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plan 0f 14 days in japan

Plan 0f 14 days in Japan

Hi, can someone please take a look at my itinerary? We are 2 adults and 1 child 4 years old.
I need to know if this is a good plan or I need to change. I have to plans what is better?, I take a 7 day pass what will be a price for the trains?

Day 1. Arrive Tokyo about 13.30 pm and train to Kyoto. START JR PASS Koyasan Day 2. Kyoto Day 3. Kyoto - Himeji Castle Day 4. Kyoto - Osaka Day 5. Kyoto - Nara evening train to Takayama. Day 6. Takayama - Shirakawago or Kanazawa Day 7. Takayama - Komichi - Alpine road - Matsumoto - Tokyo. evening train to Tokyo End JR PASS Day 8. Tokyo Day 9. Tokyo Day10. Hakone and around Mt. Fuji Day 11. Hakone and 5 lakes Day 12. Tokyo - Nikko Day 13. Tokyo Day 14. Tokyo - Disneyland Day 15. Tokyo - Flight 18.30 - train to Narita

Day 1. Arrive Tokyo about 13.30 pm and train to Matsumoto (night) . START JR PASS Day 2. Matsumoto - Komichi - Alpine road - (night Takayama) Day 3. Takayama - Shirakawago or Kanazawa - (night Takayama) Day 4. Takayama - train to Kyoto Day 5. Kyoto - Half day in Nara
Day 6. Kyoto - Himeji Castle Day 7. Kyoto - Osaka - (Maybe Koyasan and not Osaka ? ) evening train to Tokyo End JR PASS Day 8. Tokyo Day 9. Tokyo Day10. Hakone and around Mt. Fuji Day 11. Hakone and 5 lakes Day 12. Tokyo - Nikko Day 13. Tokyo Day 14. Tokyo - Disneyland Day 15. Tokyo - Flight 18.30 - train to Narita

ignok1979
ignok1979

Hi there,

From what I read, you have the same itinerary but mirrored in the second instance and to be honest, it does not really matter which of the two you decide on. I would go with option 1, if you want to put as much travel behind you as possible. Tokyo - Koya-san is quite a trip, so it can be nice to have it behind you. At the same time, having already had a long flight, you may want to take it a little more easy and travel to Matsumoto first. Either way, both options work and it comes down to personal preference.

The 7 day JR Pass will help you make great savings btw, you'll be traveling around plenty of time and this will help you get the best out of your trip to Japan and the JR Pass.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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This is the last schedule we are considering:

10.9 Narita - Tokyo (night Tokyo)
11.9 Early train to Matsumoto - Amichi - Alpin root (night Kanazawa or Toyama) (Start JR Pass)
12.9 Kanazawa - Shirakavago - Takayama (night Takayama )
13.9 Takayama (mayby with Kamikoch) (night Takayama )
14.9 Early train to Kyoto (night Kyoto )
15.9 Kyoto - Himeji (night Kyoto )
16.9 Kyoto (with day trip to Nara) (night Kyoto )
17.9 Kyoto - 22.30 sleep train to Nikko (night train ) (Finish JR Pass)
18.9 Nikko - Evening train to Tokyo (night Tokyo )
19.9 - 24.9 - Tokyo ( with 1-2 days in Hakone )

I will be glad to hear couple words about this schedule.
And last question What i can do with Luggage on the trip to Alpine root and on the way to Nikko.
Thanks!

ignok1979
ignok1979

Hi again!

While it looks good for the greater part. Please note that there is no night service from Kyoto. This means that you will have to travel by day to Nikko.

As for your luggage, you can use a luggage forwarding service. Such as the TA-Q-Bin service from Yamamoto transport.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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I check in Hyperdia site and find that I have train from Kyoto to Nikko in 22.45 and 23.54 and arriving in 10.20 in the morning. maybe I don't understand how to use the site?

ignok1979
ignok1979

Hi again!

Can you link what you found in Hyperdia? Then I will review it.

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Ignok1979
Ignok1979

Maybe this is train that not include in JR PASS?

Ignok1979
Ignok1979
Ignok1979
Ignok1979

Hi again!

I see you are referring about the Sunrise express. While this is indeed a night train and covered by the JR Pass. It is very hard to book.

I did a complete write up about it here:
http://www.jrpass.com/blogs/night-trains-using-the-jr-pass-the-sunrise-express-and-hamanasu-trains

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Daniel-san
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Daniel hello. I have another question:
I add another 3 days to my trip and already close the flights. The question is if its possible to change the 7 days pass to 14 days pass some how. I already received the pass.
Thanks.

Ignok1979
Ignok1979

It is not possible to change the 7 day JR Pass to a 14 day pass. I would advise to cover as much as possible with the 7 day JR Pass and buy normal tickets where needed.

You could purchase an additional 7 day JR Pass if you really plan to do a lot of additional travel.

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