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11 days in Tokyo Osaka

Hi, I am arriving narita airport on 8/12 and departing 18/12 from kansai airport. I'm planning as follows:
8-10/12 Tokyo
11/12 mount fuji & gotemba and 1 night stay
12/12 shirakawago, takayama - 1-2night
14/12 kyoto
17/12 osaka

please advise should I opt for jr pass.. and mount fuji to takayama do i need to return tokyo first.


  • Hi,
    Is that your full itinerary? If so, you are still a little short from making a 7 day JR Pass pay off. As for Mt Fuji, I presume you will see the Hakone area. You can't use a JR Pass all the way there. For there, you can use a Hakone Free Pass.
    The Loop Course is a common way to see all the sights and takes a full day.

    Take the bullet train from Tokyo and get off at Odawara Stn., then to save money, buy a Hakone Free Pass. After seeing the area, return but go to Mishima Stn., then catch the next train to go to Gotemba or Kyoto.

    For Shirakawago, bus is the only access.

    Since you are already seeing Tokyo, you can largely skip Osaka during the day. After the temples of Kyoto close down around 5 PM, you can zip over to Osaka for the evening. At night the city comes alive and has some great places to see, such as Dotonbori, plus the night views from the Umeda Sky Bldg and Abeno Harukas Bldg are wonderful.
    On another evening, you could also go and see Kobe.

    Instead, I suggest you take at least half a day and see Nara - it was also a former capital and has some of Japan's best sights. Nara is often neglected by some tourists, which is a shame. Missing the Todaiji Great Buddha would be a tragedy. Nara Park has a lot of other great places, such as Kasuga Shrine, Kofukuji Temple, and feeding the many deer in the area.

    You can see regular fares, routes and schedules on Hyperdia.
    Under "More Options", be sure to uncheck the Nozomi box since you can't ride that train if using using the JR pass.

    You can see previews of some of the best places to see in Japan on:

    Hope that helps.

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