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2 weeks in japan

2 weeks in Japan

I am flying to Tokyo on 3rd Feb arriving @ 09:00 (Narita)
I wish to get to Sapporo on the same day (air asia seem cheapest flights)
Then spend a week snowboarding in Sapporo and then return to Tokyo on 10th Feb)

I then have until 16th Feb (7 days/6 nights) to explore where I would like to see in Japan.
I would like to spend a little time in Tokyo (2 days max).
Then try and get to Osaka, Kyoto and maybe Mt Fuji.
Is this too much in a week?
Would the rail pass be best for getting to these destinations?

Any other thoughts?




Hi there!

For your second week, I think I'll recommend the following:

  1. Immediately travel to Kyoto (or get your return flight back to Osaka Kansai)
  2. 3 nights Kyoto. Day trips to Osaka, Hiroshima and Nara (cut if needed)
  3. 1 night Hakone/fuji
  4. 2 nights Tokyo + Flight home (day trip to Nikko World Heritage Site)

This way you'll maximise your time experiencing the country. For this trip, a Nationwide JR Pass would be the only pass that would give coverage to your travel. Lets take a look at your costs assuming you fly down to Osaka from Sapporo and work your way back up the country.

  1. Kansai airport > Kyoto: ¥3,690 (75mins, 99km)
  2. Kyoto > Nara: ¥690 (44mins, 41km)
  3. Nara > Kyoto: ¥690 (44mins, 41km)
  4. Kyoto > Osaka: ¥540 (28mins, 42km)
  5. Osaka > Kyoto: ¥540 (29mins, 42km)
  6. Kyoto > Hiroshima: ¥10,990 (112mins, 380km)
  7. Hiroshima > Kyoto: ¥10,990 (126mins, 380km)
  8. Kyoto > Odawara: ¥11,950 (177mins, 429km)
  9. Odawara > Tokyo: ¥1,450 (36mins, 83km)
  10. Tokyo > Nikko: ¥5,630 (121mins, 150km)
  11. Nikko > Tokyo: ¥5,630 (117mins, 150km)
  12. Tokyo > Narita airport terminal 1: ¥3,140 (58mins, 79km)

JR ticket cost: ¥55,930 for 12 legs

Note that if you do not do a day trip to Hiroshima or Nikko it may not be worth getting a 7 day pass (except for the total flexibility). Also note that for Hakone the JR Pass gets you as far as Odawara. From here you'll need to use the non-JR Odakyu lines up to Hakone itself. I recommend the 2 day Hakone Free Pass for this, which can be purchased on arrival at Odawara.

Hope this helps!

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Brilliant thanks for your quick reply - I will investigate this more : )


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