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Shall I buy JR pass or Suica and local city pass?

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over 3 years ago
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day 1. fly from NRT to new chitose (staying at Saporo ANA Hotel)
day 2. please recommend me what to do here?
day 3. fly from new chitose to kansai (staying at Osaka Marriott Courtyard)

day 4. please recommend me what to do at Osaka and recommend public transportation?
day 5. please recommend me what to do at Kobe and recommend public transportation?

day 6. fly from kansai to naha (staying at Okinawa Marriott Renaissance)
do you recommend to use airport limousine bus?

day 7-10. please recommend me what to do at Okiwana and recommend public transportation?

day 11. fly from Kansai airport to Kyoto Station (staying at Westin Miyako Kyoto)
day 12. visit Arashiyama and Sagano, Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari Shrine
day 13. Kyoto Station to Odarawa (staying at Odarawa Hilton)
day 14. visit Harone, Mt Fuji and its surrounding lakes
please advise me on transportation pass. Shall I get Hakone Free Pass or Fuji Hakone pass?

day 15. Odarawa station (Odarawa Hilton) to Shinjuku Station (staying at Tokyo Hilton)
day 16-19. please recommend me what to do at Tokyo?
day 20. Tokyo Hilton to Tokyo Bay Sheraton
please advise what public transportation I should use?

day 21-22. visit Tokyo Disney
day 23. Tokyo Disney to NRT airport (flying home)
do you recommend to use airport limousine bus? if so, how do I book its ticket?

I have some additional questions:
* Shall I buy JR pass for my trip? I have a party of 5. * shall I pre-purchase Suica before arriving to Tokyo? * can I pay for it using credit card? * does Japan usse traveler check? * does Japan use 110W or 220W outlet?

Thank you so much for your help.

Best regards,


1303 posts
over 3 years ago

Nobody knows your interests better than you, so I suggest you look at some comprehensive websites that show what each places offers and choose what appeals to you. The best sources are the JNTO page, Japan Guide, and the official city websites which all have good tourist info.

If you are seeing both the Hakone area and the Fuji 5 Lakes area, then the Fuji Hakone Pass covers both. For getting around each city, local costs are not so bad. You could use an IC Card for convenience. Although in Tokyo there is a good cost effective 2 or 3 day subway pass.

For Day 11, you don't fly from KIX to Kyoto. There is a Haruka train which is quick and efficient. The Icoca & Haruka discount ticket may save you money.

I don't see enough rail travel to make any JR Pass pay off. Japan still takes traveler's checks at major banks and main post offices, but it can take up to 30 minutes to get them cashed. You might instead use your ATM card at a Japanese 7-11 or post office. If you do plan to use your ATM card in Japan, make sure your bank knows about it first so they don't suspect fraudulent usage and freeze your account. You can also see what Japanese money looks like here. Note that you can not use 1 or 5 yen coins in vending machines and phones. Japan uses 100 volts at 50 Hz for eastern Japan and 60 Hz for western Japan. If you're coming from Europe, Australia, etc, you will need a voltage converter for many devices. Others are made for multiple voltages though (see the bottom of your device). The plug is almost identical to the North American 2 prong type.

Good luck.

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