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osaka, naoshima, kyoto, kanazawa, tokyo hakone

Osaka, Naoshima, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Tokyo Hakone

Hi Sir/Madam,

I would like to go to Japan during cherry blossom 2013 (29 Mar-8Apr), do you think my itinerary below is efficient and better to use japan rail pass or buy single trip?

29 Mar - arrive at kansai, go to Naoshima directly
30 Mar - 1 Apr Naoshima
1 Apr - Naoshima to Kyoto
3 Apr - Kyoto to Kanazawa (day trip, back to Kyoto)
4 Apr - Kyoto to Tokyo
5 Apr - Tokyo to Hakone
6 Apr - Hakone to Tokyo
8 Apr - Tokyo to Narita

Please advise, appreciate your big help,

D

daniella
daniella

Hi there,

Overall I like your trip - Here are some thoughts:

  • The trip from Kansai Airport to Naoshima will take 3.5hrs, so you may want to spend at least an overnight in Osaka of Kyoto depending on your flight length.
  • Kanazawa is a great location - rather than heading back to Kyoto, how about overnighting there and then travelling up to Tokyo the day after?
  • Hakone is on the way to Tokyo from Kyoto. Rather than doubling back on yourself to Hakone from Tokyo, consider stopping off at Hakone on the way up to Tokyo to save further time on trains. Note that for Hakone the JR Pass will take you as far as Odawara. From here you'll need to use the non-JR Odakyu lines up to Hakone itself. I recommend the Hakone Free Pass for this.

As for prices, lets see how the JR ticket costs for your first 7 days stack up against the 7 day rail pass at ¥28.300:

  1. Kansai airport > Uno: ¥8,580 (228mins, 273km)
  2. Uno > Kyoto: ¥8,580 (139mins, 252km)
  3. Kyoto > Kanazawa: ¥6,910 (124mins, 224km)
  4. Kanazawa > Kyoto: ¥6,910 (126mins, 224km)
  5. Kyoto > Tokyo: ¥13,420 (161mins, 513km)
  6. Tokyo > Odawara: ¥3,840 (35mins, 83km)

JR ticket cost: ¥48,240 for 6 legs

Based on the itinerary as listed, you'll make good savings with a 7 day JR Pass . If you use my recommendations above, this may change to something like:

  1. Kansai airport > Kyoto: ¥3,690 (75mins, 99km)
  2. Kyoto > Uno: ¥8,780 (130mins, 252km)
  3. Uno > Kyoto: ¥8,580 (139mins, 252km)
  4. Kyoto > Kanazawa: ¥6,910 (124mins, 224km)
  5. Kanazawa > Odawara: ¥15,950 (294mins, 544km)

JR ticket cost: ¥43,910 for 5 legs

As you can see you'll have slightly less savings with the recommended route, but will be spending less time on trains.

You can look up precise train timetables and costs at the Hyperdia travel planning website and learn how to use Hyperdia for JR Pass holders through our video blog.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Dear Mari,

Thank you so much for your recommendation. It is very helpful!
We are changing our trip based on your input:
1. Kanzai > Uno
2. Uno > Kyoto
3. Kyoto > Kanazawa
4. Kanazawa > Odawara
5. Odawara > Tokyo

One more question: For Uno port, do they rent any space to put our luggage so that we don't have to bring it to naoshima? THanks so much Mari.

D

daniella
daniella

HI there!

Uno station is very small and doesn't have any luggage lockers. I recommend you leave your luggage in a locker when you transfer from the bullet train to local lines at Okayama.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Hi Mari,

Thank you for your help, how much is a luggage locker costs per day ?
Thanks,

D

daniella
daniella

Hi there,

We have a great blog post on station lockers, which includes costs that you can read for more information on this.

Hope this helps

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mari
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