questions & answers: itinerary check

japan - nov 30th - dec 31st

Japan - Nov 30th - Dec 31st

Hi I was going to get the JR Rail Pass for the last 2 weeks of our trip. What do you think?

Nov 30 stay night in Narita

Dec 1 - 15th Tokyo

Dec 15 - 21 Osaka (and maybe day trip to Kobe?)

Dec 22 - 24 Hiroshima, visit Miyajima also

Dec 24 - 29 Kyoto (and maybe day trip to Nara/Nagoya)

Dec 29 Narita

Dec 30 home



Hi there,

This is an example itinerary I would show someone when asking what you could do with the 14 day JR Pass. This itinerary works very well, not too much travel but you get the see a lot and the JR Pass can be used for travel between all the cities that you plan to visit. In short, it looks great and there's nothings that has to change.

You could consider adding a day trip or two from Tokyo, since you have a good amount of time there. A day trip to Nikko or Kamakura is easy to plan in and well recommended if you ask me.

Enjoy Japan!


Thanks! I've spent a lot of time planning it :)
Yes, we will probably do a day trip to Kamakura and down to Fuji Q Highland (with views of Mt Fuji) and Yokohama from Tokyo. I hadn't considered Nikko so will look into it. Am also considering other places but don't want to lock anything in until we get there and decide as there's so much to do!
Thanks for your help :)


You have 2 choices for your time in Tokyo. If you want to take more than 3 day trips and the total regular fare would cost more than the difference between a 2 and 3 week pass (about 13000 yen), then getting a 3 week JR Pass would make sense. But if only 3 or fewer day trips, then get the 2 week JR Pass and for your time around Tokyo get a JR Kanto Area Pass. There are many areas near Tokyo for you to consider - there is Kamakura, NIkko, Kusatsu, Izu, Karuizawa, the Boso Peninsula, and many others. For Hakone, look into getting a Hakone Free Pass.

Because you are already seeing Tokyo, you can largely skip Osaka during the day. After the temples of Kyoto close down around 5 PM, you can zoom over to Osaka for the evening. At night the city comes alive and has some great places to see, such as Dotonbori, plus the night views from the Umeda Sky Bldg, and Abeno Harukas Bldg are magnificent. For your days, there are many great places, including Kobe which you mentioned as well as Himeji (with Japan's best castle), plus an overnight at Koyasan would be an unforgettable experience. In addition, Onomichi is famous for its temple tour and wildly ornate Kosanji Temple. Nearby Kurashiki is a famous own city for its canals, and Okayama also has its own castle and one of Japan's other Top 3 gardens, Korakuen.

For Hiroshima, Miyajima is by far one of the biggest tourist draws in the area, but aside from the Itsukushima Shrine with the giant "floating" torii, the Daishoin Temple is also a superb place you should not miss. There are several other pagodas and temples, and climbing Mt. Misen offers a fantastic view over the island and whole area.

Nara is also a must-see place, although there is far more to enjoy in the Kansai area that you can safely skip Nagoya which has comparatively very little.

Best of luck.


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