mar in japan
Appreciate if you can give me some advice on the following itinerary :)
Thanks in advance
8 - 18 mar
Day 1 Tokyo
Days 2 Tokyo – yamanashi
Or should we go to Nagano to get to takayama
Day 3 - Takayama
Day 4 Shirakawa-go (is it still snowing at that period? Is it worth staying a night or just a day trip?)
Day 5 Takayama –Shin-hotaka (snow mountain) Northern Alps and Shinhotaka Ropeway, return and travel to nagano.
Stay Nagano (is it far to Kyoto? should I go direct to Kyoto?)
Days 6 Kyoto
During stay in Kyoto - would like to visit Arashiyama district, Osaka, Nara - Otaimatsu, Uji, Nijo Castle, Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Kiyomizudera, Nishiki market
Day 9 Kyoto – Tokyo
Days 10 Hakone/Mt Fuji
Day 11 Tokyo - Return
Is it worth getting 7 or 14 days jR pass?
I think the best way to travel would be to use a 7 day JR Pass from day 3 to 9 and buy local tickets for the rest. Travel to Takayama - Nagano - Kyoto and back to Tokyo.
Now let's go a little more in detail, Yamanashi is a little out when you plan to travel on to Takayama but at the same so is Nagano. The difference in ticket price is (¥ 2,720) for Yamanashi from Tokyo and (¥ 8,170) for Nagano .
On to Takayama and Shirakawago, the area is beautiful to visit year round, however the snow season is coming to an end in March, so there may or may not be snow when you get there. Shirakawago village can be visited either as a trip or night's stay. If you have the time I would recommend staying the night as this is one of the only ways to experience to village light up, which is just beautiful!
As for going to Nagano or directly to Kyoto after, going to Nagano adds about 5 hours of travel time from Takayama and an other 4 hours travel time from Nagano to Kyoto. Depending on your own preferences it may be better to skip Nagano as it adds so much travel time.
I hope this helps!
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