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over 2 years ago
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Hi, I'm after some guidance regarding the purchase of a JR pass. I'm looking at a 14 day pass and I think it's worth it but I wanted to double check. Also, I would love any recommendations for places to visit while we are in Kyoto and Tokyo that require the JR pass.

Dec 11th Narita - Nozowa Onsen (private transport due to late arrival)
Dec 18th Nozowa Onsen - Kyoto (JR pass?)
Dec 20th day trip: Kyoto - Hiroshima (JR pass?)
Dec 22nd Kyoto - Tokyo (JR pass?)
Dec 23rd day trip Tokyo - Mount Fuji (JR pass?)
Dec 25th day trip Tokyo - Tokyo Disney (JR pass?)
Dec 26th/27th day trip Tokyo - surrounding areas (JR pass?)
Dec 28th Tokyo - Naritia airport (JR Pass?)

Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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over 2 years ago

Yes a 14 day pass will pay off for your plans. Although please know with a good connection it'll take you about 5 hours to get from Nozowa Onsen to Kyoto. From Tokyo to Nozowa Onsen it can take 2-3 hours - check Hyperdia for schedules.
For Hiroshima, be sure to spend at least ¾ of a day to see Miyajima. For the Kansai area, be sure not to miss Nara and Himeji. Since you are already seeing Tokyo, you can largely skip Osaka during the day. After the temples of Kyoto close down around 5PM, you can zip over to Osaka for the evening. At night the city comes alive and has some great places to see, such as Dotonbori, plus the night views from the Umeda Sky Bldg, and Abeno Harukas Bldg are wonderful. You also might consider spending a night at Koyasan. The JR Pass will save you a lot getting from city to city, but it's not so useful for within the cities. In Tokyo and Osaka you can use them for a couple of loop lines, otherwise you'll need to pay for other buses or subways.
For day trips in the Tokyo area, take a few good day trips to Nikko, Kamakura/Enoshima, Hakone or the Fuji 5 Lakes Area.

2 posts
over 2 years ago

Thanks for the reply Toraneko - really appreciate the suggestions and can't wait to add some of these places to our itinerary!

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