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Recommended Passes for Japan Trip


I am planning for my first Japan trip with hubby in January 2017. Below are the plan itinerary that we have so far but I am still confused of the type of passes that i should get to ensure smooth travelling. I am trying to save on budget by taking the bus on some of the areas but i also want to save time. Also Japan trip would not be complete without taking the bullet train.

Day 1 - Arrival at Narita very early in the morning. To proceed to Mount Fuji, then Kyoto
Day 2- Kyoto sightseeing , leave to Osaka by evening
Day 3- Osaka sightseeing
Day 4- Leave to Tokyo by evening
Day 5- Sightseeing Tokyo
Day 6- Tokyo Disneyland
Day 7- Gala Yuzawa - ski resort. Or would you recommend other convenient ski resort. We have never skied or snowboarding before. But would like to experience and get the feeling being in a place surrounded by mountains of snow :)
Day 8- Sightseeing Tokyo
Day 9- Sightseeing Tokyo
Day 10- Depart back home

Appreciate your feedback! Thank you


Hello there,

From reading your Itinerary, my advise would be to use a 7 day JR Pass for day 1-7, you can use the JR Pass to travel on the Shinkansen to both Kyoto, Osaka and back to Tokyo and Gala Yuzawa. Making amazing savings compared to purchasing normal tickets.

You could then buy normal tickets for the last couple of days in Tokyo and cover your local travel that way. Works out really well.

Also nice to know is that you can use the JR Pass Fare Calculator to find an approximate ticket cost of a single route or even your full itinerary. Find our how much you save!

Hope this helps,

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