I am looking to travel to Japan for 2 weeks. My husband and I usually rent a car when we travel as we like to make our way around a country on our own time and see the sights, stopping along the way. However, my daughter recently spent three weeks in Japan and made full use of a 21 day JR Pass. She was very adamant that it was an essential travel tool for her and her boyfriend.
I wanted to know your opinion if it would make sense to get a JR Pass, and if car rental is a good option in Japan. If yes, would it still make more sense to use a JR Pass in certain parts of the country as the mode of transport rather than renting a car in those areas? We want to try and see as much of the country as possible in the most time efficient way, but also in a way that allows us to take in the sights.
So I suppose my main concern is: Is it cost effective to rent a car for more remote areas of the country, and get a JR Pass for more populated and accessible areas?