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16 days in Japan 23december-8january

Hello everyone,

my husband and I are going to Japan for our honeymoon and we have booked all our hotels so far and our itinerary is :
-4 nights in Tokyo
-1 night in Yamanashi near Mount Fuji
-1 night in Hakone
-5 nights in Kyoto (and planning a day trip to Nara)
-5 nights in Tokyo ( and planning a day trip to Nikko)

The Rail pass seems pretty easy to go from Tokyo to Yamanashi but to then go to Hakone seems very complicated... also I don't know if financially speaking it would make more sense to take the 14 days pass or the 7days pass and add the extra trips separately.

Any help in figuring this out would be greatly appreciated !!

Thanks !!

Morgane & Ian


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    A 14 day JR Pass would be a terrible waste of money for you. Plus if you are seeing both Hakone and the Fuji 5 Lakes area, it would likely be better to do them together as a side trip from Tokyo - in which case the Fuji Hakone Pass would likely work out better for you.

    If you are going Tokyo-Kansai round trip within 7 days, the cheaper and faster method would the japanican ticket.
    But if you wanted to take a day trip to Hiroshima/Miyajima while in Kansai, then the 7-day JR Pass would yield some good savings.

    Nine nights for Tokyo is serious overkill for most, however. You have one day trip to Nikko listed, but you could add more if you like. For many people, 3-4 days to see the city of Tokyo itself is quite enough.

    There are tons of great day trips you can take - including Karuizawa, Kusatsu, Izu, Kamakura/Enoshima, Kawagoe, Takao, Okutama, Yokohama, the Ushiku Great Buddha, Nokogiriyama, Minakami, Showa Kinen Park, and more. There are regional rail passes you can get for nearly all of them. A Tokyo Wide Pass might be a godsend.
    If it's your honeymoon, try to find some love hotels to stay at - they're made for couples and all over the country.

    Also going to a hot spring and a Japanese inn (ryokan) at least would be an unforgettable experience.
    You can check on train info on Hyperdia - you can see regular fares, routes, and schedules.
    Under "More Options", with a full JR pass, be sure to uncheck the Nozomi box since you can't ride that train using the pass.
    Also, you can look at some previews of some of the best places to see in Japan on:

    There are also loads of other tips on

    Best regards.

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    Thank you Tenjin for all these infos !
    I have looked at the Fuji Hakone pass and it looks like its not in service at the moment because of the Typhoon...
    I m so confused as to how the trains and buses work in Japan, whenever I try to look for itinerary on google maps I m even more confused. How did you figure out how to use the transportation there ?
    Also for the 9 days in Tokyo , considering its our honeymoon , we might wanna take it easy and chill , so I don't think we ll get bored of shopping and city living there but I ll definitely investigate for more day trips !

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    According to the latest info, the typhoon damage caused to the Chuo Line was repaired at the end of October. You should be good to go.
    If you want to check rail info, you can use the Hyperdia link I gave to you above.
    Good luck.
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