2 Week Itinerary - Is JR pass best purchase?
I'm travelling out to Japan in a couple of weeks for a 2 week trip and I'm looking for some advice to see if buying a JR pass would be best for my itinerary. I'm staying with a friend there who stays in one of the suburbs of Tokyo, Saitama prefecture and will be travelling with them for some days.
At present my schedule is as follows:
Day 1 - Travel in the evening to Mt. Fuji to make the climb for the following day's sunrise.
Days 5-9 I will be by myself and plan to explore Tokyo and visit a friend in Yokohama.
Day 10 - In the evening travel overnight to Kyoto.
Day 14 - Travel back to Narita Airport to fly out that night.
During all that I hope to utilise the shinkansen at least once! Your help and any suggestions to maximise my time in Japan would be very much appreciated.
Reading your itinerary I realize, how much I wish to visit Japan as well, great plan so far!
A JR Pass could certainly benefit your travel if you use it for the return Tokyo Kyoto. The 7 day JR Pass is roughly the same, so any travel you may do after (to Nara or Saitama) is what you save. I see that you wish to travel overnight to Kyoto? Did you know that the Shinkansen only takes 140-160 minutes? I am writing about this because there currently is no night train between Tokyo - Kyoto. You could take the Sunrise Express from Tokyo to Okayama for instance and the train from there to Kyoto but this would not be very time efficient.
I see that you wish to travel around in Hakone too, travel around the area is done by many local transport methods that are not covered by the JR Pass. I would recommend buying a Hakone free pass.
Lastly, while in Tokyo (day 5-9), why not visit the Ghibli Museum? Also be sure to visit Akihabara if you are interested in Gundam and other Anime. Lastly I would recommend a visit to Odaiba which is the most modern part in Tokyo, and home to Tokyo big site, Asahi TV and some great shopping malls.
I hope this helps!
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