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tokyo > kyoto > hakone or tokyo > hakone > kyoto

Tokyo > Kyoto > Hakone or Tokyo > Hakone > Kyoto

We will arrive at Narita airport on Sat, 26 Sep and stay in Japan for 14 nights/15 days, flying out from Narita on Sat, 10 Oct. Just wonder whether we should get a 7 or 14 day JR pass or normal tickets for the following 2 alternative itineraries:

1) stay in Tokyo for 4 or 5 nights
2) travel to Kyoto and stay for 5/6 nights
3) travel from Kyoto to Hakone and stay for 2 nights
4) then from Hakone to Tokyo and stay for 1 night and then fly out

1) stay in Tokyo for 4 or 5 nights
2) travel to Hakone and stay for 2 nights
3) travel from Hakone to Kyoto 5/6 nights
4) then from Kyoto to Tokyo and stay for 1 night and then fly out

Thanks..

samtse
samtse

Hi there,

You can consider using a 7 day JR Pass but only if you cover a bit more travel than Tokyo - Kyoto - Hakone with it. This route is just below the cost of a 7 day JR Pass but you could make good use of a JR Pass if you were to include a day trip from Tokyo or Kyoto. For instance a visit to Nikko, Himeji or Hiroshima would be brilliant and you would get both the best out of the JR Pass and your trip to Japan.

While there's little difference between both itineraries, I would go for the 2nd as this way you could possible also cover the route back to the airport using the JR Pass.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thanks Daniel! we'll plan some day trips from Kyoto.

Due to change of plan, we will go direct to Kyoto after landing at Narita on that Saturday. So, we need to change for a ticket and then make a seat reservation immediately. Would that create any problem as we cannot reserve a seat before that Saturday? We land at around 8.30am. My concern is whether there would be no seat left as we don't want to sit in a smoking carriage. Is Saturday a busy day for travelling on Shinkansen to Kyoto? Can we reserve a seat before exchanging for a ticket? just trying my luck....

Thanks again,

Sam

samtse
samtse

Hi Sam,

That won't be a problem at all, there are plenty of seats on the Shinkansen and you can reserve them directly at the Airport. Just to give you an idea, a train departs at least every 10 minutes and generally carries around 1,300seats each. That is plenty of seats to go around!

So no need to worry :)
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thanks a lot, Daniel!! :)

samtse
samtse

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