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23 day Japan stay advice.

about 2 years ago
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My partner and I are planning on visiting Japan in March 2017 and I wanted to get an your opinions on the Itinerary I have put together. This is our first visit to Japan, we are both under 30 and want to experience both the new modern Japan but also want to experience the history and culture of the country, in particular we want to experience the cherry blossoms (Sakura). Mostly though I am interested to know which type/s of JR Passes you would suggest to get the most of our travel for the Yen.

23rd - Arrive in Narita Airport and travel to Osaka
24th - Osaka
25th – Osaka (Day trip to Hiroshima & Miyajima (Itsukushima))
26th - Osaka
27th – Osaka (Day trip to Kobe)
28th - Osaka
29th – Osaka
30th – Move base from Osaka to Kyoto
31st - Kyoto
01st - Kyoto
02nd - Kyoto
03rd – Kyoto (Day trip to Nara)
04th - Kyoto
05th – Move from Kyoto to a ryokan at Fujikawaguchiko for the day/night
06th – Move from Fujikawaguchiko to Tokyo
07th - Tokyo
08th - Tokyo
09th - Tokyo
10th - Tokyo
11th - Tokyo
12th - Tokyo
13th - Tokyo
14th – Tokyo – go to Narita Airport and fly home 

Thanks so much for you time and providing some advise.

We are both really looking forward to coming to Japan the people seem so friendly and the country so beautiful.

Kind Regards


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about 2 years ago

Hello Dan,

To start with the JR Pass. You can get the best value out of the pass by using it for intercity travel. Think of going to Osaka, Hiroshima Kyoto and so on. With that in mind, I think a 14 day JR Pass would best match your itinerary from the 23rd to the 5th. This is the period that you travel the most and the JR Pass would help you make the best savings.

Travel within Tokyo does not cost a lot and you would be fine there buying normal tickets. I must say that you spend a lot of time in Tokyo, it can be nice to look at some day trips too. Think of Kamakura, Nikko, Mt. Takao and Yokohama.

Once you are in Kyoto, I recommend a visit to the closeby Yoshino, one of the most beautiful spots for cherry blossom viewing.

Hope this helps,

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