My friends and I are planning a trip to Japan from 11/20/18 – 12/5/18. We land in NRT on 11/20 and plan to stay a night in Tokyo before heading to Kyoto the next morning.
Our stops and dates are:
NRT -->Tokyo --> Kyoto --> Osaka --> Tokyo --> NRT
11/20 – Tokyo
11/21 to 11/24 – Kyoto
11/27 – Osaka (day trip to Nara and day trip to Kobe)
11/27 to 12/5 – Tokyo (day trip to Mt Fuji/Hakone)
We are getting the 7 day Japan wide JR pass to use from 11/21 to 11/27 to travel from Tokyo --> Kyoto --> Osaka --> Tokyo.
Could we please have recommendations or tips for whether we will need other passes for our trip and what would be the best ways to travel between these locations?
Thank you in advance for your help!
For getting to/from Narita, the cheapest way is the 1000 yen bus.
If you'd like to add more value to your trip, take half a day and go see Himeji - Himeji Castle is the finest in the country and one of the original surviving ones - there are only 12 in Japan. All the rest are reconstructed fakes. The Kokoen Garden which is a 5 minute walk from the castle in no less beautiful.
You can see train schedules, times, fares, connections etc at
Under "More Options", be sure to uncheck the Nozomi box if on a full JR Pass since you can't ride that train using the pass.
You can see previews of some of the best places to see in Japan on:
There are also loads of other tips on