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about 3 years ago
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day 1. reach at Haneda airport. staying near shinjuku area and visiting shinjuku, shibuya, harajuku.
day 2. disney land whole day

(question: for day1 and day2 should i buy two day metro card or two day subway unlimited card? where can i buy them?)

day 3. tokyo to shinosaka via shinkensen visiting osaka
day 4. shinosaka to kyoto via shinkensen visiting kyoto day trip and back to osaka via shinkensen
day 5. osaka to Universal studios
day 6. shinosaka to kyoto via shinkensen visiting kyoto day trip - part 2 and back to osaka via shinkensen
day 7. osaka to Hiroshima and spending one night in hiroshima
day 8. Hiroshima back to tokyo via shinkensen visiting FUJI-Q amusement park near fuji
day 9. tokyo to Gala Yuwaza SKI resort via shinkensen

(question: day 3 to day 9 i will make use of JR pass but unsure of which JR to take from tokyo to Osaka , Osaka to Kyoto, Osaka to Hiroshima, Hiroshima to tokyo , tokyo to FUJIQ, tokyo to GALA YUWAZA, do i need to reserve a seat?
is it unlimited rides by JR pass?)

day 10. tokyo ueno, asakusa, odaiba day trip
day 11. kamakura prefecture day trip
day 12. tokyo ginza downtown shopping trip
day 13. shinjuku hotel back to haneda airport

(question: should i purchase tokyo metro pass or subway unlimited ticket? where do i buy?)

i know it's a bit long winded question. i'd appreciate if you guys can take a look at it and answer . First time trip to japan and i'd like to get the best outta it! cheers!

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about 3 years ago
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Hi there,

For day 1&2 and local travel in Tokyo, I'd advise buying normal tickets as you don't do that much travel. Day cards can be purchased at any ticket machine if you do want one.

Day 3 - 9 look very nice and active! The JR Pass will cover nearly all of your travel. The trains to Osaka/Kyoto are the Tokaido Shinkansen. Head to Tokyo station and you can't miss them. The route is direct, so no transfers either. The Shinkansen basically is one long route and Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima are all on the route, so just get on the train when you want to and travel to the next stop. We also have a great interactive map which you can use to get a feel for the distances. Gala-Yuzawa is also reached with the Shinkansen from Tokyo, this is an other Shinkansen line than Kyoto/Osaka/Hiroshima but can be directly reached from Tokyo.

FujiQ is the only places not fully reachable by JR. One option is to take a bus directly from Tokyo, this is probably the most convenient but costs more. An alternative is to take the JR from Tokyo to Otsuki station and from there to Fujikyu with the (non-JR) Fujikyu line. This will cost around 1,100yen/one way. Details are all here.

Hope this helps,

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