3 months ago
4 responses

Hi Daniel San,

I just ordered the JR Pass 14 days for our family (2 adults and 2 kids).
This is our itinerary:
July 22 arrive at Narita airport
July 22- 26 Tokyo
July 26-29 Takayama
July 29 to August 3 Kyoto (also visiting Osaka and Nara from there (day trip),
August 3 - 5 Mount Fuji
Auhust 5 - 12 Tokyo

  • What would be the best moment to activate our 14 day pass, would that be July 26th when we travel from Tokyo to Takayama?
  • Can we use the pass to get from the airport to Tokyo, or is that not recommended?
  • Can we use the pass for all our other trips
  • Also to Mount Fuji area?
  • If we want to go to Hiroshima as well, from where would you recommend us to travel there?

Thank you so much!

16172 posts
3 months ago

Hi Lim,

1.) Assuming you will stay within greater Tokyo on July 22 - 26, I'd activate the JR Pass on the day when you travel to Takayama. If you are planning a day trip from Tokyo, for instance to Nikko or Kamakura, then you may want to activate your pass one day earlier.

2.) You can but there are alternative budget options available, see:

3.) Yes

4.) It depends where around Fuji you plan to visit, I recommend reading our blog post on Fuji for details:

5.) I would :) The peace memorial park and museum and Miyajima are two must visits in my book, for any trip to Japan.

Hope this helps,

4 posts
3 months ago

Thank you so much Daniel,
Where in our itinerary would Hiroshima fit in best, could we travel there easily from Kyoto? And from Hiroshima directly to Mount Fuji area?
And what about Koyasan, is it possible to get there with the pass?
Do you know with what kind of pass we can travel in Tokyo itself, is it a normal 'subway pass'?

Thanks again :-)

4 posts
3 months ago

Also: do we go to the JR Pass desk at the airport on the 22nd to activate our pass from the 26th, or do you recommend to activate the pass only on the 26th itself? Is there enough space on the train to Takayama or do we need to reserve ahead?

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