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First time to Japan 9D8N itineraries

Hi All,

I would like to have advise on my initial plan itineraries below
We will be travelling from Sin-Tokyo from 13 Mar-22 Mar together with
1 elderly, 2 kids age 5 and 8 years old.

Day 1 - Arrive Narita airport early morning 7.30 am - proceed to Kyoto
Day 2 _ Kyoto / Nara (stay 2 night)
Day 3 - check out and proceed to Hakone
Day 4 - Hakone (stay 2 night)
Day 5 - check out and proceed to Tokyo
Day 6 - Tokyo
Day 7 - Tokyo
Day 8 - Tokyo
Day 9 - home sweet home

We plan to go Disneyland and Disneysea from Day 6 & 7. Can I have some ideas if I should get a JR 7 days pass and I assume it should be activate on the first day of arrival since we travelling to Kyoto from Narita airport.

In Tokyo can we still using the JR pass for travelling? I have not yet plan my itineraries for Tokyo just confirm will be going to Disneyland and Disneysea for the kids. Appreciate all the kind soul can give me some ideas on how to complete my itineraries.

Thank you very much in advance!


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    You'd barely make a 7 day pass pay off with your plans. You can use the JR Pass in Tokyo on JR trains, but savings in Tokyo are minimal, and can't be used on subways. Plus 1½ days for Kyoto and Nara is severely shortchanging the cities.
    For Hakone, you can only take the bullet train up to Mishima or Odawara. From there, a Hakone Free Pass might save you some money.
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    Hi Tenjin,

    Thanks for your reply and advise. I see there is several type of JR passes. I should get the 7 days National JR Pass right?

    For D3, shall we stay until afternoon to explore Kyoto before proceed to Hakone? We will be getting a 2 days Hakone Free pass.
    For Tokyo, can I get any passes to use on the subways and buses online before I travelling there? This is my first time to Japan with family with 2 young kids so I hope everything get well prepare before we are there. Thanks in advance!
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    Of course I mean the 7-day pass as I mentioned - you'd lose a lot of money on a 14 or 21 day pass.
    If you can add more time to see a bit more of Kyoto, it would be in your interest. You can see most of the best of Nara in half a day around Nara Park. The Todaiji Temple is a must-see.

    Two days or so in Kyoto is still not much, but it is better than before. Please note it will take you about 3 hours to get from Kyoto into Hakone.
    You can get subway passes for Tokyo at any station there, but not within Japan before, to my knowledge. The 48 and 72 hour passes are not too hard to make worthwhile, but the 24 hour pass is almost impossible without an absurd amount or riding.
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    Thanks for your good advice. As understand, Hakone will be a quiet town in the evening and I believe Hakone not as much places to venture as Kyoto city. So i was planning to leave Kyoto after lunch to get to Hakone just by 6.00 pm to check in and enjoy the dinner by ryokan.
    As for the subway passes, I thought we could get Suica card ? This card can be utilize on the tokyo subways, buses and convenience store if I am not wrong?
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    You could get a Suica or Pasmo IC card. They are not passes though - they are prepaid IC cards. They give next to no savings, but are very convenient. If you will be riding the subways a lot, then you could save money with a subway pass. So up to you.
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    Thanks Tenjin for your reply. I will consider getting the Suica welcome card which no deposit require (save the hassle to get back the deposit refund).

    Btw, if we purchase the Hakone free pass on D3, is it mean it start activate on that day and expire on D4? We might be at Hakone late afternoon on D3 and plan to start our trip only D4 and D5 (proceed to Tokyo after lunch)

    Thank you
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    The cheapest Hakone Free Pass is valid for 2 days.
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