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about 5 years ago
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Hello, I'm trying to determine what the best transportation to purchase will be. My understanding is that a bus will allow me to arrive the quickest from Narita to Numazu. Is that covered on the JR 7-day pass? If I activate the JR pass on day 1, I will need to purchase some sort of additional transportation while in Tokyo. What do you recommend? Also, what is your recommendation on luggage? Is it going to be a hassle to have a medium sized luggage on the trains?

I am also meeting my friend who is living in Japan right now. If I reserve a seat when I get my JR pass exchange, what is the best way for her to reserve a seat to make sure we are able to get on the same train/time? Given the busy travel time, should I be worried the trains will be booked up? Sorry about all of the questions!! Below is my itinerary.

December 27 - January 5th

Day 1: Narita to Numazu
Day 2: Numazu to Kyoto
Day 3: Kyoto
Day 4: Kyoto
Day 5: Kyoto to Numazu
Day 6: Numazu
Day 7: Numazu to Tokyo
Day 8: Tokyo
Day 9: Tokyo
Day 10: Tokyo to Narita

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about 5 years ago
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Hi Klynn!

Nice trip! I have never been to Namazu, what are you doing to do there?

The JR Pass won't cover the bus to Namazu but if you have a JRpass the train will take you there as well.
Here what it would look like it you took the train:

As you do most of your travel in your first 7 days I would recommend you use your JRPass on day 1 to 7.
When you exchange your JRPass you could make reservations for your travel in the New Year as well, to be sure you have a good seat. Or when you meet your friend you could go to any JR office with her and reserve tickets together. You could simple show your JRPass and she could buy her ticket and the JR Staff can assign you seats beside each other.

As for luggage on most trains there is ample room to put a suitcase or two. Still since you will be travelling around a lot, I would recommend a single suitcase that you can pull with you.

As for your last days in Tokyo it is easy to travel around using the Tokyo Metro. You can buy a all day pass there.

And for the trip back to Narita it is more than one hour from Tokyo. The simplest thing to do would be just to buy a single ticket for it on the day you leave. It is about 2000 yen when you take the local train or 3000 yen with the Narita Express.

Enjoy your Trip!

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about 5 years ago
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To add - If your friend is already in Japan, then I recommend she places reservations for you both for the trip to Kyoto on day 2. There will be a small charge (which you may be able to refund on presentation of your JR Pass at the JR ticket office), but this is far preferable to not getting seating at all, or being sat separately I think.

Hope this helps!

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