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my kyoto-hiroshima-hakone-tokyo trip plan. can it work

My kyoto-hiroshima-hakone-tokyo trip plan. Can it work

Day 1

Arrive morning at Narita 7.40 am taking Malaysian airlines
Train to Kyoto reach by lunch
Start of 7 day pass 23800 Y
4 hr 15 min train trip
Half day around Kyoto
Stay in Kyoto

Day 2
Explore Kyoto area
Stay in Kyoto

Day 3
Explore area around Kyoto like Osaka etc
Stay in Kyoto

Day 4
Travel to Hiroshima 2 hrs 15 mins train trip
Half day visit to museum and other places
Stay in Hiroshima

Day 5
Visit Miyajima island
Stay in Hiroshima

Day 6
4 hr train trip Hiroshima to Odawara
with Hakone free pass train 20 min to Hakone
Stay In Hakone

Day 7
Whole day at Hakone
Leave Hakone in the evening time and check into a hotel near the Tokyo station area
END of 7 day pass

Day 8
Trip to Disneyland
Stay at Tokyo station area

Day 9
Check out of hotel , day time spent in tokyo
Night flight at 2200 hrs
Tokyo station to Narita
By bus 1hr 10 mins 1000Y
By train 1 hr 2940Y

1.) What do you think of the overall plan? Is it too taxing and am I missing out on certain areas which I should visit? I am not too much into shrine visits and prefer scenery.

2.) Am I using the 7 day Jr pass well enough? I used google map to estimate the train trip durations, did I get it correct?

3.) From Hakone to Tokyo, could anybody recommend an area In Tokyo city to stay which is not too far from Hakone or disneyland? Don’t think I want to stay near Maihama though which I know is near Disney land. I can only think of Tokyo station area.

4.) I was actually prepared for a 10 day visit but it seems I can do it in 9 days! Any suggestion how I replan to put in an extra day somewhere if necessary?

Welcome all ideas and advice

socrates
socrates

Hi there!

It does make for a speedy trip but I think it works out just fine! You combine a lot of great places but still have a good amount of time to enjoy them. I would say switch Osaka and Kyoto around if you are not really into shrines. Kyoto has many great and beautiful places, most of them traditional however Osaka has a lot to offer too, you could for instance visit Universal City.

2.) Yes you made a good estimation! If you really would like to know the exact travel times and route information, consider using Hyperdia it truly is a great resource for traveling by train in Japan. We have a detailed blog post about it to help you get started.

3.) Around Tokyo station is great, one stop from Tokyo on the Yamanote line you can find Kanda, hotels here are generally prices a lot better and you can access Tokyo station quickly from there. Otherwise Shinjuku a very good option too, you can take a direct train from there to Hakone.

4.) If you have a day extra with the JR-Pass: Visit a city that is not so well knows outside of Japan, there are some great gems out there, like Kanazawa, Takamatsu or Kagoshima.

Without the JR-Pass: consider a day trip out of Tokyo, such as going to Nikko or Yokohama. I think Nikko will impress you, even if you are not really into temples. Yokohama is a blast too! Personally I love the China Town. Of course you can just spend the extra day in Tokyo, the city has so much to offer. Lastly consider a day to Disney Sea, the 2nd Disney park just besides Disney land.

Have a great time in Japan!
-Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thanks for your quick reply and very helpful tips and I shall look into them further.

socrates
socrates

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