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advice on itinerary october 2012

Advice on Itinerary October 2012

Hi this is our itinerary for our visit to Japan in October 2012. We have already booked our flights and accommodation so dates are not changeable:

Thursday 4th October
• Arrive Osaka 9:20 pm
• The Fraser Residence. Nankai

Friday 5th October
• The Fraser Residence. Nankai
(hoping to attend a baseball game)

Saturday 6th October
• The Fraser Residence. Nankai
(Hoping to attend a soccer match)

Sunday 7th October
• The Fraser Residence. Nankai

Monday 8th October
• Tokyo - Hotel Monterey, Hanzomon

Tuesday 9th October
• Tokyo - Hotel Monterey, Hanzomon
• Day trip - The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace n

Wednesday 10th October
• Tokyo - Hotel Monterey, Hanzomon
• Day trip - Zojoji Temple

Thursday 11th October
• Tokyo - Hotel Monterey, Hanzomon
• Day trip - Tsukiji Jogaii Market

Friday 12th October
• Mt Fuji – Resorpia Hotel, Hakone

Saturday 13th October
• Mt Fuji – Resorpia Hotel, Hakone

Sunday 14th October
• Takayama – Sumiyoshi Ryokan

Monday 15th October
• Takayama – Sumiyoshi Ryokan

Tuesday 16th October
• Kyoto – Hotel Mume

Wednesday 17th October
• Kyoto – Hotel Mume
• Day trip - Nijō Castle
• Day trip - Kinkakuji Temple

Thursday 18th October
• Kyoto – Hotel Mume
• Day trip - Fushimi Inari Shrine

Friday 19th October
• Depart Osaka @ 11:00 am

We know that for some trips we are not able to use the rail pass but could you advise the cheapest form of travel in between our destinations and whether it would be worth buying a 7 day pass?

bearkat2012
bearkat2012

Hi there,

For your trip you should look into a 7 day JR Pass for the period 8th-14th as until this time you're not doing an awful amount of travel. Here are the approximate base ticket costs for the legs from the 8th-14th:

  1. Osaka > Tokyo: ¥13950, (194mins, 556km)
  2. Tokyo > Odawara: ¥3840, (35mins, 83km)
  3. Odawara > Takayama: ¥12710, (240mins, 448km)

TOTAL: ¥30500 for 3 legs

  • 07 day rail pass (¥28,300) saving: ¥2200

A 7 day pass will give you a base saving of ¥2200, and will also make any further JR travel during this period free. For example you can use it for a day trip to Nikko, or for travel on all the JR lines within Tokyo. Here's map of JR lines in Tokyo for reference.

Of course you would make further savings if you could fit the return to Kyoto into this 7 day period, but this wil depend on how concrete your plans are. If you cannot then purchasing individual JR tickets as needed will be more cost effective than a 14 day pass. Overall I recommend a 7 day pass + individual tickets as needed.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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