We have finalised our itinerary for Japan but are unsure what to do about the rail pass. Due to a lack of hotel availability, our itinerary isn't exactly what we wanted but we are quite happy with it.
1 night in Kobe - explore Himeji the next day
2 nights in Kyoto - explore kyoto both days
2 nights in Osaka - explore osaka and possible day trip to nara
2 nights in Hiroshima - one day go to Miyajima
3 nights in Tokyo
2 nights in Kusatsu Onsen
2 nights in Tokyo
Given the plan, what is the best solution for rail passes? I assume we will need a JR pass but ideally I only want to buy the 7 day one and activate it for the long trips. I have found a number of localised rail passes that include the subway and bus.
If anyone has any idea on the best way to do this it would be much appreciated.