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itinerary check and useful of buying a jr pass.

Itinerary Check and Useful of Buying a JR Pass.


This is our first trip to Japan.

  1. We are hoping if you can assist to check on our proposed itinerary below itinerary

  2. Please advise if purchasing a JR day pass is better.

  3. We would appreciate if you can advise us where to avoid as we understand it is a National Holiday on the period we are travelling.

  4. Any suggestions / additions / rearranging would also be helpful as there will be 5 of us.

26/12/15 - Arrival at Haneda, Tokyo (Our apartment situated near Keisei Takasago Station)
27/12/15 - Explore Western Tokyo ( Shinjuku/ Harajuku/Shibuya)
28/12/15 - Explore Central Tokyo ( Ueno Park/ Asakusa/ Ginza/ Tokyo SkyTree/ Sensoji Temple)
29/12/15 - Disneyland
30/12/15 - Mt Fuji & Gotemba Premium Outlet
31/12/15 - Lake Kawaguchiko (Morning) / Celebrate NYE at Roppongi or Shibuya (Please advise last timing of trains)
01/01/16 - Gala Yuzawa Ski Resort
02/01/16 - Free Day (Any Suggestions?)
03/01/16 - Travel from Tokyo to Osaka (Our apartment situated near Kawanishiikeda Station)
04/01/16 - Kyoto (Non Guided 1 Day Trip) ( Please advise if we can squeeze Nara in?)
05/01/16 - USS
06/01/16 - Explore Osaka / Rinku Premium Outlet
07/01/16 - Flying Back Home

Thank so much for your help. We hope to hear from you soon.


Hi there,

I do think a 7 day JR Pass would be a great option if you can at least cover the following with it:

Tokyo - Yuzawa ¥ 6,670
Yuzawa - Tokyo ¥ 6,670
Tokyo - Gotemba ¥ 4,840
Gotemba - Tokyo ¥ 4,840
Tokyo - Kyoto ¥ 13,910

For a total of ¥ 36,930 or at least ¥ 7,820 in savings, as the 7 day JR Pass is ¥ 29,110. This is excluding any other local travel you may do with it, which will add to savings made.

Trains to Gala Yuzawa on News Years day may be busy, so try to reserve tickets 2-3 days in advance. For your free day on 02/01, consider making a visit to Nikko. It is an amazing visit to make and will get the best out of your time in Japan and the JR Pass.

For Kyoto, just do Kyoto. I honestly think you would need more than 1 day to see all of the city, so adding Nara would not be something I recommend.

Hope this helps,


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