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osaka - kyoto - fuji mountain and tokyo

Osaka - Kyoto - Fuji Mountain and Tokyo

Hi Sir/Madam:

I notice the JR Pass is can go through all the nice sign seeing area just want the confirm if i from Narita take Bullet Train go to Osaka is using JR Pass and then Kyoto. But JR train from Kyoto can go to Fuji Mountain?? Because i check the map notice the train go to Fuji Mountain all in Tokyo and without any guide line Kyoto to Fuji Mountain. Thanks

wayne81
wayne81

Hi,
Yes, you can use the JR Pass from Narita down to Shin-Osaka Stn., catching the bullet train from Tokyo Stn. As for the return, there is no JR train that goes all the way to Mt. Fuji, but it will take you most of the way. Many people go to see Hakone or the Fuji 5 Lakes Area (Hakone would be much more convenient for you to get to). You can take the bullet train to Mishima Station, Atami Station or Odawara Station, and then take a bus the rest of the way for the first two stations. But if you get off at Odawara, you can take the Hakone Tozan Railway, or bus - it's up to you. I recommend you go to Odawara and buy a Hakone Free Pass, which can save you a lot of money compared to buying all your tickets as you go.

If for some reason you wanted to go to the Fuji 5 Lakes Area, then it will take longer. To maximize the savings from your rail pass, you can go to Gotemba Stn after transferring trains at Mishima and Numazu Stn. Then it's a 60 minute bus ride on a Fujikyu bus to Lake Kawaguchi.

Best of luck.

Toraneko
Toraneko

Hi,

Thanks you information, but i still confuse as you mention about the Mishima, Atami or Odawara also using the JR Pass?? JR Pass can direct go to Gotemba?

wayne81
wayne81

Hi,
From Kyoto to Gotemba you'd have to change trains twice. It would be easier to go to Odawara, buy the Hakone Free Pass there, and start on your way to Hakone. You can get more info on the place here.

You can go to Hyperdia and just plug in your starting point and end point, plus date/time that you like. But be sure under "More Options" to deselect "Nozomi..." since you can't ride that on the Pass.

Actually, since you are already seeing Tokyo, you can largely skip Osaka during the day. After the temples of Kyoto close down around 5PM, you can zip over to Osaka for the evening. At night the city comes alive and has some great places to see, such as Dotonbori, plus the night views from the Umeda Sky Bldg, and Abeno Harukas Bldg are wonderful.

In Kyoto you could spend weeks there and not see everything. The three best sights though are the Kinkakuji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Fushimi is the most time consuming; you could spend a couple of hours to over half a day if you want to romp over all the trails. And the Otagi Nenbutsuji is one of the most humorous and whimsical places you could visit in Japan - well worth visiting, even for kids.
Nara is often neglected by some tourists, which is a shame. Missing the Todaiji Great Buddha in Nara is like going to India and skipping the Taj Mahal. Nara Park has a lot of great places, such as Kasuga Shrine, Kofukuji Temple, and feeding the many deer in the area.
A few other great places missed out even by those who go to Nara though are the Isuien and Yoshikien Gardens. They are gorgeous and not crowded at all.
In addition, there are other numerous great places you can visit in the area. Okayama is not far and it is famous for its castle, plus Korakuen, one of Japan's Top 3, and also the Handayama Garden. If you'd like to get off the beaten trail for a while, the half day hike up to Konpirasan in Kotohira is stunning. Going to Takamatsu is also nice - it has one of Japan's finest gardens also, called Ritsurin.
Hiroshima also has a number of good places. Miyajima is the most famous, and aside from Hiroshima itself, Onomichi with its temple tour and Kosanji Temple is spectacular. Just beyond Miyajima also lies Iwakuni with its historical bridge and castle on top of the mountain. Taikodani is also a beautiful shrine in Tsuwano, Shimane. Hagi Castle was actually delightful, and the preserved samurai district and Mori related temples a rarity. One of the very best is the Akiyoshi Limestone Cave, a 300 million year old wonder with huge caverns and underground river running through it.

All in all, a lot more to explore and enjoy.

Toraneko
Toraneko

Thanks u advise at the same time how i transfer from narita to osaka?? It need spend how many hour to be there and bullet train is it available at 10a.m??

wayne81
wayne81

Hi,
As I have already mentioned, to go from Narita to Osaka, you can get on the Narita Express from Narita to Tokyo Station, change trains and ride the bullet train to Osaka. It is about 1 hour to Tokyo, and then 3 hours to Osaka. All of this is listed on the Hyperdia website - please take a look at it. Trains are constantly coming and going from sunrise to around midnight.

Good luck.

Toraneko
Toraneko

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