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8 months ago
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I am travelling with one other adult to Japan in June for 14 days, and trying to figure out the most cost-effective travel strategy. Here's our rough itinerary:

Day 1: Land in NRT and travel to Tokyo, staying in Ueno.
Days 2-5: Staying in Ueno and traveling to other Tokyo neighborhoods.
Day 6: Travel to Hakone ryokan.
Day 7: No travel.
Day 8: Travel from Hakone to Kyoto.
Days 9-11: Staying in Kyoto and travelling between districts. Possibly a day in Miyajima.
Day 12: Kyoto to Nara.
Day 13: Nara to Tokyo.
Day 14: Tokyo to Airport.

Is a 7-day pass the most effective, or 14? If we get a 7-day pass, when should we use it?

Also, does this itinerary seem balanced?

Thank you in advance!

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8 months ago

Hi there,

I think a 7 day Japan Rail Pass would work fine for travel on Day 8 to day 14. Travel prior to this day won't cost that much and you could use a Hakone Free Pass.

You can then use the JR Pass for longer travel to cities like Kyoto, Hiroshima/Miyajima, Nara and back to Tokyo. I think your trip looks well balanced, a side visit to Miyajima might add a bit more travel but it would definitely be worth it and you've make very good use of your rail pass as well.

Hope this helps,

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7 months ago

Hi Daniel! Thank you so much for your response, it is very helpful!

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