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tokyo - osaka / kyoto - hakone - tokyo

Tokyo - Osaka / Kyoto - Hakone - Tokyo

Hi there, would appreciate if anyone can help me on this route planning.
Below is my planning for 4 first time adults traveler to Japan.

Place we wish to cover is Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto, and Osaka.
Our travelling date is as per below:

Plan A:
17th Oct 2015 - Haneda Airport
(we will be arriving late, so am planning to spend time in airport, depart next morning when monorail start operating again to Shinjuku) 18th Oct 2015 - Haneda Int. Airport - Shinjuku - Osaka
19th Oct 2015 - Osaka
20th Oct 2015 - Osaka to Kyoto
20th Oct 2015 - Kyoto - Hakone (possible?)
21st Oct 2015 - Hakone / Fuji Five Lakes
22nd Oct 2015 - Hakone to Tokyo
23rd Oct 2015 - Tokyo
24th Oct 2015 - Tokyo
25th Oct 2015 - Tokyo - Haneda Int. Airport - Malaysia

Plan B:
17th Oct 2015 - Haneda Airport
18th Oct 2015 - Haneda Int. Airport - Shinjuku - Kyoto
19th Oct 2015 - Kyoto
20th Oct 2015 - Kyoto to Osaka
20th Oct 2015 - Osaka - Hakone or Fuji Five Lakes
21st Oct 2015 - Hakone / Fuji Five Lakes
22nd Oct 2015 - Hakone / Fuji Five Lakes to Tokyo
23rd Oct 2015 - Tokyo
24th Oct 2015 - Tokyo
25th Oct 2015 - Tokyo - Haneda Int. Airport - Malaysia

Which route will work more good and is it a good deal for us to buy 7days JR pass?
Appreciate if you can comment me on this planning. :)

Arigato.
Regards, amane

amane
amane

Hi Amane,

Both routes work and I guess it really comes down to personal preference.

What I would recommend looking into is travel from Hakone - Kawaguchiko. This is not that easy as there are different transport companies involved and you would have to make a couple of transfers. Here's a guide on how to travel around the area.

The 7 day JR Pass will also give you nice savings, given that you use it to travel from Tokyo - Kyoto/Osaka and back again to Tokyo. Within Hakone transport is not covered by the JR Pass, you can however look at a Hakone Free Pass.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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The link above is great Daniel-san - thanks :)

ccanham
ccanham

Hi Daniel-san,

Arigato for all the information provided.
We're travel for 4 pax, and the 7 days JR Pass cost quite a lot for our planned budget.

Do you have any suggestions for 8-days route (enter & exit at Haneda) if we would start from empty plan again? :D
Appreciate all the helps from Daniel-san and everyone.

Suggestions needed. :D

amane
amane

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