questions & answers: itinerary check



This board seen very informative so please check out our itinerariy for any pitfalls.Will be in Japan from October 8 to October 24th. Plan to use the JR Rail pass from 10/10/2012 to 10/23/2012. Tokyo to Mt Fuji, Toyko to Yokohama, Tokyo to Kyoto (10/15), Kyoto to Hiroshima (10/19), Hiroshima to okayama (10/21), Okayama to Narita (10/23). We will be staying in the Shinjuku area of Toyko.Other than the dates listed, our schedule is very flexible. Any corrections or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Jim


Hi there!

Your trip looks like a very good base! I guess you'll be looking at a 14 day pass for your trip. Here is an itinerary breakdown to check a 14 day pass will be economical:

  1. Narita airport terminal 1 > Shinjuku(jr): ¥3310, (84mins, 89km)
  2. Shinjuku(jr) > Otsuki: ¥2290, (85mins, 77km)
  3. Otsuki > Tokyo: ¥2860, (76mins, 87km)
  4. Tokyo > Yokohama: ¥1460, (23mins, 28km)
  5. Yokohama > Tokyo: ¥450, (27mins, 28km)
  6. Tokyo > Kyoto: ¥13420, (164mins, 513km)
  7. Kyoto > Hiroshima: ¥10990, (112mins, 380km)
  8. Hiroshima > Okayama: ¥5860, (41mins, 161km)
  9. Okayama > Narita airport terminal 1: ¥18650, (330mins, 812km)

JR ticket cost: ¥59290 for 9 legs

  • 14 day rail pass (¥45,100) saving: ¥14190

As you can see you'll make a minimum saving of ¥14,190 with a 14 day pass in addition to retaining flexibility. Because of this I can certainly recommend the 14 day pass option.

Here are some more thoughts on your itinerary:

Mt Fuji (Kawaguchiko)

For Mt Fuji you should head to Kawaguchiko. The JR Pass will take you as far as Otsuki station. From here you'll need to use the non-JR Fujikyu lines up to Kawaguchiko, which wil be around ¥1110 each way.

Recommended extra trips

I recommend the following locations - those that will benefit from an overnight are marked with a *:

  • Nikko (While in Tokyo)
  • Koyasan (while in Kyoto) *
  • Nara (while in Kyoto)
  • Miyajima (while in HIroshima) *
  • Kinosaki Onsen (while in Kyoto/Okayama) *
  • Naoshima art island (while in Okayama) *
  • Kurashiki (while in Okayama)

All are accessible with the JR Pass with the exception of Koyasan and Naoshima, which will require extra fees on non-JR parts)

Use of the JR Pass in Tokyo

You can get great use of the JR Pass around Tokyo and visit many of the sight seeing spots. Here's a map of JR lines in Tokyo for reference.

Further research

You can look up precise train timetables and costs at the Hyperdia travel planning website and learn how to use Hyperdia for JR Pass holders through our video blog.

Hope this helps!

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