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almost 3 years ago
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My husband and I are going to Japan in the beginning of April for 16 days and we're not sure which train pass to buy, if any. Our itinerary will be something like this below and most of the days are still flexible except Tokyo as we have already booked the hotel there. Could you please let us know which pass has the best cost benefit for us (not sure if we should buy the 7 days, 14 days or just individual tickets + regional passes).
We also have two free days in the end to be filled so any suggestions of a nice place to visit will be very much appreciated. Thanks!

1 April - arrive in Tokyo Narita (morning) - transfer to Ginza
2 April - Tokyo
3 April - Tokyo
4 April - Tokyo
5 April - Tokyo - Nikko
6 April - Nikko - Hakone
7 April - Hakone - Kyoto
8- Kyoto
9- Kyoto
10- Kyoto - Nara
11- Kyoto - Mt Kola
12- Mt Koya - Himeji - Hiroshima
13 - Hiroshima
14- Miyajima
15 - Miyajima - ADD NEW PLACE
16- ADD NEW PLACE or head straight back to tokyo
17 - fly home from Tokyo Haneda

35 posts
almost 3 years ago

14 day pass pays off and is suitable to that itinerary

To make 7 day pass suffice, you need to rearrange your itinerary

(7 day JR Pass) Tokyo - Kyoto
Nara Day trip
Kyoto to Mt Koya
Mt Koya - Himeji - Hiroshima
Hiroshima/Miyajima. evening train to Tokyo(or Hakone)

(3 Day JR Kanto area pass) Hakone to Nikko
Nikko to Tokyo
1 day side trip to somewhere(Tomioka Silk Mill or Fuji five lakes?)

1318 posts
almost 3 years ago

A 14 day JR Pass would pay off. Around Hakone though there is little you can do with the pass. Look into a Hakone Free Pass.

For your Days 15-16, there are many possibilities. Just beyond Miyajima is Iwakuni, with its iconic bridge and mountaintop castle.

You could even go farther into Yamaguchi - the Akiyoshido Cave is a 1km 300 million year old limestone cave that is just stunning:

If you'd really like a nice half day hike, Kotohira in Kagawa offers a beautiful mountaintop shrine and view, but it's the trek up that is the real adventure:

Okayama is between Himeji and Hiroshima, and has one of Japan's Top 3 traditional gardens, as well as the nearly unknown Handayama Garden:

Onomichi in Hiroshima is a rather off the beaten path city with a hillside temple tour, as well as the stunning Kosanji Temple which is like a Buddhist Disneyland:

You could also take a trip going back by way of Kanazawa, which is a beautiful city, and take the recently completed bullet train line back to Tokyo:

12217 posts
almost 3 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi there,

Fk and Toraneko have covered most options.

To add my own suggestion. Consider going up to Matsue from Hiroshima. It's very nice place to visit, the Izomo Taisha Shrine and Adachi Museam of art are not to be missed!

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