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traveling around japan

traveling around japan

hi my name is oliver .i am from sydney i have only 10 days holiday in japan
out of 10 days i am planning to get a 7 days jr rail pass
which will give me 7 days unlimited traveling in japan by bus ferry and buliet train

Q1) is it true? also i have 7 months baby who will aslo traveling with me

   it is easy to traveling around in japan with baby

Q2) i will base on tokyo and i would like to make some day trip

   first day trip will be tokyo to nagoya 
   how long it take to get nagoya to tokyo by bullet train and can i use any bullet train

   tokyo- kyoto
   tokyo- osaka
   tokyo- mt. fuji
   tokyo- hiroshima 

if anyone can advise itwill be great----to get some idea--before i start


Hi there,

Here are some answers for you:

Q1) is it true it is easy to traveling around in japan with baby? i have 7 months baby who will aslo traveling with me

Yes - Japan is a very baby friendly and safe, so you should have no major issues.

Q2) first day trip will be tokyo to nagoya, how long it take to get nagoya to tokyo by bullet train and can i use any bullet train for tokyo- kyoto, tokyo- osaka, tokyo- mt. fuji, tokyo- hiroshima

Here is a sample itinerary from Nagoya to Tokyo. It will take around 1hr 45mins for the trip in total. All of the other destinations you list are do-able by bullet train, but you may find the Tokyo-Hiroshima trip to be a bit far at nearly 5hrs. Also, for Mt Fuji you have 2 choices - Hakone and Kawaguchiko. Both are largely accessible via JR, but require the final legs up to the towns to be done by non-JR trains which will not be covered by the Japan Rail Pass. For Hakone the last JR stop is Odawara, for Kawaguchiko the last JR stop is Otsuki.

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

Hope this helps!

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As far as day trips go, traveling to see Mt Fuji such as going to Hakone is easily done. But going to Osaka/Kyoto, not to mention Hiroshima and back within a day is not prudent. It would be far, far better to stay the night there.
In Kyoto you could spend weeks there and not see everything. The three best sights though are the Kinkakuji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Fushimi is the most time consuming; you could spend a couple of hours to over half a day if you want to romp over all the trails.

The Fushimi Inari Shrine is something people of all ages would love very much. And the Otagi Nenbutsuji is one of the most humorous and whimsical places you could visit in Japan - well worth visiting.

Close by, Nara is often neglected by some tourists, which is a shame. Missing the Todaiji in Nara is like going to India and skipping the Taj Mahal. Nara Park has a lot of great places. A few other great places missed out even by those who go to Nara though are the Isuien and Yoshikien Gardens. They are gorgeous and not crowded at all.
In addition, there are other numerous great places you can visit in the area. Okayama is not far and it is famous for its castle, plus Korakuen, one of Japan's Top 3, and also the Handayama Garden. If you'd like to get off the beaten trail for a while, the half day hike up to Konpirasan in Kotohira is stunning. Going to Takamatsu is also nice - it has one of Japan's finest gardens also, called Ritsurin.
Hiroshima also has a number of good places. Miyajima is the most famous, and aside from Hiroshima itself, Onomichi with its temple tour and Kosanji Temple is spectacular. Just beyond Miyajima also lies Iwakuni with its historical bridge and castle on top of the mountain.


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