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13 Nights in Japan

dlnyc2006
dlnyc2006
over 1 year ago
8 responses

Hello!

I would like your opinion on this itinerary I have set up with a Japanese friend:

October 13-15: Narita to Tokyo
October 16: travel to Atami and stay at friends home
October 17: travel in the morning toward Nagoya and visit some castles; travel to and overnight in Okayama
October 18: next morning, travel by boat to and overnight in Naoshima island
October 19-20: travel to and overnight in Kyoto
October 21-22: travel to and overnight in Osaka; spend 1 day in Nara
October 23-25: travel back to and overnight in Tokyo
October 26: Tokyo to Narita

There is talk of visiting Mt Fuji. Any thoughts on this? For example, is it possible to visit Mt Fuji in 1 day?

Please let me know what you think of this itinerary??? Please feel free to offer suggestions!!!

To be honest, I have a feeling this schedule is too much...

Meanwhile, should I buy a 14 day pass?

Dean

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Daniel-san
12267 posts
over 1 year ago
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Hi Dean,

Looks like really nice itinerary, I love the visit to Naoshima, as well as that you spend time in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka.

For Fuji, you can already have a good view of Fuji from Atami, so that's cool. Making a day trip from there to a place closer to Fuji should no problem.

Its maybe a bit wild but you do get to see a lot in return. The only thing I would not like is having to check in and out every day.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

dlnyc2006
dlnyc2006
8 posts
over 1 year ago

Daniel!!!!

Thank you for the quick response!

You mentioned: "Its maybe a bit wild but you do get to see a lot in return. The only thing I would not like is having to check in and out every day."

So after visiting Okayama/Naoshima, we are planning to stay 2 nights in Kyoto (day trip to Nara), and 2 nights in Osaka so we don't have to pack/unpack everyday.

Another Japanese friend who lives in New York mentioned staying in Osaka for 4 nights, and then taking day trips to Kyoto and Nara. However, my friend who lives in Atami tells me this will be too much time on the train. What would you recommend?

Dean

dlnyc2006
dlnyc2006
8 posts
over 1 year ago

Daniel,

What about the JRPass? Would recommend we buy the 14 day pass???

Also, can we use the JRPass from Narita airport to Tokyo?? We arrive October 13, and head to the Conrad Hotel in Tokyo.

Dean

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Daniel-san
12267 posts
over 1 year ago
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Hi Dean,

So after visiting Okayama/Naoshima, we are planning to stay 2 nights in Kyoto (day trip to Nara), and 2 nights in Osaka so we don't have to pack/unpack everyday. Sounds good to me, Kyoto is only 30 minutes away from Osaka, you could even make your base in Kyoto and just make day trips to Osaka. I guess this is what your friend from the US means but than in Osaka. I used to do this a lot and don't mind the commute but your friend may think differently.

For the JR Pass, I can't see 100% for sure. I recommend using the JR Fare Calculator, add in your itinerary and see if you can make savings. The JR Pass does cover teh Narita Express to Tokyo.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

dlnyc2006
dlnyc2006
8 posts
over 1 year ago

Thank you Daniel!!!!

I think we will stick with 2 days in Osaka, and 2 days in Kyoto, because even though the distance between two cities is only 30min, we do not speak Japanese, and don't know our way around each city the way a local would.

Thank you again for your insight!!!!

Dean


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