Back to General Japan Travel

Tokyo > Kyoto > Osaka > Nara > Mt Fuji > Tokyo Disneyland > Kamakura

nathan1010
nathan1010
about 2 years ago
7 responses

Hi,

my trip is 29 mar 2018 - 6 apr 2018, my flight is from singapore to narita airport and return flight is haneda to singapore, just wondering how to go airport.

1) Tokyo > Kyoto > Osaka > Nara > Mt Fuji > Tokyo > Kamakura is it worth to use JR pass 7 day and when i do need to use it?

2) In tokyo, is it most of the train is tokyo metro by using Tokyo metro ticket which i see on website is 3day unlimited for all metro in tokyo and jr pass is cant use for it, so do you think i have to purchase tokyo metro pass?

3) Staying in tokyo for first 3 days and spend 4 day in kyoto,osaka,nara and mt fuji what else i still can do after that will travel back to tokyo for 2 days just because flight in Haneda.

4) Can u recommend during tokyo kyoto osaka what place and area that suitable for accommadation?

5) For kyoto osaka and nara, which 1 do you think i can stay and travel to either 1 for visit so that i no need bring along the luggage for tourism.

6) is it all place that i mentioned is JR cover?

7) for onsen any place and hotel u suggest also it would be better if there is private onsen room.

Thank you!

Warmest regards,
Nathan

avatar
Daniel-san
15896 posts
about 2 years ago
Expert

Hi Nathan,

1.) Yes, a 7 day JR Pass will be well worth it. The cost of a 7 day JR Pass is about the same as a normal return ticket Tokyo - Kyoto using the Shinkansen. From there any additional travel is what you will save.

2.) You can use the JR Pass on local JR lines in Tokyo but a separate ticket for the Metro is required. The 3-day pass for the Tokyo metro does indeed provide great value if you plan on exploring Tokyo.

3.) You could make a day trip from Tokyo to places like Nikko, Kamakuro or Yokohama.

4.) We have a detail blog post here with suggestions to do in each city.

5.) Nara is ideal for day trip from either Kyoto or Osaka.

6.) You can travel to all the cities you mention. You may still need additional local travel within these cities and around Fuji.

7.) Kurama Onsen near Kyoto is nice, otherwise consider a stop over at Hakone. There are plenty great Onsen there.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

Toraneko
Toraneko
1319 posts
about 2 years ago

Hi,
You can get some good savings by using a JR Pass, though you could increase your savings further if you wish (see below).

I presume you will start using your JR Pass immediately from Narita Airport - that is Day 1 - you just need to return back to Tokyo by the end of Day 7. The JR Pass covers all the places you plan to go to except the Fuji area. For that, you can take the bullet train to Odawara Stn., then to save money, buy a Hakone Free Pass. After seeing the area, return to catch the next bullet train to Tokyo. The Hakone Loop Course is a common way to see the area.

Regarding using the pass for local transport in Tokyo, you can use it on the Yamanote Line within Tokyo, and it does go to several popular tourist areas. It's unclear where you plan to spend your time however, and it's likely you will go somewhere the Line doesn't, so a 2 or 3 day subway pass might save you some money. You'd really have to ride your behind off for a 1 day pass to be worthwhile, however.

For where to stay in Kansai, you could stay at either Osaka, Kyoto or Nara, but to make things easier I suggest you stay near either Kyoto or Osaka Stn to make it faster for you. It's only about 30 minutes by train between Kyoto and Osaka. I have no idea on your budget so I can't really suggest any hotels - there are some for every budget though, so you could try hotels.com or booking.com or some other engine.

As I mentioned before about adding more value to your pass, what you could do is use one of the days at the start of your trip and instead of Tokyo, go take a day trip to Nikko. After seeing Kansai, if you still want to see Kamakura & Enoshima, you can use a Enoshima-Kamakura Freepass.

I would suggest rearranging your time in Kansai though. One day in Kyoto is barely getting your toe in the water. I suggest you add a 2nd day and then spend half a day in Osaka and the other half in the Nara Park area. The Todaiji Great Buddha is a must-see, but also be sure to feed the deer, see Kofukuji Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine, plus two often overlooked gardens, Isuien and Yoshikien. After the temples of Kyoto close down around 5 PM, you can zip over to Osaka for the evening. At night the city comes alive and has some great places to see, such as Dotonbori, plus the night views from the Umeda Sky Bldg, and Abeno Harukas Bldg are excellent.

For a Japanese inn (ryokan) with your own private onsen, the costs are extremely high. I have not stayed at any, but you can find some here, so perhaps there is one not too far from where you plan to go.
In your last days before leaving Japan, since you are going through Haneda, you might look at some of the subway and Haneda train combo tickets.

Best of luck.

nathan1010
nathan1010
7 posts
about 2 years ago

Hi Daniel & Toraneko,

Thank you so much for the extremely useful information!

i got more better understanding but not least about how to go mt fuji from tokyo or is it better when i travel back to tokyo the last few day then only go visit?

now im actually abit confuse about the squence for tokyo kyoto osaka mt fuji and back to tokyo and go kamakura..maybe my plan abit messy :( hope can advise a better route..now im ready to puchase JR pass and tokyo metro 3days

Toraneko
Toraneko
1319 posts
about 2 years ago

Hi,
It doesn't matter so much if you go to Hakone on the way to Kansai or on the way back, although you'd have more time at Hakone if you went there from Tokyo. Travel in the evening is often ideal since there is not as much sightseeing to do at night anyways.
But 7 days is pretty packed for all the places you mention. I would not include Kamakura also in the 7 days.

Good luck.

nathan1010
nathan1010
7 posts
about 2 years ago

Hi Toraneko,

Thanks for the prompt reply.

Mt fuji nearby Hakone with the five lake right,i will be there in the morning until evening and travel back to tokyo, i can spent more day in Kansai about 4 day but not so sure is it too much since first 3 day arrive in tokyo will stay Shinjuku area for 2night then travel to Kansai from there and stay about 4day and travel back to tokyo for 2 day..in total is 9d8n.

In Kansai,

nathan1010
nathan1010
7 posts
about 2 years ago

Hi Toraneko,

Thanks for the prompt reply.

Mt fuji nearby Hakone with the five lake right,i will be there in the morning until evening and travel back to tokyo, i can spent more day in Kansai about 4 day but not so sure is it too much since first 3 day arrive in tokyo will stay Shinjuku area for 2night then travel to Kansai from there and stay about 4day and travel back to tokyo for 2 day..in total is 9d8n.

nathan1010
nathan1010
7 posts
about 2 years ago

Hi Toraneko,

Thanks for the prompt reply.

Mt fuji nearby Hakone with the five lake right,i will be there in the morning until evening and travel back to tokyo, i can spent more day in Kansai about 4 day but not so sure is it too much since first 3 day arrive in tokyo will stay Shinjuku area for 2night then travel to Kansai from there and stay about 4day and travel back to tokyo for 2 day..in total is 9d8n.


Looking for more information? Search the forum

Instant Quote

Starting from $275.00 for 7 days of unlimited Japan Rail travel

Can’t find the answer?

Learn from over 14207 questions about the Japan Rail Pass, or ask our Japan Rail travel experts

Ask Question

Get pocket Wifi in Japan

Get pocket Wifi in Japan

Visit us on Facebook

Get inspired for your visit to Japan by following us on Instagram and don't forget your own shots once you are there.


Find out where to buy the japan rail pass online.

Order your JRPass Now!

We have special prices for children and great first class options. See all tickets.
Or see our range of Regional Passes