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osaka - kyoto - tokyo

Osaka - Kyoto - Tokyo

Hi!

I need some help right here in planning our September trip to Japan. We will be flying to Osaka (KIX) and flying out from Narita airport and spending 10days there. This is my initial planning below.

  1. Reach osaka 8.30am. Direcly leave to Kyoto and stay in Kyoto for the night
  2. Kyoto - Miyajima - Hiroshima daytrip
  3. Kyoto - Nara/Osaka daytrip
  4. Move from Kyoto to Hakone and spend the night there. Leave Kyoto early morning to be able to explore hakone more.
  5. Move from Hakone and overnight at Kawagoe (personally wish to stay here)
  6. Move from Kawagoe to Tokyo
  7. Tokyo Sightseeing
  8. Tokyo Disneyland
  9. Tokyo sightseeing
  10. Tokyo sightseeing
  11. Tokyo to Narita Airport

my questions are:
1. as for now i was just thinking of getting the 14days JR pass but that means i have wasted 4 days of the cost of a JR pass. is there any cheaper option looking at my itinerary where i could use 7days jr?
2. will 5 days tokyo sightseeing be too much?

Any food or place recommendation for autumn September trip will be much appreciated too. Please help!! Thanks!

bridgetg
bridgetg

Hi there,

1.) Personally I would go for a 7 day JR Pass and use it for the day trip to Hiroshima and travel from the Kansai area to Hakone/Kanto. These trips are the most expansive without a JR Pass. Local travel within Tokyo does not cost a lot compared to cross country travel and you are better off to buy local tickets or day passes in Tokyo.

2.) I don't think so, you could spend months in Tokyo and see new things every day. I recommend a visit to Tsukiji fish market for the best Sashimi and try out the festival foods like, takoyaki, okonomiyaki (or Monja).

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi! i made a more detailed itinerary for the KYOTO - HAKONE - KAWAGOE AND TOKYO trip.

our flight has been retimed and now we have an additional day to explore kyoto. is the 7day pass still valid for my detailed itinerary below? or should i now get 14days pass instead?

is there any place for last minute shopping where we could buy tokyo snacks and keychains around the same area?

is my itinerary doable? thanks!!!

Day 1 KIX OSAKA

  • Fly in KIX Osaka at 8.20am
  • Leave bag at train station ? as we will overnight at Kyoto
  • Himeji Castle
  • Instant ramen museum
  • Universal studio
  • Pokemon centre Osaka
  • Osaka castle
  • Hep Five ferris wheel
  • Osaka museum of history

Day 2 hiroshima miyajima
- Peace park - Street tram - A bomb - Miyajima tori gate

Day 3 kyoto Arashiyama
- Monkey park - Togetsukyo bridge - Tenryuji temple - Bamboo alley - Jojakkoji (autumn leaves) - Gioji temple - Saga Toriimoto Preserved street (lunch) - Otagi Nenbutsuji temple - Daikakuji temple • Southern kyoto
- Fushimi inari shrine (thousand gates) - Tofukuji temple (autumn leaves) - Fushimi sake district (sightseeing cruise)

Day 4 eastern Kyoto
- Ginkakuji temple - Philosopher’s path - Nanzenji temple - Keage incline - Heian shrine - Yasaka shrine - Kodaiji - Higashiyama street - Kiyomizudera temple - Dinner at Gion / Pontocho

Day 5 Kyoto
- Tottori / Universal studios

Day 6 – Hakone
- Hakone freepass course

Day 7 – Kawagoe
- transportation: Co-Edo Loop Bus, a retro-styled bus that runs around Kawagoe's historical spots.This bus runs every 20-30 minutes and you can pick it up at the west exit of Kawagoe Station. 500 yen - candy alley - warehouse district - kitain temple - honmaru goten (remaining building of Kawagoe castle) - City museum (Kawagoe history) - http://travel.cnn.com/tokyo/visit/kawagoe-most-japanese-destination-all-957760/

Day 8 Asakusa and Odaiba
- Kaminarimon Gate (entrance for sensoji temple) - NAkamise Dori (shopping street &souvenir &food) - Sensoji Temple & Surrounding old neighbourhood • Odaiba
- Aquacity and Decks (shopping, theme parks Joypolis legoland and trick art museum)  Rainbow bridge view
 Ramen food theme park
 Decks old town
 Takoyaki museum
- Palette town – ferris wheel , venus fort shopping - Miraikan (national science museum) - Oedo onsen

Day 9 Tokyo (Western tokyo)
- Meiji shrine - Takeshita Dori street (trendy shop and boutique) - Omotesando stores and hills (luxury store)

• Shibuya
- Shibuya crossing - Hachiko statue - Tokyu hands (creative life story diy travel goods) - Spain slope (Spanish street scene)

• Shinjuku
- Metropolitan government office observation decks - Eatery : Omoide Yokocho (tiny eateries ramen soba sushi yakitori kushiyaki) - Shin okubo koreatown • Department stores
- Isetan - Takashimaya • Parks
• Shijuku gyoen 200 yen imperial family park
• Central park (behind Tokyo metropolitan government twin towers

Day 10 Disneysea

Day 11 Random Tokyo
- Tsukiji fish market - Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo - Tokyo national museum - Imperial palace - Nihonbashi bridge

Day 12 Last day
- Last minute shopping? - Tokyo skytree - Ueno zoo - Ueno park - Flight from Narita airport at 11.05pm

bridgetg
bridgetg

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