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streamlining trip from tokyo to hiroshima v.v.

Streamlining trip from Tokyo to Hiroshima v.v.

Dear Daniel,
We are travelling from Bangkok to Tokyo on 22 August, landing at Narita airport on 23 August 08:00 morning. Returning to Bangkok on September 2.
Please advise us on our trip planning and the questions we have about it. Thanks a lot in advance!
We would like to buy the 1-week JR Pass and use it as follows:
23/8: after arriving at Narita straight away take the shinkansen to Hiroshima. What time after landing is the best to take this train? What will be the arrival time in Hiroshima?
24 + 25/8: Hiroshima + Miyajima. In total 2 days or should 1 day be enough?
26 + 27/8: Osaka & Kyoto. In total 2 days. Or is it advisable to visit just 1 of these 2 cities?
28/8: travel from Kyoto to Mt. Fuji and stay there 1 day
29/8: back to Tokyo and visit Disneyland. I understand that the JR Pass covers the route from Shinjuku to Maihama station. This is the final day we are able to use the JR Pass.
30 + 31/8 + 1/9: stay in Tokyo and visit the city in these 3 days. What is the best means of transport in Tokyo?
2/9: back to Bangkok at 20:15, so still time to visit Tokyo.
Last general question about the JR Pass: we are travelling on 22 August to Tokyo. Today is June 1, I understand that I can purchase the JR Pass from this moment because of the use of it within 3 months from the purchase-date, right?
If you have any comments and especially advice about our trip please let us know.
Thanks a lot.
Gala & Ernst.

ErnstGala
ErnstGala

Hello Gala & Ernst,

Let's have a look at your questions.

23/8: after arriving at Narita straight away take the shinkansen to Hiroshima. What time after landing is the best to take this train? What will be the arrival time in Hiroshima? The trip form Narita Airport to Hiroshima is pretty long. Here is an example route. You can do it, as you'll have plenty of time with an 8 o'clock arrival. It could be nice to plan in a stop on the route, such as lunch in Osaka. 2 days is a good start to explore Miyajima and Hiroshima.

What is the best means of transport in Tokyo? It really depends on what you want to see and visit in Tokyo. Both the JR and Tokyo Metro have extensive networks.

I understand that I can purchase the JR Pass from this moment because of the use of it within 3 months from the purchase-date, right? Yes, this is correct. I do advise getting your JR Pass a couple of weeks in advance, this way you can put our mind to more important matters, like deciding what to eat in Japan!

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thanks a lot Daniel-san.
Only these 2 question:
1. we are planning to visit Osaka/Kyoto in 2 days, or is that too much? In that case we have to skip one of them.
2. How do we get to Mt Fuji coming from Kyoto, and using as much as possible the JR Pass?

Thanks in advance.
Gala & Ernst.

ErnstGala
ErnstGala

Hi again and sorry for the late reply!

1.) I would actually recommend more than 2 days for Kyoto/Osaka however that is not that say that visiting them for a short while can't be nice.

2.) For Fuji, see:http://www.jrpass.com/blogs/itinerary-tip-mt-fuji

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Daniel-san
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Thanks a lot Daniel-san. Very helpful!!
Gala & Ernst.

ErnstGala
ErnstGala

We are planning 3-4 days Kyoto/Osaka/Nara.

ErnstGala
ErnstGala

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