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itinerary tokyo-hakone-kyoto-yakusima-?-osaka 5-18 october

Itinerary Tokyo-Hakone-Kyoto-Yakusima-?-Osaka 5-18 October

Hi!

I'm wondering if this travel itinerary seems good and if we should purchase a JR 14 card:

4 nights Tokyo
1 night Hakone
3 nights Kyoto (then train + ferry to Yakushima - is this doable in 1 day leaving early from Kyoto?)
3 nights Yakushima
1 night ? (We thought we should spend a day somewhere between Kagoshima and Osaka, to shorten the travel time. Any suggestions where we might stop on thw way? Should be nice and doable in a day - this stop could also be done on the way to Yakushima from Kyoto!)
1 night Osaka
Travelling home

If you have any ideas, please get back to me :)
Kind regards!
Alexandra

alexandradumas
alexandradumas

Hi Alexandra,

A nice stop on the way back from Kagoshima will be Hiroshima/Miyajima, where you could do a good overnight without too much hassle (I especially recommend an island stay).

For Yakushima, it is possible in a day - I recommend the Toppy jetfoil service as the ferry takes a long time. Here's another post on a trip to Yakushima with information on the Toppy that you should find helpful.

Bearing this in mind, lets take a look at your costs assuming you arrive at Narita and fly out of Kansai airport:

  1. Narita airport terminal 1 > Tokyo: ¥2940, (62mins, 79km)
  2. Tokyo > Odawara: ¥3640, (35mins, 83km)
  3. Odawara > Kyoto: ¥11750, (160mins, 429km)
  4. Kyoto > Kagoshima: ¥23340, (296mins, 953km)
  5. Kagoshima > Hiroshima: ¥18000, (173mins, 572km)
  6. Hiroshima > Osaka: ¥10520, (109mins, 345km)
  7. Osaka > Kansai airport: ¥3140, (57mins, 64km)

TOTAL: ¥73330 for 7 legs

As you can see you'll make minimum saving of ¥28,230 with a 14 day Japan Rail Pass so I can certainly recommend this option.

Hope this helps!

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