back to Tokyo on Day 6)
Day 6: Tokyo
Day 7: Tokyo
Day 8: Tokyo - Depart Narita Airport (early morning)

I want to know if the schedule is ok or should I change some of it. And also would JR Pass worth it for my schedule, or just normal tickets?

Thanks

Wan

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mohd syazwan

Hello Wan,

The basics look good but you do need to tweak your itinerary a little here and there.

One is visiting Kawaguchiko, I would do so as a day trip from Tokyo and travel on the next day to Kyoto. Doing the full train Kawaguchiko - Kyoto on a single day take up a lot of time and you won't be able to do much that way.

The other point is Takayama and Shirakawago, there's quite a bit of travel involved here as well. This this in half a day simply is not possible. I would recommend staying two nights for this in Takayama with (half) a day visit to Shirakawago.
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As for the JR Pass, definitely get one if you visit both Kyoto and Takayama in a 7 day period. You will make very good savings over normal tickets this way.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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