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how to manage our trip in 7 days with jr pass

How to manage Our trip in 7 days with JR PASS

Hi, Daniel-san / Toraneko-san,

I will visit japan in this coming June with my Family for 10 days ( 14 June Till 25 June ). since our flight arrive in Haneda air port late at night. and we consider to spend a night at the hotel around airport. then will start our trip for the next day morning. Until now I can't make up my mind where do I start my trip and the place that I need to visit as follows :
KYOTO,OSAKA,KOBE,NAGOYA,HIROSHIMA,MT FUJI,( spend a night at lake kawaguchiko ),Tateyama Kurobe alpen route,( if possible ), and the rest of days explore Tokyo city and Disney Sea.

and need the culinary suggestions. Thanks.

gaby
gaby

Hi there,

How about the following route: Tokyo - Kyoto - Osaka - (maybe Kobe) - Hiroshima - (Nagoya) - Tokyo and maybe make a day trip from there to Kawaguchiko. This will more than full up your 10 days in Japan, so there may not be enough time to also include the Alpine route. You may even want to leave out a bit more to really enjoy the places that you will be visiting. Nagoya is more a business city than a tourist city, so consider leaving that one out.

I can give you a better itinerary if you let me know what kinds of things you really wish to see and do.

I would trying Okonomiyaki in Tokyo or Osaka since you'll be traveling with your family. It's a great experience and very tasty.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Thank you for your replied Daniel-san,

Actually We would like to taste the local foods in each city and the city center crowded street, shopping mall then visit the iconic and unique places. Hopefully Daniel-san would give me some advice and made some itinerary for me,
Thank you very much Daniel-san.

gaby
gaby

Hi again!

I'd be more than happy to give you some recommendation but please let me know your final selection of places to visit. This way I can give you the best recommendations!

Here are some to start with.

Given that you have 10 days. Start in Tokyo, two days. Start with the local high lights, Asakusa (for the temple), Ginza, Tokyo Tower, Odaiba (lots of big malls and entertainment for the kids), Harajuku and Shibuya for fasion, the the Shibuya crossing and the statue of Hachiko.

Then on to Kyoto, my recommended visits are the bamboo grove and monkey park at Arashiyama, the endless Torigates of Fushimi Inari and Golden Pavilion and Kyomizu-dera temple. Two or three days is what I would at least recommend for Kyoto.

Osaka, the most lively atmosphere is found near Dotonbori/Shinsai bashi. Here all kinds of small shops can be found selling food and local wares. It's a great place to try out Takoyaki. This is also close to the Namba area where brand stores and bigger department stores can be found, such as Bic Camera and the Apple store. Other great places to visit in Osaka are Osaka castle, Shinsekai and Universal studio. You could do 1-2 days for Osaka.

Then day trip to Kobe, visit to local China town the experience the atmosphere and try the food. Then to the harbour land for shopping and strolling around. You can have dinner trying Kobe Beef.

On to Hiroshima for a day. Visit the peace park and the island of Miyajima. Famous in Hiroshima is the local Okonomiyaki and Hiroshima Ramen style. Both are well worth trying.

Then back to Tokyo for 1 more day before departure home. You could also use this day for last minute shopping. Visit Shinjuku, as you'll find any kind of store there and you can combine it with a visit to the Shinjuku metropolitan building from where you can have an amazing skyline view of Tokyo for free.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Hi Daniel_san,

Finally I have done with The Itinerary and make some modification based on your recommendation as follows :

15/06 starts from Haneda Airport hotel to down town Tokyo.
16/06 Tokyo.
17/06 Tokyo.
18/06 Tokyo Disney Sea ( whole day ).
19/06 Tokyo Station starts to activated JR Pass to Kyoto ( Visit Torigates,Kyomizu dera Temple and Nishiki Market, Then straight to Hiroshima.( Enjoy Hiroshima Ramen Style and Okonomiyaki at down town ( one night ).

20/06 Hiroshima ( Visit The Peace Memorial Museum and Park , Tori gate of Miyajima, then move on to Nagasaki ( have some time at Dejima and Nagasaki Peace Park then catch the Train to Kobe ( Enjoy the Kobe Beef ) at China Town ( one night ).

21/06 Kobe ( Visiting The Harbour Land then to osaka ( visit Osaka Castle and move on to Dotonbori/Shinsai Bashi then try out the Takoyaki ( one night ).

22/06 Universal Studio ( whole day )( another one night )

23/06 Osaka to Mt Fuji ( Still confused which area to stay between Hakone or Lake Kawaguchiko ).

24/06 Mt fuji back to Tokyo.

25/06 packing lugggage and fill the day with culinary at unique restaurant in Tokyo.then leaving down town to Haneda Airport.

Note : I've skipped some spots but no Idea whether It is still make sense or not? need your final touch for this Schedule. Hopefully Daniel_san would give me some input and make some correction for me.

Thank you very much Daniel_San.

gaby
gaby

Hi again!

That looks great! Just a couple small adjustments and you are ready to go!

To start with, I'd stay the night in Kyoto. You'll already spend about 3 hours traveling coming from Tokyo. So it's nice to take your exploring Kyoto, besides downtown Kyoto is pretty amazing after dark. You could then take an early morning train to Hiroshima and pop over to Miyajima as well. Then take a lake evening train to Kobe and enjoy the Kobe.

A great website for all things about Kobe is:
http://www.feel-kobe.jp/_en/

Then on the Fuji, going to Kawaguchiko from Osaka is not recommend - it nearly takes 6 hours. Instead travel to Hakone, it's about 2.5hours from Osaka and much easier to access. Just take a direct bullet train to Odawara station from there you can enjoy Hakone. An other advantage of Hakone is that it has much more to do and still is nice to visit when the weather is not so good, while Kawaguchiko becomes a bit "meh" during cloudy/rainy weather.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Hi Daniel_san,

JR Pass has been received yesterday afternoon.
Just took 3 days work arrive to my address. salute for the punctuality.
After set up the accomodation then I think it is time for me to travelling .
Thank you again for your assistance.
your suggestions are very helpfull.

Best Regards,

Gaby

gaby
gaby

Hi Gaby,

Glad to hear it!

Make the most of your trip in Japan.
Daniel

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