20 days in Sep/Oct
My partner and I are really excited about our trip. we will be arriving mid September and will be in the country for 20 days and 19 nights. We have read a lot about the JR pass and are considering buying the 21 day pass but wonder if it will be more cost efficient to buy a shorter pass and supplement this with other tickets.
We plan to base ourselves out of Tokyo and Osaka and do day trips as this will allow us some flexibility around the order we do things and allows us to drop some things if we feel too busy. Our preliminary itinerary is as follows:
Narita to Tokyo (staying in Shinjuku)
Tokyo to Osaka (staying in Namba)
Osaka to Tokyo (staying in Asakusa)
Tokyo to Narita
Would a 21 day JR rail pass be a cost efficient option for us, or is there some other combination that might serve us better?
If you have any tips or suggestions for the above itinerary I would welcome your feedback :)
Thanks in anticipation!
I really love your trip! Almost 3 weeks Japan with an other great destination everyday.
Looking at possibilities, I think you have 2 that would make sense.
The first is the 14-day JR Pass + normal tickets. You could fit most of your long distance (expensive) travel in the validity period, with some switching around of days/plans. For instance, you can use the JR Pass from day 4-17, by moving Dinsey land to day 3 and Nikko to day 16. This way you would have most travel covered and you could supplement the rest with some local tickets.
The 2nd option is the 21-day JR Pass. This would allow for the most flexibility, you could go where you want every day and travel as the fancy takes you. The price difference would not be much with the 14-day JR Pass. The upgrade cost is 12,800 Yen. With the 21 day JR Pass the return to and from the Airport is also covered. For instance a return Tokyo - Narita Airport with the Narita Express is around 6,000Yen leaving just 6,800Yen for you to travel to make the upgrade worth it price wise.
As last advice, your time in Tokyo is somewhat limited, so I would make a list of things to visit and decide what you wish the see the most. My personal addition if you are new to Japan would be a visit to Shibuya it is a very interesting area with lots of things to see, the worlds most busy (and famous) crossing is there too.
Make the most of your trip and let me know if I can help with anything!
Order your Japan Rail Pass Online
Starting from $259.00 for 7 days of unlimited Japan Rail travel